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Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics Statement:

At the International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications, we are deeply committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity in scholarly publishing. We ensure that all submitted manuscripts adhere strictly to our guidelines and ethical principles. Our approach to publishing ethics is firmly grounded in the principles outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). We adhere rigorously to COPE’s guidelines to address key ethical issues, including conflicts of interest, authorship, misconduct allegations, data transparency, plagiarism, and the integrity of the peer review process.

Maintaining our commitment to ethical standards, the International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications emphasizes the importance of independent decision-making based on our established policies and principles. This independence, coupled with our adherence to COPE’s guidelines, ensures the utmost integrity and professionalism throughout our publication process.

In situations where uncertainties arise regarding ethical conduct in research and publishing, we recommend consulting the extensive resources provided by organizations such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). These resources offer comprehensive guidance for addressing ethical issues, thereby promoting continuous improvement in the integrity of the scientific record.

Ethical Guidelines for Authors:

As part of our dedication to maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity, authors submitting manuscripts to the International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications must adhere to our ethical guidelines. Authors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these guidelines and ensure compliance throughout the manuscript preparation and submission process.

Authors submitting to our journal must ensure the ethical integrity of their research and comply with the following guidelines:

  1. Accurate Presentation: Authors must accurately present their research findings and discuss their significance objectively, avoiding overstatement or misinterpretation.
  2. Authorship: All individuals meeting the authorship criteria must be included as authors, with their specific contributions accurately acknowledged.
  3. Conflict of Interest: Authors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest at the time of submission, including financial, personal, or other relationships that may influence the manuscript’s results or interpretation.
  4. Data Integrity: Authors should provide detailed and replicable methodologies, making raw data publicly available unless confidentiality or security concerns justify protection.
  5. Simultaneous Submission: Authors must not submit the same manuscript simultaneously to multiple journals to maintain the uniqueness and originality of each submission.
  6. Originality: Research results must be novel and not previously published. Plagiarism or duplicate publication in any form will not be tolerated.
  7. Permissions: Authors must obtain appropriate permissions for the use of previously published content, including text, images, and tables, in their manuscript.
  8. Error Correction: Authors must promptly communicate any errors or inaccuracies discovered after submission or publication for correction or retraction as necessary.
  9. Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI): Any use of AI tools in the research process must be transparently disclosed. Undisclosed or inappropriate use of AI, including manipulation of results or the publication process, constitutes an ethical breach.

Non-compliance with these guidelines may result in manuscript rejection or retraction and other consequences in accordance with the International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications‘ editorial policies. Authors can refer to our comprehensive Ethics Guidelines for further details.

Ethical Guidelines for Reviewers and Editors:

In the peer review process of the International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications, all participants, including editors-in-chief, editorial board members, guest editors, and reviewers, share responsibility for upholding the integrity of our editorial process.


  1. Confidentiality: Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of the review process and refrain from disclosing any details of the manuscript or its review during or after the process.
  2. Impartiality: Reviewers should conduct their reviews in a fair and impartial manner, free from personal bias or influence.
  3. Conflict of Interest: Reviewers must promptly disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could compromise the impartiality of their review and, if necessary, decline the review assignment.
  4. Direct Contact: Reviewers must refrain from contacting authors directly without explicit permission from the International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications.


  1. Ethical Oversight: Editors are responsible for ensuring and promoting consistent application of our journal’s ethical policies, taking appropriate actions to enforce these policies when necessary.
  2. Confidentiality: Editors must safeguard the confidentiality of the review process.
  3. Personal Integrity: Editors must maintain high standards of personal integrity, managing instances where they may have a competing interest or appearance thereof.
  4. Guidance: Editors should collaborate with authors, reviewers, and editorial board members to ensure understanding of our journal’s ethical and publishing policies. They must act fairly, impartially, and promptly in all ethical matters.