The IJPBA Journal editors should be informed of any actions by reviewers or authors that are not in-line with this statement. If there is suspected misconduct by an editor, the complaint should first be made to the co-editors. If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, then the complaint should be passed to the editorial board of the IJPBA Journal.
Research misconduct includes plagiarism, falsifying of data, citation manipulation, publishing or submitting a manuscript to multiple journals for publication and text recycling among others.
Plagiarism is the use of the ideas, work or words of another without proper acknowledgement or citation.
Text recycling is the use of sections of text from an earlier article by the same author(s). This is not the same as redundant publication, which is the submission of the same results/manuscript to multiple journals.
In cases of suspected misconduct, the Editors and Editorial Board will use the best practices of COPE to assist them to resolve the complaint and address the misconduct fairly. This will include an investigation of the allegation by the Editors. A submitted manuscript that is found to contain such misconduct will be rejected. In cases where a published paper is found to contain such misconduct, a retraction can be published and will be linked to the original article.