Publication Ethics

VFAST Transactions on Education and Social Sciences (VTESS) is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the advancement of education and social science research with excellence. The Journal doesn’t compromise on quality and originality of research and followed the standard rules of publication ethics.  In the journal all submitted manuscripts passes through plagiarism test as an initial screening. Further, it goes through Single-Blind peer review process. The final editorial decision of Acceptance/ Acceptance with minor revision/ Acceptance with major revision or Rejection depends on the reviewers recommendations.

To ensure the integrity of scholarly publishing: publisher, editors, reviewers and authors are required to follow the following ethical standards. 

Duties of Publisher:

As per the standards defined by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the publisher of VTESS is responsible for:


1.       To define the relationship between publisher, editor and other parties in a contract

2.       To respect privacy (for example, for research participants, for authors, for peer reviewers)

3.       To protect intellectual property and copyright

4.       To maintain the confidentiality of the submitted research work

5.       To maintain Authorship – Transparency and integrity (for example, conflicts of interest, research funding, reporting standards – Peer review – Appeals and complaints)

6.       To review journal policies periodically based on international standards of publication ethics

7.       To implement code of conduct for editors, reviewers and authors

8.       To maintain the integrity of the record

9.       To investigate  suspected research and publication misconduct

10.    To Publish corrections, clarifications, and retractions

11.     Publish content on a timely basis


Duties of Editors:

Editor is responsible for:

1.       To check the submitted manuscript with the scope of the Journal

2.       To check the similarity (if the overall similarity is more than 19% or one source similarity is more than 5% then straight away rejected)

3.       To evaluate manuscript only for their intellectual contents without regard to the nature of author, institution or other influential reasons

4.       To maintain the information of submitted manuscript confidential to anyone other than reviewers, section editors and publisher

5.        Not to use the disclosed unpublished material and idea of the submitted manuscript for his/her own research


Duties of Reviewers

Reviewers are responsible for:

1.       To review that manuscript for which they feel qualified

2.       To evaluate a manuscript in the assigned and agreed bracket time

3.       To maintain the information of submitted manuscript confidential

4.       To conduct review objectively and should not use personal criticism of the author

5.       To identify the relevant published work which is not cited

6.       To take notice and inform the editor if they get any type of substantial similarity in idea or in text

7.       To keep confidential the ideas obtained through peer review and must not use for personal advantage

8.       To not take the manuscript for evaluation, in case, of any conflicts of interest based on any connection with authors or institutions related to the submitted research

Duties of Authors

1.       Authors should submit original research with objective discussion of its significance. A manuscript should contain existing ideas with references and contribution with logical evidences

2.       Authors are bound to make available the raw data if they asked to provide in connection with a paper for editorial review

3.       Authors must adhere the publication requirement of VTESS during submissions like copyright license agreement and copyright transfer as mentioned in “authorGuidelines

4.       Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study

5.       It is to make sure that all authors have seen the final approved version and they have no conflict in submission

6.       It is to make sure that all authors should disclose that they have no conflict of interest in this submission and possible publication