Policies

Accessibility Policy

The SRPI envisions an open and vibrant research community within Pakistan and the South Asian region. As a result, SRPI, and by extension, the JBPP Journal aims to disseminate all approved research materials on a global scale, through combining the principles of innovation and quality, and by pro-actively responding the the needs of target audiences. Therefore, we display a commitment to prove equal opportunity for all to benefit from the knowledge and best practices shared within our community, and make it as accessible for all as possible. SRPI aims to:

  • Plan for for iterative enhancements to improve the online platform accessibility
  • supplying free PDF/e-files, provided the requestor individual owns at least one print or ebook version. Proof of ownership may be requested.
  • To submit a request for a specific text we recommend you contact SRPI via your disability office. Inquiries are addressed promptly, often within five working days.
  • SRPI also works closely with international partners and others in disseminating content for accessibility enhancement, and aims to partner with more companies as well

Correction Policy

All articles and supplements, when published online, are as recorded as the Version of Scholarly Record. Any subsequent changes are documented in order to protect the integrity of the Society, Journal and material.

The SRPI Policy on Correction is:

  1. The latest correct version of the published article will be made available immediately.
  2. Corrections categories only encompass the following:
    • Erratum: An error introduced by the publisher or author that affects the integrity of the version of record, or the reputation of the authors.
    • Retraction: Withdrawal of a published paper due to invalid results or conclusions. All authors of a paper must sign a retraction request, indicating the error and describing how it affects the paper’s conclusions.  If authors are not in unanimous agreement in requesting a retraction, the pertinent Editor-in-Chief will consult with Associate Editors. As an alternative to retraction, the Editor may choose to publish an ‘expression of concern’ about aspects of the conduct or integrity of the work that are under investigation.
  1. All substantive content-related modifications to the version of record must be described in a footnote identifying the changes made to the published article.
  2. Changes appearing in the version of record that are introduced from the accepted article version that are beyond normal copyediting and would affect scientific understanding may also be indicated.

Format corrections, such as replacing a low-resolution image, correcting corrupted figure labeling, and similar minor changes not involving scientific content, can be made without formal notification:

Please send all Correction requests to jbpp@thesrpi.org

Conflict of Interest Policy

The policy of SRPI and JBPP aims to ensure complete independence and objectivity in the published material. Authors are required to disclose any conflict of interest that may occur due to their association with any individual or organisation relating to the subject matter of the article. This includes affiliations with professional bodies, practitioners or companies whose products or services may be associated with the subject matter of the submitted manuscript.

Publishing Policies

Publication Ethics
SRPI is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors or view the Publication Ethics page of Journal of Business Policy and Practice. All SRPI journals are members of COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics. 

Ethical guidelines for authors include disclosure of funding and of any actual or potential conflict of interest. Please refer to the Guide for Authors for more detail.

Submission

Submission of new articles is conducted exclusively via the online system at http://journalmanager.thesrpi.org. This system allows transparent communication between editors, reviewers, and authors, and ensures a swift editorial process.

Plagiarism
The Journal of Business Policy and Practice and SRPI take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software.

Transparency

We are committed to the quality, efficiency, and transparency of the editorial process. To substantiate this ambition, we will regularly publish an overview of performance indicators, such as the total number of submitted papers and the rejection ratio.

Contributor’s Publishing Agreement

Before publication, SRPI requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SRPI’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SRPI the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright.

Copyrights Policy

All the text of the journal articles will be available through the open-access policy and full content of all materials is made available free of cost, as soon as the articles are accepted. These articles are published and distributed under the terms of the laws that govern original work within Pakistan. Any material submitted to SRPI implies it is original and unpublished, and not under consideration for publication anywhere else. On acceptance of an article for publication, a corresponding author on the behalf of all co-authors of the manuscript will sign and submit required forms.

