Peer Review Policy

Contemporary Social Sciences strictly implements double blind peer review system. Each manuscript is preliminary reviewed by the associate editor, and then sent to two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles.

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Repository Policy

Contemporary Social Sciences allows authors to deposit all versions of their work. This policy sets out the ways in which authors of Contemporary Social Sciences can self-archive versions of their work on their own web pages, on institutional webpages, and in another repository.

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Plagiarism Policy

Contemporary Social Sciences (hereinafter referred to as CSS) is a double-blind peer-reviewed bimonthly journal. In its endeavor to promote and embrace high research integrity and produce original research, CSS is strictly against plagiarism in any form. Plagiarism is said to have occurred when large portions of a manuscript have been copied from existing previously published resources. All manuscripts submitted for publication to CSS are cross-checked for plagiarism. The CSS adopts CNKI’s misconduct literature detection system (SMLC) (https://check.cnki.net/smlc2/) to check originally submitted and revised papers. Manuscripts found to be plagiarized during the initial stages of review are out-rightly rejected and not considered for publication in the journal. In case a manuscript is found to be plagiarized after publication, the Editor-in-Chief will conduct preliminary investigation, may be with the help of a suitable committee constituted for the purpose. If the manuscript is found to be plagiarized beyond the acceptable limits, the journal will contact the author’s Institute / College / University and Funding Agency, if any.

Types of Plagiarism

The following types of plagiarism are considered by CSS:

  • Global plagiarism: Presenting an entire text by someone else as your own work.
  • Paraphrasing plagiarism: Rephrasing someone else’s ideas without citation.
  • Verbatim plagiarism: Directly copying a passage of text without citation.
  • Patchwork plagiarism: Combining text and ideas from different sources without citation.
  • Self-plagiarism: Reusing passages and ideas from your own previously published work.

Action for Plagiarism

Journal shall take serious action against published manuscripts found to contain plagiarism and shall completely remove them from the Journal website and other third party websites where the paper is listed and indexed. Journal shall support the original author and manuscript irrespective of the publisher and may take any or all of the following immediate actions:

  • Editorial office shall immediately contact the Director / Dean / Head of the concerned College, Institution, or Organization or the Vice-Chancellor of the University to which the author(s) is (are) affiliated to take strict action against the concerned author.
  • Journal shall remove the PDF copy of the published manuscript from the website and disable all links to full-text articles. The term Plagiarized Manuscript shall be appended to the published manuscript title.
  • Journal shall disable the author account with the journal and reject all future submissions from the author for a period of 03 / 05 / 10 years or even ban the authors permanently.
  • Journal may also display the list of such authors along with their full contact details on the journal website.

Competing Interests Policy

You and all of your co-authors must declare any competing interests relevant to, or which can be perceived to be relevant to the article.

A competing interest can occur where you have a financial, commercial, legal, or professional relationship with other organizations, or with the people working with them which could influence the research or interpretation of the results.

Competing interests can be financial or non-financial in nature. To ensure transparency, you must also declare any associations which can be perceived by others as a competing interest.

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