ETHICAL GUIDELINES

QUEST Research Journal is a double blind peer-reviewed journal. All the parties involved in the publishing process, including the authors, editors, editorial team, editorial board, steering committee, reviewers, and the publishers strictly adhere to the agreed-upon rules, publication ethics and the standard publication procedure. Apart from this, QUEST-RJ's standard operating procedure is inline with HEC's policies that can be downloaded from here. We are in a continuous process of uplifting the standard of our journal by following all the professional and research ethics and providing due credit to the scientists publishing in our journal.

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (SOP)

Publishing Procedure

The standard publishing procedure of QUEST-RJ is summarized as follows.

    1. The QUEST-RJ has an integrated Online Journal Submission (OJS) system through which the authors can submit their papers. While submitting the paper, the author is required to create an account at OJS which is used for the entire communication following the paper submission.
    2. The editor is responsible for the preliminary scanning of the paper and ensuring that it is neither published anywhere else nor contains a high amount of plagiarism. If the similarity index of the submitted manuscript is found beyond the acceptable limit (19%), the manuscript will be returned to the authors for modification.
    3. The OJS will automatically assign a manuscript ID to the paper. Subsequently, the editor will assign the paper to a relevant associate editor who will be responsible for the entire review process.
    4. The associate Editor will send the paper to the experts of the field for review for a double blind peer-review process.
    5. In case, the reviewers suggest the revisions, the manuscript will be returned to the author(s) for modification as per suggestions. The revised manuscript is again sent to the same experts for final comments, if required.
    6. The final comments of the experts/reviewers are submitted to the Editorial Board for final decision.
    7. The Editorial Board selects papers among the approved ones for publication in the upcoming issue.
    8. The Editor issues acceptance or rejection notification to the corresponding author(s).


CORRECTION AND RETRACTION POLICY

The correction and reatraction policy of QUEST RESEARCH JOURNAL is as follows.

The cases of retraction, correction and plagiarism should be reported to the editor. The editor analyzes the reported paper as per the complain and decides if the complain is justified. He then prepares a case to be presented to the editorial board for deciding the fate of the paper. In case the editorial board finds the reports of plagiarism or false results to be valid, the paper is retracted from the corresponding issue and the same is communicated to the author(s). Following guidelines are followed to make such decisions. These guidelines have been derived from the STM Guidelines and COPE Retraction Guidelines.

  • In case of publication errors, a correction may be published in the next available issue of the journal.
  • In case of undeliberate errors from the authors which remain undetected before the publication, the authors may request for a corrigendum
  • In case of the misconduct of publication code, plagiarism, or publication of false results, a retraction note may be added with the paper in the next issue of the joural.
  • In case of publication of an already published article, following steps may be taken:
    1. If the article is not in conflict with any publishing copyright, it is kept intact. An explanatory note is added to the article which is also published in the next issue of the journal.
    2. In case a copyright violation is reported, the matter is presented before the editorial board which may decide to remove the online version of the paper. In such a case, the bibliographic information will be retained with a note explaining the reason of the removal of the paper. The same removal note shall also be published in the next available print issue of the journal.


The editorial board is authorized to make any other appropriate decision not listed above, if necessary.

OPEN ACCESS POLICY

Readers of the QRJ can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, and readers are allowed to use articles for any other lawful purpose (Budapest Open Access Initiative). All articles in the QRJ are published under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) International License .

PUBLISHING LICENSE

All articles of QUEST-RJ journal are published under creative commons attribution (CC BY) License.