Iranian Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Informatics abides by the Committee On Publication Ethics COPE guidelines and complies with IJMSI’s code of conduct regulated by the executive and editorial board.
Responsibilities of authors and authorship policies
- Authors should certify that the submitted manuscript is their original work. Authors of original manuscripts should present an accurate account of the work performed and provide underlying data about their work.
- Manuscripts published or currently under review elsewhere areineligible for submission. If a submitted manuscript is based on previous works of the authors, authors are required to cite the previous works and explain how their recent manuscript offers novel contributions and insights beyond those of the previous works.
- The corresponding author is the author responsible for the communication between the journal and the authors as well as ensuring that all co-authors are listed on the manuscript.The corresponding author must inform other authors of changes to the manuscript and make sure that they have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and have stated their agreement to its submission for publication.
- By submitting a manuscript, authors, in particular the corresponding author have agreed to be an active and responsive participant of the peer-review process. Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a manuscript for editorial review. Authors are encouraged to respond to the journal’s requests in a timely manner to facilitate the review process.
- In case of discovering fundamental errors in the manuscript after submission, it is the responsibility of the authors to urgently inform the editor-in-chief so that the journal can retract or correct the paper as quickly as possible.
- Authorship must be privileged to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. All individuals who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Other individuals who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research should be acknowledged or mentioned as contributors.
- Authors should disclose all sources of financial support or other substantive conflicts of interest.
- Authors encouraged to revise and resubmit their manuscript should not take the acceptance of their revised manuscript for granted.
Responsibilities of editors and editorial policies
- The editorial team commits itself to be impartial and maintain the scientific integrity of the academic records.
- Received manuscripts under review will be evaluated based on authenticity, clarity, originality, relevance and English fluency. IJMSI will never discriminate against authors based on non-scientific issues.
- Editors enjoy complete authority to reject/accept an article based on their discretion in determining which manuscripts are best suited for publication.
- Publication of manuscripts suspected of duplication and plagiarism will be put on hold and the editor-in-chief will be notified for further considerations. Suspicious cases will be rejected only with a proof of misconduct.
- Editors should not overrule the decisions of previous editors without communication between them and convincing reasons.
- Editors should not reveal the identity of reviewers to authors and vice versa. Identifying information should be stripped from submitted manuscripts so that reviewers and authors cannot access any information about each other.
- Citation of published works with the primary purpose of increasing the number of citations to the cited author or to articles published in a particular journal is considered manipulation of citations and constitutes unethical behavior.
- Rejected articles will not be reviewed again.
Responsibilities of reviewers and review policies
- All submitted manuscripts are subjected to rigorous peer-review process by at least two international reviewers who are experts in the area of the manuscript assigned to them.
- Referees who feel unqualified to review an assigned manuscript or in shortage of time to provide a prompt review should notify the editor-in-chief to be exempted from the review process.
- Information or ideas obtained through peer review are confidential and should not be used for personal advantage.
- It is the duty of the authors to cite relevant sources. However, reviewers should identify relevant published material not cited by the authors.
- Reviewers should notify the editor-in-chief of considerable similarities or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and other published works.
- In case of conflicts of interest between a reviewer and an assigned manuscript, the editor-in-chief should be informed immediately to excuse the reviewer from the review process. Instances of conflicts of interest include competitive, collaborative or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions.
General responsibilities of the publisher
- The editor-in-chief of IJMSI is responsible for editorial content and managing content-related processes.
- It is the publisher’s responsibility to promptly release corrections or retractions after the discovery of a significant error or scientific inaccuracy in a published work.
- It is the publisher’s responsibility to handle the cases of misconduct and ensure that publication ethics of the journal are obeyed.
Conflict of interest policy
Conflict of interest occurs when a professional scientific process concerning a primary interest such as the accuracy and validity of research is influenced by secondary interests such as financial gain or relationships among the individuals involved. A conflict of interest disclosure is an agreement or notification from the authors of a manuscript that acknowledges financial supports that benefitted the project or competitive, collaborate or close connections between the authors and other individuals involved during the publication of the manuscript. The corresponding author should submit a conflict of interest disclosure form and accepts the responsibility for accuracy and completeness of the submitted manuscript.