Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership (JoITL) follows the guidelines set by the Committee on Publication Ethic’s (COPE) Core Practices, as well as, NC State University’s Responsible Conduct of Research for research ethics and scholarly integrity. The following  Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement supports combined efforts by the authors, members of the editorial board, and the editorial staff to produce a responsible research publication.

Publication Decisions

The Executive Editor has the final say in whether a submitted manuscript will be published. The manuscript’s importance to researchers, practitioners, and readers will be weighed heavily in the final decision, as well as, compliance with the Author Guidelines and Peer Review criteria established by the journal. Legal issues, such as libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism will also play a role in the final decision.

Fair Review

Submitted manuscripts are evaluated without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation.

Conflicts of Interest

The editors, and editorial staff, will withdraw themselves from involvement with submitted manuscripts for which they have a conflict of interest. Additionally, the journal will avoid conflict of interest between authors and reviewers. The authors must disclose any direct or indirect conflict of interest with editors or members of the editorial board. All sources of research funding should be disclosed by the authors.

Identifying and Addressing Misconduct

The journal and members of its editorial board should never intentionally encourage or allow misconduct. Members of the editorial board are asked to be aware of all types of misconduct in order to identify papers where research misconduct of any kind has or seems to have occurred, and immediately notify the editorial staff. The editor will investigate all reported or suspected acts of publication misconduct, even if the misconduct occurred years earlier.

The investigation will include contacting the manuscript author and providing them with an opportunity to respond. In general, the editor will follow the COPE Flowcharts for dealing with cases of suspected misconduct. If allegations of misconduct have been substantiated, the journal will publish a correction, clarification, or retraction of the affected work.

If an author/s discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their published work, they must notify the editor as soon as possible so that the issue can be to addressed through the appropriate corrective action.

Confidentiality Policy

All manuscripts will be treated as confidential including names of authors, reviewers, and institutional affiliations.