International Journal of Management and Development Studies

ISSN: 2321-1423 (Print); ISSN: 2320-0685(Online)
Scientific Journal Impact Factor 2017 = 4.005 Indexed in Indian Citation Index (ICI)

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

International Journal of Management and Development Studies (IJMDS) is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics. In order to provide our readers with a journal of highest quality we state the following principles of Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. All articles not in accordance with these standards will be removed from the publication if malpractice is discovered at any time even after the publication. We check for plagiarism and research fabrication (making up research data); falsification (manipulation of existing research data, tables, or images) and improper use of humans or animals in research. In accordance with the code of conduct we will report any cases of suspected plagiarism or duplicate publishing. IJMDS reserves the right to use plagiarism detecting software to screen submitted papers at all times.

1.  Publication and authorship:

Reference list: All articles submitted for the International Journal of Management and Development Studies (IJMDS) should have a relevant reference list of articles.  Authors should acknowledge the works that influenced the author’s work. If the author is using information gathered privately, such information should be used only after proper permission from the source is obtained.

Financial Support: All authors should disclose financial or other conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript (financial support for the project should be disclosed).

No plagiarism, No fraudulent data: All IJMDS articles should be original. If an author is using a lengthy text from another source, it should be cited within quotes and the reference should be given properly. Plagiarism in any form will not be acceptable.

Same research in multiple journals: The prospective author should ensure that the submitted article is not under publication consideration in another journal. IJMDS will not publish articles with same exact material from another journal.

Authors are also responsible for language editing before submitting the article.

2.  Author’s responsibilities:

Participation in peer review process: All IJMDS authors should agree to participate in peer review process of an article. They should agree to make plausible revisions as recommended by reviewers and the editorial members of IJMDS. Refusal to do the revision without reasonable causes may result in rejection of the submitted article. All authors are needed to correct any mistakes and retraction of incorrect information will be required.

Authorship of the paper: All authors who have made a significant contribution to the article should be included as co-authors.  An inclusion of people who do not contribute in the co-author list is inappropriate and will not be tolerated. 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. All co-authors should sign a copyright transfer form before the final publication can take place. 

All data in the article must be real and authentic: Works based on fraudulent data is unacceptable and will not be published. Authors should ensure the correctness and authenticity of the data. If the work involves the use of human subjects, it should obtain an approval from proper institutional authorities and a permission of human subjects involved. 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.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: The authors must guarantee: (1) that the article has not been published elsewhere; (2) it is not being considered for publication elsewhere; and (3) that it has been submitted with the full knowledge and approval of the institution or organization given as the affiliation of the authors. Submission of multi-authored manuscripts implies the consent of each of the authors.If data from the article is used, partially or entirely, in other research articles, or the data and results represent only part of a bigger research project described in multiple publications, these must be clearly presented to the editor.

Fundamental errors in 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 and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

3.  Peer review/responsibility for the reviewers:

All articles will be single-blind peer-reviewed. All reviewers should be academically qualified to review an article, should not use abusive language, and should deliver her/his review in a timely manner. The reviewer should try to be fair and impartial in reviewing a submission. Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.  

Acknowledgement of sources: Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest: The reviewer should not have any conflict of interest with the research, author, or the research funding authorities of a submitted article. In case of a conflicting interest, the reviewer should recuse herself/himself from the work. In any case the reviewer should refrain from using disclosure of any information relevant to the work to other parties.

4.  Editorial responsibilities:

Publication decisions: The Editor-in-chief of IJMDS has the authority to make final decision in the acceptance and rejection of a submitted article. She/he should do so after reviewing the submitted reviews of paper and consulting other editorial board members when appropriate in a fair and an impartial manner. The editor should not use prejudice/bias of any kind against the author during the review process. The editor or any member of the editorial board should not have any conflict of interest with respect to the article under consideration. Anonymity of reviewers as well as the author should be maintained during the review process. When an error is detected, the editor should notify publication of correction or retraction.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

Response to ethical issues: An editor should take responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher.

5.  Publishing ethics issues:

Monitoring /safeguarding of the publishing ethics will be maintained by the editor and the editorial board. Guidelines for retraction of an article as discussed above should be followed. The editor with the editorial board should maintain high levels of intellectual and ethical standards, without the interference of business needs. The editor should be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies as appropriate. The editor should ensure that plagiarism and fraudulent data are not tolerated as mentioned above.


Peer Review statement

All published articles in International Journal of Management and Development Studies have undergone rigorous peer review processes based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by two referees. The ultimate purpose of peer review is to sustain the originality and quality of research work and filtration of poor quality and plagiarized articles. Peer review assures research quality.

Paper Publication Process –


     The Author writes a research manuscript and submits it.

     The Editor does the initial screening and forwards it to the Reviewers

     Reviewers review the manuscript according to the guidelines provided and verify the quality of research.

     The article is returned to the Editor along with a recommendation to either reject the article, revise it or accept it.

     The Editor drafts a decision to be sent to the Author.

     The article is returned to the Author along with the reviewer’s feedback

     The Editor receives the updated article and send it to Publication department

Peer Review Policy

The practice of peer review is to ensure that only good science is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out by all reputable scientific journals. Our reviewers therefore play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the International Journal of Management and Development Studies and all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.

Initial manuscript evaluation

The Editors first evaluate all manuscripts. In some circumstances it is entirely feasible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to experts for review.

Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will be informed within 2 weeks of receipt.

Type of Peer Review

The International Journal of Management and Development Studies employs single blind review, where the reviewer remains anonymous to the authors throughout the process.

How the reviewer is selected

Reviewers are matched to the paper according to their expertise. Our reviewer database contains reviewer contact details together with their subject areas of interest, and this is constantly being updated.

Reviewer reports

Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:

Is original

Is methodologically sound

Follows appropriate ethical guidelines

Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions Correctly references previous relevant work

Reviewers are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer review process. Reviewers are requested to refrain from giving their personal opinion in the "Reviewer blind comments to Author" section of their review on whether or not the paper should be published. Personal opinions can be expressed in the "Reviewer confidential comments to Editor" section.

How long does the peer review process take?

Typically the manuscript will be reviewed within 2-8 weeks. Should the reviewers' reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed a further expert opinion will be sought. Revised manuscripts are usually returned to the Editors within 3 weeks and the Editors may request further advice from the reviewers at this time. The Editors may request more than one revision of a manuscript.

Final report

A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the reviewers, and may include verbatim comments by the reviewers.

Editor's Decision is final

Reviewers advise the Editors, who are responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

Special Issues / Conference Proceedings

Special issues and/or conference proceedings may have different peer review procedures involving, for example, Guest Editors, conference organisers or scientific committees. Authors contributing to these projects may receive full details of the peer review process on request from the editorial office.

Becoming a Reviewer for the International Journal of Management and Development Studies

If you are not currently a reviewer for the International Journal of Management and Development Studies but would like to be considered as a reviewer for this Journal, please contact the editorial office by e-mail at, and provide your contact details. If your request is approved and you are added to the online reviewer database you will receive a confirmatory email, asking you to add details on your field of expertise, in the format of subject classifications.



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