ASI Publication Ethics
          Asia Social Issues (ASI) places utmost importance on maintaining rigorous ethical standards throughout the academic publication process. Our commitment to integrity and transparency is underscored by adherence to the guidelines set forth by "The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)" (available at https://publicationethics.org/).

Plagiarism Detection: To ensure the originality of submitted manuscripts, we utilize the plagiarism detection tool "copycat." Manuscripts exhibiting a similarity index exceeding 30% are returned to authors for revision. Failure to address this may result in the outright rejection of the manuscript, concluding the review process.

Editor Ethics and Duties:

  • Accountability: Editors are responsible for overseeing the entire publication process, implementing transparent procedures to guarantee the quality of publications.
  • Fair Play and Editorial Independence: Manuscripts undergo evaluation based on academic merit, with editorial decisions uninfluenced by authors' characteristics. The College of Graduate Studies, Walailak University, has no role in content decisions.
  • Editorial Confidentiality: Editors safeguard the confidentiality of authors' material, enforcing the double-blind peer review system to protect the identities of both authors and reviewers.
  • Editorial Process: Editors conduct peer reviews fairly and responsibly, ensuring all parties understand their roles. A detailed process, from submission to publication, is outlined under the "peer review process" sub-section.
  • Misconduct and Inappropriate Behavior: Editors take responsive measures to address any misconduct or ethical concerns raised about a submitted or published manuscript. If necessary, papers may be retracted.

Reviewer Ethics and Duties: Reviewers play a pivotal role in maintaining publication standards and are expected to:

  • Decline Unrelated Reviews: Refuse review requests for manuscripts outside their expertise.
  • Provide Objective Feedback: Offer comments based on expertise, free from conflicts of interest.
  • Maintain Confidentiality: Treat manuscripts confidentially and report suspicions of duplications.
  • Contribute to Editorial Decisions: Support editors in making informed decisions and adhere to prompt review timelines.

Author Ethics: Authors are essential contributors to ethical publication practices and must:

  • Ensure Originality: Submit entirely original works, properly citing borrowed content.
  • Avoid Multiple Publications: Refrain from submitting the same research to multiple journals concurrently.
  • Acknowledge Sources: Appropriately credit the work of others, ensuring proper acknowledgment.
  • Authorship Responsibilities: Authorship should reflect significant contributions, and authors must disclose conflicts of interest.

Data Access and Retention: Authors may be asked to provide raw data for review and should be prepared for public access. Data retention after publication is encouraged.

Fundamental Errors: Authors must promptly notify the editor of significant errors in their published works, cooperating to retract or correct the paper.

AI-Generated Contents: Authors using generative AI or AI-assisted technologies must review and edit outputs for accuracy. Disclosure of AI application is required in the manuscript, with authors remaining ultimately responsible for the content.