Mande Studies seeks to follow the best practices on ethical matters and retractions. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. Unethical behavior is not acceptable. Mande Studies does not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Authors submitting articles affirm that manuscript contents are original.
The following duties outlined for editors and authors are based on the AACE guidelines, which are in turn based on the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors. Editors, authors, and reviewers will also adhere to the AACE and SITE submission guideline policies.
Duties of Editor
Publication Decisions: Based on the review report of the editorial review board, the editor can accept, reject, or request modifications to the manuscript.
Review of Manuscripts: Each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality. Following desk review, the manuscript will be sent out anonymously for peer review, which the editors will use to determine whether to accept, reject, or request revisions for the manuscript.
Fair Review: Each manuscript received by Mande Studies is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors.
Confidentiality: The editors must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential. The Editor should provide guidance to reviewers on everything that is expected of them, including the need to handle submitted material in confidence. The Editor encourages reviewers to comment on the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism. Editors and reviewers are ethically bound not to appropriate or plagiarize any material from submitted manuscripts.
The editors will not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research without written consent of the author.
Duties of Authors
Reporting Standards: Authors should present accurately their original research. Manuscripts will follow the submission guidelines of the journal.
Originality: Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work.
Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications: Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal.
Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors should acknowledge all sources and cite publications that have been influential in their research.
Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions must be listed as co-authors. Authors also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and have agreed to their inclusion as co-author.
Fundamental Errors in Published Works: If at any point of time, the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in a submitted manuscript, then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the editor.