The editors of a peer-reviewed journal SWS Journal of Social Sciences & Arts are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. In such cases, the editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by legal requirements issues as the presence of libel, copyright infringement or plagiarism in a given manuscript. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
The editors/reviewers 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.
The editors/reviewers 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.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.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 recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from 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.
Involvement and cooperation in investigations
The editors should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the International Scientific committee of SWS Society. Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies, and if the complaint is upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant. Every reported act of unethical publishing behaviour must be investigated, even if it is discovered years after publication.
The editor should observe the international ethical and moral conventions both in human and academic rights.
The editor could suggest further references and literature to the author(s), which could expand and improve the submitted manuscript. It such cases, the referee should be extra careful of the suggested additional literature and should clearly points out what is the reason for his proposal and why it could boost the outcome of the research already conducted by the author(s).
The editor should conduct his editorial work as promptly as possible, although that should not affect the quality of the work performed.
These guidelines are based on existing Elsevier policies and
COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.