Journal of Agribusiness Marketing Ethics


Publishing Ethics

Journal of Agribusiness Marketing (JABM) is committed to the highest academic, professional, legal, and ethical standards in publishing work in this journal. To this end, we have adopted a set of guidelines to which all submitting authors are expected to adhere to assure the integrity and ethical publishing for authors, reviewers, and editors.

In the submission process to JABM, authors must ensure compliance with the following set of guidelines:


Case 1: Authorship

Every author listed in a journal article should have contributed to the work reported (research conception or design, data acquisition, or data analysis and interpretation). As an author or co-author, you share responsibility and accountability for the content of your article.

What to avoid

Gift (guest) authorship: someone is added to the list of authors who have not been involved in writing the paper.

Ghost authorship: where someone has been involved in writing the paper but is not included in the list of authors.


Case 2: Plagiarism

“When somebody presents the work of others (data, words or theories) as if they were his/her own and without proper acknowledgment.”

When citing others’ (or your own) previous work, please ensure you have:

Clearly marked quoted verbatim text from another source with quotation marks. Attributed and referenced the source of the quotation clearly within the text and in the Reference section.

The original publisher and rights holder obtained permission when using previously published figures or tables.

Make sure you avoid self-plagiarism.

Self-plagiarism is the redundant reuse of your own work, usually without proper citation. It creates repetition in the academic literature and can skew meta-analyses if the same sets of data are published multiple times as “new” data. If you’re discussing your own previous work, make sure you cite it. JABM uses Turnitin to screen for unoriginal material. Authors submitting to a JABM should be aware that their paper may be submitted to Turnitin at any point during the peer-review or production process.

The journal editor will investigate any allegations of plagiarism or self-plagiarism made to a journal. If the allegations appear to be founded, all named authors of the paper will be contacted, and an explanation of the overlapping material will be required. Journal Editorial Board members may be contacted to assist in further evaluation of the paper and allegations. If the explanation is not satisfactory, the submission will be rejected, and no future submissions may be accepted (at our discretion).


Case 3: Data fabrication / falsification

All data must be accurate and representative of your research. Data sharing is more and more prevalent, increasing the transparency of raw data. Some journals request that raw data be uploaded as a supplemental file for publication (you can check the instruction for authors to see if this is the case on the journal you are submitting to). JABM encourages you to submit your supplemental data with your article. The editor of the journal will evaluate cases of data fabrication/falsification. Authors may be contacted to provide supporting raw data where required. Journal Editorial Board members may be contacted to further assess the paper and allegations. If the explanation is not satisfactory, the submission will be rejected, and no future submissions may be accepted (at our discretion).


Case 4: Conflicts of interest

It is essential to declare any conflicts of interest, whether sources of research funding, direct or indirect financial support, supply of equipment or materials, or other support. Remember to declare it when you submit your paper. Suppose a conflict of interest is not declared to the journal upon submission or during the review, and it affects the actual or potential interpretation of the results. In that case, the paper may be rejected or retracted.

Ready to submit your paper? Your ethics checklist

Before you submit, make sure that:

  • You have read the journal’s authors' instructions and checked and followed any instructions regarding data sets, ethics approval, or statements.
  • All authors have been named on the paper and the online submission form.
  • All material has been referenced in the text clearly and thoroughly.
  • Data has been carefully checked, and any supplemental data required by the journal included.
  • Any relevant interests have been declared to the journal.
  • You have obtained (written) permission to reuse any figures, tables, and data sets.
  • You have only submitted the paper to one journal at a time.
  • You’ve notified all the co-authors that the paper has been submitted.

The peer-review process and the responsibilities of the reviewers

JABM ensures a rigorous double-blind peer-review process. Guidelines for reviewers are as follows:

  • Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author's discrimination towards the topic and method is inappropriate.
  • Reviewers should indicate their views with constructive comments, supporting arguments, and references as necessary and should not be defamatory or libelous.
  • Reviewers should respect the confidentiality of the material supplied to them and should not discuss unpublished manuscripts with colleagues, be it in person or online, or use the information in their work.
  • If a reviewer intends to pass a review request on to a colleague, they should obtain approval from the Managing Editor first.
  • Reviewers should point out relevant published work that the authors have not cited.


The responsibilities of the Editorial

The Editorial Board follows the following rules:

  • The editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept a manuscript.
  • The editors’ decisions to accept or reject a manuscript for publication are based only on its importance, originality, clarity, applicability to the scope of the journal and quality.
  • The editors are agribusiness for pursuing cases of suspected misconduct (e.g., plagiarism or fraudulent data) even in submissions they do not intend to publish.
  • The editor agribusiness for a specific submission has no conflict of interest concerning the manuscript and to the author(s).
  • The editorial board members can publish in the Journal, but they must not exploit their position; in such a case, the submission is handled by another editor, and peer review is dealt with independently of the author/editor.
  • The editors consistently monitor the peer review process, increasing its efficiency and avoiding delays.

Responsibilities of Publisher

  • Provide support for editors, reviewers, and editorial board members.
  • Increase the quality and the visibility of the journal.
  • Protect intellectual property and copyright.