Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal aims to promote and publish research and literature related to disability. The areas covered by Journal are comprehensive which includes all type of disabilities and a wide range of topic/themes such as:

• Psychosocial Prospective of Disability

• Disability Assessment

• Disability Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation  

• Disability in Academia

• Disability Research

• Disability and Social Stigma or Exclusion/Discrimination

• Disability in the context of Development

• Disability and Gender

• Disability Legislation

 Journal of Disability Studies is a scientific, scholarly, and multidisciplinary journal so academician or professionals from various fields - disability studies, sociology, social work, psychology, medical anthropology, health and mental health or any other discipline working on the disability have scope to contribute. Journal also considers voice of the persons with disability and their family members of care givers.   

All manuscripts submissions will be screened by the Editors and if found suitable then articles will be reviewed by two peer reviewers which may take cupules of weeks. The contributors will be asked to revise their manuscript based on reviewers’ comments within a specified time. Articles accepted would be copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Disability Studies must not submitted to any other journal at a time and have not been published or already accepted for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts with lacking originality, serious scientific flaws, or absence of significance of message are rejected. We have strict norms and policy for plagiarism. Plagiarism in any form will not be accepted and simply marks withdrawn for any article. Papers cannot be withdrawn after final acceptance.

Journal publishes following types of submissions:

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Research Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Viewpoint/Commentaries

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Movie Review

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Literary

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

My Voice

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submissions will be screened by the Editors and if found suitable then articles will be reviewed by two peer reviewers which may take cupules of weeks.

 

Publication Frequency

Biannual

June and December Issue

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available for global exchange of knowledge.

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractices Statement

The Journal ‘Journal of Disability Studies’ and its Publisher ‘ScienceIn’ follows the best practices in evaluation of contents, processing of manuscripts and publishing thereof. The Journal and Publisher essentially follows the code of conduct defined by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for Journal Editors (Code of Conduct and Best Practices Guidelines for Journal Editors listed in COPE guidelines file: http://publicationethics.org/files/Code%20of%20Conduct_2.pdf  ) and Publisher (the Code of Conduct Journal Publishers  listed in COPE page file: http://publicationethics.org/files/Code%20of%20conduct%20for%20publishers%20FINAL_1_0_0.pdf

Further, the journal publishes biomedical science related or allied field reports, so the journal adheres and follows the guidelines defined for publication in medical journals by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in its document ‘Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals’ provided on link http://www.icmje.org/recommendations  and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) on its webpage http://www.wame.org/

The Authors, Reviewers and Editors are expected to adhere and follow the code of conduct on ethical practices defined at above mentioned links in the respective roles.

 

The manuscript processing involves following stages

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In addition, general instructions and help pages on publisher website for Authors, Reviewers and Editors should be referred for brief general conduct   

Authors

Each authors who submit (and willing to publish in the journal) the manuscript, should read the ethical guidelines for submission and publication of work in scientific and medical journal (listed on above links). Particularly, manuscript must be plagiarism free. Any Animal study reported should have been performed with approval of respective institutional ethical committee and statement thereof should be included in manuscript.

Author Guidelines for manuscript preparation and submission: link provided on right hand side (and at bottom of page).

General Help pages for Authors: http://pubs.iscience.in/authors 

Reviewer

The journal uses ‘Single Blind Review’ of the manuscripts, the reviewers must maintain the confidentiality during reviewing and post review of manuscript. The manuscript work should be evaluated in respective field of expertise and detailed feedback and recommendation should be provided to editors. The general code of conduct defined in above links should be referred and followed while reviewing and providing feedback.

Basic Ethics for Reviewers are noted at: http://pubs.iscience.in/reviewer

 

Editors

All the editors should handle the assigned manuscripts by observing fair processing of submissions, editorial independence, confidentiality, and rational decision making within stipulated time framework with the feedback obtained from independent reviewer/experts in the field of work covered in respective manuscript. A detailed code of conduct mentioned in above reference documents should be adhered to.

General help page for Editors (for using the online software/editorial processing): http://pubs.iscience.in/editor

 

Publishers

The Publisher ‘Integrated Science’ handles the unethical publishing cases. In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work.  The publisher, together with the editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.

Access to journal content: The publisher is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research. The online and digital contents are preserved by the Publisher by maintaining own digital archive and would also ensure accessibility by partnering with other digital archiving organizations. Most of the journal contents are archived in the Print form as well.