Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
- Publication and authorship. All articles which are contributed to the Malaysian Journal of Chemistry (MJChem) for publication would be critically evaluated (double-blind peer reviewing process). Relevance, significance, originality, legibility and language would be the deciding factors in the review process. Articles would be judged as acceptable ‘in its present form’, ‘with minor revision’, ‘with major revision’ or as ‘unacceptable’. Articles revised, as per the recommendations/comments of the reviewers, could be re-evaluated by the reviewers when requested to. There is no guarantee that the revised submission would be accepted. On acceptance for publication, papers would be subjected to editorial amendments.
- Authors' responsibilities. The title of manuscripts should reflect the content and contain terms that could improve and enable easy retrieval of the article during a literature search. An abstract is also a significant part of a scientific article and critical for information retrieval purposes/literature search―thus, it should preferably be a self-contained entity that could credibly reflect the article without reference to the main text. Article contributions are not a license for lengthy discursive treatments and internal laboratory reports are not usually considered suitable without drastic revision. By submitting a manuscript, the authors have to agree that the copyright for the article is transferred to the Publisher (Institut Kimia Malaysia), if and when accepted for publication. The copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article. Authors are bound to maintain a high ethical standard relating to the publication of manuscripts. At the onset when submission of articles are acknowledged, a signed Letter of Warranty is secured from author(s) affirming that the article submitted is original; has not been published elsewhere; is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal; will not be submitted for such review while under evaluation by this journal; and the authors agree not to withdraw it, once it is accepted by the Editorial Board to commence editorial processing. Authors are obliged to (1) participate in the peer review process (2) provide retractions or corrections of mistakes and (3) identify all sources used in the manuscript and these must be manifested distinctly in the references/bibliography.
- Reviewers' responsibilities. The role of a reviewer is prime and vital to the editorial processing of journal publication, and thus they are responsible for upholding the high ethical standards relating to the publication of manuscripts. Being subject experts, they are obliged to demonstrate their competency and adhere to the general code of conduct, and conflicts of interest guidelines. Reviewers should treat the manuscript as confidential, judge it objectively, provide an evaluation in a timely fashion and avoid personal criticism in their article review. Being ‘gatekeepers’ of scientific information related to R&D in their specific area of expertise, they should ensure that the evaluated articles provide informed and unbiased scientifically valuable material, with due accuracy, originality, and impact. Also, the reviewers should distinctly point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.
- Role of the Editorial Board/Editor-in-Chief/Executive Editor/Editor/Technical Editor.Collectively responsible (directly/indirectly) for the editorial policy, administrative and executive actions regarding acceptance/rejection of manuscripts and publication of the Journal while ensuring that the revised articles are in accordance with the recommendations of the referees.