Guidelines for Reviewers

Publication Ethics

NIDA Journal of Language and Communication is concerned about the importance of publication ethics which should be followed by the authors, the editor, and the reviewers to maintain the integrity of the peer review and publication process. Following the ethical practices, adapted from the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors ( helps ensure that any malpractices such as authorship disputes, allegations of plagiarism and dual submission, accusations of data mishandling or fabrication, and author and reviewer conflicts of interest are prevented.



  • The authors are required to sign and submit the Plagiarism Declaration form confirming that their work is original, that it represents their own scholarly product, and that the manuscript has not been submitted to any other publication for consideration.
  • When reusing text, whether from the authors’ own publication or that of the others, appropriate citations and references must be provided.The authors must present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance.
  • The authors must be prepared to provide public access to the research data supporting their paper for editorial review and/or to comply with the open data requirements of the journal.
  • The authors must ensure that they have written original works which are appropriately cited and quoted.
  • The authors must not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently as it constitutes unethical behavior and is unacceptable.
  • The authors must recognize others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the paper.
  • The authors must carefully edit for language quality which is academically appropriate to the standard of English before submitting to the journal.
  • All co-authors must agree with the paper submitted for publication, as well as any addition, removal or arrangement to the paper.



  • The editor must ensure the prompt acknowledgement of receipt of submitted manuscripts.
  • The editor must play a vital role in safe-guarding the integrity of the peer review process.
  • The editor must ensure that all submitted papers receive the same treatment during the review and publication process.
  • The editor must match reviewers with the scope of the content in a manuscript to receive the best reviews possible.
  • The editor must ensure the expedient selection of reviewers to complete the peer review process.
  • The editor must ensure the strict confidentiality of the content of a submitted work.
  • The editor must respond promptly and fairly when an ethical issue or complaint arises concerning a submitted or published manuscript.
  • The editor must ensure that the peer review process is undertaken in a timely manner.
  • The editor must reject submissions that would result in a duplicate publication.
  • The editor must make the final decision on all manuscripts submitted to the journal.
  • The editor must make a decision on whether a manuscript is to be published based on its quality and suitability for the journal, as well as its contributions to the related fields of language and communication.
  • The editor must monitor any for malpractices in publishing a manuscript pertaining to self-plagiarism, plagiarism of other works, additional submissions, citation and reference manipulation, and data mishandlings.



  • The reviewers must provide the journal with personal and professional information that is accurate and a fair representation of their expertise, including verifiable and accurate contact information.
  • The reviewers must agree to review only if they have the necessary expertise to assess the manuscript.
  • During the review process, the reviewers must remain unbiased by considerations related to the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors.
  • Reviewers must respect the confidentiality of the peer review process and refrain from using information obtained during the peer review process for their own or another’s advantage, or disadvantage or discredit others.
  • Reviewers must ensure that authors receive the most constructive feedback possible for improving their manuscripts.
  • Reviewers must complete the review in a timely manner.
  • Reviewers must continue to respect the confidential nature of the review process and do not reveal details of the manuscript after peer review unless they have permission from the author and the journal.

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