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 If any unethical reason for manuscript withdrawn get detected (even after completely withdrawn), we might take corresponding ethical action.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Manuscript withdrawn will not be allowed for the accepted manuscript (whether published galley/early version or not).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:

  • It is the corresponding author responsibility to get consent from other co-authors of the article.
  • Before submission corresponding author will consult with co-authors about the data given and clear the differences of opinion before submitting the article.
  • Before submitting, kindly make sure your selected Journal and its scope will coincide with your article.
  • Get confirm, is it any NOC or permission required from the institution before submitting the article.
  • Check the article for plagiarism before submission.
  • Check multiple times that the data presented in the manuscripts are accurate and error-free.
  • Submit the article to one Journal at a time. Do not submit your article to more than one Journal simultaneously.
  • Get confirmation from the department or institution will allow materials and resources that have been used in the study and obtain permission to use data and facts from other sources are persons with appropriate permission.
  • Also, decide the number of authors and their exact designation before submission or well before the article beginning stage itself.
  • Kindly make sure you have to submit your final version of the manuscript.
  • To publish the article, our Journal Team Members will give multiple reminders at every stage of the publication process. If authors do not reply for such remainders, IJHS Journal having rights to withdraw or withheld the article.

Article Retraction

The renunciation of an article by its authors or the editor under the advice of members of the scholarly community has long been an infrequent feature of the learned world. Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this most excellent practice is adopted for article retraction by IJHS Journal:

  • A retraction note titled “Retraction: [article title]” signed by the authors and/or the editor is available in the paginated part of a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the contents list.
  • In the electronic edition, a link is made to the original article.
  • The online article is preceded by a screen containing the retraction note. It is to this screen that the link resolves; the reader can then continue to the article itself.
  • The innovative article is retained unchanged save for a watermark on the .pdf indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”
  • The HTML version of the document is detached.

Article Removal

In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be compulsory to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur where the article is clearly insulting, or infringes others’ legal rights, or where the article is, or we have good cause to expect it will be, the subject of a court order, or where the article, if acted upon, might pose serious losses. In these circumstances, while the metadata (Title and Authors) will be retained, the text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been detached for legal reasons.

Article Replacement

In cases where the research paper, if acted upon, might pose serious losses, the authors of the original research paper may wish to take back the faulty original and replace it with a corrected version. In these conditions the procedures for retraction will be followed with the difference that the database retraction notice will publish a link to the corrected re-published research paper and a history of the document.