Ethics Statement

The following guidelines are in accordance to Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Editor Responsibilities

Editors are accountable and responsible for:

  • making fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process
  • adopting editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting
  • guarding the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct
  • pursuing reviewer and editorial misconduct
  • critically assessing the ethical conduct of studies in humans and animals
  • having appropriate policies in place for handling editorial conflicts of interest
  • communicating and guiding peer reviewers and authors on expectation of the publication

Author Responsibilities

The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.

Authors should:

  • present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation
  • strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others
  • adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, not plagiarised, and has not been published elsewhere
  • The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting
  • Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed (if any)


BERJAYA University College Guidelines on Publication and Dissemination of Research (RO-Guideline 01).              (2018, September 1). Retrieved from

Committee on Publication Ethics, COPE. (2020). Publication Ethics Guidelines. Retrieved from      
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Wager E. & Kleinert S. (2011). Responsible research publication: international standards for authors. A       
          position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore.      July           22-24, 2010. Chapter 50 in: Mayer T & Steneck N (Eds.), Promoting Research Integrity in a
         Global Environment
(pp 309-316). Singapore: Imperial College Press / World Scientific    Publishing.          (ISBN 978-981-4340-97-7)