Ethics and Malpractice Statement

General Statement

Al Ain University (AAU) Journal of Business and Law is an international official refereed semiannual publication of AAU under the supervision of the Deanship of Scientific Research and Graduate Studies. It publishes peer-reviewed research articles in the fields of Business and Law based on scientific originality and interdisciplinary interests. The editorial board and associated editors, composed of prominent scientists from around the world, are representatives of the disciplines covered by the journal. AAU Journal of Business and Law is fully committed to ethical publication practice and maintaining the journal contents to the highest level of integrity. The journal follows the principles outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). AAU Journal of Business and law makes sure that all parties involved in the publication process: authors, editors and reviewers agree to seriously act on preventing any unethical and misconduct behaviors.

 

Editorial Processes

When a manuscript is received for possible publication, the submitted manuscripts are screened by the editor to check if the submitted manuscript falls in the scope of the journal and of good quality. If it is found to be unsuitable for the journal readers or of poor quality, the editor in chief may reject the manuscript without peer-reviewing at this early stage. AAU journal uses double-blind peer review – the reviewer and the author are anonymous. To ensure the originality of the submitted manuscript, the journal uses plagiarism detection software to detect any source of plagiarism. If plagiarism is detected, the manuscript is rejected by the Editor in Chief. Otherwise, the editor-in-chief sends the manuscript to three referees who are expert in the field and no possible conflicts of interest, to whom the manuscript is sent for review. The reviewers will be asked to fill an evaluation form that addresses article originality, scholarly relevance, professional relevance, significance, the novelty of approach, article organization, and writing clarity, in addition to any ethical issues or misconduct. The reviewers are asked to make clear recommendations to accept or reject the manuscript or require major or minor changes. Based on the reviewers' reports and recommendations, the editorial board decides whether the article is suitable for publication or not. The decision along with the review reports are communicated to the authors. Editor-In-Chief should ensure that reviews are received on time.

 

Ethical Regulations

AAU as the publisher of AAU Journal of Business and Law is fully committed to ethical publication practice and maintaining the journal content to the highest level of integrity. The journal follows the principles outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Accordingly, the journal accepts papers for publications if the following conditions are respected:

  1. The submitted paper is original.
  2. The submitted paper has not been published or submitted elsewhere and is not under consideration in any other journal.
  3. Permission has been cleared for any third-party material included.
  4. Proof of consent has been obtained for any named individuals or organizations.
  5. Authorship has been agreed upon prior to submission.

 

Plagiarism

AAU does not tolerate any plagiarism of any type and all submitted manuscripts should not contain any plagiarized content. It is the responsibilities of the authors to declare that their manuscript is original and of their own. All related works used by authors in the manuscript should be properly cited. All submitted articles to the journal will be checked for plagiarism using anti-plagiarism software. Any misconduct by authors will result in an immediate rejection of the manuscript.