1. Blind Peer review process

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal.

KJAR operates a Double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are not aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous as well.

In the case that One reviewer rejects the manuscript, a 3rd reviewer will be called to judge the manuscript.

2. Open Access Policies

KJAR applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to works we publish. This license was developed to facilitate open access – namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types.

Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited.

All articles published by KJAR are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

3. Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor with detailed reasons of the rejection to re-study your case. 

4. ARCHIVING

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS and CLOCKSS systems to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. 

LOCKSS: Open Journal Systems supports the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to ensure a secure and permanent archive for the journal. LOCKSS is open source software developed at Stanford University Library that enables libraries to preserve selected web journals by regularly polling registered journal websites for newly published content and archiving it. Each archive is continually validated against other library caches, and if the content is found to be corrupted or lost, the other caches or the journal is used to restore it.

 

5. Confidentiality

The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

6. Fees and refund

 KJAR does not have subscription charges for its research content it can defray publishing costs from the Article Processing Charges. This is because KJAR believes that the interests of the scientific community can best be served by an immediate, worldwide, unlimited, open access to the full text of research articles. 

The Article Processing Charge for publication in this journal is 250 000 Iraqi Dinars.  based on the MoHE KRG decree. Our fees cover the costs of peer review, copyediting, publication, different format of publication (HTML, PDF), inclusion in many Open Access databases.

If the author decided to withdraw his paper after publishing, there is no refund for article processing charges.

7.Conflict of Interests, Funding

Financial or other support of institutes or companies, as well as promotion funds, is to be stated in the acknowledgments or conflict of interests section. All financial or other connections, which the author has to a company, whose products or competition products play an important role in represented facts of the matter, should be described and enclosed in the cover letter. This notification is handled confidentially and only when the manuscript is accepted for publication it will be published together with the manuscript after due consultation with the author.
An important aspect of scientific publication is the indication of funding support. You must ensure that the full, correct details of your funder(s) and any relevant grant numbers are included. A funding statement may be worded as follows: 'This work was supported by [name of funder] grant number [xxx]'.

8. Protection of Patients' Rights to Privacy

When using records of patients it must be guaranteed that the person is not identifiable on the basis of the portrayal. Otherwise, the author must seek explicit consent from the person concerned (or their representative) that he agrees to the publication in the present form. The existence of such a consent is to be confirmed by the author in writing.

9. Human Rights and Informed Consent

All manuscripts concerning clinical investigations with humans or human materials must include a statement that the project was approved by the local Ethical Committee and that all patients or test persons gave written consent before participation after adequate explanation.

10.Ethical Handling with Animals 

Experimental research on vertebrates or any regulated invertebrates must comply with institutional, national, or international guidelines, and where available should have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. Field studies and other non-experimental research on animals must comply with institutional, national, or international guidelines, and where available should have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. A statement detailing compliance with relevant guidelines and/or appropriate permissions or licences must be included in the manuscript. We recommend that authors comply with the IUCN Policy Statement on Research Involving Species at Risk of Extinction  and the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

11.Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is an act of using thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, without crediting the original author. Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism is recognized as a serious academic offense. All manuscripts received towards KJAR journal are scanned for plagiarism. If potential plagiarism is detected, Manuscript will be rejected.

KJAR journal is a member of CrossRef and CrossRef services, e.g., CrossCheck. All manuscripts submitted will be checked for plagiarism CrossCheck/iThenticate. All manuscripts received towards KJAR journal are scanned for plagiarism before review process using ithenticate similarity Check via Crossref. KJAR journal tolerates only 10% of similarity, While more detected, authors, will be contacted to reduce the rate. In case, during the publication process or after the publication, plagiarism was detected, KJAR has the right either to ask the author for paraphrasing and summarizing the content or directly rejecting the manuscript.

12.Publishing Ethics

KJAR is following the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and its principles on how to deal with acts of misconduct.  Almost every step in the publishing process involves important ethical principles. Having clear statements on these issues can encourage responsible publication practices.

For more information see The Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and/or see cases of suspected misconduct flowcharts.

13. Copyright and Permissions

The author must accept the following rules for copyright and permissions 

  1. The article submitted is an original work and has neither been published in any other peer-reviewed journal nor is under consideration for publication by any other journal. In addition to it, the article does not contravene any existing copyright or any other third party rights.
  2. The transfer of copyright gives Kurdistan Journal of Applied Research the right  (including without limitation, the right to publish the work in whole or in part in any and all forms of media, now or hereafter) develop, promote, distribute, and archive a body of scientific works throughout the world.
  3. The Author acknowledges that Kurdistan Journal of Applied Research will have the right to print, publish, and create derivative works throughout the world.
  4. If any plagiarism found in the camera-ready article after Publication, I am the solely responsible not Kurdistan Journal of Applied Research or Kurdistan Journal of Applied Research Board members., and KJAR has the right to revoke the paper.
  5. The article, the final version of which I enclose, is not substantially the same as any that I/we have already published elsewhere
  6. If any dispute arises, a final decision is taken by Kurdistan Journal of Applied Research Editorial Board.
  7. Once the copyright is signed, it is impossible to revoke the article from the journal neither refund the cost of publishing
  8. Once the final version is submitted and published, there is no chance to do withdraw the paper, modify the content unless if there is proof for scientific mistakes and no add/delete for the authors.