Publication Ethics

Journal Policy:

Journal of Statistical Modelling: Theory and Applications (JSMTA) is strongly against any unethical act of copying or plagiarism in any form. Plagiarism is said to have occurred when large portions of a manuscript have been copied from existing previously published resources. All manuscripts submitted for publication to JSMTA are cross-checked for plagiarism using Turnitin or iThenticate software. Manuscripts found to be plagiarized during the initial stages of review are out-rightly rejected and not considered for publication in the journal. In case a manuscript is found to be plagiarized after publication, the Editor-in-Chief will conduct a preliminary investigation, maybe with the help of a suitable committee constituted for the purpose.

This journal adheres to the publication ethics and malpractice policies outlined by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and complies with the highest ethical standards in accordance with ethical laws.

All corresponding authors of accepted papers should fill and sign Copyright and Conflict of Interest forms, before publishing the papers.

Agreement upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editors, the peer reviewers, and the publisher.

A) As an author

1)  Authorship should be based only on the following four criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content
  • Final approval of the version to be published
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved


     2) Duties of the Authors are the following:

  • Reporting standards
  • Data Access and Retention
  • Originality and Plagiarism
  • Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication
  • Acknowledgment of Sources
  • Authorship of the Paper
  • Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
  • Fundamental errors in published works 


B) As an editor

1) Editors must keep the information obtained from the submitted manuscripts confidential.

2) Editors must accept responsibility for the publication decisions they make.

3) Editors must release errata, clarifications, or apology statements and must not refrain from retracting a publication if they have clear evidence of scientific misconduct, unethical research, plagiarism, or other violations of ethical scientific publishing.

4) Editors should maintain the scientific integrity of the manuscript.

5) Editorial evaluation of a submitted manuscript will be based on originality of content, clarity of presentation, language fluency, soundness of methodology, rigorous analysis and interpretation of data, and contribution to the scientific fields of interest to the journal’s audience, as defined in the journal’s scope.


C) As a reviewer

The peer-review process in Journal of Statistical Modelling: Theory and Applications (JSMTA) is based on blind review by the members of the Editorial Board.

1) Information obtained from the review process should not be used for any person’s or organization’s advantage, or to the disadvantage of others.

2) Reviewers should not be given any information that may reveal the identity of the manuscript’s authors during the refereeing process.

3) The review comments should be objective and constructive. Hostile, inflammatory, libelous, derogatory, or any personal attacks are forbidden.

4) Reviewers should accept to participate in the review process only if they have enough expertise in the subject of the manuscript to carry out a proper assessment.

5) Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.


D) Duties of the Publisher

We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint, or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, we will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful to editors. Finally, we are working closely with other publishers and industry associations to set standards for best practices on ethical matters, errors, and retractions--and are prepared to provide specialized legal review and counsel if necessary.