Authors will be responsible for any information written/informed/reported in the submitted manuscript. We do not require authors to submit the data collection documents and coded sheets used to do quantitative or qualitative analysis, we may request it at any time during the review process, or after the article has been published. It is author’s responsibility to obtain signed permission from the copyright holder to use and reproduce text, illustrations, tables, etc., published previously in other journals, electronic or print media.

Conflict of interest statements will be published at the end of the article. If no conflict of interest exists, the following sentence will be used: “The authors declare no conflict of interest.” Authors are required to disclose any sponsorship or funding received from any institution relating to their research. The editor(s) will determine what disclosures should be available to the readers. Authors are not allowing to post the work on any website/blog/forum/board or at any other place, by any means, from the time such work is submitted to SRPI until the final decision on the paper has been given to them. In case a paper is accepted for publication, the authors may not post the work in its entirety on any website/blog/forum/board or at any other place, by any means, till the paper is published.

The authors may, however, post the title, authors’ names and their affiliations and abstract, with the following statement on the first page of the paper – “The manuscript has been accepted for publication”. After publication of the article, it may be posted anywhere with full journal citation included.

All articles published in the journal are open-access articles, published and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution- 4.0 International License which permits remixing, transformation, or building upon the material, provided the original work is appropriately cited mentioning the authors and the publisher, as well as the produced work,  is distributed under the same license as the original’s encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors. All SRPI journals are members of COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics. All authorship and contribution ship, copyrights guidelines and policy directives are described on https://publicationethics.org/authorship.

Conflict of Interest Policy

The policy of SRPI and JBPP aims to ensure complete independence and objectivity in the published material. Authors are required to disclose any conflict of interest that may occur due to their association with any individual or organisation relating to the subject matter of the article. This includes affiliations with professional bodies, practitioners or companies whose products or services may be associated with the subject matter of the submitted manuscript.
The aim of the policy is not to exclude authors with a potential conflict of interest from publication of material. It is intended that any potential conflict must be disclosed, in order for the readership to formulate accurate opinions. The Editorial Board will thereafter formulate an appropriate disclaimer to be published alongside the manuscript.
The corresponding author will complete and submit form (form link) to the Editor-in-Chief on behalf of all authors.

Confidentiality Policy

The SRPI has an extremely strong commitment to ensure the peer review, publication and all intermediate steps within the manuscript approval process are optimised for integrity. Based on this commitment, we have a strong set of criteria, based on the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, that we expect all potential authors to comply with. The SRPI will, on its part, not disclose the submitted manuscript to anyone except required individuals necessary for the processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication. This includes editorial staff, corresponding authors, potential reviewers, actual reviewers, and editors.  However, in suspected cases of misconduct, a manuscript may be revealed to members of Academic Journals’ ethics committee and institutions/organizations that may require it for the resolution of the misconduct. Academic Journals shall follow the appropriate COPE flowcharts wherever necessary. This includes obligations to respect the confidentiality of the entire peer review process, not revealing any details of a manuscript of related communications, during or after the peer review process. This obligation extends to the steps involving communications regarding the review.

Accessibility Policy

The SRPI has an extremely strong commitment to ensure the peer review, publication and all intermediate steps within the manuscript approval process are optimised for integrity. Based on this commitment, we have a strong set of criteria, based on the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers that we expect all potential authors to comply with.

The SRPI will, on its part, not disclose the submitted manuscript to anyone except required individuals necessary for the processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication. This includes editorial staff, corresponding authors, potential reviewers, actual reviewers, and editors.  However, in suspected cases of misconduct, a manuscript may be revealed to members of Academic Journals’ ethics committee and institutions/organizations that may require it for the resolution of the misconduct. Academic Journals shall follow the appropriate COPE flowcharts wherever necessary. This includes obligations to respect the confidentiality of the entire peer review process, not revealing any details of a manuscript of related communications, during or after the peer review process. This obligation extends to the steps involving communications regarding the review.

