Editorial Board & Editor
An Editorial Board has been appointed and their identities disclosed on the website. Their role is to assist the Editor in improving the quality, awareness and impact of the journal. The Editor is more actively involved in the publication process and communication between the authors and reviewers.
Reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to authors or on the website to maintain their anonymity and objectivity. Reviewers are selected from external institutions and assigned articles based on their expertise. Reviewers’ comments are intended to be constructive and clear, to assist the author in improving the quality of the article. Reviewers who feel unable to conduct the review for any reason are encouraged to inform the Editor so that another suitable reviewer can be assigned.
Once an article is submitted to the journal, the Editor will first review the article. This review is to consider the academic merit of the article such as the clarity, validity, originality, importance and suitability of the article. After passing this stage, the next stage of review is a double blind peer review. Neither the author nor the reviewer will be made aware of the other’s identity prior to the review. In order to protect this objectivity, the Editor will inform the author of the reviewer’s decision and comments. If the reviewer suggests amendments to be made, the author will be informed of this and given time to respond to these comments. The author’s response will be sent to the reviewer. The reviewer would make the final decision if the article should be published. There is no fee required for submission or publication. The full text of all articles are published on this website. The authors will be given a soft copy of the published article.
All corresponding authors are required to complete the Author’s Declaration Form and acknowledge the stated ethical responsibilities. These responsibilities extend to:
(i) originality and authorship -
the article reflects the authors' own research and analysis, and
the article properly credits the meaningful contributions of co-authors and co-researchers.
(ii) declaring conflicts of interest - actual or potential conflicts of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding,
(iii) concurrent or previous submission - the work has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder,
(iv) avoiding libellous or other unlawful statements - the material does not and/or will not contain libellous or other unlawful statements and does and/or will not infringe the intellectual property rights of others. If excerpts from copyrighted works requiring permission are included in the material, it is understood that by agreement with the Editor of the CRELDA Journal that the AUTHOR has obtained or will produce before publication written permission from the copyright owners to use the material and will credit the sources in the article, and
(v) declaring funding sources, if any - to identify any financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study and design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement, then this should be stated. Please include this information in the first footnote with the heading ‘Acknowledgements’.
Apart from the express declarations above, authors are also required to be responsible to accurately report their findings and sources, as well as present an objective discussion. Authors are held responsible for any fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements. Authors are expected to take conscientious efforts to avoid plagiarism of themselves and others. Sources should be cited accurately and completely. This responsibility extends to content, comment and findings. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the statements made in the article. Authors who later become aware of any mistakes or inaccuracies in published information can make subsequent corrections with the Editor’s assistance.