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publication ETHICS, malpractice & Review

Policies and ethics for authors

GSPR welcomes articles addressing the overall sports curriculum and sports policy matters which revolve around trending sports-related issues of the era, starting from legal and administrative policies to all other sports-related affairs across other disciplines.

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of work of the author and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour.

Find information about how to publish ethically under the "Ethics" topic on Elsevier Researcher Academy. Other useful information specifically developed for editors but useful for anyone with a deep interest in the topic is the Publishing Ethics Resource Kit.

Ethical topics to consider when publishing:

  • 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. Transparency about the contributions of authors is encouraged, for example in the form of a credit author statement.

  • Originality and plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

  • Data access and retention: Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data.

  • Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: An author should not, in general, publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. 

  • Acknowledgement of Sources: Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given.

  • Disclosure and conflicts of interest: All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest.

  • Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal's Editorial Board and cooperate with the Board to retract or correct the paper.

  • 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.

  • Hazards and human or animal subjects: Statements of compliance are required if the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, or if it involves the use of animal or human subjects.

Peer-Review Process

All of the journal’s content is subjected to a blind double peer-review. Peer review is defined as "obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers & experts in the field of publication." The process takes a maximum of 60 days.

 

The Review and Publishing Process Explained

  1. Once a manuscript submission is made, the editorial board will examine and assess the articles which are submitted to the journal. The submissions will not be considered if they fail to meet the aims, scope and objectives of the journal. To understand GSPR's aims and scope, click here.

  2. Papers submitted to GSPR will be first checked for plagiarism using the Turnitin plagiarism detection tool. Manuscripts leading to plagiarism will be rejected by the Editorial Board.

  3. The Editorial Board WILL NOT make grammatical and spelling alterations or correct incorrect referencing in the texts. Manuscripts with grammatical and spelling errors and incorrect referencing will be returned to the author(s).

  4. Manuscripts that meet the basic criteria of GSPR will then be sent to two blind reviewers for their comments.

  5. In cases of poorly structured papers, they may be sent back to the authors for rectification before they are forwarded to the reviewers. 

  6. After the reviewers' comments, articles are then accepted, revised or rejected on the basis of the recommendations of reviewers.

  7. Revised articles are reviewed by the Editor-in-chief, although in some cases they may be referred back to the original reviewer.

  8. The final publications of the articles will be decided by the issue editor on the basis of referees’ comments. 

  9. Manuscripts accepted for publication with required corrections, the author(s) must proceed to make the required changes and corrections and return the final draft within a time period indicated by the editorial board. Non-adherence to the same might result in non-publication.

  10. At any stage, the decision of the Editor-in-chief shall be final.

  11. Previously published work with GSPR can be referred to by the authors in their submissions only after proper referencing of the same.

  12.  Each author of approved papers for the publication should fill out, print, sign, scan and send the “Copyright Form” to the editor via their own e-mails. To access the Copyright Form and understand how our copyright & licensing works, kindly visit the Copyright & Licensing Note for Authors.

 

For manuscript submission guidelines, kindly check the 'Manuscript Submission Guidelines'.

 

Other General Guidelines:

 

  1. Co-authorship is permitted.

  2. Scholarly References and Primary References are compulsory. Any statistical data, fact or any other informative text when being used, need to have references to it in the form of footnotes/bibliography/webliography. References should be authentic to be reliable.

  3. The use of tables in the paper is usually not suggested, but if it is imperative to use a table, then the author(s) may.

  4. Submissions that are plagiarised to a level of more than 15% will not be accepted.

  5. Kindly do not mention your name or any other credential in the paper. 

  6. Ensure that the final paper has the abstract attached to it. 

  7. The journal does not charge any publication fees.

Prevention of Research Malpractices

The Editorial Board shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct (which shall include but not be limited to plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication) has occurred. In no event shall the editorial board encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. 

 

In the event that GSPR or its Editorial Board are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, GSPR shall deal with allegations appropriately in accordance with the COPE Guidelines on Good Publication Practice. These measures shall include but not be limited to rejecting the publication of the paper (if not yet published), retracting the paper wholly (if it is published) and offering the authors a chance to rectify their mistakes. The authors found guilty of such malpractices may be severely reprimanded and may even be blacklisted from future publications in the journal, depending on the severity of the malpractice. 

FAIR PLAY

An editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

CONFIDENTIALITY

The Editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

DISCLOSURES AND CONFLICT OF INTERESTS

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Editors should excuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other members of the editorial board instead of review and consider) for considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern.

investigations into complaints

Global Sports Policy Review (GSPR) will respond to all allegations or suspicions of research or publication misconduct raised by readers, reviewers, or other editors. Cases of possible plagiarism or duplicate/redundant publication will be assessed by the journal. In other cases, the journal may request an investigation by the institution or other appropriate bodies.

Reviewers' Guidelines

promptness

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 and excuse himself from the review process.

confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call the editor’s attention to any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Reviewer misconduct

Editors will take reviewers' misconduct seriously and pursue any allegation of breach of confidentiality, non-declaration of conflicts of interest (financial or non-financial), inappropriate use of confidential material, or delay of peer review for competitive advantage. Allegations of serious reviewer misconduct, such as plagiarism, will be taken to the institutional level.

Authors' Responsibilities

Reporting standards

Authors reporting results of original research should present an accurate account of 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. Fraudulently or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

 

Originality and Plagiarism

 

Authors should adhere to the publication requirements: (i) which are submitted work is entirely original, (ii) is not plagiarized,(iii) has not been published in any other journals, and (iv) if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that is to cited appropriately or quoted. The acceptable level of plagiarism for GSPR is 15% as mentioned above.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

An author should not generally publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of a manuscript

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 named in an Acknowledgement section.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the definition above) and any inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest in their manuscript that might be construed as influencing the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

 

DISCLAIMER

 

Neither the editors nor the Editorial Board is responsible for authors’ expressed opinions, views, and the contents of the published manuscripts in the journal. The originality, proofreading of manuscripts and errors are the sole responsibility of the individual authors.

In case you have a query regarding submissions, feel free to mail us at:

editor@g-spr.com