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Ethical Statement

Author Responsibilities

Authors are required to give a guarantee that the same article, or an article with substantially the same content, has not been submitted concurrently to a different journal. Authors should submit only original work.

Authors should cite appropriate sources for facts and ideas that they draw on in their article.  Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to include any copyrighted material including images or tables in their work.

Authors should include any conflicts of interest in their biographies or in a statement in the published paper. Conflict of interest includes any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work - including pertinent sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), or personal relationships.

Reviewer Responsibilities

Reviewers must keep information related to the articles confidential, confirming that the entire text of an article (and drafts), will not be shared until its publication, upon which time the final version of the article may be shared freely according to copyright licensing. Reviewers confirm that all details about comments made during the peer review process will remain confidential among the individuals involved and not be divulged to anyone else.

Reviews should be clear and constructive, based on the paper’s contribution, originality coherence, clarity and proper application of research methods as well as its relevance to the remit of the journal.

Reviewers should certify that the authors have cited appropriate sources for their work, and are asked to notify the editorial team if they notice any overlap between an authors’ paper and a previously published work.

Editorial Committee Responsibilities

The editorial committee must keep information related to articles confidential. This includes ensuring that the peer review process is done according to the Journal Reviewing Process. The editorial team must confirm that all details about what is rejected for publication, requests for redrafts, and comments made during the peer review and editorial process will remain confidential among the individuals involved in the editorial, review and publications processes.

The editorial chairs has the responsibility of accepting or rejecting an article, as well as the responsibility of notifying authors of any revisions which need to be made to their work prior to publication.

The editorial team must review the article purely for its scholarly qualities without regard to factors such as the discussion subject or geographical area of the subject and the sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or nationality of the author. The editorial team will take steps to ensure that submissions from members of the journal’s Editorial Board or the publisher’s staff, membership organizations, Board, or Associates receive an objective and unbiased evaluation. Editorial decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based on the paper’s contribution, originality coherence, clarity and proper application of research methods as well as its relevance to the remit of the journal.

The editorial committee is responsible for ensuring that any press releases or other communications issued by the journal reflect the message of the reported article and put it into appropriate context.

The editorial committee has a responsibility to investigate any suspicions of misconduct. Should they find any proof of misconduct, they also have the responsibility to find an appropriate solution.

The editorial committee encourage and are willing to consider cogent criticisms of work published in the Anti-Trafficking Review. Authors of criticized material should be given the opportunity to respond. The editorial committee is responsible for determining an appropriate format for criticism and response. Further, the editorial committee is open to receiving submissions that challenge previous work published in the Journal.