1- STATEMENT REGARDING PUBLICATION ETHICS AND EDITORIAL PROCEDURES
TDSR’s Publication Ethics statement and Publication Malpractice guidelines are adopted from the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011).
2- RESPONDING TO ALLEGATIONS OF POSSIBLE MISCONDUCT
TDSR has a clear policy on handling concerns or allegations about misconduct which can arise regarding authors, reviewers and others. TDSR guidelines regarding these matters include scrutiny of falsification of data, plagiarism, improprieties of authorship, misappropriation of the ideas of others, and violation of generally accepted research practices including the use of AI tools in the writing of papers.
All allegations of misconduct will be referred to the Editor-In-Chief, who will review the circumstances in consultation with the Managing Editor. Initial fact-finding usually includes a request to all the involved parties to state their case, and explain the circumstances, in writing. In questions of research misconduct centering on methods or technical issues, the Editor-In-Chief may confidentially consult experts who are blind to the identity of the individuals. The Editor-In-Chief and Managing Editor will arrive at a conclusion as to whether there is enough evidence to lead a reasonable person to believe there is a possibility of misconduct. Their goal is not to determine if actual misconduct occurred or to determine the precise details of that misconduct.
All allegations are kept confidential, and if the investigation concludes there is a reasonable possibility of misconduct, the journal will pursue the following options:
a- A letter of explanation will be sent only to the person against whom the complaint is made in cases where there appears to be a genuine and innocent misunderstanding of principles or procedures.
b- A letter of reprimand will be sent to the same party warning of the consequences of future such instances in cases where the misunderstanding appears to be not entirely innocent.
c- Formal withdrawal or retraction of a manuscript from the literature will be requested if that manuscript has already been published in the journal.
3- POLICY REGARDING DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
TDSR follows the policy of IASTE that prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, race, or sexual orientation.