Code of Ethics

Learning Science and Mathematics (LSM) online journal is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standard for all parties involved in the act of publishing including the author, the editor, the reviewer and the publisher.

LSM publishing ethics are based upon the principles upheld by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) standards on publications ethics.

Code of Ethics for Authors

  • Authorship of the paper:
    • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
    • The corresponding author should ensure that all the appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. The corresponding author also should manage any request to add, delete or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue.
  • Author responsibilities:
    • The authors should ensure that the manuscript submitted must be original, not plagiarised and has not been previously published elsewhere. If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, this must be appropriately cited or quoted.
    • Authors should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. Authors should describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
    • Authors must not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently as this act constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
    • Authors may be asked to provide raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review and should be prepared to provide public access and retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
    • Authors should include disclosure of all relationships of individuals that could be viewed as a potential conflict of interest.
    • Authors should ensure that they have acknowledged all source of funding that has contributed to the publication.
    • Authors should submit papers only on work that has been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner, and that complies with relevant legislation.
    • Authors should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) have approved them.
    • Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects.
    • Authors are advised to attach the file showing the similarity index if originality or plagiarism check that was conducted prior to the submission of paper.

Code of Ethics for Editors

Editor’s responsibilities:

  • The editors of a peer-reviewed journal are accountable and responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the Journal editorial board and constrained by legal requirements; being liable, adhering to copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers when making a decision.
  • The editors should keep information pertaining to the author’s submitted manuscript, confidential from reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  • The editor should act ethically and communicate with the author first on the errors committed where plagiarism or if false data is provided before they contact members of the editorial board.
  • The editors should evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  • 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.
  • Editors should be responsible for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts.
  • Editors should review suspected incidents of plagiarism and act on it immediately in an appropriate manner.

Code of Ethics for Reviewers

Reviewers responsibilities:

  • Notify the Journal of any conflict of interest.
  • Keep information pertaining to the manuscript confidentially
  • Reviewers must bring to the attention of the Editor-in-Chief of any information that may be a reason to reject publication of a manuscript.
  • Reviewers should evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Review Process:

  • LSM follows a double-blind peer-review process, whereby authors do not know reviewers and vice versa.
  • Authors should respect the confidentiality of the review process and should not reveal themselves to reviewers and vice versa.
  • Each paper is first reviewed by the editor and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, it is then sent to two referees for double blind peer review. Manuscripts will be reviewed by the Editorial Board and at least one independent referee. Decisions regarding the publication of manuscripts will be based on the Board’s recommendations. Manuscripts submitted by members of the Journals' Editorial Board are subjected to the same review procedure.  

Copyright Policy

The publisher of the Learning Science and Mathenatics (LSM) online journal will not be responsible for the statements made by the authors in any articles published in the Journal. Under no circumstances will the publisher of this publication be liable for any loss or damage caused by the authors’ reliance on the advice, opinion or information obtained either explicitly or implied through the contents of this publication.

All rights of reproduction are reserved in respect of all papers, articles, illustrations, etc., published in the Learning Science and Mathematics (LSM) online journal. All material published in this journal is protected by copyright, which covers exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the material. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior permission from SEAMEO RECSAM.