Withdrawal Policy

Article withdrawal policy including replacement, retractions, or removal for all stages of the manuscript

The IJHS Publisher is committed to maintaining the publication ethics while providing high-quality publications. We expect our authors/users to comply with best practices in publication ethics as well as in the quality of their articles. Manuscript withdrawal is a common procedure in publication for various genuine reasons however recently it’s being misused by the author for unethical withdrawal. Many such instances exist where author send unethical withdraw request which results in wastage of precious resources, including editors, reviewers, and the editorial staff. To cope with such situation, IJHS develops withdrawal policy for all stages of manuscript submission & publication separately as follows.

Pre-publication Withdrawal (During Peer-review and Editing Process)

Withdrawal process during editorial workflow has been divided in two parts; before manuscript acceptance and after acceptance as described below:

Manuscript Withdrawal (Before Acceptance)

Submitting author may request manuscript withdrawal after submission (before acceptance), by providing a compelling reason. Withdrawal request received before initiating the peer-review process (normally within 3 days of submission) will be considered immediately without asking any reason. However, after the review process gets initiated, the author may withdraw the manuscript by providing a compelling ethical reason. If any unethical reason for manuscript withdrawn get detected (even after completely withdrawn), we might take corresponding ethical action. Submitting author should consider all ethical aspects before submission (such as co-author(s) approval, institutional/funder policy, simultaneous submission, plagiarism, duplicate submission etc.).

Manuscript Withdrawal (After Acceptance)

Manuscript withdrawn will not be allowed for the accepted manuscript (whether published galley/early version or not). We don’t allow authors to play an unethical game of withdrawing the article after acceptance to submit in another journal/publication and waste precious editorial and reviewer resources. Submitting author is supposed to read all information related to the journal/publication at the official homepage and agreed with all co-authors before submission. Submitting author is also supposed to aware of their country/institutional/funder policy (If any) for publication and consults their co-author before submission. Submitting author may contact us for clarification through principal email id available under contact us menu, if, author suspect any conflict between their country/institutional/funder policy and our journal/publisher policy. Any such excuse of conflicts may not be considered as a basis of manuscript withdrawal after acceptance of the manuscript.

If manuscripts that have been accepted for publication include scientific errors or discovered to be accidental duplication of other published article(s) or determined to violate our publishing ethics guidelines; such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, reviewer biasing, fraudulent use of data or research misconduct, it will be handled according to corresponding ethical misconduct policy.

Post publication withdrawal (After published)

The IJHS recognizes the importance of the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record to researchers and librarians and attaches the highest importance to maintaining trust in the authority of its electronic archive. Generally, the handling editor of the manuscript is solely and independently responsible for deciding which submitted manuscript shall be published. In making these decisions the editor rely on the reviewer’s recommendation and policies of the journal/publisher. Articles that have been published shall remain extant, exact and unaltered as far as is possible. However, some ethical issue may arise where a published article might later be corrected, replaced, retracted or even removed. Such actions must be taken seriously and can only occur under exceptional circumstances. This policy addresses these concerns by considering current best practices in the scholarly publishing communities. We believe that these issues require international standards and we will adopt international standards along with recommended best practices as standards evolve and changes over time.

Following guidelines may help you to avoid article withdrawal: