Open Access Policy and Journal Ethics

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Journal Ethics Policy and Publication Malpractice Statement

By submitting a manuscript to PRIZREN SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL, the author warrants that the enclosed text is authentic and does not infringe on any existing copyrights. Moreover, it is the author's responsibility to that ensure that the manuscript contains no instances of plagiarism or self-plagiarism, properly cites all verbatim quotations taken from or paraphrases of other works, and that permission has been duly obtained for the re-use of any parts or elements of other works where permission is either implicitly or explicitly required by the copyright holder.

The editors of PRIZREN SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL may undertake certain measures, including but not limited to the use of online peer review software, in order to verify the authenticity of the received manuscript. However, the responsibility of ensuring the originality of the work and conforming to all existing national and international copyright laws lies entirely with the author. As such, the author will indemnify the publisher against any and all third-party claims arising from the breach of the aforementioned copyright infringement warranty.

All manuscripts found to not be following the authenticity guidelines set forth herein will be subject to automatic rejection and permanent exclusion of the author of the manuscript from future submissions to Prizren Social Science Journal, either as sole author or co-author.

Any claim of plagiarism that is received regarding an already published article will be duly investigated to the full extent. If it is found that a published article indeed fails to meet the authenticity guidelines of PRIZREN SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL, the publication of such an article will be retracted, wherever possible, and the author of the article will be excluded from future submissions to Journal, either as sole author or co-author. Further, in such cases, the publisher may proceed with (civil or penal) legal action against the author, depending on the circumstances and severity of the infringement.

We check all papers against plagiarism using Turnitin Plagiarism Check.

It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, and the publisher. Our ethic statements are based on COPEs Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Malpractice Statement  

It is ultimately the responsibility of the editors-in-chief to ensure that this policy is disseminated to all and followed through. If any third party believes that malpractice has occurred, they are encouraged to contact the Editors-in-Chief of the PRIZREN SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL. Where malpractice has been found to occur, the article in question will be removed from the journal. Individuals found to have deliberately undertaken actions that result in malpractice will be excluded from publishing in the Journal in the future. PRIZREN SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL adopts the COPE guidelines on publication ethics


Duties of Authors:

  • Submitted manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s)
  • Only unpublished manuscripts should be submitted.
  • It is unethical to submit a manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.
  • Any conflict of interest must be clearly stated.
  • Acknowledge the sources of data used in the development of the manuscript.
  • All errors discovered in the manuscript after submission must be swiftly communicated to the Editor.

Duties of Reviewers:

  • That all the manuscripts are reviewed in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry, or political values of the author(s).
  • That any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be communicated to the Editor.
  • That all information pertaining to the manuscript is kept confidential
  • That any information that may be the reason for the rejection of publication of a manuscript must be communicated to the Editor.

Duties of Editors:

  • That all the manuscripts are evaluated in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry, or political values of authors.
  • Any observed conflict of interest pertaining to manuscripts must be disclosed.
  • That information pertaining to manuscripts is kept confidential.
  • The editor should respect the intellectual independence of authors.

The Editorial Board takes responsibility for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts based on the reviewer's evaluation of the manuscript, policies of the journal editorial board, and legal restrain acting against plagiarism, libel, and copyright infringement.


Conflict of Interest

Prizren Social Science Journal requires all authors and reviewers to declare any conflicts of interest that may be inherent in their submissions. Conflict of interest for a given manuscript exists when a participant in the peer review and publication process author, reviewer, or editor has ties to activities that could inappropriately influence his or her judgment, whether or not judgment is in fact affected. Financial relationships with industry, for example, through employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, expert testimony, either directly or through immediate family, are usually considered to be the most important conflicts of interest. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion.

Editors: May request that authors of a study funded by an agency with a proprietary or financial interest in the outcome sign a statement, such as "I had full access to all of the data in this study and I take complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis."

Authors: When they submit a manuscript, whether an article or a letter, authors are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and other conflicts of interest that might bias their work. They should acknowledge in the manuscript all financial support for the work and other financial or personal connections to the work.

Reviewers: External peer reviewers should disclose to editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and they should disqualify themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if they believe it appropriate. The editors must be made aware of reviewers' conflicts of interest to interpret the reviews and judge for themselves whether the reviewer should be disqualified. Reviewers should not use knowledge of the work, before its publication, to further their own interests.


Privacy Policy - Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in the journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. The journal's editorial team collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with the journal. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content and it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here. 


Crossmark Policy Page

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Clicking on the Crossmark logo will tell you the current status of a document, and may also give you additional publication record information about the document.


Content of Permanency

Articles published in Prizren Social Science Journal receive a DOI and are permanently published. This applies regardless of the outcome of the peer review that follows after publication.

All content, including articles that have not (yet), passed peer review, is permanently archived in PKP Preservation Network (PKP PN). All versions of all articles that have passed peer review will be archived in Ebsco, DOAJ, and in another index.

Authors can revise, change and update their articles by publishing new versions, which are added to the articles history; however, the individual versions, once published, cannot be altered or withdrawn and are permanently available on the Prizren Social Science Journal website. Prizren Social Science Journal participates in the CrossMark scheme, a multi-publisher initiative that has developed a standard way for readers to locate the current version of an article. By applying the CrossMark policies, Prizren Social Science Journal is committed to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur.

Clicking on the CrossMark logo will give you the current status of an article and direct you to the latest published version; it may also give you additional information such as new peer review reports.


Repository Policy

Prizren Social Science Journal allows all versions (Submitted version, Accepted version, Published version (Version of Record) to be deposited in an institutional or another repository of the author's choice without embargo.