Kowsar is very sensitive about all potential misconducts either in research or in publications. As members of COPE, all Kowsar journals will follow the COPE guidelines outlining how to deal with cases of suspected misconduct. Each Kowsar journal shows its specific logo from COPE in its website which directly guide the readers to COPE page of that website. You may find this direct logo of COPE in "journal info" or "List of Source" page of each journal.
Any EIC of Kowsar is able to receive advice from COPE and we, as publisher, committed to present any data to all authorized institutions or organizations like COPE.
All allegations of misconducts pre- or post-publication will be reported to us via 2 different methods:
All concerns and claims will be recorded electronically in our ticketing system and will be screened by our staff in our Support team. Based on the problem, it will be communicated with all sides of the subject and then will be discussed in the first weekly meeting of the primary Ethical committee. The Main ethical committee is located in the publisher and is included of the journal owner, the editor in chief and a representative of the publisher. High priority concerns will be screened and handled by the CEO of the publisher primarily.
After collecting all documents and interviews with all sides/parties the primary decision will be announced by the publisher to all authors. Final defense and documents plus important written documents will be sent to the secondary ethical committee including the members of the primary committee in addition to Kowsar advisory and trustee board.
We respect whistleblowers among our readers and take care of their confidential information in any way.
In case of proved research or publication misconduct, we always follow the COPE flowcharts which vary from publishing a correction to withdraw, retract, or even replace a responsible journal staff like editor in chief. See our policies about the mentioned rues.