Ethical Statement

The "Journal of Regional Studies Review" (JRSR) is guided by a steadfast commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards in all facets of the scholarly publishing process. Our ethical principles are grounded in fostering integrity, transparency, and the responsible dissemination of knowledge within the realm of regional studies. Authors, reviewers, editors, and all stakeholders involved in the publication process are expected to adhere to the following ethical guidelines:

  1. Authorship and Originality:
    • Authors must ensure the authenticity and originality of their submissions, verifying that their work has not been previously published elsewhere.
    • Proper attribution and acknowledgment of the contributions of others must be observed, with a stringent prohibition against all forms of plagiarism.
  2. Peer Review Process:
    • Authors are encouraged to actively engage in the peer-review process, responding constructively to feedback for the enhancement of their scholarly contributions.
    • Reviewers are tasked with conducting impartial, confidential, and thorough evaluations to ensure the scholarly rigor and quality of published manuscripts.
  3. Conflicts of Interest:
    • All parties involved, including authors, reviewers, and editors, are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could compromise the objectivity or fairness of the research or publication process.
    • Editors and reviewers must recuse themselves from participating in the evaluation of manuscripts where conflicts of interest may impede impartial judgment.
  4. Data Accuracy and Reproducibility:
    • Authors bear the responsibility of presenting accurate and reliable data, accompanied by transparent reporting of research methodologies.
    • Authors are encouraged to retain research data for a reasonable period post-publication to facilitate verification and reproducibility.
  5. Plagiarism and Citation:
    • Strict adherence to ethical citation practices is imperative, with authors expected to avoid all forms of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism.
    • Editors and reviewers are vigilant in identifying and addressing instances of plagiarism to preserve the academic integrity of published works.
  6. Ethical Treatment of Subjects:
    • Authors conducting research involving human subjects or animals must comply with ethical standards and secure necessary approvals from relevant ethical review boards.
    • Manuscripts reporting on studies involving human subjects should include a statement confirming adherence to ethical standards and obtaining informed consent.
  7. Corrections and Retractions:
    • Authors are obliged to promptly report and rectify errors or inaccuracies discovered post-publication.
    • The journal retains the right to issue corrections, retractions, or appropriate measures in cases of serious ethical concerns or misconduct.
  8. Editorial Independence:
    • Editors and editorial board members are committed to acting independently and impartially, devoid of personal, financial, or professional influences that may compromise the editorial process.

By embracing these ethical principles, the "Journal of Regional Studies Review" aims to cultivate a scholarly environment characterized by trust, accountability, and the pursuit of excellence in regional studies. All contributors to the journal play an integral role in maintaining the ethical integrity that underpins the dissemination of knowledge and advances our collective understanding of regional dynamics.