Publication Ethics

Compliance with cope rules: 

This journal follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and complies with the highest ethical standards in accordance with ethical laws.

Publishing Ethics

There are numerous ethical issues that need to be considered in the publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal since being ethical is a basis for the development of good quality research. Thus, one must consider standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, and the peer reviewer. 


Plagiarism which includes taking the words, ideas, or substance of another and either copying or paraphrasing the work without giving credit to the source through the appropriate use of footnotes, quotation marks, or reference citations, is understood to be an intentional act and must be totally avoided.

 Publication and authorship

  • All submitted papers are subject to a strict peer-review process by three reviewers that are experts in the area of the particular paper. Reviewers are being selected by Associate Editors and Editor in Chief. The author also can propose reviewers for some journals and article types.
  • The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, originality, readability, statistical validity and language.
  • The possible decisions include acceptance, minor revisions, major revision or rejection.
  • If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.
  • Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed.
  • The paper acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.
  • No research can be included in more than one publication, whether within the same journal or in another journal.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest of Editor in Chief (Editor) and Guest Editor(s):

 The Editor/Guest Editor(s) should ensure that submitted manuscripts are processed in a confidential manner and that no content of the manuscripts will be disclosed to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, as appropriate. The Editor/Guest Editor(s) should excuse themselves from considering a manuscript in which they have a real or potential conflict of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, financial or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the manuscript.

Authors' responsibilities

  • Authors must certify that their manuscript is their original work.
  • Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere, or even submitted and been in reviewed in another journal.
  • The authors must participate in the peer-review process and follow the comments.
  • Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes. And the extent to which the author could revise the manuscript based on reviewers’ comments will determine the final decision of the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript.
  • All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research.
  • The authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.
  • The authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.
  • The authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
  • Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the Editors.
  • Authors cannot withdraw their articles within the review process or after submission.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest of authors:

 All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. Further information on Conflict of Interest Disclosure form can be found here.

Peer review/responsibility for the reviewers

  • Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  • Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author. No self-knowledge of the author(s) must affect their comments and decision.
  • Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  • Reviewers may identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
  • Reviewers should also call to the Editor in Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Conflict of Interest of Reviewers: 

Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections

Editorial responsibilities

  • Editors (Associate Editors or Editor in Chief) have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
  • Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication.
  • Editors should always consider the needs of the authors and the readers when attempting to improve the publication.
  • Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.
  • Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
  • Editors should have a clear picture of research funding sources.
  • Editors should base their decisions solely one the papers' importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to publication's scope.
  • Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
  • Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to international accepted ethical guidelines.
  • Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain.
  • Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.
  • Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers, and board members.

 Publishing Ethics Issues

  • The corresponding author is the main owner of the article so she/he can withdraw the article when it is incomplete (before entering the review process or when a revision is asked for).
  • Authors cannot make major changes in the article after acceptance without a serious reason.
  • All editorial members and authors must will to publish any kind of corrections honestly and completely.


The author(s) hereby permanently assign all material and intellectual rights to the journal of Foreign Language Teaching and Translation Studies and make no claims to it. The copyright transfer form can be downloaded here.