The New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies (NZJAS) operates in strict adherence to the ethical guidelines and practices of theCommittee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The Editorial Team is committed to upholding research integrity and guarantee the utmost care and respect to all participants in and subjects of research.
Editorial Process We are committed to editorial independence, free from pressures coming from private or political institutions. We consider all submissions on the basis of their academic merit, irrespective of their topic. We actively seek and encourage submissions from scholars of diverse backgrounds, including race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, and disability. The NZJASfollows the guidelines outlined in the COPE’Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing. All submissions are first evaluated by the NZJAS Editors, who make a preliminary assessment and then send the anonymised manuscript to a minimum of two independent peer reviewers. The peer reviewers’ assessments inform the Editors’ decision as to whether or not to recommend publication to the NZJAS. Responsibilities and duties of the Editorial Team • The Editors treat all submissions in a confidential manner. • The Editors review all manuscript submissions to ensure that their scope is suitable for the journal, and that their quality warrants peer review. • The Editors are committed to a double-blind peer review process. Research articles are reviewed by two experts in fields relevant to the submission. • The Editors ensure that the peer review process is fair, timely, and confidential. • The Editors make the final decision on the publication of manuscripts. Decisions are made solely on the scholarly merit of the manuscript, without regard for race, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, ethnicity, citizenship, or ideology of the author. Responsibilities and duties of the Authors •Authors should only submit work that is original, free of plagiarism and has not been published previously. •Authors should not submit the manuscript to another journal simultaneously. •Authors should ensure that submissions are free of fraudulent statements, inaccurate data, or deliberately misleading representations of the words and views of others. •Authors should declare any conflicts of interest that compromise the manuscript’s scholarly conclusions. •Authors are responsible for manuscript correction and proofreading and for ensuring that all material is appropriately acknowledged, any copy-writing clearance obtained. •Authors are encouraged to read the COPE guidance on citation manipulation. Responsibilities and duties of the Reviewers The NZJAS endorses the COPE guidelines for reviewers. •Reviewers should declare any conflict of interest in reviewing a manuscript. •Reviewers should not try to ascertain the authors of the manuscript under review. •Reviewers should treat the manuscript under review as a confidential document. •Unpublished material in a manuscript should not be used by the reviewer without the written consent of the author. •Reviewers should report on any potential ethical concerns of the manuscript (such as signs of plagiarism). •Reviewers should complete the review in a timely manner and treat the review process as one that is evaluative but also constructive. •Reviewers should evaluate a manuscript on its scholarly merit and should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Post-publication discussions and corrections Every article published by the NZJAS either in the print issue or online, constitutes the Version of Record (VoR): the final, definitive, and citable version in the scholarly record. Recognising a published article as a finalised Version of Record establishes the expectation that it can be relied upon as accurate, complete, and citable. Our Journal’s policy is to maintain the integrity of the Version of Record in accordance with STM Association guidelines: “Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact, and unaltered to the maximum extent possible” (STM Guidelines on Preservation of the Objective Record of Science). There may be exceptional circumstances where a published article must later be corrected, retracted or even removed. In considering any post-production discussion or correction of published articles, the NZJAS supports the principle of favouring ‘correction’ (“erratum” or “corrigendum”), ‘expression of concern’ or ‘retraction’ over ‘removal’ as specified in the STM Guidelines on Preservation of the Objective Record of Science.
Harassment The NZJAS does not tolerate any abusive behaviour in the publishing process. If anyone involved in this process engages in such behaviour, we have the right to take action to protect others from this abuse. This may include, for example, withdrawal of a manuscript from consideration, or challenging clearly abusive peer review comments. Plagiarism The NZJAS does not tolerate plagiarism. The Committee on Publication Ethics(COPE) defines plagiarism as: “When somebody presents the work of others (data, words or theories) as if they were his/her own and without proper acknowledgment.” We reserve the right to check all submissions through appropriate plagiarism checking tools. The Editors also expect reviewers to raise any suspicions of plagiarism. Submissions containing suspected plagiarism, in whole or part, will be rejected. If plagiarism is discovered post publication, we will followElsevier’s guidelines for articles retraction and withdrawal. Appeals and Complaints The NZJAS follows theCommittee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelineson appeals to journal editor decisions and complaints about a journal’s editorial management of the peer review process. If there is reason to believe that we did not follow our code of Ethics and you have concerns and wish to appeal or file a complaint, please contact the NZJASEditors.
Intellectual Property and Copyright
All content in the New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies (NZJAS) is published in New Zealand by the New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA).
By publishing their articles in the NZJAS, authors agree to assign copyright to the publisher, the New Zealand Asian Studies Society.
In return, authors may use their published articles for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the New Zealand Copyright Act. Authors wishing to reproduce their articles as part of a book or anthology should seek permission from the NZJAS editors.