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AWEJ Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The Arab World English Journal (WEJs) Ethics and Publication Malpracice Statement is based on the Committee on
Publication Ethics (COPE). Their Code of Conduct guidelines is available at www.publicationethics.org AWEJ is
dedicated to following the best practices on ethical matters, errors and retractions. It is also committed to meeting and
upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process.
(A) Publication and authorship:
All manuscripts submitted to the Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) should be original and not have been submitted for
review anywhere else. AWEJ will not publish papers which have been previously published in part or whole.
Fair

play

Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) is open to all researchers from all (22) Arab countries and beyond. Manuscripts shall
be evaluated solely on their intellectual content regardless to race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or
background of the authors.
List

of

references

Authors are required to provide a list of references for their paper. This should adhere to APA guidelines and should
acknowledge the works that influenced the author's work.
Author(s)

Contribution

and

Funding

Statement

All persons who substantially contributed to the presented work need to be named in the list of authors. Those who have
made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the work and all sources of
financial support obtained in doing the work, if any, must also be disclosed and clearly identified.
No

plagiarism,

No

fraudulent

data

Plagiarism in any form will not be acceptable .To avoid any form of plagiarism, each manuscript newly submitted to the
Arab World English Journal will be checked regarding plagiarism using the program Turnitin. Papers with evidence of
apparent plagiarism will not be eligible for publication and therefore will not be sent for review. Plagiarism in any form
will not be acceptable. This includes the use of fraudulent data.
(B) Author's responsibilities:
General
Authors of original papers should present an accurate account of the work as well as an objective discussion of its
significance. Data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to
permit others to check on or replicate the work. Authors are also required to prepare their manuscripts according to the
format given in Manuscript Guidelines for AWEJ

Multiple,

redundant

or

concurrent

publication

The Arab World English Journal requires all authors of a research paper to sign a letter that states that the manuscript has
not been published before, and is not under consideration for publication in any other journals. The author or authors
should agree also to transfer to Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) all rights, including the exclusive right to
electronically store, reproduce and distribute the contribution wholly or in part, including publish, reprints, translations,
photographic and reproductions. (Submission and Publication Acceptance Agreements )Publication in AWEJ transfers
the right to AWEJ to distribute papers, but authors do retain their copyright. Submission to an Arab World English Journal
is taken by the journal to mean that all the listed authors have agreed to these terms.
Originality,

plagiarism

and

acknowledgement

of

sources

The authors are responsible to ensure the originality of their submissions It is expected that the data in the articles will be
authentic. Authors must submit only original works, and should appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of
others. Author are required to send a statement indicating that the submission is original work. (General Requirements).
Authors

obliged

to

participate

in

peer

review

process

Authors are obliged to participate in a peer review process of their submitted manuscript. They should communicate with
AWEJ editors and respond to all the comments and any suggestions of reviewers. They should also follow any relevant
deadlines.
Authors

are

obliged

to

provide

retractions

or

corrections

of

mistakes

All errors discovered in the manuscript after submission must be swiftly communicated to the Editor. Authors of published
material also have a responsibility to inform the journal promptly if they become aware of any part that requires
correcting.
Authorship

of

the

paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or
interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. The
corresponding author will ensure that all contributing co-authors are included in the author list. The corresponding author
will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for
publication.
Disclosure

and

conflicts

of

interest

All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be
construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project
should be disclosed.
(C) Peer review/ responsibility for the reviewers:

Peer review is the critical assessment of manuscripts submitted to Arab World English Journal by experts in related fields.
Unbiased, independent and critical approaches to academic assessment is an intrinsic part of all scholarly work. Peer
review can therefore be viewed as an important extension of the scientific process. Peer review means bringing judgment
based on experience and knowledge to the evaluation processfrom setting the standards, to conducting the evaluation, to
making final decisions. AWEJ acknowledges the contribution of its peer reviewers. Each paper will be sent for evaluation
by at least two reviewers.
All

reviewing

judgments

should

be

objective

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author(s) is inacceptable. Referees should express their
views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments. Reviewers are expected to respond promptly to requests to review
and to submit reviews within the time agreed. Reviewers' comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.
Reviewed

articles

should

be

treated

confidentially

Reviewers should regard a submitted manuscript as a confidential document and not meant to be public, and so should not
use, share or disclose unpublished information in a manuscript. Reviewers must not publicly discuss an authors' work and
must not appropriate authors' ideas before the manuscript is published. Reviewers must not retain the manuscript for their
personal use and should destroy copies of manuscripts after submitting their reviews.
Reviewers

should

have

no

conflict

of

interest

with

respect

to

reviewed

articles

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal
advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from
competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, universities or institutions
connected to the submission. Reviewers must disclose to editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of
the manuscript, and should recuse themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if the potential for bias exists.
Reviewers must not use knowledge of the work they're reviewing before its publication to further their own interests.
Reviewers must not retain the manuscript for their personal use and should destroy copies of manuscripts after submitting
their reviews.
Reviewers

should

assess

the

manuscript

in

timely

manner

Peer reviewers must fulfill their responsibility by rigorously assessing a given research manuscript within time limits
specified by AWEJ. If reviewers are unable to review the paper in a specified time, they should inform the editorial board
immediately by e-mail to the editor.
Reviewers

should

point

out

relevant

published

work

which

is

not

yet

cited

Reviewers should point out relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an
observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A

reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity between the manuscript under consideration
and any published paper.
(D) Editorial responsibilities:

Editors work with an international advisory board that guides the shaping of the journal, as well as with
international board of editors for submitted manuscripts. (Focus and Scope) Editors should ensure that all research
material they publish conforms to internationally accept ethical guidelines.

Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication. Editors should always consider the
needs of the authors and the readers when attempting to improve the publication. Editors should guarantee the quality of
the papers and the integrity of the academic record.

Editors should base their decisions solely on the papers' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to
publication's scope. Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board
members.

Editorial board must confirm receipt of submitted papers and to ensure the efficient, fair and timely review
process of submitted papers (Review procedure)

The Editor must preserve anonymity of reviewing. Editors must ensure that submitted manuscripts are handled in
a confidential manner, with no details being disclosed until a decision has been taken as to whether the manuscript is to be
published. The Editor must also ensure the confidentiality of the names and other details of referees. AWEJ reviewing is
double blind, in that authors do not know the names of the reviewers of their papers, and reviewers do not know the names
of the authors. Authors are required to take reasonable efforts to hide their identities, including not listing their names or
affiliations and omitting acknowledgments in their submitted paper. All these information will be included in the cover
page and should not appear elsewhere in the paper. (General Requirements) In addition, the Editor is required to deal
fairly with an author's appeal against the rejection of a submitted manuscript. Editor should decide to accept or reject a
manuscript for publication with reference only to the manuscript's importance, originality and clarity, and its relevance to
the journal. Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article. The Editor can reject any article
at any time before publication, including after acceptance if concerns arise.

Editors should make known any conflicts of interest that might arise, specifically, in cases where an editor is an
author of a submitted manuscript, the manuscript must be passed to another editor for independent peer review.

Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all
reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.

Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.

Editors are responsible to take a decision regarding any academic misconduct or convincing evidence that a

published manuscript is erroneous, usually through consultation with the author. This may require the publication of a
formal 'retraction' or correction.

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