Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics in the Peer-Reviewed Journal of the College of Education for Women

By submitting a manuscript, the authors affirm that the work is original, has not been published in parts or in full and is not being submitted for publication in any other journal. The materials included in the manuscript do not violate the copy right of anyone. As a publishing policy of the journal, all the manuscripts are checked for plagiarism before reviewing process.

        The journal is committed to the publication ethics with great care and attention, according to The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and its requirements are as follows:

 First: Editorial Board Responsibilities

  1. The editorial board is responsible for approving the publication of scientific papers submitted to the journal, after adopting the approved publishing regulations, scientific evaluation, and ethics of publishing scientific research.
  2. The editorial board should ensure the objectivity and impartiality of dealing with papers submitted for publication, and refrain from publishing allegiance, favoritism, courtesy, prejudice and ambiguity in the selection of works submitted for publication.
  3. Publication should not be discriminatory on the basis of race, sex, belief or political orientation of the researcher. Papers are accepted depending on the intellectual content and scientific value, as well as language integrity, scientific honesty, non-plagiarism and thefts.
  4. Rejecting all types of personal abuse and what raises sectarian conflicts, racism, as well as any public bad and detestable manners against religions.
  5. The obligation of complete confidentiality on information about authors and their papers, scientific evaluation, and not to inform any party.
  6. Unpublished papers should not be used by the president and members of the editorial board for their research purposes without the express written consent of the paper author.
  7. Non-conflict of interests between editors and researchers, whether on competition or other relationships with researchers or research-related institutions
  8. Working with the journal to improve its vision, credibility, professionalism, through commitment to the work entrusted to them, and seriousness in the work.

 Second: Responsibilities of the scientific expert

 To inform the journal editorial board that the paper is lacking publication ethics, and scientific credibility when evaluating the paper, in order to preserve the reputation of the journal.

  • The reviews of submitted manuscripts must be done objectively not subjectively, and the experts should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  •  Experts need to be aware that any information regarding the manuscripts they are reviewing should be treated as privileged information that goes with the publication ethics.
  • The experts should be bound by the time allotted for the evaluation. They must notify the editorial board of the inability to evaluate and apologize for the evaluation as soon as possible.
  • experts have to adopt the substantive criteria in the evaluation, and shall not involve personal positions in the decisions they make in the evaluation of research.
  • experts are supposed to guarantee that the research is free from scientific plagiarism or theft, and to refer to all published works that have been plagiarized in the paper.
  • Writing a scientific report depending on the scientific content of the paper. Clear evaluation and determination of the originality and scientific accuracy of the paper should be provided.
  • Experts should be away from personal interests and have to inform the editorial board of the journal of any conflict of financial or personal interests.
  • Experts are not supposed to make use of resources in paper under arbitration for personal purposes.
  • Evaluation decision should not be based on competitive or cooperative interests or otherwise with any researchers or institutions concerned with the research.
  • To preserve the confidentiality of evaluation and the names of experts and their scientific reports. Papers containing any signs that reveal the identity of the researcher should be returned.

Third: Researchers' Responsibility

  1. Researchers must ensure that their papers are original and meet high professional and ethical standards, as well as publication regulations, policy and specialization of the journal.
  2. High scientific quality and authentic research standards must be met through clarity of the objective of the research, formal language, scientific accuracy, methodology and correct results away from generalization.
  3. To comply with international citation standards by enclosing them with quotation brackets, documenting references, and avoiding citation without reference to the original source.
  4. The researcher should not send the paper to more than one journal, otherwise it is contrary to the publishing instructions.
  5. Researchers should thank those who contributed to the paper without having their names mentioned  among researchers.
  6. Researchers shall review their research in accordance with the proposals of the experts. If the amendments are not adopted, they have to provide a logical justification.
  7. Joint research authors are required to appoint the principal researcher responsible for the research,  and the main researcher is responsible for the names included in the research paper selected for   publication.


    The Peer-Reviewed Journal of the College of Education for Women follows the review process according to high standards to ensure the publication of high quality papers. The journal is very firm about following ethical standards and principles for research and combating misconduct. The journal takes all necessary measures against those who violate the principles of scientific research ethics and rules.

  • Researchers must provide authentic and non-plagiarized papers, and must adhere to the rules of citation, documentation and publishing ethics.
  • The journal rejects plagiarism or theft completely which is considered immoral behavior in the field of scientific publishing, according the University of Baghdad policy regarding unethical practices or misconduct in research and publication.
  • The accuracy of documentation and the writing of references and sources that have been properly referenced should be scrutinized.
  • In order to avoid ethical violations, researchers are committed to only publishing original material that was not published before. They should also not submit their research to more than one journal at a time; this is an unacceptable behavior and contradicting with research and publication ethics. Otherwise, the research provider will assume legal liability for that.
  • Researchers are entitled to publish their papers  in other journals after receiving an official rejection from the journal or if the journal officially approves the request to withdraw their research submitted.
  • Making the final editorial decision on paper submitted depending on the journal's policies. Editors should take action in response if ethical complaints are raised following the submission or publication of a research paper.
  • Scheduling publication dates of research accepted for publication, without bias or prejudices.
  • Experts have to ensure that all manuscripts received by their journal are reviewed for their scientific content with no regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, political opinions, …etc. of the author.