International Journal of Instruction is an internationally recognized journal in the field of education and is published four times a year (in January, April, July & October). The aim of this journal is to publish high quality studies in the areas of instruction, learning, teaching, curriculum development, learning environments, teacher education, educational technology, educational developments. Studies may relate to any age level - from infants to adults.
ETHICS, STANDARDS & RESPONSIBILITIES
The mission of the International Journal of Instruction is to contribute to the literature of instruction by publishing high quality studies in the areas of instruction, learning, teaching, curriculum development, learning environments, teacher education, educational technology, educational developments, and other learning-instruction issues. As a peer-reviewed journal, one of our priorities is to ensure high standards of publishing. Publication ethics is an important concern and editors, peer-reviewers and authors should pay great attention to meet the ethical standards.
Open Access Policy
International Journal of Instruction aims to increase visibility and make easier use of open access scientific papers. Readers and their institutions are supported for online access without asking for any royalty, personnel information, or log in process. According to open access policy of our journal, all readers are permitted to read, download, copy, distribute, print, link and search our articles with no charge.
To the Editors of IJI
To ensure editorial ethics, editors should be careful not to discriminate authors with respect to their genders, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin and should handle all the articles in the same way to assess academic merit only. Every submission to the IJI should be evaluated in the same way and ethical complaints should be subjected to reasonable procedures as follows;
Any unethical behaviour or misconduct reported to or noticed by editors should be thoroughly investigated. Identification of the violation should require further procedure. Any suspicious case should be taken seriously and an initial decision should be made by the editors.
If the initial decision of the editor approves an unethical behaviour or misconduct, all the evidence should be collected and further negotiated with a group of editorial board members formed to deal with the case. In case of a minor misconduct, the editor should keep the group small and the editor should give the chance to respond to the author. If there is a serious misconduct, then the employers of the accused may be needed to be notified of the case. Involvement of the employer should be decided as a result of a brief investigation and consultation with editorial board members and experts.
Outcomes of an ethical violation or misconduct may include informing or educating the author or reviewer where there appears to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards or a more strongly worded letter to the author or reviewer covering the misconduct and as a warning to future behaviour. If the case is very serious and the editorial board members decides to do so, a formal notice or even an editorial detailing the misconduct may be published detailing the misconduct. If the case requires, a formal letter may be sent to the head of the author’s or reviewer’s department or funding agency. And in case the violation or misconduct is out of reach of the editorial board members and requires further investigation, then the case and outcome may be reported to a professional organisation or higher authority for further investigation and action.
To the Reviewers
Reviewers should review the manuscripts in an objective way and in a timely manner so they can contribute to the decision-making process, and assist in improving the quality of the published paper. They should maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or the author and not retain or copy the manuscript. It is reviewers’ responsibility to alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review. They should be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript.
To the Authors
Authors should maintain accurate records of data associated with their submitted manuscript, and provide access to these data, on reasonable request. They should keep the data associated with their manuscript in a suitable repository for sharing and further use by others where appropriate and where allowed by employer, funding body and others who might have an interest on the data. Authors must confirm/assert that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere. Where portions of the content overlap with published or submitted content, those sources must be acknowledged and cited. Additionally, authors must provide the editor with a copy of any submitted manuscript that might contain overlapping or closely related content.
Authors must confirm that all the work in the submitted manuscript is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources. It is authors responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce any content from other sources. Authors should ensure that any studies involving human or animal subjects conform to national, local and institutional laws and requirements (e.g. WMA Declaration of Helsinki, NIH Policy on Use of laboratory Animals, EU Directive on Use of Animals) and confirm that approval has been sought and obtained where appropriate. Authors should obtain express permission from human subjects and respect their privacy.
Authors should notify our editors promptly if a significant error in their publication is identified. They shall cooperate with the editor and publisher to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary.
PS: More Information on author guidelines can be found under the ‘author Guidelines’ heading.