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IMR Journal of Mathematical and Computational Applications (IJMCA), IMR Journal of Management and Business Analytics (IJMBA) and IMR Journal of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research (IJIMR) are  the member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), published by I M R Journal Publication (IMRJP)

At  I M R Journal Publication (IMRJP) the integrity of our academic content and publishing process is paramount. This document outlines the best practice principles that we apply to our books and journals. We hope these guidelines will be useful to many different groups, including authors, peer reviewers, editors within and outside of I M R Journal Publication (IMRJP)   publishing partners and funders.

I M R Journal Publication (IMRJP) is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE); a global not-for-profit organization which aims to support publishers and editors to achieve high standards in publishing ethics.  We follow standards and best practice guidelines set by other relevant industry associations. Any external guidelines we follow are referred to in the relevant sections below.

Research Integrity

We uphold high standards papers, and expect research published by I M R Journal Publication (IMRJP) cover:

      • honesty in all aspects of research;
      • scrupulous care, thoroughness and excellence in research practice;
      • transparency and open communication;
      • care and respect for all participants in and subjects of research;
      • accountability both for one’s own research integrity and that of others when behavior falls short of our standard.

In addition to the general principles above, we expect our journal editorial teams to provide specific guidelines and policies for authors on research integrity and ethics appropriate to their subject matter and discipline.

Anyone who believes that research published by I M R Journal Publication (IMRJP) has not been carried out in line with these Academic Research Publishing Ethics Guidelines, or the above principles, should raise their concern with the relevant editor or email imrpublication@imr-smart.com or editorimrjournal@gmail.com.

Editorial Process

We are committed to editorial independence, and strive in all cases to prevent this principle from being compromised through competing interests, fear, or any other corporate, business, financial or political influence. Our editorial processes reflect this commitment to editorial independence. We do not discriminate against authors, editors or peer reviewers based on personal characteristics or identity. We are committed to embedding diversity, removing barriers to inclusion, and promoting equity at every stage of our publishing process. We actively seek and encourage submissions from scholars of diverse backgrounds, including race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, and disability. Editorial decisions on manuscripts submitted to our journals are made by external academic editors and based on independent peer review reports.

We do not tolerate abusive behavior or correspondence towards our staff and others involved in the publishing process on our behalf. If anyone involved in this process engages in such behavior, we have the right to take action to protect others from this abuse. This may include, for example, withdrawal of a manuscript from consideration, or challenging clearly abusive peer review comments.

Peer Review

Peer review is critical to maintaining the standards of our publications. We:

      • provide appropriate systems, training and support to facilitate rigorous, fair and effective peer review for all our publications;

      • encourage our editors and peer reviewers to familiarize themselves with and act in accordance with relevant best practice guidelines on peer review.

      • expect those who oversee the peer review process to be able to recognize warning signs of fraudulent or manipulated peer review, and to raise any concerns by emailing imrpublication@imr-smart.com or editorimrjournal@gmail.com.

      • support our editors and peer reviewers in investigating and acting on any suspected cases of manipulated or fraudulent peer review;

      • protect the confidentiality of participants in the peer review process where anonymity forms part of that publication’s peer review process. We also expect our publishing partners, authors and peer reviewers to uphold any relevant confidentiality arrangements for each book or journal and to provide necessary information to support this.


      • Allow co-reviewing, an invited reviewer can work with a more junior colleague to review a manuscript for the purpose of reviewer training. This allows the co-reviewer to gain experience with the review process and become a viable reviewer for a journal.
      • An invited reviewer can have a co-reviewer on a manuscript as long as the journal’s editorial office is made aware of this and approves the co-review. The invited reviewer will need to reach out to the journal’s editorial office about the co-reviewer when they accept the review. The co-reviewer must also declare any relevant competing interests.
      • The co-reviewer must be specifically identified during the completion of the review, either in the ‘Confidential Comments to the Editor’ section or, if a journal has a specific question about co-review, in the reviewer report form. This allows the co-reviewer to be credited for the review and to be added to a journal’s reviewer pool.


Any article affiliations should represent the institution(s) at which the research presented was conducted and/or supported and/or approved. For non-research content, any affiliations should represent the institution(s) with which each author is currently affiliated.