Allegations of Misconduct

Quantitative Economics and Management Studies (QEMS) is committed to maintaining the highest standards of transparency and ethical conduct in scholarly publishing. This policy outlines the definitions of conflicts of interest and the processes for handling conflicts of interest for authors, reviewers, editors, journals, and publishers, whether identified before or after publication. The journal follows the Core Practices outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Definition of Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest arises when an individual or entity has financial, personal, professional, or academic relationships or interests that could influence or be perceived to influence their objectivity, integrity, or decision-making in the context of research, review, editorial, or publishing processes.

Identification of Conflicts of Interest

Authors, reviewers, editors, and others involved in the publication process must disclose all potential conflicts of interest that could be relevant to the work they are submitting, reviewing, editing, or publishing. These conflicts of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • Financial interests: Funding sources, stock ownership, employment, consultancy, or other financial relationships related to the research.
  • Personal relationships: Close personal relationships or family ties with individuals involved in the research or publication process.
  • Academic relationships: Collaborations or academic affiliations that may influence objectivity or perceptions of bias.
  • Competing affiliations: Affiliations with competing organizations that may have conflicting interests in the research or its outcome.
  • Intellectual property: Any patents, copyrights, or intellectual property rights that could be affected by the research or publication.

Handling Conflicts of Interest

QEMS will handle conflicts of interest with the utmost diligence and transparency.

For Authors:

Authors must disclose all potential conflicts of interest during the manuscript submission process. If a conflict of interest is identified after publication, authors should promptly notify the editorial board, and the conflict will be addressed in a transparent manner.

For Reviewers:

Reviewers are expected to decline review invitations if they have conflicts of interest that may affect their impartiality. If a reviewer becomes aware of a conflict of interest during the review process, they should immediately notify the editorial board for appropriate actions.

For Editors and Journal Staff:

Editors and journal staff involved in the review and publication process must recuse themselves from handling any submissions in which they have conflicts of interest. In case of any doubt, the editorial board will make the final decision on how to handle such cases.

For Publishers:

Publishers must have policies in place to address potential conflicts of interest within their organization. They should ensure that decisions related to editorial processes and content are not influenced by financial considerations or other competing interests.

Transparency and Disclosure

QEMS will clearly state its policy on conflicts of interest, and relevant stakeholders will be informed of the requirements for disclosure. Conflicts of interest disclosures made by authors, reviewers, editors, and others will be published alongside the respective articles, reviews, or editorials to ensure transparency. QEMS will limit/prevent its editors, reviewers, and relevant stakeholder access to publication process, should they co-author articles submitted to QEMS.

Review of the Policy

QEMS will periodically review and update this policy to ensure its effectiveness and alignment with best practices. Any revisions to this policy will be communicated to stakeholders and made publicly available on the journal's website.