Publication Ethics of the “National Interest”
The editing policy of the journal is founded on traditional ethical principles adopted by academic journals and observes the ethical norms of the work of editors and publishers outlined in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers, which were elaborated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). When working with publications the journal’s editorial board follows international copyright protection rules, Thai Law, and international standards for publishers.
1. Responsibilities of the Journal’s Editorial Board and Editors
1.1 Editors take full responsibility for their decisions to edit and publish manuscripts submitted to the journal. The academic value of the article, its academic significance and the quality of the submitted material are the basic principles for considering if the manuscript is acceptable or not for publication.
1.2 Editors evaluate articles and make decisions on academic merit alone. All editorial decisions should be made without regard to the race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
1.3 The Editors of " National Interest " wish to only consider articles which have not previously been published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere, presenting original research or a detailed review of themes relating to the journal's core interests. The editors of the “National Interest" reserve the right to reject a manuscript if the research has been published previously and represents more than 70% of the research results of the submitted work.
1.4 Editorial Board Members are required to maintain confidentiality about the submitted manuscripts and must not divulge any information to any third party other than people relevant to the article and the process of its preparation for publication.
1.5 Editors thoroughly review the original information contained in manuscripts during the peer review process, but may not use it for their own research or for personal advantage. The use of such information is only permitted after official publication of the article and using the correct citation in accordance with standard requirements.
1.6 The editors should not force authors to include references to the journal’s articles that have been published in “National Interest ” in order to influence the journal’s ranking by artificially increasing the journal’s metric
1.7Editors are required to ensure that citations and quotations given in the article that was approved for publication are accurate and correct
1.8 Makes a decision on the publication of materials, guided by the main criteria: compliance of the manuscript with the subject of the journal , relevance, originality and scientific significance of the article,clarity of presentation,recognition of the contributions of other researchers on the topic under consideration; the reliability of the results and the completeness of the conclusions, guided by the reliability of the presentation of data and the scientific significance of the work under consideration.
1.9 Does not allow information to be published if the editors have convincing evidence that it is plagiarism or falsified data,in case of revealing any facts of unreliability of the information contained in the article, the editors take measures to publish corrections, retractions or other relevant statements as soon as possible
1.10 Ensures the prevention of conflicts of interest between the publisher, members of the editorial board / editorial board, reviewers and authors.Editors should recuse themselves from reviewing manuscripts if there are conflicts of interest due to competitive, collaborative or other interactions and relationships with authors, companies, and possibly other organizations associated with the manuscript.
2. Responsibilities of the authors
2.1 Authors assume responsibility for the content of their publications. Only original research should be used in the articles. If the authors used material taken directly from other researchers, it must be appropriately cited or quoted. Results discussed in the article should meet the criteria of reproducibility by other researchers. All methods of data processing, as well as their interpretation, should be absolutely transparent.
2.2 Authors take responsibility for voluntary or involuntary plagiarism. Unauthorized reproduction of any article content (text, graphics, raw data, etc.) is absolutely unacceptable. Borrowed elements that are reproduced with the copyright owner's permission should be presented in the correct form and accompanied by a corresponding reference
2.3 The published research must be of high quality and carefully performed, and all the data presented in the article must be reliable, objective and not falsified. The authors bear collective responsibility for all the data provided in the article (facts, results, conclusions, theories, hypotheses, etc.)
2.4 When submitting an article to the editor, the authors declare that this article has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere
2.5 Authors must objectively and honestly indicate the contribution of each of them to the work, avoiding false information about authorship. The authors undertake to acknowledge the contribution of persons involved in or influenced the study or publication, if any.
2.6 Information obtained privately, as in correspondence, conversation or discussion with third parties, or obtained under confidential services, may be used or reported only with the written permission of the source of such information.
2.7 Authors should alert the editor or publisher promptly if they discover a significant error or inaccurate data in the published article. Authors should cooperate with editors in order to withdraw the publication or to correct errors in this publication. If the editor or publisher learns from a third party that there is a significant error in the published work and notify the author of such defect, errors must be corrected promptly and the author is obliged to provide the editorial office with evidence of data accuracy in his/her article.
2.8 Authors must report the absence or presence of conflicts of interest with the publisher, sponsor, co-author, publishers, etc., if any
2.9 Article layouts must be submitted to the editor in accordance with the Rules for the preparation of the manuscript.
2.10 The author may request that the article that was published in his/her native language be also published in the foreign language. Such cases are subject to special consideration by the Editorial Board and all participating parties should strictly adhere to high ethical standards.
2.11 Authors shall be liable for disclosing all sources of financial support for the project, the results of which are described in the manuscript submitted for consideration, as well as for indicating all co-authors who facilitated the research.
3. Responsibilities of reviewers
3.1 During the manuscript review process referees should strive for maximum objectivity. Manuscripts are evaluated only according to their scientific significance. Any decisions made on the basis of the reviewer’s personal preferences are not permitted. If a conflict of interest exists in any form between the reviewer and the author, the reviewer shall immediately notify the editorial office of such conflict of interest and retreat from the peer-review process.
3.2 Reviewers are expected to review and submit reviews within the time agreed by the Editorial Board (one week). If the manuscript cannot be reviewed within the specified period, the reviewer must immediately notify the editorial office accordingly.
3.3 Reviewers must not reveal information about manuscripts submitted for review to anyone other than the authors and reviewers.
3.4 The “National Interest” relies on a blind peer review process. The names of the reviewers are hidden from the authors. At the same time, at the reviewer’s will and upon the reviewer’s written consent the name of the reviewer can be disclosed to the author.
3.5 Before the manuscript is published, under no circumstances the reviewers may use the information they were given access to as part of the review process for the their own academic purposes or other personal use
3.6. The reviewer is responsible for the scientific correctness and independence of the examination.The reviewer gives only an objective and reasoned assessment of the results of the study and clearly justified recommendations, the opinion and conclusion of the reviewer must be supported by evidence.
3.7. Reviewers should identify significant published work relevant to the topic and not included in the bibliography of the manuscript.For any statement (observation, conclusion or argument) published earlier, the manuscript must have a corresponding bibliographic reference. The Reviewer should also draw the attention of the Editor to the discovery of a significant similarity or coincidence between the manuscript in question and any other published work that is in the field of scientific competence of the Reviewer.
4. Conflict of interest
All interested parties are encouraged to avoid conflict of interest in any form at all stages of the publication preparation process. If a conflict of interest of any form arises, the individual who was the first to identify such conflict is obliged to immediately notify the editorial office correspondingly. The same refers to any cases when the generally accepted ethical norms and rules happen to have been disregarded.