Allegations of Misconduct
This policy is based on COPE's Core Practices.
Allegations can be reported confidentially and should be directed to the editorial office via the contact information provided on the journal's website. Whistleblowers are encouraged to come forward with concerns, and their identities will be protected throughout the process.
Upon receiving an allegation, the editorial team will conduct an initial assessment to determine the claim's validity. This assessment is critical for deciding whether to proceed to a full investigation.
If the initial assessment indicates potential misconduct, a formal investigation will be launched. The editor-in-chief, in consultation with the editorial board and, if necessary, external experts, will oversee this investigation. The investigation will be thorough and fair, adhering to the guidelines established by COPE.
Confidentiality will be strictly maintained throughout the investigation. All communication regarding an allegation will be kept confidential and, to the extent possible, limited to those directly involved in the investigation.
The individual(s) accused of misconduct will be given an opportunity to respond to any allegations. A balanced and fair investigation is committed to, ensuring the accused an opportunity to address all claims and evidence presented.
Outcome and Resolution:
Should the investigation confirm the occurrence of misconduct, appropriate action will be taken. This may include the retraction of published work, notification to the authors' institutions, and a formal statement regarding the investigation's findings.
A detailed record of the complaint, the investigation process, and the outcome will be maintained securely by the journal.
In light of new insights and evolving standards in publication ethics, JIF is dedicated to continually improving its policies and procedures. Every incident of alleged misconduct will be a learning opportunity to adapt our practices and further strengthen the integrity of our publication process.