Publication Etchics

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Editor Responsibility

Malaysian Catalysis-An International Journal upholds the right of authors to be treated fairly and professionally throughout the peer review process and beyond. To uphold this right our editors and reviewers have to adhere to the responsibilities as stated below.

  1. Confidentiality
  • Submitted manuscripts will be handled in a confidential manner, with no details being disclosed to anyone - with the exception of the reviewers - without the permission of the author until a decision has been taken as to whether the manuscript is to be published.
  • Confidentiality of the names and other details of reviewers is ensured; adjudication and appeal reviewers may be informed of the names of prior reviewers, if appropriate. Reviewers can choose to voluntarily sign their comments to authors if they wish.
  • Ensure that all unpublished data, information, interpretation, and discussion in a submitted article remain confidential and not to use reported work in unpublished, submitted articles for their own research.
  • Destroy/erase the manuscript and inform the editor should they be unqualified to review the manuscript, or lack the time to review the manuscript, without undue delay.
  1. Professionalism
  • To acknowledge receipt of submitted manuscripts within two working days of submission and to ensure the efficient, fair and timely assessment of submitted manuscripts.
  • To inform the editor of any similarity between the submitted manuscript and another either published or under consideration by another journal or appears to contain plagiarized material, falsified or manipulated data. To make the final decision concerning acceptance or rejection of a manuscript.
  • To decide to accept or reject a manuscript for publication with reference only to the manuscript's importance, originality and clarity, and its relevance to the journal.
  • To respect the intellectual independence of author(s).
  • To make known any conflicts of interest that might arise. Specifically, in cases where an editor is an author of a submitted manuscript, the manuscript must be passed to another editor for independent peer review.
  • Not to use work reported in unpublished submitted articles for their own research.
  • To consider the use of an author's suggested reviewers for their submitted article. However, the editor maintains the right to use reviewers of their own choice.
  • Not to use reviewers which an author has requested are not to be consulted unless the editor reasonably considers there to be a significant over-riding interest in so doing.
  • To respond to any suggestions of scientific misconduct or to convincing evidence that the main substance or conclusions of a published manuscript is erroneous, usually through consultation with the author. This may require the publication of a formal ‘retraction’ or correction.
  • To deal fairly with an author's appeal against the rejection of a submitted manuscript.
  • To inform the editor if there is a conflict of interest if the review manuscript are authored or co-authored by a person with whom the reviewer has a close personal or professional relationship if this relationship could be reasonably thought to bias the review.
  1. Data protection
  • All the information the author(s) supply will be only used for the provision and administration of its activities, products, and services.
  • The journal does not share the author(s) personal data to any individual or organization unless they are working directly with us as a contractor, as part of maintaining our activities, products, or services.
  • Not to retain or copy the submitted manuscript in any form; to comply with data protection regulations. All information obtained during the peer review process will not be used for any person’s or organization’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.