Ethics Policy

In order to publish research of the highest quality we are committed to following international standards of ethical research and publication. All authors are required to read and adhere to these policies carefully.

  • Authorship: The author is an individual who has contributed significantly to the development of a manuscript. Substantial contributions to the design, conception, research, analysis, collection and interpretation of data, drafting and revision of the work is the responsibility of the author. The author is also accountable for ensuring that any questions related to the truthfulness and reliability of the work are examined and resolved. A manuscript might have multiple authors and they are all credited equally for the work. All authors should approve the final version of the manuscript prior to submission. Once a manuscript is submitted, it is therefore assumed that all authors have read and given their approval for the submission of the manuscript. Contact information of all authors should be stated on the manuscript. Surname/Other names, affiliation, emails, and phone/fax numbers.
  • Acknowledgement: Individuals who participated in the development of a manuscript but do not qualify as an author should be acknowledged. Organizations that provided support in terms of funding and/or other resources should also be acknowledged.
  • Confidentiality: Submitted manuscripts are confidential material. Submitted manuscript are not disclosed to anyone except individuals who partake in the processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication (if accepted). These individuals include editorial staff, corresponding authors, potential reviewers, actual reviewers, and editors. However, in suspected cases of misconduct, a manuscript may be revealed for the resolution of the misconduct.
  • Duplicate Publication: All articles must be unpublished. In case of simultaneous submission, the author is required to inform the journal if the submitted article is accepted for publication elsewhere. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that no duplication of publication happens as it is an unethical practice.
  • Plagiarism: The journal has a strict policy against plagiarism. Authors may use appropriate software to check for duplication before submission. If plagiarism is detected, either by editorial team or peer reviewers, at any stage during the process of publication, the author will be asked to rewrite and cite resources with due diligence. The editorial team reserves the right to reject manuscripts with extensive plagiarism (25% or more). If plagiarism is detected after publication, the editors will retract the manuscript and no submissions will be accepted from the author(s) in the future. The author should also be cautious regarding duplication of their own material, or self-plagiarism.
  • Fabrication and Falsification of Data: Fabrication, manipulation or falsification of data is a violation of the ethics of Akademos. If fabrication is detected during the process of publication, the manuscript will be rejected.
  • Citations Manipulation: Authors should only cite sources that are relevant to their manuscripts. Addition of references which are not relevant to the work is strongly discouraged. Irrelevant self-citation to increase one’s citation is unethical along with unnecessary citation of articles for the sole purpose of “increasing” the articles’ citation.