The publisher of Nsukka Journal of the Humanities and its editors will publish articles, book reviews and commentaries following the established publishing ethics guidelines, which apply to authors, peer reviewers, the editorial office and the journal as an organisational body. The journal is bound by this ethics to take all reasonable and justifiable steps to detect and forestall the publication of articles where misconduct has been established. The misconducts are, but are not limited to the list:
- Plagiarism – Plagiarism is an offence committed when an author (authors) uses (use) another work (typically the work of another author) without permission, credit, or acknowledgement. Plagiarism can happen in different shapes, such as verbatim copying, substantial copying, and paraphrasing of the work of another author or authors or his/her/their creative works. Verbatim and substantial copying can be easily detected in the journal’s plagiarism online application, but paraphrasing seems more difficult to detect. However, the editors will take seriously the quantity and quality of the manuscripts submitted to ensure that the author(s) has/have not benefited from the skill and judgment of another article or creative work without acknowledgements. If a significant amount of overlapping text (e.g., an overlap >15% or a similarity>50%) is found, we will immediately verify if the manuscript is associated with publication misconduct.
- Allegations regarding author contributions – All the authors must have contributed substantially to the manuscripts they submitted for consideration by the journal editors. All co-authors MUST meet the criteria for authorship (see details in the author section) and ensure appropriate acknowledgements are made in the manuscript. Substantial contributions include but are not limited to conceptualisation, development of the ideas, involvement in literature search and reviews, fieldwork, content-proof reading, data computation and analyses or/and drawing up conclusions.
- Duplicate submission/publication – The journal does not permit duplicate submission or publication that is, submitting the same or a very similar manuscript to more than one journal. This takes the forms of redundant publication, misrepresentation of the author(s), data falsification or refusing to declare a conflict of interests. These are unethical and can result in rejection or even retraction at any point these misconducts are found out.
Manipulation of the peer review process – when either the corresponding author or any of the authors and the reviewer have acted in an unethical manner in the review process. The editor SHALL withdraw the manuscript based on the ethical breach.