Publication Ethics

Journal of Family Relations Studies (JFRS) follows the  rules of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Editor’s Responsibilities
A Editor’s Responsibilities
A.1. Publication Decisions The editor-in-chief is ultimately responsible for publishing the article in the journal. The validity of the paper and its attractiveness to researchers are the most important factors for influencing editor-in-chief decision making. In addition, the editor-in-chief may be guided on this decision in accordance with the policies adopted by the editorial board and the legal requirements and copyright laws, and also, consult with other reviewers and editors.
A.2. Peer Review Process Articles submitted to the journal are first reviewed by the editor or their successors. The article may be rejected at the outset because it is inconsistent with the topic of the journal or its poor quality (both literary and thematic). If the article is approved by the editor at this stage, it will be sent to three expert reviewers on subject of article. These reviewers are unknown to each other. The reviewers evaluate the paper based on scientific and literary quality and declare the result as "accept without change or reject and or accepted with minor/major revisions”. Finally, the editor review the results of all reviews and sends his/her final opinion to the authors.
A.3. Fair Play The editor evaluates articles based on his/her intellectual content, regardless of race, gender, intellectual affiliation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, citizenship or political affiliation. The editor's decision to accept or reject an article is based solely on the importance, authenticity and clarity of the article and its relevance to the purpose of the journal.
A.4. Confidentiality The editor and any member of editorial board do not share any article information with anyone other than the authors, reviewers, and publisher. The content of the arbitration process will also be kept confidential.
A.5. Disclosure and Conflict of Interest The articles that are in the process of being reviewed and not published should never be used by the editor without the written consent of the authors.  The information and ideas obtained from these articles should be kept confidential and the editor and his / her successors should not use it personally. The editor or its successors should refrain from evaluating articles in which they may have a personal or group interest and delegate this task to other staff or members of the editorial board. The editor will also send an article to the reviewer, asking him/her to openly discuss with the editor any potential conflict of interest that may affect his/her arbitration results, and that the editor may change the reviewer, and elect a new reviewer.
A.6. Providing Guidance Providing guidance to guest editors, authors, and reviewers on everything that they are expected to consider in a peer review processes.
A.7. Appropriate Reviewers Ensure that the reviewers are properly selected.
A.8. Developing and Maintaining a Database of Suitable Reviewers Creating and maintaining a database of qualified reviewers and updating it based on their performance reviews
Respect of Reviewer Anonymity The system that communicates between authors and reviewers should pay attention to the anonymity of the reviewer and the names of the reviewers should not be disclosed to the authors neither in the reviewing text nor anywhere else.
Editorial Board The editorial board should consist of well-known researchers considering the fields of the journal. The editor-in-chief should include the full name of the editorial board and their affiliations on the journal's website.
Reviewer’s Responsibilities

B Reviewer’s Responsibilities
B.1. Confidentiality Reviewers must keep all information about the articles confidential and treat them as secret information.
B.2. Standards of Objectivity The reviews should be objective and neutral within a standard framework and on the other hand, the observations and judgments should be presented with solid arguments so that the authors can use them to improve the article. Personal criticism of authors is inappropriate.
B.3. Promptness  
If a reviewer feels it may not be able to review the article within the appropriate time, he/she must notify the editor and withdraw from the review process.
B.4. Strong Argument Reviewers should express their views clearly with strong arguments.
B.5. Conflict of Interest The articles that are in the process of being reviewed and not published should never be used by the reviewers without the written consent of the authors.  The information and ideas obtained from these articles should be kept confidential and the reviewer should not use it personally. Reviewers should refrain from reviewing articles in which they may have a personal or group interest and delegate this task to other reviews.
B.6. Acknowledgement of Sources Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
B.7. Overlap of Sources Reviewers should also notify the editor-in-chief any similarity or overlap between the article under review and any other published article that they are aware of.
B.8. Contribution to Editorial Decisions Peer review can help the editor decide whether or not to accept an article, and can also help the author improve the quality of the article through the editor's relationships with the author.
Author’s Responsibilities

C Author’s Responsibilities
C.1. Reporting Standards The authors should provide a detailed account of what they have done, along with an objective discussion of the importance of their work. Basic data should be detailed in the article. An article should contain enough details and resources for others to continue work. Contradictory statements in the article are unacceptable.
C.2. Data Access and Maintenance Authors should provide raw data related to their article for review by reviewers and editors, as well as be ready for public access when needed after the paper is published.
C.3. Originality Authors need to make sure that their work has originality, and that any work or word used by others is properly referenced in the article.
C.4. Plagiarism Authors who submit their article for publication in the journal confirm that the article is the result of their effort.  No part of it should be copied or plagiarized without citing the source. In all its forms, plagiarism is inappropriate and unacceptable.
C.5. Multiple Submissions The authors must confirm that this version is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Submitting the same article to more than one magazine is unethical.
C.6. Conflict of Interest All authors should disclose any conflict of economic or other interests that may affect the results or interpretation of their manuscript when submitting their paper. All sources of financial support for the article must be disclosed.
C.7. Acknowledgement of Sources The fruit of effort of others used in the article should be fully and properly mentioned and cited.
C.8. Major Errors in Published Works When an author discovers an important error in their published article, he/she should immediately inform the editor or publisher of the journal and work with the editor to edit it.
C.9. Insert Name and Consensus of All Authors The corresponding author should ensure that all authors' names are included in the article, and that there is complete agreement by all authors in submitting and publishing the article.
C.10. Authorship of the Paper The list of authors should be limited to those who have contributed greatly to the understanding, design, implementation or interpretation of the article. Other people involved in the essential aspects of the research project should be identified as contributors.