Journal Statement / Publication Ethics/ Malpractice Statement

The Journal of Science and Mathematics Letters (JSML)'s publication ethics statement used references from the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011) where the submission of a paper implies that:
-The work described has not been published elsewhere except in the form of an abstract/as part of a published lecture/academic thesis.
-The work is not under consideration for any publication elsewhere.
-The work's submission and publication in the journal is known and approved by all authors.
-The submitted paper should be the author’s own work and there are no falsification or fabrication of presented data, plagiarism including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation and misappropriation of.
-Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated seriously and will be panalised by Penerbit, UPSI.

JSML using Turnitin to screen plagiarism. For the articles that have less than 20% similarity, the article will be accepted for the reviewing process. As for the articles that have 21%-40% similarity will also be accepted but only after improvement have been made before the reviewing process. For the article that have a 40% and above similarity will be recommended for rejection.
After the article have been reviewed by the appointed reviewer, the article will then undergo again a process using the Turnitin software to check for plagiarism especially articles that require major revision.

JSML is double blind peer reviewed. The editorial processes follow standard procedures thus:
-Call for JSML's submissions/Online submissions
-Article submissions and acknowledgements by the JSML's Editorial Board
-Initial evaluation by the Chief and Editor
-Allocation of reviewers based on article content decided by the Editor
-Reviewing process for the maximum duration of 1 month
-Author re-submissions if necessary based on reviewers's comment and suggestion
-Further editing and processing
-Evaluation for JSML publication


Open Access Policy

Penerbit Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris publishes fully open access journals. All articles can be read, shared and downloaded without any charges applied. However, in accordance to publication ethics and best practices of scholarly publishing, authors and JSML must be credited.


Publication Charges

This journal do not charge Submission Charges or Article Processing Charges.


Language Policy

The journal accepts manuscripts written in English and Malay only.
Responsibility of Authors
-Author(s) are expected to submit manuscript that shows high novelty and originality.
-Authors(s) are responsible for any plagiarism misconduct.
-Authors(s) are expected to cite all references mentioned in the manuscript.
-Author(s) should follow JSML’s writing format. Please refer JSML Guideline for Authors.
Authors(s) should prepare manuscript with good English. Non-English native author(s) are advised to seek assistance from English Editing Service (proofread).
-Author(s) should obtain permission for use of copyrighted materials from other sources such as journal, book, magazine and internet.
-Author(s) should ensure that the manuscript is not submitted and published, or under consideration for publication elsewhere.
-Author(s) should obtain ethical approval from Ethics Committee for any human and animal subject used.
-It is the author's responsibility to ensure that all software used for the publication is original and licensed. Any use of illegal software will result in the paper being revoked.
-Author(s) should disclose any potential Conflict of Interest.
-Name and affiliation of author(s) should be clearly mentioned in the manuscript.
-Author(s) are advised to provide research financial support details (name of sponsor and research grant code), if applicable.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions
-Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication, and lies at the heart of the scientific method. JSML shares the view of many that all scholars who wish to contribute to publications have an obligation to do a fair share of reviewing.
-Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
-Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
Standards of Objectivity
-Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgement of Sources
-Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
-Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.