Copyright Notice, Ethics and Malpractice


Copyright Notice

The Malaysian Journal of International Relations (MJIR) adopts CC-BY license. As such, we would be grateful if the republication is accompanied by an acknowledgement that the work was originally published in MJIR.  (ISSN 2600-8181). The editors will ensure digital preservation of access to the journal content by the Journal depository section


Peer-Review Policy

All submitted manuscript to MJIR are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to blind peer review by at least a single independent, anonymous experts in the field. The reviews' recommendations are taken into consideration by the Editors in arriving at publication and revision decisions. Comments and feedback from the external reviewers are sent to the authors and they are notified of the journal's decision (accept, accept with revisions, reject). The entire review process will anywhere between 3 and 5 months after the submission of the manuscript. Throughout the process, all communications, review reports and decisions are treated confidentially at all times. The Editors' decision is final.

All new submissions to the MJIR are automatically screened using Turnitin within the editorial system. Editors may also choose to run a similarity report at any other point during the review process or post-publication. The default similarity report view (inside Turnitin) gives the percentage of the text of the manuscript which has overlap with one or more published articles.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

We encourage the best standards of publication ethics and take all possible principles of transparency and measures to avoid publication malpractice. We subscribe to the guidelines set up by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) with regard to the expectations of editors, peer-reviewers, and authors (as outlined below). Fairness, objectivity, and confidentiality from our reviewers and editors and honesty, originality, and fair dealing from our authors are the critical values that enable us to achieve our goal to publish original work of value in literary and cultural studies, in the best possible form and to the highest possible standards.


Editors' responsibilities:

-  To act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.

-  To handle submissions for special issues in the same way as other submissions, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit.

- To adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature.

-  To gather evidence and to avoid spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know in the event of an investigation.

-  To give authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints. All complaints should be investigated no matter when the original publication was approved. Documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.


Reviewers' responsibilities:

-  To contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively and in a timely manner.

-  To maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author. To not retain or copy the manuscript.

-  To alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review.

-  To be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript.


Authors' responsibilities:

-  To carefully read MJIR's Instruction for Authors before submitting their manuscript.

-  To ensure that all names that appear as the manuscript's author or authors have significantly contributed to the research.

-  To confirm that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.

-  To confirm that all the work in the submitted manuscript is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources.

-  To obtain permission to reproduce any content from other sources. Any breach of copyright laws will result in rejection of the submitted material or its retraction after publication. 

-  To agree to any necessary originality checks that the manuscript may have to undergo during the evaluation or production process.

-  To declare any potential conflicts of interest (e.g. where the author has a competing interest (real or apparent) that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his or her duties at any stage during the publication process).

-  To disclose any funding support.

-  To promptly notify the journal editor or publisher if a significant error in their publication is identified.

-  To cooperate with the editor and publisher to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary.