Publication Guidelines

MSB- International journal of Interdisciplinary Research

To maintain publishing ethics, we strictly follow guidelines set at four different levels and strongly believe in achieving transparency at our level.

1. Author: The author needs to make sure that his work is completely original. If someone else’s work is being used, the right credit is given to the right place. All forms of plagiarism are unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to multiple journals at the same time is unethical and should be avoided. Corresponding authors must approve the final version of the submitted research paper and ensure that there is a complete consensus among all co-authors when submitting it to the journal for publication.

Responsibilities of Authors:

• Authors should present an accurate account of their data. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to the work. Fraudulent or inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

• The authors should ensure that they have submitted their original works, and if the authors have used the work of others, then that has been appropriately cited. Plagiarism in all its forms is totally unacceptable.

• An author should not publish manuscripts describing same research work in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical behaviour which is unacceptable.

• Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must be given. Authors should cite publications with written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the written permission of the author of the work involved.

• Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be reported as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research should be acknowledged as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

• If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with standard prescribed guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them. Authors should include in the manuscript a statement that consent was obtained for the experiment. All sources of financial support for the

• project must be disclosed. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed as soon as possible.

• Authors should, if they discover inaccuracies in a published work, immediately notify the editor or publisher and work with the editor to withdraw or rectify the article.

2. Editors: Editors must not use unpublished information in their own research without the written consent of the author. Editors must take reasonable retaliatory action against ethical grievances against submitted manuscripts or published articles.

Editor’s Responsibilities:

Editors are responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal will be published. Editors may be subject to the policies of the journal editorial board and may be restricted by legal requirements applicable to defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism. An editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, citizenship, or political connections of the authors.

The editor must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, and the publisher.

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the consent of the author information obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern. It should be ensured that the peer review process for sponsored supplements is the same as that used for the main journal. Items in sponsored supplements should be accepted solely on the basis of academic merit and interest to readers and not be influenced by commercial considerations.

An editor should take measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher. Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies, and if the complaint is upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant. Every reported act of unethical publishing must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication.

REVIEWERS: Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

DUTIES OF REVIEWERS:

Peer review process, assists the editor in making their final decisions and through the editorial communications with the author also assists in improving the paper.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

All manuscripts received for peer review must be treated confidentially.

Reviews must be objective. Judges must clearly express their opinions through supporting materials.

Reviewers must indicate relevant publications not cited by authors. All reported statements must be accompanied by appropriate citations. The reviewer should also bring the editor to the attention of any significant similarities or overlaps between the manuscript in question and other published articles of which he is personally known.

Unpublished data published in the submitted manuscript must not be used in the reviewer’s own research without the written consent of the author. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts that have a conflict of interest due to competition, cooperation, or other relationship or association with authors, companies, or institutions related to the manuscript.

3. Publisher: Plagiarism is considered a serious violation of scientific ethics by the entire scientific community. Plagiarism of manuscripts is strictly handled. To prevent abuse of publishing ethics, we continuously advise and accept suggestions from the editorial board/reviewer.

Authors Guidelines Manuscripts are invited from researchers, academicians and professionals for publication consideration. The journal publishes both empirical and conceptual research. In the subject line of your e-mail please write “MSB-IJIR submission” 1. Articles are accepted in MS-Word. 2. Contributors should adhere to the Article format of the journal. 3. Electronic submission of manuscripts strongly encouraged, provided that the text, tables, and figures are included in a single Microsoft Word file. 4. Submit manuscripts as e-mail attachment to the Editorial Office at: editors.ijir@mysocialbliss.com Article Format 1. The title of the article should be bold, centred and typed in capital letters in a 14-point Times New Roman Font. 2. The author(s) details i.e., full name, designation, name of the organization, city, Pin, state, country, e-mail id, alternate e-mail id, contact details i.e., mobile/landline phone numbers, in 12-point Times New Roman should be centred below the title. 3. All manuscripts must be accompanied by a brief abstract. Abstract including key words must not exceed 200 words. It should be in fully justified and italicized text. It should highlight research background, methodology; major finding(s) and conclusion in brief. Authors must mention 4-6 keywords. Key words should be listed alphabetically, separated by commas, and full stop at the end. 4. Manuscripts must be no longer than 10-15 pages (all inclusive). It should be single spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 points with 1 inch margin on all four sides. It must be clearly written without any spelling or grammatical errors. 5. All tables and figures should be incorporated into the body of the paper. 6. All the equations used in research paper/article should be consecutively numbered in parentheses, horizontally centred with equation number placed at the right. 7. The authors should list all references alphabetically at end of the paper. References: 1. It must be single spaced, and at the end of the manuscript. Each reference should be hanging 0.25” from the left. 2. References when used in the text, enclose the citation in brackets, using author’s surname, followed by comma and the year of publication, and arranged chronologically (Davie, 1973; Minois, 1988).

3. In case authors name is part of the text, only quote the year of publication in brackets. Davie, 1996 reported that… Minois et al. (2008) found that….. 4. References for journals, proceedings of conferences, books, website, and dissertation should follow the Harvard Referencing System. 5. The authors are advised to mention only those references actually used in their manuscript.