Duties and responsibilities
The International Journal of Special Education has introduced ghost-writing and guest authorship barriers. Authors are obliged to submit their statements concerning the accuracy of submitted papers, and in the case of papers prepared by several authors, they are obliged to reveal the contribution of individual authors to their paper.
Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works and that where other materials (including data) are used the sources are appropriately cited. Papers submitted for peer review should not have been published in their current or a very similar form before, other than as a pre-print in a repository or as a conference paper with limited circulation beyond the conference attendees. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Where applicable, ethics statements are required whenever research is conducted on humans or human tissue. The authors must provide an ethics statement as part of their materials and methods section detailing full information regarding their approval (including the name of the granting organization)
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgements section.
Journal requires all authors to disclose their funding consistently under a separate funding heading.
Conflict of interests
The journal requires all authors to disclose any possible conflicts of interest. If the conflict occurs, the statement should be placed before the references list in a declaration.
1. Peer review
The first stage of reviewing the submitted papers is preliminary reviewing done by the editorial staff of the journal. At this stage, a paper is subjected to assessment in terms of its conformity with the profile of the journal, maintaining the editorial requirements of the publisher, and general criteria of grammatical correctness.
2. Double-blind review
A text complying with the requirements of the introductory review is assigned an identification code and is referred to a minimum of two reviewers, specialists in the field of special education. In accordance with the principle of the double-blind review process, reviewers and authors remain anonymous towards one another. Reviewers submit their opinion about a paper by filling in a review form.
Principles for the review appropriation
The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission. The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors. Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted. Reviewer shall review by the electronic system based on a prepared questionnaire. It is also possible for a reviewer to send individual comments to be published in the article content. All judgments and findings in the peer-review process should be objective.
Any discovered cases of scientific unreliability shall be exposed, including notification of respective employers of the authors, their learned societies, associations of science editors, etc.). On misconduct issues, the journal follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) flowcharts, available at https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts
The journal has a policy of screening for plagiarism. The authors must only present for publication their original articles, which have not been published previously as a whole or insignificant part of any other copyrighted content. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software.
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.