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About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Maritime sector has always been influencing the global economy. Shipping facilitates the bulk transportation of raw material, oil and gas products,food and manufactured goods across international borders. Shipping is truly global in nature and it can be easily said that without shipping, the intercontinental trade of commodities would come to stand still.
Research in the various aspects of maritime and logistic sector is highly crucial. IIRE through its Journal of Maritime Research and Development (IJMRD) provides a platform to encourage the publication of research work and paper.
Peer Review Process
Submitted articles will be peer reviewed. If required, article can also be reviewed by SME. The review of articles would focus on the structure of the article, the clarity of the topic, the presentation and the contributions.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Publication Ethics & Publication Malpractice Statement
Responsibilities of the Publisher
Formation of Editorial Board
Editorial board will be generated from recognized experts in the field. The editor will provide full names and affiliations of the members as well as updated contact information for the editorial.
Handling of unethical publishing behavior
In cases of any alleged or proven misconduct, fraudulent publication and /or plagiarism, the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all the appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the published article. The publisher is obliged to publish a prompt erratum, clarification or, in the severe case must also retracted the affected work.
The publisher along with the editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where any misconduct has occurred. It is very clear that under no circumstances Publisher and editors encourage any such misconduct and/or knowingly allow such misconduct to happen.
Access to journal content
The publisher is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of published articles and will take all the steps necessary to ensures accessibility our its digital archive.
Responsibilities of Editorial Board
Editorial board of the Journal IJMRD is responsible for maintaining the integrity and quality while striving for improvement and relevance of the Journal with the changing time. They must remain aware about the needs of authors and readers, encouraging academic debate.
Responsibilities of Editors
Editors must not indulge in any kind of biased and unfair practices.
Editors evaluate submitted manuscripts entirely on the basis of their academic merit and its significance to the scope of Journal IJMRD, without any regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation. The editor may consult with other editors or reviewers in making the decision about reviewing, editing and publishing articles in IJMRD. Decisions to edit and publish articles are guided by the policies of the IJMRD’s editorial board.
Editorial board, Editors and editorial staff will take all precautionary actions to ensure the confidentiality of submitted articles during the entire process of publication. They shall not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisers.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
- Editorial board and Editors will not use unpublished article or any information present in those submitted unpublished manuscript for their research work without the written consent from the author.
- Members of editorial board and editor must not use any information or ideas expressed through peer review. it must be kept confidential and not used for any personal gain.
- Editor should remove (recuse) himself from participating in the publication process of manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest. They should handover responsibility to another member of the editorial board to handle the manuscript.
- All submitted manuscript must get equally fair chance to get published in the journal IJMRD.
- All the submitted manuscripts being considered for publication must be peer-reviewed by at least two SME (Subject Matter Experts) reviewers.
- The Editor’s decision to publish the submitted manuscripts in the journal must be based on the vision and the aims of the journal IJMRD, such as the importance and relevance of the topic. The reviewers’ comments, any legal requirements regarding libel, copyright violation and plagiarism. The Editor should consult with other editors or reviewers in case of any dilemma about making this decision.
Involvement and cooperation in investigations
- Editors and publisher are responsible and must take responsive measures in case of any ethical concerns are raised with regard to a submitted manuscript or published article. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication.
- To deal with the suspected misconduct and unethical publishing behavior Editors can follow the COPE Flowchart by scanning the given QR Code:
- In case after investigation if the ethical concern is well- founded, editor and publisher must take a corrective measure and correction/ disclaimer, expression of concern or any other appropriate note, must be published in the journal.
Responsibilities of Reviewers
- Reviewers supports to maintain the standard and quality of the Journal.
- Peer review provides required inputs to authors to improve their work.
- Peer review supports the editor in making editorial decisions.
- Peer review is an important element of formal scholarly communication. Authors who wish to contribute to publications have an obligation to reviewing manuscripts.
Promptness and timely intimation
Any invited reviewer who feels inadequate to review the manuscript or do not have sufficient time to for prompt review must immediately notify the editors and decline the invitation to review so that alternative reviewers can be contacted. He can also suggest alternatives to the editors.
All manuscripts received for review are confidential documents and must be treated with sensitivity and confidentiality. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the Editor. This also applies to invited reviewers who decline the review invitation.
Objectivity while reviewing
Reviewer must review with full objectivity. Reviewer must refrain from any personal comments/criticism about the author. Reviewers must express their views, suggestions and observations clearly with supporting arguments in order to improve the manuscript.
Acknowledgement of sources
Reviewers should pay full attention while reviewing and identify any observation, derivation or argument, data author has used without proper citation. Accordingly, reviewer must advise author to include proper citation.
A reviewer should also report to the editors of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other manuscript of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
- Reviewer must not use any unpublished material from the submitted manuscript without proper written consent of the authors.
- Privileged information, ideas, expressions, statements acquired through reviewing must be kept confidential.
- Reviewer must not use any such information for his/ her personal advantage.
- Reviewer if has any conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the manuscript and the work should immediately report to the editor to acknowledge it so that alternative reviewers can be arranged.
- Above all also applies to invited reviewers who declined the review invitation.
Responsibilities of Authors
Open Access Policy
The journal IJMRD is freely available online. Authors are required to agree with this open access policy which enables unrestricted access and reuse of all published articles. Users can use the material and /or build upon the material with appropriate credit given. Users do not need any permission to use the material.
Authors of papers/articles should present an accurate account of the work performed, its objective, significance and the outcomes/results. The manuscript should have enough references and details so that others can replicate the work. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate, comprehensive and objective. Deceitful or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Data access and retention
Authors of papers/ articles should have raw data of their work available, they may need to provide the raw data along with their work for review, they should also be prepared to provide public access to raw data and should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time (minimum 10 years) after publication.
(Consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases).
Originality and plagiarism
Authors must submit the entirely original works with appropriately cited or quoted wherever they have used the work and/or words of others. Any article/research or publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the work reported in the manuscript should also be cited. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
Multiple, duplicate or concurrent publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. He/she should not Submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. Concurrent submission of the same work is an unethical publishing behaviour and unexpectable. An author should also not submit his/her previously published paper /article for consideration in another journal. For re-publishing the same paper, the authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.
Authorship of the manuscript
The authors who can take responsibility for the content/ data should be listed for the authorship of the manuscript and all those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. All others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible. Readers should be informed about who has funded research and on the role of the funders in the research.
Acknowledgement of sources
Authors should ensure that they have properly acknowledged the work of others, and should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Authors should not use information obtained in the course of providing confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, unless they have obtained the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.
Hazards and human or animal subjects
If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animals or human participants, the authors should ensure that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee has approved them; the manuscript should contain a statement to this effect. Authors should also include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human participants. The privacy rights of human participants must always be observed.
Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to editors’ requests for raw data, clarifications, and proof of ethics approval, patient consents and copyright permissions. In the case of a first decision of "revisions necessary", authors should respond to the reviewers’ comments systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given.
Fundamental errors in published works
When authors discover significant errors or inaccuracies in their own published work, it is their obligation to promptly notify the editors and publisher of the Journal and cooperate with them to either correct the paper in the form of an erratum or to retract the paper. If the editors or publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error or inaccuracy, then it is the authors’ obligation to promptly correct or retract the paper or provide evidence to the journal editors of the correctness of the paper.
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The first article was published in the year 2017.