Policies

FOCUS AND SCOPE

The aim of this Journal is to promote a principled approach to research on literature and English language teaching/ language-related concerns by encouraging enquiry into relationship between theoretical and practical studies. The journal welcomes contributions in such areas of current analysis in:

  • Publication decisions
  • first, second, and foreign language teaching and learning;
  • language in education;
  • language planning, language testing;
  • curriculum design and development;
  • multilingualism and multilingual education;
  • discourse analysis;
  • literature and teaching;
  • literary criticism;
  • interdisciplinary literature;
  • oral literature;
  • philology; and.
  • comparative literature

 

SECTION POLICIES

Regular Articles

Checked Open Submissions       Checked Indexed          Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Focus Articles

Checked Open Submissions       Checked Indexed          Checked Peer Reviewed

 

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

The submitted papers should be original, unpublished, and not in consideration for publication elsewhere at the time of submission to MUJOLALI. All paper submissions will be refereed in a double-peer review process by at least two reviewers with expertise in the relevant subject area. Before going to review process, all manuscripts will be checked that they are free from plagiarism practice using "Turnitin" software. If there is an indication of plagiarism, the manuscript will instantly be rejected. Authors whose papers are rejected will be informed with the reasons of the rejection.

The acceptance or rejection of articles will be decided by the editorial boards based on the review results supplied by the reviewers. There are no communications between authors and editors concerning the rejection decision. Authors whose papers are rejected will be informed with the reasons of the rejection.

The editors reserve the right to suggest that the authors have their manuscripts proofread and edited by professional proofreaders, and to decline publication of manuscripts whose authors do not comply with the editors' suggestions.

 

PUBLICATION FREQUENCY

The publication frequency of MUJOLALI is twice a year for June and December volume. Every issue consisted of six articles.

 

OPEN ACCESS POLICY

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This journal does NOT require both processing and publishing charges. This journal provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work.

 

PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENTS

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper.

Acknowledgement of sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. 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. 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.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

MUJOLALI is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to enhancing and disseminating scholarly work in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT), Linguistics, and Literature. The journal publishes both conceptual and research-based articles within those fields.

This statement clarifies ethical behaviour of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this journal, including the author, the chief editor, the Editorial Board, the peer reviewers­­­­­ and the publisher (MUJOLALI-Musamus Journal of Language and Literature). This statement is based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

(Based on Elsevier recommendations and COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors)

Duties of Editors

  • Publication decisions
  • Fair play
  • Confidentiality
  • Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
  • Involvement and cooperation in investigations

Duties of Reviewers

  • Contribution to Editorial Decisions
  • Promptness
  • Confidentiality
  • Standards of Objectivity
  • Acknowledgement of Sources
  • Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Duties of Authors

  • Reporting standards
  • Data Access and Retention
  • Originality and Plagiarism
  • Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
  • Acknowledgement of Sources
  • Authorship of the Paper
  • Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects
  • Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
  • Fundamental errors in published work
  1. Author's responsibilities
  • Authors are obliged to participate in peer review process;
  • All authors have significantly contributed to the research;
  • Authors include statement that all data in article are real and authentic;
  • Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes;
  • Reported work is original and written by the authors;
  • Reported work has not been previously published and has been submitted only to that journal;
  • Where material is taken from other sources (including their own published writing), the source is clearly cited and, where appropriate, permission is obtained;
  • The work does not infringe on the rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights;
  • Data are true and not manipulated;
  • Data are their own or they have permission to use data reproduced in their paper;
  • Any real or apparent conflicting or competing interest is clearly stated upon submission of the paper (this would include funding assistance);
  • Authors should adhere to all research ethics guidelines of their discipline, particularly where human or animal subjects are involved;
  • Authors should contact the editor to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work;
  • Authorship of the paper is accurately represented, including ensuring that all individuals credited as authors participated in the actual authorship of the work and that all who participated are credited and have given consent for publication.
  1. Responsibility for the reviewers
  • Judgments should be objective;
  • Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors, and/or the research funders;
  • Reviewers should point out relevant published work that is not cited;
  • Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially;
  • Reviewers should maintain the confidentiality of the review process;
  • Reviewers should immediately alert the journal editor of any real or potential competing interest that could affect the impartiality of their review and decline to review when appropriate
  • Reviewers should conduct themselves fairly and impartially;
  • We are aware, of course, that academics will come from a particular school of thought and/or may have strong ties to a particular interest. All we ask is that reviewers strive to act fairly. If in doubt about whether a conflict exists, a reviewer should be transparent and seek the views of the journal editor.
  1. Editorial responsibilities
  • Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article. They always strive to meet the needs of readers and authors;
  • Editors should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept;
  • Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain about the content;
  • When errors are found, editors should promote publication of a correction or retraction;
  • Editors should preserve anonymity of reviewers;
  • Editors should maintain and promote consistent ethical policies for their journals;
  • Editors should oversee and act to enforce those policies as needed in a fair and consistent manner;
  • Editors should ensure the confidentiality of the review process;
  • Editors should exercise the highest standards of personal integrity in their work as editor of the journal, recognizing and planning for instances in which they could have a competing interest or the appearance of a competing interest;
  • Editors should work with authors, reviewers, and editorial board members as necessary to ensure they are sufficiently advised regarding the journal’s ethics and publishing policies and that the journal’s stewardship on ethical matters is fair, unbiased, and timely;
  • Editors should promote fairness and equality and oppose discrimination;
  • Editors should promote transparency of and respect for the academic record;
  • Editors should respect the confidentiality of others;
  1. Publishing ethics issues
  • Monitor/safeguard publishing ethics;
  • Establish guidelines for retracting articles;
  • Maintain integrity of the academic record;
  • Preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards;
  • Be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed;
  • Guard against plagiarism and/or fraudulent data;

All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations for the three years prior to the start of the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

 

COPYRIGHT NOTICE
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

a. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

b. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

c. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work

 

PLAGIARISM POLICY

Originality and plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. 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 publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

The manuscripts in which plagiarism is detected are handled based on the extent of plagiarism present in the manuscript.

<5% plagiarism - The manuscript is assigned a manuscript ID and it is immediately sent back to the authors for content revision.

5–25% plagiarism - The manuscript is NOT assigned a manuscript ID and it is immediately sent back to the authors for content revision.

>25% plagiarism - The manuscript is rejected without editorial review. The authors are advised to revise the plagiarized parts of the manuscript and resubmit it as a fresh manuscript.

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