Official Journal of the College of Nursing, University of Mosul

Publication Ethics

Publication ethics are established to guarantee the quality of scientific publications, foster trust in scientific discoveries, and ensure proper attribution of work and ideas to individuals. Mosul Journal of Nursing (MJN) is committed to upholding these ethical standards as a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and strives to adhere to its (Guidelines) and (Core Practices). For the  (MJN), ethical standards in publication are paramount to ensure the integrity of scientific research and uphold public trust.

 How MJN maintains ethical standards in publishing:

Principles of Transparency

Peer Review Processes: MJN employs a double-blind peer review process, where the identities of both authors and reviewers are concealed from each other. This ensures unbiased evaluation of manuscripts based solely on their academic merit. Reviewers are selected based on their expertise and are expected to provide constructive and objective feedback to help editors make informed decisions on manuscript publication. This process, as well as any policies related to the journal’s peer review procedures, is clearly described on the journal’s Web site.

Editorial Governance: MJN has a robust editorial board comprising experts in various areas of nursing and healthcare. The editorial board members contribute to the journal's strategic direction, oversee the peer review process, and uphold ethical standards in publishing. The editorial board's composition and roles are transparently communicated on the journal's website.

Contact Information Disclosure: MJN provides clear contact information for its editorial office, including email addresses and phone numbers. Authors, reviewers, readers, and other stakeholders can easily reach out to the journal for inquiries, submissions, or feedback.

Author Fees/Access: MJN operates on an open-access model, making the full text of published articles freely accessible to all readers without subscription fees. However, authors are typically required to pay article publication fees to support the journal's operational costs and ensure sustainability. Details regarding these fees, waivers, and payment methods are transparently communicated on the journal's website and in communication with authors.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: Authors, reviewers, and editors are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest that may influence their objectivity or impartiality in the publication process. This includes financial interests, affiliations, personal relationships, or other factors that could impact their judgment. Conflicts of interest are managed transparently and appropriately to maintain the integrity of the publication process.

Publishing Schedule Disclosure: MJN follows a biannual publishing schedule, with issues released in January and July each year. The journal's publication calendar, including submission deadlines, review timelines, and publication dates, is publicly available to authors and readers. This transparency helps stakeholders plan and track the progress of submitted manuscripts.

Archiving Policies: MJN has robust archiving policies in place to ensure the long-term preservation and accessibility of published content. The journal utilizes digital archiving platforms and repositories to store and archive past issues, ensuring that articles remain available and retrievable for future reference.

Website Professionalism: The MJN website is designed and maintained to reflect professionalism, clarity, and accessibility. It provides comprehensive information about the journal, including editorial policies, submission guidelines, publication ethics, indexing, and editorial board members. The website is regularly updated to reflect current practices and policies, ensuring transparency and reliability for users.

Identification of and Dealing with Allegations of Research Misconduct: MJN takes allegations of research misconduct, including plagiarism, data fabrication, citation manipulation, and other unethical behaviors, seriously. The journal employs rigorous screening processes, including the use of plagiarism detection software, to identify potential misconduct at the submission stage.

Name of journal: The Journal name of the Mosul Journal of Nursing (MJN) has unique and not one that is easily confused with other journal

Violation of Publication Ethics

MJN maintains a strict policy against violations of publication ethics, including but not limited to:

  1. Plagiarism: Intentionally using someone else’s ideas or original material without proper attribution is considered plagiarism. This includes copying content from other sources, including one's own previously published work, without citation.
  2. Data Fabrication and Falsification: Fabricating or falsifying research data or results, including making up or manipulating data, is a serious violation of publication ethics.
  3. Simultaneous Submission: Submitting a manuscript to MJN while it is under consideration by another journal without proper disclosure is not permitted.
  4. Duplicate Publication: Publishing the same or substantially similar content in multiple journals without appropriate cross-referencing and disclosure is considered duplicate publication.
  5. Redundant Publications: Dividing research outcomes into multiple articles to artificially increase publication numbers, without providing significant new insights, is considered redundant publication.
  6. Improper Author Contribution or Attribution: Failing to appropriately credit all individuals who made significant contributions to the research or claiming authorship without fulfilling the criteria for authorship is a violation of ethics.
  7. Citation Manipulation: Excessively citing one's own work or articles from a specific journal solely to boost citations or misrepresent the importance of the work is considered citation manipulation.

MJN employs robust measures to detect and prevent such violations, including plagiarism detection software and editorial oversight. When violations are identified:

  • Immediate Rejection: Manuscripts found to contain violations of publication ethics will be immediately rejected.
  • Prohibition: Authors found guilty of violations may be prohibited from submitting further manuscripts to MJN for a specified period.
  • Editorial Board Restrictions: Authors involved in violations may be restricted from serving on the MJN editorial board or as reviewers.
  • Retraction: Published articles found to contain ethical violations may be retracted with a notice explaining the reasons for retraction.
  • Notification: Affiliated institutions and relevant authorities may be notified of serious violations, as appropriate.

MJN takes a zero-tolerance approach to publication ethics violations to uphold the integrity and credibility of scholarly research published in the journal.

Handling Cases of Misconduct

If allegations of research misconduct arise during the peer review process or after publication, MJN follows a systematic approach to investigate and address these issues:

  1. Initial Assessment: Upon receiving allegations of research misconduct, the editorial office conducts an initial assessment to determine the validity and seriousness of the allegations. This may involve reviewing the submitted manuscript, related correspondence, and supporting evidence.
  2. Communication with Stakeholders: If the allegations warrant further investigation, MJN communicates with all relevant stakeholders, including authors, reviewers, and institutions, to gather additional information and perspectives on the matter.
  3. Investigation Process: MJN initiates a thorough investigation into the allegations, following established guidelines and best practices. This may involve seeking expert opinions, consulting with the editorial board, and collaborating with external experts or institutions if necessary.
  4. Fair and Transparent Process: Throughout the investigation, MJN maintains fairness, objectivity, and transparency in its process. All parties involved are given the opportunity to present their side of the story and provide any supporting documentation or explanations.
  5. Decision and Actions: Based on the findings of the investigation, MJN takes appropriate actions to address the research misconduct. This may include issuing corrections, retractions, or expressions of concern for published articles found to contain misconduct. Authors responsible for misconduct may face sanctions, including prohibitions from future submissions and editorial board or reviewer roles.
  6. Publication of Findings: MJN may publish summaries or reports of the investigation findings and actions taken, ensuring transparency and accountability to the journal's readership and the broader academic community.

By proactively identifying and effectively addressing allegations of research misconduct, MJN upholds the highest standards of integrity and credibility in scholarly publishing.