Publication ethics

Publishing an article in the peer-reviewed journal SDJ contributes to the backing of a recognized and reputable network for knowledge sharing. Our commitment to publication ethics and prevention of malpractice is primarily guided by the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011). This comprehensive set of guidelines encompasses various aspects of ethical publishing, ensuring the highest standards are upheld.

*. General duties and responsibilities of editors.
*. Relations with readers.
*. Relations with authors.
*. Relations with editors.
*. Relations with editorial board members.
*. Relations with journal owners and publishers.
*. Editorial and peer review processes.
*. Protecting individual data.
*. Encouraging ethical research.
*. Dealing with possible misconduct.
*. Ensuring the integrity of the academic record.
*. Intellectual property.
*. Encouraging debate.
*. Complaints.
*. Commercial considerations.
*. Conflicts of interest.

Reference:  Code of conduct for journal editors

Journal specific ethics

*. Screening for plagiarism: Manuscripts submitted for publication in Sulaimani Dental Journal will be checked for plagiarism before being sent to editorial view. Sulaimani Dental Journal advise authors to avoid plagiarism and self-plagiarism. This occurs when the author copies a substantial amount of data and text of published work without properly citing it. Manuscripts with over 25% plagiarism will be rejected and the author’s institution will be informed.  However, minor plagiarism scattered over the manuscript unintentionally happens frequently and Sulaimani Dental Journal editorium judge case by case on its merit. The corresponding author of a manuscript with plagiarism will be notified to revise the manuscript and resubmit it to be considered for publication.
*. Ethical approval: Manuscripts submitted to Sulaimani Dent. J relating to experiments conducted on humans and animals have to include a statement that the protocol has been approved by the ethical committee of the author’s institution. The study has to be performed in agreement with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000.
*. Allegations of misconduct: Data fabrication, falsification and Redundant publications are not allowed. In such circumstances, the journal welcomes corrections, explanations, retractions and apologies when needed.