The Journal of Agricultural Research (JAR) strictly holds publication ethics as one of its core principles and policy significance and as such it adheres to internationally accepted ethical standards. To ensure compliance, JAR undertakes the double blind peer-review policy for all articles to validate the integrity and novelty of research contents. Peer review process adopted by JAR acts as filter to increase quality of research to be reported. This process also facilitates the authors to remove any errors or a gap in manuscript mistakenly overlooked, making the research more applicable in real sense. So, JAR adopts the COPE guidelines on publication ethics which are outlined as under:-
- Submitted material/data are based on original research conducted by the authors themselves.
- Only unpublished manuscript/data should be submitted.
- It is unethical to submit a manuscript to more than one journal simultaneously.
- Authors will furnish a certificate at the time of paper submission to the effect that
- The manuscript is not being considered elsewhere for publication.
- All authors have agreed/approved the publication of this manuscript.
- The relevant institution has approved the submission, if required.
- The article is based on the research conducted under a research programme or a research project at concerned institution/university.
- The article has been derived from Thesis/Dissertation.
- Any conflict of interest must be clearly stated.
- The source of data used in manuscript or financial help rendered by any organization for conducting the research may be acknowledged.
- All errors shortcomings in the manuscript after submission must be swiftly communicated to the Editorial office.
- Detail of contribution of each author to research article being submitted must be given in a separate Table with his/her scanned signatures placed against each author’s name.
- Authors should strictly follow the time frame/schedule given by the Editorial Office during review process, etc.
Reviewers are expected to evaluate a manuscript for critical and comparative analysis, and most importantly for integrity and novelty of research work keeping in view following principles:-
- All manuscripts are reviewed impartially, fairly and remaining unbiased regardless of any kind of rivalry i.e. gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry, political affiliation of author(s), etc.
- Any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be communicated to the Editor.
- All information data in the manuscript are a personal property of authors. It must be kept confidential till it is finally processed.
- Any information that may be the reason for rejection of manuscript must be communicated to the Editor in detail.
- The reviewers are morally bound to give impartial/unprejudiced observations and should upkeep the professional status.
- Reviewers are expected to follow time frame/schedule given by Editorial Office for vetting of article, etc.
- All manuscripts are processed impartially, fairly and remaining unbiased regardless of any kind of rivalry i.e. gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry, political affiliation of author(s), etc.
- Information pertaining to manuscripts is kept confidential till it is published. Also reviewers as well as authors identity must be kept secret, maintaining blind review policy.
- Any observed conflict of interest pertaining to manuscript must be disclosed to the author as well as to reviewer.
- Editorial Board takes responsibility for making decisions for submitted manuscripts based on the reviewer’s evaluation, policies of Editorial Board and legal restrain acting against plagiarism, libel and copyright infringement.