Publication Ethics

  1. Originality and Plagiarism: Authors submitting manuscripts to the "Qualitative Research Review Letter" must ensure that their work is original. Plagiarism, including self-plagiarism and any form of academic misconduct, is unacceptable. All sources must be properly cited, and any prior work by the authors or others must be appropriately referenced.
  2. Authorship: Authorship should be limited to those who have made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All co-authors should have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed to its submission for publication. Any changes to the authorship list post-submission must be approved by all authors.
  3. Conflicts of Interest: Authors must disclose any financial or personal relationships that could influence the research or its interpretation. This includes but is not limited to employment, consultancies, honoraria, ownership of stocks or options, and funding sources. Any potential conflicts of interest should be declared in the manuscript.
  4. Data Integrity and Transparency: Authors should accurately present their research findings and provide sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fabrication, falsification, or manipulation of data is considered unethical behavior and is not acceptable.
  5. Ethical Treatment of Participants: Research involving human participants must comply with relevant ethical standards and obtain appropriate approval from institutional review boards or ethics committees. Informed consent must be obtained from all participants, and their privacy and confidentiality should be protected.
  6. Acknowledgment of Sources: Authors should properly acknowledge the contributions of others to the research, including citing relevant publications and giving credit to those who have provided assistance or support.
  7. Reviewer Conduct: Reviewers should conduct their evaluations objectively and provide constructive feedback to the authors. They should disclose any conflicts of interest that could affect their judgment and should treat manuscripts confidentially.
  8. Editorial Independence: Editors of the "Qualitative Research Review Letter" should evaluate manuscripts based on their academic merit, relevance, and originality, without regard to factors such as the authors' identity, institutional affiliation, or nationality.