Indian Management Studies Journal

Punjabi University Patiala

Authors submitting works to IMSJ should follow guidelines given as under:

•    Originality of article/paper: Authors are expected to submit original, previously unpublished content to IMSJ.
•    Plagiarism: IMSJ expects author to check for plagiarism before submission. Proper software such as urkund would be used by publisher to check the same. Any contribution not following plagiarism level of 0% would be rejected.
•    Dual Publication: Contributions should not be submitted for publication purposes in any other journal at same time. It is unacceptable academic practice to submit to more than one journal at the same time
•    Defamatory statements: Authors should avoid strictly any defamatory or unlawful statements. Constructive criticism regarding a policy is acceptable but contributions found having malicious or improper content would be rejected.
•    Fabricated data: authors should not use manipulated or false data in their researches. Proper source should be mentioned if data or content is used from already published sources.
•    Proof of consent: IMSJ requires that authors obtain proper written "proof of consent" for any named individuals or organizations. Authors should ensure that they have properly acknowledged the work of others, and should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
•    Data access and retention: Authors may be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the manuscript for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable.
•    Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Authors should—at the earliest stage possible (generally by submitting a disclosure form at the time of submission and including a statement in the manuscript)—disclose any conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript.
•    Author obligations regarding conflicting interests: Author(s) will be asked to provide declaration regarding following aspects to avoid conflicting interests:
    •    All forms of financial support should be acknowledged.
    •    Any commercial or financial involvements that might present an appearance of a conflict of interest related to the manuscript are disclosed in a declaration form.
    •    That author have not signed an agreement with any sponsor of the research reported in the manuscript that prevents author from publishing the research without the prior approval of the sponsor.
    •    That author have checked the manuscript submission guidelines to see whether the journal requires a Declaration of Conflicting Interests and have complied with the requirements specified.

IMSJ will always make diligent efforts to ensure:
•    Professional and efficient conduct
•    Fair and objective conduct
•    Always approach the accused party to establish their position before making a decision or committing to a course of action.
•    Provide sufficient time for all parties to respond
•    Keep all parties informed of decisions, including the copyright owners, editors and authors

Grievance Procedure
The following Grievance Procedure outlines the process for addressing grievances by authors whose articles or other submissions are rejected for publication.
•    The grievance must be submitted in writing to the Editor of the journal within seven days following a submission being rejected for publication.
•    The grievance will be considered by the Editor and Editorial Advisory Board. The grievance will be resolved by taking a majority decision.
•    The grievance will be acknowledged with 10 days of receipt and aimed to be resolved within 30 days.
•    The decision will be in writing and will be final.

Malpractice Statement

In cases of authors not following above mentioned basic principles including proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures which includes asking for clarification, amending the discrepancies in specific time schedule and in extreme case debarring the authors to publish for specific time period and prohibiting access to journal’s content. Necessary and reasonable steps would be undertaken to identify and prevent publication of manuscripts where research misdemeanour has occurred. Under no circumstances such delinquency would be accepted or encouraged.