Malpractice & Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

It is crucial that all participants involved in producing the journal Concentric: Studies in Linguistics are committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics. The Publication Ethics and the Publication Malpractice Statement of this journal are based on the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors proposed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). As with other peer-reviewed journals, ETL aims at a high level of professionalism and a standard of expected ethical behavior for the entire process of publishing a scholarly article. This process includes the roles of the author, journal editor and peer reviewer, as well as the publisher.The duties of these stakeholders in the publishing process are described in the following.


Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publications
Manuscripts that have been published previously or are being considered for publication elsewhere should not be submitted. An author should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in multiple journals or publication venues. If discovered, this may result in a manuscript under consideration being rejected, or a published paper being retracted.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in the study. Sources of financial support, if any, must be clearly disclosed as well.
Reporting Standards
Authors should present an accurate account of their original research as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be presented accurately in the paper and all data in the submitted paper should be authentic.
Originality and plagiarism
Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if there is any idea, wording, or quote that is the work of another, it should be appropriately cited or referenced. Authors are also responsible for obtaining written permission to include any tables, figures, photographic images or artwork for which they do not hold copyright in their papers.
Fundamental errors in published works
If at any point in time, a significant error or inaccuracy is discovered in the submitted manuscript, authors have an obligation to promptly notify the editors and cooperate with them to correct the paper or retract it as appropriate.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments, and provide constructive feedback to assist the authors in improving their work.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not accept for review any manuscript for which they may have a conflict of interest. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript should notify the editors and excuse himself from the review process.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents, and must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the Concentric: Studies in Linguistics editors.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors, together with any instances in which proper attribution of sources has not been provided. Reviewers should also call to the editors' attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper.
Publication Decisions
The Concentric: Studies in Linguistics editors are responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted should be published. Editors hold full authority to reject/accept a paper.
Fair Play
The editors will ensure that all manuscripts will be evaluated for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
The editor and any editorial staff of Concentric: Studies in Linguistics 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.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in the editors’ own research without the written consent of the author. Additionally, the editors will make every effort to ensure the integrity of the blind review process.
When genuine errors in a published work are pointed out by readers, authors, or editors, and when such errors do not render the work invalid, a correction (or erratum) will be published as soon as possible. If the errors render the work or substantial parts of it invalid, the paper should be retracted with an explanation as to the reason for the retraction.
The editorial board of Concentric: Studies in Linguistics ensures the monitoring and safeguarding of its standards of publishing ethics. This comprises the strict policy on plagiarism and fraudulent data, the strong commitment to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when necessary, and the strict preclusion of business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.