Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
The Clarion is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal which is published by the Centre for Environment, Education and Economic Development. (CEEED), India. This statement spells out the ethical behaviour of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article for this journal, i.e., the author, the editors, the peer-reviewers, and the publisher.
This statement is based on COPE's (Committee on Publication Ethics) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
The Clarion strives to base its publication on ethical grounds, in particular, reject any form of plagiarism, preserve the confidentiality of submitted work, protect copyrights of published material, publish only original material, and provide a civil and efficient environment to support the publication process. All articles in this Journal are peer-reviewed.
The English language is a condition for abstracts and content in papers.
The Clarion has assigned a specific ISSN number/e-ISSN number and has been a regular publication since 2012.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.
Duties of Editors
Decision on the Publication of Articles
The Editor-in-Chief and the other editors of the specific subject matter of The Clarion are responsible for deciding which of the articles accepted for publication after undergoing double-blind peer review should be published. The Editor-in-Chief may be guided by the policies of the journal's Editorial Board and subjected to such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. However, neither the Editor-in-Chief nor any Editor has the authority to influence the reviewers who are conducting the blind review of the articles submitted for peer review.
An editor will at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgment of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Duties of Authors
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Data Access and Retention
Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should, in any event, be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Acknowledgment of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or another substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental Errors in Published Works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
Peer Review Policy
The practice of peer review is to ensure that only good-quality research is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out by all reputable journals. Our reviewers, therefore, play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of The Clarion International Multidisciplinary Journal and all manuscripts are peer-reviewed following the procedure outlined below.
Initial manuscript evaluation
The Editors first evaluate all manuscripts. In some circumstances, it is entirely feasible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to experts for review.
Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will be informed within a week of receipt.
Type of Peer Review
The Clarion employs a double-blind review, where the reviewer remains anonymous to the authors throughout the process.
How the reviewer is selected
Reviewers are matched to the paper according to their expertise. Our reviewer database contains reviewer contact details together with their subject areas of interest, and this is constantly being updated.
Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:
Is methodologically sound
Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
Has results that are clearly presented and support the conclusions
Correctly references previous relevant work
Reviewers are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer review process. Reviewers are requested to refrain from giving their personal opinion in the "Reviewer blind comments to Author" section of their review on whether or not the paper should be published. Personal opinions can be expressed in the "Reviewer confidential comments to Editor" section.
How long does the peer review process take?
Typically the manuscript will be reviewed within four weeks. Should the reviewers' reports contradict one another or a report be unnecessarily delayed a further expert opinion will be sought. Revised manuscripts are usually returned to the Editors within 2 weeks and the Editors may request further advice from the reviewers at this time. The Editors may request more than one revision of a manuscript.
A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the reviewers and may include verbatim comments by the reviewers.
Editor's Decision is final. Reviewers advise the Editors, who are responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.
Upon reception of an article, the Editorial Staff will screen the article for format and journal scope, originality, and potential impact. If the article is not up to the standard format of The Clarion, the article will be returned to the author for correcting the format.
If the format is according to the requirements of The Clarion International Multidisciplinary Research Journal, then it will be assigned for External Peer Review.
External Peer Review
During submission, the author can suggest at least 2 reviewers who can evaluate the manuscript. The reviewers should not be collaborators or previous co-authors of any of the submitting authors. They should be from another institution with the institution's email address. The editors may or may not contact the suggested reviewers.
Open Access Policy
The Clarion supports an open-access policy. Online versions of the articles are freely accessible, downloadable in PDF format, and printable without any payment.
Policy on Plagiarism
If any manuscript is found to be plagiarized, immediate action will be taken, which will include and not be limited to the following:
Retraction of paper in question, from online system, review, and from all other processing (See our Retraction Policy).
Black listing of the concerned author(s) in question.
Rejection of all other manuscripts submitted by the author(s) in question.
Reporting the issue to the concerned authorities, including the authors' institution and/or funding organizations.
At any stage of publication (before being fully published with a DOI registration), an article can be withdrawn by the author after submitting a written request with justifications. In post publication stage, if any readers or any third person complaint about the content, copyright issue, fraudulent data, multiple submission, or plagiarism, the article will be withdrawn from the online system by the publisher with a note on retraction.
In case of significant correction, an erratum/corrigendum/addendum will be published and linked with the original published article.
In case of complaints (from any person) with proof of plagiarism or copyright issues, the publisher will retract/remove the published article with a note on retraction mentioning the reasons and the case may be informed to the concerned author's institution and/or funding organizations of the article. The retraction of a published article will be decided by the publisher after discussion with the concerned editor.
For details on The clarion International Multidisciplinary Research Journal Archiving Policy, please click here.
Experiments on Animals
The authors of papers, in which experiments on animals were conducted, should give a statement of certification that "Experiments on animals were performed in accordance with the ethical guidelines and regulations set forth by .... [give Name of Institution/Committee of the country where experiments carried out]" and also should be in accordance with the internationally accepted principles for laboratory animal use and care.
Conflict of Interest
For a transparent nature of the publishing process, all parties involved in the article should reveal any possible association which poses a conflict of interest in connection with the manuscript.
Authors at the time of submission should declare the conflicts of interest in a written statement. It is understood upon submission of an article, that the authors acknowledge the sources of funding and any related associations or assistance from any third parties related to the article.
Reviewers are responsible for revealing any potential conflicts with the article in review, and it is strongly advised that the reviewers should not consider them for review.
If authors would like to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published in any other online/print publication, in their article, they should take written permission from the previous publisher/author before article submission to The Clarion International Multidisciplinary Research Journal. The authors should submit this letter along with the manuscript submission. The material received without written permission will be assumed to originate from the authors International Multidisciplinary Research Journal will not be responsible for any future consequences.
For any type of complaint please contact through email .email@example.com resolution will be conveyed to the complainant. All complaints will be resolved as quickly as possible and in consultation with the concerned journal editors.
The names and email addresses entered in The Clarion International Multidisciplinary Research Journal website will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of Journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.
The Clarion International Multidisciplinary Research Journal is dedicated to publishing only original material. The submitted manuscripts should be original works that have neither been published elsewhere nor are under review elsewhere in any other Journal/Conference Proceedings or Books. The article will be crosschecked with CrossCheck - iThenticate plagiarism screening software before final publication.
Note: The Clarion International Multidisciplinary Research Journal encourages the submission of original articles by authors. Acts of plagiarism will not be condoled by the journals. Submitted work if discovered to be plagiarized will be withdrawn from the journal's website and legal action may be taken against such author if deemed necessary.
Becoming a Reviewer for The Clarion
If you would like to be considered as a reviewer for this Journal, please contact the editorial office via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), and provide your contact details. If your request is approved you will receive a confirmatory email, asking you to send details on your field of expertise, in the format of subject classifications.