Editorial procedures and ethics policy

Editorial Procedures

Peer review: Upon submission, your manuscript will be assigned to an editor, who will screen the submission to assess its quality and appropriateness to JSFD. If your paper is not to be sent out for review, you will receive notification promptly of this outcome. If your paper is deemed suitable to be sent for review, you will receive electronic notification that it has been sent to two reviewers.

Decision: Upon receipt of reviews, a manuscript will be assigned one of the following statuses:

  • Reject;
  • Revise & Resubmit, Major Revisions;
  • Revise & Resubmit, Minor Revisions;
  • Accept, Minor Revisions;
  • Accept.

Authors should use the link provided to resubmit their manuscript, if they so choose. Authors should include a separate Word document, providing a point-by-point response to the reviewers’ feedback. Authors are expected to resubmit within 1 month of receiving feedback.

Appeals: If you feel your paper has been declined in error, we welcome submission of an appeal. Please send your appeal letter to jsfdeditors@gmail.com. At least two editors will determine whether to re-review the manuscript.

Proofs: If your paper is accepted, it will undergo copy-editing. You will receive your edited paper with track changes and will be asked to correct and return the paper within 4 days. Your paper will then undergo layout editing and will be published on JSFD’s website. JSFD generally publishes manuscripts within 5 weeks after acceptance.

Archiving: All JSFD articles are stored in a cloud-based system for preservation of content, in addition to being housed on the JSFD website.

Ethics Policy

All authors are expected to read and understand JSFD’s ethics policy before submission.

Authorship: Each author must have made a significant contribution to the study, whether through the design, execution, interpretation of results, or write-up. JSFD does not have a limit on number of co-authors. However, if the list is deemed to be excessive, the editors may request justifications and reductions.

Originality, plagiarism, and concurrent publication: Authors should ensure that their contribution is original, appropriately referenced, and approved by all authors prior to submission. Manuscripts may be scanned using plagiarism detection software to confirm the paper’s originality. Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Conflicts of interest: All actual or potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed. This could include financial (e.g., employment, consultancies, travel grants), personal, or other relationships with individuals or organisations that can be viewed as actually or potentially influencing the work inappropriately.

Reporting: Authors are expected to accurately present the research conducted and objectively interpret its importance.

Human subjects: Authors are expected to have obtained ethical approval for data collection involving human subjects. Such approval should be sought in the country of origin of the lead author, and, if applicable, the country where the research is being conducted. Where ethical approval has not been obtained, an explanation should be provided for the editorial team.

Misconduct: The journal will take steps to prevent cases of research misconduct (e.g., plagiarism, data fabrication, etc.). When the Editors are made aware of possible misconduct, they will address the issue following the COPE Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.