Jurist Publication Ethics
a review of its publication ethics the Irish Jurist has agreed a
publication ethics and malpractice statement that is guided by the
best practice guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics
(COPE). The statement seeks to guide all those actors currently
involved in the publishing and editing of the journal and by so
doing to promote the highest ethical standards. It has three
principal components which focus on the duties of the editor, peer
reviewers, and authors.
the person chiefly responsible for deciding which articles are
published and for overseeing the editorial process the editor has
the duty of ensuring that manuscripts submitted for publication are
evaluated fairly and on the basis of their scholarly content. In
discharging this duty manuscripts are evaluated without regard to
race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin,
citizenship or political philosophy of the authors. In all of this
the editor and members of the editorial board recognize the
importance of academic freedom and the freedom of authors to express
editor and members of the editorial board are under a duty to
maintain confidentiality in respect of submitted manuscripts and, in
this regard, must not disclose any information to persons other than
the authors, reviewers (including potential reviewers), editorial
advisors, and the publisher.
it comes to the attention of the editor (including members of the
editorial board) that there is an issue of accuracy in a published
article, an undisclosed conflict of interest, or plagiarism the
editor will notify the corresponding author and, along with the
publisher, take what action is necessary to address the relevant
issue. This can include the retraction and correction of articles
and the publication of corrections and clarifications.
of Peer Reviewers
Irish Jurist fully recognizes the critical importance of peer review
and the pivotal role which it plays in maintaining and enhancing
intellectual standards and reputation. Peer review makes an
invaluable contribution by way of assisting the editor in making
decisions on whether to publish manuscripts and by facilitating the
improvement of articles.
should be qualified to evaluate the subject matter of the
manuscripts they are asked to review. In the event that a reviewer
feels insufficiently qualified to review a manuscript or who is
unable to provide a review in timely fashion he or she should inform
the editor in order that an alternative reviewer can be
the importance of confidentiality in the editorial process
manuscripts that are sent out for review must be treated as
confidential documents and must not be shown or discussed with
others save at the discretion of the editor.
review should be conducted objectively and the reviewer’s
observations expressed clearly and with supporting arguments.
Personal criticism of authors should be avoided.
should draw attention to relevant published work that has not been
referred to by the author. In addition, they should draw attention
to any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript
under review and any previously published work.
Information and Conflict of Interest
information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept
confidential and not be used for personal advantage. Reviewers
should not engage in reviewing a manuscript where there is a
conflict of interest such as one resulting from competitive,
collaborative, or other relationships and connections with authors.
submitting manuscripts should warrant that they are the product of
original research. Except in exceptional circumstances, previously
published work will not be considered.
must reference content as fully as possible and to substantiate
their submissions by using credible and easily identifiable sources.
It is important that the work of others referred to in a manuscript
be properly cited or quoted.
or Concurrent Publication
author should not in general publish manuscripts describing
essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary
publication. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than
one journal is unacceptable.
should be limited to those who have made a significant scholarly
contribution to a manuscript submitted for publication. In this
regard all those who have made such a contribution should be listed
as co-authors. Before a manuscript is accepted for publication all
co-authors must sign off on the final version and agree to its
publication. Those who have not made a significant contribution
should not be included in the list of co-authors. Persons who have
provided research assistance should be acknowledged.
should disclose any financial or other substantive conflicts of
interest that might reasonably be construed to have had an influence
on the author’s research that forms the subject matter of his or
her mauscript. In addition all sources of financial support for the
relevant research should be indicated.
an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in a
manuscript that has been published in the Irish Jurist it is the
duty of that author to notify the editor of this and to co-operate
with the editor and publisher in the correction of the error or