Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
Annals of the National Association of Geographers, India (ISSN: 0970-972X) is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal committed to ensuring the highest standards of publication ethics. All parties involved in publishing (editor, editorial board, authors, reviewers and the publisher) have to agree upon standards of ethical behaviour.
1. The editor and the editorial board are responsible for deciding upon the suitability of the content and manuscripts that should be published. In making these decisions, they are guided by the journal's policies, the vision of the National Association of Geographers, India (NAGI) and by legal requirements of copyright infringement and plagiarism.
2. The reviewers are selected solely based on their academic and intellectual merit.
3. The editorial board ensures a fair and unbiased double-blind peer review of the manuscripts and that all information related to them is kept confidential. They also ensure that both authors’ and peer reviewers’ identities are protected.
4. The editor also takes reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints are presented concerning a submitted or published manuscript.
5. Authors are required to submit original research, accurately collected field or experimental data and interpretation as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.
6. Authors should not submit the same manuscript simultaneously to more than one publication at a time. Authors must also ensure that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere.
7. Authors must ensure that the submitted manuscript is plagiarism free and any work or words of other authors, contributors, or sources have been appropriately credited and referenced
8. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
9. The corresponding author with the journal should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript and that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.
10. Authors should disclose financial or other conflicts of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support should be disclosed.
11. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editors and cooperate with them to retract or correct the manuscript.
12. Peer review assists the editor and executive editorial board of Annals in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.
13. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.
14. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
15. Reviewers must report to the editor if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s part.
16. Reviewers evaluate manuscripts based on content without any bias.
17. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
18. Publisher provides practical support to the editor and editorial board.
19. Publisher does not interface on the autonomy of editorial decisions.
20. Publisher protects intellectual property and copyright.
21. Publisher ensures that good practice is maintained to the standards defined above.