Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
The Journal of School Administration Research and Development considers the continuity of an ethical publication process to be among their top responsibilities. To this end, they utilize the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct as a guideline for their ethics policies.
Editors are responsible for deciding which submitted manuscripts will be published. Decisions are to be made in an objective manner. Editors are also responsible for conducting the initial screening process for submitted manuscripts (see description below).
Editors and the editorial staff will not disclose information about any submitted manuscripts except as appropriate to the corresponding author(s), editorial staff, peer reviewers, and publisher.
Peer reviewers assist the editors and the editorial board in making editorial decisions. They may also assist authors in improving their manuscripts. Reviewers are asked to review manuscripts that fall within their area of expertise. In the case that a reviewer feels unqualified to review a manuscript, he or she is expected to promptly inform the editor. Peer reviewers are expected to complete reviews promptly within the window provided by editors.
Authors submitting to JSARD are expected to conduct ethical research practices. This includes ethical data collection and analysis practices, accurate reporting of results, accurate and appropriate citations, thorough and transparent research practices that allow replication with similar results, acknowledgment of funding and sponsorship, and acknowledgment of researcher biases or conflicts of interest.
Manuscript submissions should be original works of the author(s), should not have been previously published in any form, and should not be under consideration for publication by other journals or magazines.
Authors are expected to disclose any conflicts of interest that could potentially influence the integrity of their manuscript to the editors as early in the publication process as possible. Authors should include a disclosure statement at the end of their manuscript that states any financial support for the project and any other potential sources of conflict of interest.
Peer Review Policy Statement
Editors screen submitted manuscripts for submission guideline compliance, originality (JSARD uses Grammarly to screen for plagiarism), relevance to JSARD’s aims and scope, style and grammar proficiency, and soundness of methods and results. Manuscripts meeting the minimum criteria are sent to at least two experts for review.
Double Blind Peer Review
JSARD utilizes a double blind peer-review process. Manuscripts are blinded, and reviewers follow a standardized review process to provide feedback on manuscript quality and to recommend a decision. Peer-reviewer comments and recommendations are sent to JSARD editors for a publication decision. Authors should receive notification that a manuscript was received within 48 hours of submission and a publication decision should follow within 16 weeks. Regardless of the decision, all authors receive feedback. Manuscripts receiving conditional acceptance pending revision will receive requested revisions along with a deadline for resubmission. Editors review revised and resubmitted manuscripts and make subsequent publication decisions.