Ethics Statement

The Journal of Information Systems and Informatics (Journal-ISI) is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity and ethics in all aspects of its publication process. This Ethics Statement, guided by the principles set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), outlines our commitment to these principles:

Allegations of Misconduct: Journal-ISI takes all allegations of misconduct seriously. We will investigate any claims of unethical behavior or misconduct thoroughly and impartially. This includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, data fabrication, and fraudulent authorship. To maintain the integrity of academic work, we utilize Turnitin for plagiarism checking. Submissions must have a similarity index of no more than 15%, including template and bibliometric elements. This rigorous standard helps ensure that all published works are original and contribute meaningfully to the field of information systems and informatics

Authorship and Contributorship: We believe in giving proper credit to all contributors to a research project. Criteria for authorship should be transparently communicated, and all authors should have significantly contributed to the research. During the submission process, authors are required to fill out a comment form to detail their specific contributions. This process ensures clarity and accountability in the assignment of authorship and acknowledges the valuable contributions of each team member. This transparency is fundamental to maintaining the integrity and credibility of both the authors and the research published in Journal-ISI.

Complaints and Appeals: Journal-ISI has a clear and accessible process for handling complaints and appeals. We ensure that all complaints are addressed promptly and fairly. To facilitate this process, individuals can contact the editors directly through the contact information provided on the journal's website or by sending a message via our Open Journal System. This approach ensures that we maintain an open line of communication and address any concerns in a transparent and efficient manner, upholding the integrity and trustworthiness of our publication process.

Conflicts of Interest: Journal-ISI upholds a strict policy requiring all authors, reviewers, and editors to transparently declare any potential conflicts of interest. This policy is a cornerstone in safeguarding the integrity and impartiality of our publication process. Recognizing the potential impact of conflicts of interest, or even their perceived existence, on the objectivity of the research and review processes, Journal-ISI emphasizes the importance of avoiding such conflicts. To facilitate this, authors are obliged to explicitly state any relevant interests, such as roles in a project or sources of funding, or to confirm their absence, at the time of manuscript submission. This is done through a dedicated comment form during submission, ensuring clear and transparent communication of any potential conflicts. This process is vital in preserving the scholarly integrity of our publications. The Journal-ISI editorial team will review and assess the relevance and impact of these disclosures. This diligent approach ensures that Journal-ISI maintains the highest ethical standards and fosters trust within the academic community.

Data and Reproducibility: Journal-ISI places a mandatory emphasis on the accuracy and integrity of data. Authors are expected to present their data truthfully and ensure its reproducibility. Upholding these standards, the Editorial Board and Peer-Reviewers bear the crucial responsibility of identifying any instances of fabricated data. In cases where suspicions arise, the Editorial Board engages in a thorough evaluation process, which includes consulting with multiple additional peer-reviewers and initiating a constructive dialogue with the authors. This collaborative and rigorous review process highlights Journal-ISI's commitment to data authenticity. Furthermore, Journal-ISI reserves the right to request and examine data sets from authors if concerns regarding data fabrication emerge.

Ethical Oversight: Ethical considerations in research, especially involving human or animal subjects, must be addressed. Authors are expected to adhere to ethical research standards and obtain necessary approvals.

Intellectual Property: Journal-ISI is deeply committed to respecting intellectual property rights and we expect the same level of respect from our authors. Ensuring proper acknowledgment and citation of previous works is not just a mandate; it's a cornerstone of academic integrity.

In line with our 'Licensing and Copyright' guidelines, authors who publish with Journal-ISI agree to a specific copyright arrangement. When an author decides to publish in Journal-ISI, they are agreeing to transfer certain rights to the journal. This includes the copyright of the published article, which is then held by Journal-ISI. This transfer of rights does not just encompass the article's content, but also extends to exclusive rights, including commercial rights, to the publisher, Journal-ISI.

However, it is essential to clarify that while authors transfer certain rights to Journal-ISI, they still maintain significant control over their work. This arrangement ensures that while Journal-ISI has the right to publish and distribute the article, the authors retain recognition for their intellectual contribution. This approach strikes a balance between protecting the interests of the journal and respecting the rights of our authors, fostering an environment of mutual respect and integrity in the realm of intellectual property.

Post-publication Discussions and Corrections: Journal-ISI actively fosters scholarly dialogue and debate following the publication of articles. Journal-ISI's commitment to academic excellence extends beyond publication, as it is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the academic record. Should the need arise, Journal-ISI is prepared to undertake corrections, clarifications, or even retractions of articles to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information it disseminates.

In Journal-ISI's pursuit of excellence, the copy-editing and proofreading stages are critical. During these processes, Journal-ISI's editors meticulously review manuscripts for grammatical accuracy, spelling correctness, and overall effectiveness of the text. It is important to note that while making these revisions, the editors are careful to preserve the original meaning and intent of the author's work. Once the copy-editing and proofreading phases are complete, authors are provided with the revised version of their manuscript for review and approval before publication. This collaborative process ensures that the final published work reflects both the author's intent and the high standards of Journal-ISI.