Ethics of Publication

Publication Ethics

Al-Adab Journal is an accredited refereed academic journal, committed to the highest standards of publication ethics and guidelines, so as to provide its readers with the best quality. The principles of publication ethic our journal observes are a follows:

  • Al-Adab Journal shall not publish papers that do not comply with these announced ethics, and if the researcher’s non-compliance is proven, his/her research paper shall be deleted whenever discovered.
  •  shall Double blindly peer-review all submitted papers and articles.
  • Upon receiving submissions, the papers shall be subjected to Turnitin plagiarism detection program, and the similarity index should not exceed 20%.
  • Every paper shall be sent to two reviewers, and in case one of the reviewers rejects the paper, it shall be sent to a third reviewer for the sake of fairness. The opinion of this third reviewer shall de final and irrevocable in accepting or rejecting the paper. In all cases, the process of peer-review is double-blind, hence the researcher’s name and contact info shall be removed before sending the paper to the reviewers. Reviewers are from the faculty members of the College of Arts, and other colleges and universities, who should have professor or assistant professor title. Al-Adab Journal is keen on the reviewers being known for objectivity and academic integrity.
  • The referee form includes some items highlighting the most important points the reviewer should briefly answer. In case the latter has some comments and modifications to be applied to the paper, they should be written therein or in a separate report to be attached with the aforementioned form. Such comments and notes shall be sent to the researcher in an electronic format to check them and do accordingly. All comments, notes and modifications the reviewers give shall be sent to the researchers. After the paper comes back from researchers, their papers shall be sent back to the same reviewers to make sure that the required modifications they already suggested are observed and made on the paper. No acceptance letter shall be issued unless the Journal makes sure all comments and modifications suggested by the referees are done by the researcher.
  • Al-Adab Journal follows the electronic review process via Open Journal System (OJS) in which the review process takes 30 days as of the submission date, whereas the publication takes from 6 to 9 months.
  • Pursuant to this code of ethics, the Journal shall report any suspected cases of plagiarism and/or already published papers. Al-Adab Journal shall retain the right to use plagiarism detection programs to check the submissions at any time it may find fit.



Authors should adhere to and guarantee and the followings:

  • The paper is not submitted, published nor is being considered for publication, Submitting the same Paper to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable. except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint.
  • Any work or text for other authors, contributors, or sources (including the online ones) shall be properly acknowledged and documented. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source.
  • The language of the paper is double-checked for accuracy prior to submission.
  • The submitted works are the real and original works and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted and permission has been obtained where necessary.
  • Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable.
  • In the event of discovering a certain mistake or inadequacy in a specific issue in the submitted work, it is the responsibility of the researcher to immediately notify the Editor-in-Chief to cooperate with the Journal and withdraw the paper or correct it.
  • Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.
  • Human Subjects: If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) have approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.
    Appropriate consents, permissions and releases must be obtained where an author wishes to include case details or other personal information or images of patients and any other individuals in the paper. Written consents must be retained by the author and copies of the consents or evidence that such consents have been obtained must be provided to AL-ADAB JOURNAL with the submission request.
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made substantial contributions should be listed as co-authors. and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
    Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission.
    Authors take collective responsibility for the work. Each individual author is accountable for ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
  • conflicts of interests: All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial and personal relationships with other people or organisations that could be viewed as inappropriately influencing (bias) their work, All sources of financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article should be disclosed, as should the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated.
  • post-publication corrections: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper if deemed necessary by the editor. If the editor or the publisher learn from a third party that a published work contains an error, it is the obligation of the author to cooperate with the editor, including providing evidence to the editor where requested.

  • retractions: If the author wishes to withdraw his research from being published in the journal, he/she must submit a request to the editor and state the reasons that made him withdraw from publishing in the journal, and his research will be withdrawn from publication in the journal after the approval of the editor-in-chief.
  • Submitting the paper via the online submission procedures.
  • Submitting more than one paper at one time is a violation of the current code of publication ethics.



Editors shall undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Checking and reviewing the results of refereed papers submitted for publication.
  • Diligently seeking to prevent any potential clash of interests between the author and the editors, reviewers and secretary of the Journal.
  • Protecting and retaining the confidentiality of all information related to the submitted papers with complete secrecy before publication.
  • conflicts of interests: The editor must not be involved in decisions about papers which s/he has written him/herself or have been written by family members or colleagues or which relate to products or services in which the editor has an interest. Further, any such submission must be subject to all of the journal’s usual procedures, peer review must be handled independently of the relevant author/editor and their research groups, and there must be a clear statement to this effect on any such paper that is published
  • The Editor-in-Chief shall coordinate the work of editors.


Reviewers shall guarantee the followings:

  • Assessing the papers according to their contents, regardless of the ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious and/or political affiliation of the authors.
  • Protecting all information related to the submitted papers as being confidential, and they should notify the Editor-in-Chief in case they discover any violation of the copyrights or any plagiarism issue on the part of the authors.
  • Objectively reviewing and assessing the submitted papers, and giving clear recommendations in the evaluation form.
  • The reviewer who finds that he/she is not qualified to review the paper sent to him/her, or finds that he/she has no time to read and review that paper, he/she must report his/her apology, in writing, stating his/her inability to do the review and assessment, so that the journal shall refer the paper to another reviewer.
  • conflicts of interests: Reviews should be conducted objectively. Reviewers should be aware of any personal bias they may have and take this into account when reviewing a paper. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
    Reviewers should consult the Editor before agreeing to review a paper where they have potential conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
    If a reviewer suggests that an author includes citations to the reviewer’s (or their associates’) work, this must be for genuine scientific reasons and not with the intention of increasing the reviewer’s citation count or enhancing the visibility of their work (or that of their associates).