Editors' Responsibilities

Editors of the Journal of Innovative Business and Management are responsible for their decisions of which articles submitted to the journal, will be accepted for peer-review and are to be published after reviewers' approval. Following their editorial role, they also are responsible for everything published in the journal. They will consider suggestions by the editorial board and from other stakeholders, although in the perspective of editorial policy. In this respect, they will also maintain the integrity of the academic record, preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards, and always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies as appropriate.

The editors will evaluate manuscripts for intellectual content regardless of nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, or political orientation of the author(s). The editors will not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone, other than the author(s), reviewers and potential reviewers (under conditions presented in the next item). When appropriate, the fact may be disclosed to the editorial board members in position to clear the reason for such consideration.

The editors and editorial staff do not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. Here the principles required for blind peer-review are strictly followed.

Disclosure, conflicts of interest, and other issues
The editors follow the COPE’s Guidelines for Retracting Articles when considering retracting, issuing expressions of concern about, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in the Journal of Innovative Business and Management. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript will not be used in the editors' own publication unless agreed upon with the author. Information or ideas obtained through peer review are kept confidential and are not used for personal advantage.
Editors ensure that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.

Editors are responsible for a fair and appropriate peer review process. Editors recuse themselves (i.e. ask a co-editor or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they could have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations
Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and by pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct. Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct. An editor should act reasonably responsively when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.