Publication Ethics

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, and the publisher..

Applied Linguistic studies adheres to the below ethical guidelines for publication and research:

Publication ethics

  • Submission of a manuscript is taken to mean that it is an original work of the author(s) which has not been published elsewhere, and is not being considered for publication concurrently. Previously published articles are not acceptable for publication in the journal.
  • For protecting the reputation of the journal and the authors’ rights against academic misconducts, the editor of the journal and the reviewers take the issues of plagiarism very seriously and prevent the publication of papers in which research misconduct has been observed. In case of encountering such misconducts, the editor reserves the right to take appropriate action including, but not limited to retracting or correcting articles when needed. The editor is always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.

Editor’s responsibilities

  1. The editor-in-chief treats the submitted manuscripts objectively and unbiasedly.
  2.  No discrimination is made on non-academic grounds. The submitted manuscripts are systematically and carefully reviewed and considered for publication on the basis of whether they have met the academic standards and whether they have addressed the audiences’ expectations and their contextual needs.
  3. The editor will extensively investigate and reply to any complaints about ethical issues or conflict of interests.

Reviewers' responsibilities

  1. Reviewers are expected to effectively contribute to the submitted manuscripts’ decision-making processes by systematically, objectively, and comprehensively reviewing the papers and meeting the deadlines the editor has set.
  2.  Reviewers are expected to make recommendations to the editor regarding the suitability of the manuscript for publication in the journal
  3. Reviewers are expected to be concise and critical so that in case of finding any overlap in the content of the papers under review and the already accepted or published papers, they could immediately inform the editor.
  4. Reviewers need to declare to the editor any potential conflicts of interest with respect to the authors or the content of a manuscript they are asked to review
  1. Reviewers should ensure that the manuscript is of high quality and original work
  2. Reviewers are expected to inform the editor if he/she finds the assigned manuscript is under consideration in any other publication to his/her knowledge
  3. Reviewers should write review report in English only


Authors' responsibilities

1. ALL authors must have made an active contribution to the analysis and interpretation of the data and/or the drafting of the paper

  1. The authors must confirm that the submitted manuscript is not under review or is not considered for publication in any other local or international journal.
  1. The authors must acknowledge and cite the sources that have overlap with the content of the submitted paper.
  1. The authors must confirm that the submitted manuscript is original and cite the content taken from other sources.
  1. The authors must state any potential conflicts of interest.

Plagiarism and copyright

Journal editors and readers have a right to expect that a submitted work is the author’s own contribution that has not been plagiarized (i.e. taken from other authors without permission, if permission is required).