International Journal of Transformative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Publication Ethics Guidelines


Ethical Standards

IJTTL is committed to maintaining the highest level of integrity in the content published. The Editorial Board of IJTTL subscribes to these principles and reserves the right to reject any submission that does not meet these criteria. We expect all parties involved in the act of publishing–authors, journal editors, peer reviewers, publishers, to ensure the integrity of research and uphold the following ethical standards.

  • Integrity and Honesty: We commit to uphold the highest standards of integrity and honesty in all stages of the publication process. All stakeholders, including authors, reviewers, editors, and readers, are expected to abide by these principles.

  • Originality and Plagiarism: Authors must ensure the originality of their work. Any sources used must be appropriately cited. Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and will result in immediate rejection of the submission.

  • Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

  • Data Accuracy: Authors should accurately present their research findings and include an objective discussion of the significance of their work. Data manipulation or fabrication is unacceptable.

  • Human Subject Research: For submissions involving research on human subjects, all authors must obtain approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or an equivalent ethics committee.

  • Multiple or Concurrent Publication: Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author will not publish redundant manuscripts or manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal.

  • Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors.

  • Conflict of Interest: Authors must disclose any financial, personal, or other potential conflicts of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

  • Fundamental Errors in Published Works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal's editor or publisher and cooperate with them to retract or correct the paper.

  • Reviewer Confidentiality: Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information. They must not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person's or organization's advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.

  • Publication Charges: There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for the journal.

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Artificial Intelligence Programs

IJTTL requires that authors using an AI program or platform (including but not limited to ChatGPT) to generate texts to disclose the use of AI programs. As outlined in the statement provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines, “Authors who use AI tools in the writing of a manuscript, production of images or graphical elements of the paper, or in the collection and analysis of data, must be transparent in disclosing in the Materials and Methods (or similar section) of the paper how the AI tool was used and which tool was used. Authors are fully responsible for the content of their manuscript, even those parts produced by an AI tool, and are thus liable for any breach of publication ethics.”

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