Publication Ethics

The ethics statements for this journal are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Further information on Publication Ethics can be found on the COPE website:

Duties of the Senior Editor and Editors

          Fair Assessment
          Submitted manuscripts are evaluated for their intellectual content without regard to gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

          The Senior Editor, the journal editors, and any editorial staff do 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 Conflict of Interest
          Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an Editor's research without the explicit written consent of the author(s).

          Publication Decisions
          The handling Editor of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles should be published. The Editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by legal requirements regarding, for example, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with the senior editor, other editors, or reviewers in making this decision.

Duties of Authors

          Reporting Standards
          The authors reporting results of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed and an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

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

          Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publications
          An author should not generally publish manuscripts describing the same research in multiple journals or primary publications. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to multiple journals constitutes unacceptable publishing behavior.

          Acknowledgment of Sources
          Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should also cite publications that have influenced the nature of the reported work.

          Authorship of a Manuscript
          Authorship should be limited to those who have contributed significantly 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 others have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgment section.

          The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no 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 and Human or Animal Subjects
          If the work involves chemicals, procedures, or equipment with any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the authors must identify these in the manuscript.

          Disclosure and Conflict 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 their interpretation of the 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 published work, the author should promptly notify the journal’s Senior Editor or publisher and cooperate with them to retract the paper or publish an appropriate erratum.

Duties of Peer Reviewers

          Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers’ experts in the field of publication.

          Contribution to Editorial Decisions
          Peer review assists the senior editor and the journal editors in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.

          Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor or senior editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

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

          Standards of Objectivity
          Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is not acceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.

          Acknowledgment of Sources
          Reviewers should identify relevant published work that the authors have not cited. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the appropriate citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data they know personally.

          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 evaluating manuscripts with conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any authors, companies, or institutions connected to the submission.

Publication Malpractice Statement

          The Journal of International Buddhist Studies (JIBS) maintains a strict policy of zero tolerance towards publication malpractice. We adhere to the highest ethical standards and treat misconduct allegations with utmost seriousness. Our publication malpractice statement is guided by the following principles:

  1. Plagiarism: JIBS maintains a strong stance against plagiarism, considering it a severe offense. Any form of plagiarism, whether it involves utilizing others' work without proper acknowledgment or permission, is strictly prohibited. In the event that plagiarism is identified, the manuscript will be promptly rejected, and necessary actions will be implemented to address the issue effectively.
  2. Fabrication and Falsification: JIBS strictly prohibits the fabrication or falsification of data or results. Authors are required to present accurate and reliable data, and any form of manipulation or misrepresentation of research findings is regarded as a significant violation of ethical conduct.
  3. Multiple Submissions: JIBS expects that manuscripts submitted to the journal are not concurrently under consideration by any other journals or conference proceedings. Engaging in simultaneous submissions of the same work to multiple publications is considered unethical, and such manuscripts will be promptly rejected.
  4. Authorship Disputes: JIBS places great importance on ensuring that authorship accurately represents the contributions of individuals involved in the research. It is crucial for any disputes or misrepresentations concerning authorship to be resolved prior to submitting the manuscript. Authors are held accountable for providing precise and comprehensive information regarding authorship, as JIBS prioritizes accuracy and transparency in acknowledging the contributions of researchers.
  5. Peer Review Integrity: JIBS upholds the integrity of the peer review process and strictly prohibits any attempts to manipulate it. Actions such as coercing reviewers or providing false recommendations are not tolerated. Maintaining the fairness and objectivity of the review process is of utmost importance to JIBS.
  6. Retraction and Corrections: If significant errors or misconduct are discovered in a published article, JIBS is committed to taking the necessary actions to address the situation appropriately. This may involve issuing a retraction or publishing corrections to rectify the errors. Corrections will be made promptly, transparently, and in accordance with established guidelines to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the published work.
  7. Reporting Misconduct: JIBS strongly encourages authors, reviewers, and readers to report any suspected misconduct, ethical violations, or concerns regarding published articles. We are committed to conducting thorough investigations into such reports, and appropriate actions will be taken based on the findings.

          JIBS is fully devoted to safeguarding the integrity of the scholarly publishing process and maintaining the trust placed in us by authors, reviewers, and readers. We are firmly committed to promptly addressing any instances of publication malpractice and upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct at every stage of the publication process.