Ethical Policy

SRPI is a member Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) member and operates according to the organization’s codes of conduct for journal editors.

All personnel within the editing and refereeing functions are required to declare any conflicts of interest relating to articles they are asked to evaluate. In addition to this, the identities of authors are not disclosed to referees, and vice verca.

Papers submitted by the Chief Editor or by any member of the editorial board are handled by another editor, and these authors will not be able to use the manuscript submission and tracking system to identify the referees who review their work.

Authors are expected to adopt high ethical standards in their research and writing, ensuring that:

  • The submitted work or any of its essential content has not been previously published in a refereed journal and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. We may check submissions using anti-plagiarism software.
  • Previous relevant work by themselves and by others is properly cited.
  • Sources of funding and significant help are acknowledged.
  • Consents are obtained from parties with vested interests in the submitted work.
  • Their primary laboratory results are retained for at least 5 years and can be made available if there is any reason for them to be checked.

If a published paper or its essential content are found to have been published before or if other wrong-doing is verified, the Journal will take one or more of the following actions:

  1.  publishing a notice to this effect;
  2.  retracting the paper;
  3.  preventing the corresponding author from publishing in SRPI Journals
  4.  reporting the impropriety to the corresponding author’s co-authors, employer, head of department and funding body.

We willingly publish corrections when significant errors arise from author error (Corrigenda) or editorial mistakes (Errata).

If there is a serious complaint about the journal’s own procedures, the Chief Editor will confer with the corresponding author and any relevant members of the editorial board in order to resolve the problem. The Advisory Board and secondarily, Director Research and International Publications will be consulted if further guidance is needed, and if the above procedures prove unacceptable, the matter will be referred for outside adjudication by COPE.

 

Editorial Policy

SRPI does not  aim to publish manuscripts that only criticize previous work and do not providing new insights into how the limitations of previous work can be resolved. SRPI focuses on papers that are constructive in nature, and so which suggest how current theories or understandings of issues in the chosen fields can be positively adapted or revised, or extended.

Submissions qualify as having substantial relevant content, where at least the primary focus of attention within the main line of argument being developed in the paper is a subtopic within the fields of Social Sciences or Business. The major theme must highlight the insights that can be derived for the fields of focus

Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are both encouraged, as long as the studies are methodologically rigorous. Conceptual and theory-development papers, empirical hypothesis-testing papers, and case-based studies are all welcome. Mathematical modeling papers are welcome if the modeling is appropriate and the intuition explained carefully.

Moreover, manuscripts about teaching materials/methods, literature reviews or manuscripts aimed solely at a practitioner audience are also discouraged. In addition to this, manuscripts that make no theoretical contribution the domains of focus should are not relevant.

Empirical submissions utilizing student samples are usually discouraged, except where a strong, explicit justification for their legitimacy is provided. Papers that classify or rank journals or scholars along various dimensions are generally discouraged.

Empirical submissions utilizing student samples are usually discouraged, except where a strong, explicit justification for their legitimacy is provided. Papers that classify or rank journals or scholars along various dimensions are generally discouraged.

Peer Review Policy

The Journal of Business Policy and Practice adheres to a rigorous triple-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Newly submitted manuscripts will first be screened by the co-Editors-in-Chief and the Managing Editor. Manuscripts may be rejected right at this step if they are perceived to be of insufficient quality, outside the scope of the journal or are not original. Manuscripts that do meet the minimal requirements for publication are assigned to one of the co-Editors-in-Chief, who sends the manuscript out for review. Reviewers are selected by the co-Editor-in-Chief based on their expertise, their availability, and such as to avoid possible conflicts of interest. A reviewer is asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound, original, relevant, clear, whether it correctly references previous work, and whether it falls within the scope of the journal.

Authorship 
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

Acknowledgements
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

Writing Assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

Funding
The Journal of Business Policy and Practice requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

Declaration of Conflicting Interests
The Journal of Business Policy and Practice encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SRPI main page.