Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics


Journal of Islamic Contemporary Studies JICS undertakes a high commitment to uphold the best standard of publication ethics based on COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). Hence, all journals of Al Hikmah Research and Publication Centre fully adhere to Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers.

JICS is committed to promote a genuine articles, scientific journals, and book reviews. As such, all submitted papers and opus have to be fully original, unpublished, never been copied by other party with other languages, and is not considered to be published by other publication. All authors who submit their papers should fully adhere our policy in relate to publication ethics and malpractice statement as our editorial board do not tolerate any unethical behaviour such as plagiarism in whole or in a part from other work.

It is important to avoid:

  • Data fabrication and falsification:

Data fabrication means the researcher did not actually do the study, but faked the data. Data falsification means the researcher did the experiment, but then changed some of the data.

  • Plagiarism:

Taking the ideas and work of other scientists without giving them credit is unfair and dishonest. Copying even one sentence from someone else’s manuscript, or even one of your own that has previously been published, without proper citation is considered plagiarism—use your own words instead.

  • Multiple submissions:

It is unethical to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time. Doing this wastes the time of editors and peer reviewers, and can damage the reputation of the authors and the journals if published in more than one journal as the later publication will have to be retracted.

  • Redundant publications (or ‘salami’ publications):

This means publishing many very similar manuscripts based on the same experiment. Combining your results into one very robust paper is more likely to be of interest to a selective journal. Editors are likely to reject a weak paper that they suspect is a result of salami slicing.

Duties of the Editors


Editorial Decision on Publication: The editor-in-chief has to come up with the final decision based on the reviewer’s recommendation and deliberation with other editors. The editor-in-chief is not subject to his own decision as he may confer with other editor or reviewer based on distinctive judgment parameter. The final decision could either reject or accept the submitted paper.

Review of Manuscript:  The editor in chief must assure that all submitted papers is well assessed and evaluated by the editor who may use some software to check and test the originality of the papers which later on must be reviewed using blind peer- review. This peer review should generate some recommendations whether to publish, modify, or reject the manuscript. The period for review process will be less than 30 days.

Fair Review: All submitted paper will be evaluated based on the intellectual merit regardless of the sexual orientation, gender, religious belief, author’s race, citizenship, etc.

Confidentiality: The editor in chief must not disclosure any information about submitted papers to Al Hikmah International. All information about manuscript will be kept secretly.

Duties of the Reviewers


Confidentiality: all submitted manuscript are considered as a confidential documents which will not be disclosed unless authorized by editor in chief. All information about manuscript will also be kept secretly.

Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers should recognize any relevant work published that has not been cited by other author. While at the same time, the reviewers should also be aware any work that has previously been reported elsewhere should be cited correctly by the authors. Any similarity or overlap of the submitted manuscript notified by the reviewers should directly reported to the editor in chief.

Standards of Objectivity: Reviewer should clearly explained their evaluation with logic and acceptable explanation. Any personal criticism toward the author will not be accepted and considered as inappropriate.

Promptness: All reviewer should notify the editor if they could not manage to complete the review process within the timeline designed. It aims to avoid any inaccuracy of the time set. Hence, the editor will look for another reviewer.

Conflict of Interest: all invited referees and reviewers who have any conflict of interest toward some individual or companies that affect the review process of the submitted papers should notify the editor and decline the invitation. All information in relate to the submitted paper should not be used or disclosed by the referees or reviewer who has declined the invitation. All related information of the manuscript is confidential.

Duties of the Authors

  1. Reporting standards: 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.
  2. Originality: Authors must ensure that their work is entirely original.
  3. Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publications: Authors should not concurrently submit the same manuscript for publishing to other journals. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
  4. Acknowledgement of Sources: Author(s) should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have influenced their research.
  5. 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 on 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.
  6. Data Access and Retention: Authors should retain raw data related to their submitted paper, and must provide it for editorial review, upon request of the editor.
  7. Disclosure of Financial Support: All sources of financial support, if any, should be disclosed.
  8. Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her submitted manuscript, the author must immediately notify the editor.