Ethical and Malpractice Policy
Current Trends in Law and Society - CTLS follows rigorous ethical standards for publishing articles. CTLS ethics and malpractice statement is conceptualized on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. The author (s) are solely responsible for the originality and reliability of the research outcomes and must comply following rules.
- Data and findings of the research shall be provided only if they are real and reliable.
- The findings of the highlighted research issue must be original.
- The contribution of other works shall be acknowledged and referred to appropriately. Data sources and supporting evidence must be cited accurately in the text and references section.
- Any manuscript shall not be submitted if it is already published or sent for publication in another journal.
- There shall be no violation of copyrights in the text, tables, graphics, and formulas of the manuscript.
- CTLS strictly condemns breaches of research ethics and copyright infringement in submitted articles. Authors are responsible for any kind of manifestations of plagiarism in their manuscripts and the editorial board takes rigorous steps to prevent such violations.
- The authors are accountable for the accuracy of provided information i.e., facts, personal, geographical, companies, organizational and institutional names, etc.
- The opinions expressed in research articles are by the authors and do not necessarily suggest the viewpoints of the editorial board. Therefore, no obligation is imposed on the CTLS editorial team in this context.
Complaint & Misconduct Policy
Current Trends in Law and Society - CTLS welcomes complaints by considering them as an opportunity for improvement and aims to respond to them quickly and constructively.
What a Complaint is?
Our comprehension of a complaint is as follows:
- The complainant defines his or her expression of unhappiness as a complaint.
- We infer that the complainant is not simply disagreeing with a decision we have made or something we have published but thinks that there has been a failure of process—for example, an unacceptably long delay or a rude response—or a severe misjudgment.
- The complaint must be about something that is within the responsibility of CTLS’s editorial division i.e. content or process.
Complaint Making Process
- All complaints will be acknowledged.
- Complaints should be made either by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting to the address “House No. 219, Model Town B, Bahawalpur, Pakistan”.
- Whenever possible complaints will be dealt with by the editorial team member to whom they are made. If that person cannot deal with the complaint, he or she will refer it to the editor-in-chief.
- If the complainant remains unhappy, complaints should be escalated to the editor-in-chief, whose decision is final.
- If possible a definitive response will be made within two weeks. If this is not possible an interim response will be given within two weeks. Interim responses will be provided until the complaint is finally resolved.
The process to Deal with Issues of Misconduct
CTLS is of the opinion that institutions and journals should promote best practices among researchers, authors, reviewers, and editors. To maintain integrity and deal with misconduct allegations, the editor can be contacted at email@example.com or at the official address “House No. 219, Model Town B, Bahawalpur, Pakistan”. The editor is responsible for investigating cases of misconduct by researchers and for finding misconduct that could affect the reliability or attribution of published work (e.g. fabrication or plagiarism). Where possible, the evidence could be provided to support allegations of misconduct or questionable practices (e.g. copies of overlapping publications, evidence of plagiarism). Retractions or corrections are issued when provided with findings of misconduct arising from appropriate investigations. Hence, it is advised that the authors and reviewers should read the guidelines provided on the journal’s website and must strictly adhere to all aspects of publication ethics.