Ethics and Malpractice Statement

1. Ethical Guidelines for Authors

Authors submitting manuscripts to Research in Pragmatics are expected to adhere to the highest ethical standards in research and publication. The following guidelines must be observed:

1.1. Originality and Plagiarism: Authors should ensure that their work is original and has not been published elsewhere. Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable.

1.2. Authorship: All listed authors should have made a substantial contribution to the research. Any individuals who contributed significantly but are not listed as authors should be acknowledged in the acknowledgments section.

1.3. Data and Results: Authors are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the data presented in their manuscripts. Fabrication, falsification, or manipulation of data is considered unethical.

1.4. Citations and References: Authors should properly cite sources and give appropriate credit to the work of others. Misrepresentation of sources is considered a breach of ethical standards.

1.5. Conflict of Interest: Authors should disclose any potential conflicts of interest that may influence the research or its interpretation.

1.6. Use of Artificial Intelligence (A.I): If A.I. tools or algorithms are employed in the research, authors must clearly state the nature and extent of their use, providing transparency on how A.I. has contributed to the study.

2. Ethical Guidelines for Reviewers

Reviewers play a crucial role in ensuring the quality and integrity of the research published in Research in Pragmatics. Reviewers are expected to:

2.1. Confidentiality: Reviewers should maintain the confidentiality of the review process and not disclose any information about the manuscript to others.

2.2. Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively, and reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

2.3. Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest: Reviewers should declare any conflicts of interest that may affect their ability to provide an unbiased review.

3. Ethical Guidelines for Editors

Editors of Research in Pragmatics are responsible for upholding the integrity of the journal and ensuring ethical practices. Editors should:

3.1. Fairness: Editors should make decisions based on the merit of the work and without regard to factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, or affiliation of the authors.

3.2. Conflicts of Interest: Editors should declare any conflicts of interest and avoid handling manuscripts in which they have a personal or professional conflict.

3.3. Publication Decisions: Editors should make publication decisions based on the importance, originality, clarity, and relevance of the manuscript to the journal's scope.

4. Procedures for Handling Ethical Issues and Malpractice

Research in Pragmatics has established procedures for handling ethical issues and cases of malpractice. Allegations of misconduct will be thoroughly investigated, and appropriate action will be taken based on the severity of the violation.