Publication Ethics


Journal of Research in English Language Teaching (JR-ELT) is managed by professional institutions and hereby follows the publication ethics in the academic journals. The ethics cover Open Access Policy, Frequency Publications, Peer Review Process, Publication Decision, and the Responsibilities of the Reviewers and the Authors. The publication ethics of this journal uphold the values of neutrality, justice, and honesty. 

Publication decision

The editors of JR-ELT are responsible for determining the articles that deserve to be published in the journal. In so doing, the editors ensure that all articles have passed a tight peer review process and are free from plagiarism.

Responsibilities of the Reviewers

  • Contribution to Editorial decisions

Reviewers help the editors to determine qualified articles to be published in the journal. This action is performed through official communication with the editors so as to help the authors improve the quality of their papers.

  • Promptness

When the reviewers are unable to do the peer review process, worried about not being able to return the article on time, or feel unqualified to judge the article, editors should be notified as soon as possible. The editors will immediately withdraw the reviewer from the review process and find a replacement.

  • Confidentiality

All articles sent to the reviewers should be treated confidentially. The articles must not be shown to anyone else and the file should be stored securely in a computer folder.

  • Standard of Objectivity

All articles are sent to the reviewers anonymously to assure the reviewers judge the article based on its merit. All comments should be made objectively and supported with clear arguments.

  • Acknowledgement of Source

Reviewers are responsible for assessing the literature of the under-reviewed article. The reviewers must highlight citations that have not been cited properly by the authors or not listed in the reference. The reviewers should notify the editors if they figure out any similarity of the article with other published work in the other journal, based on their best knowledge.

Responsibilities of the Authors

  • Reporting Standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial 'opinion' works should be clearly identified as such.

  • Data Access and Retention

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

  • Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from 'passing off' another's paper as the author's own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

  • Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication 

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper.

  • Acknowledgement of Source

Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

  • Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

  • Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.

  • Fundamental errors in the Published Works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.