Ethics Policy


The Journal of International Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship is a peer reviewed journal published two times a year at the end of June and December of each year. JIBE is published by Faculty of Business and Management and UiTM Press, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. JIBE editors are committed towards maintaining high ethical standards in the publication of articles in the journal. The editorial board does not tolerate any act of plagiarism, fraud and forms of misconduct in academic publication. It is the editorial board’s responsibility to ensure that the quality of research undertaken by authors is in compliance with high ethical standards.

JIBE adopts the code of conduct and best practices for journal editors as outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). This ethics statement and publication policies of JIBE incorporate the COPE Guidelines based on the revised version in 2011.  While every effort is undertaken to ensure compliance to the ethical standards as outlined in the COPE guidelines, published articles whose authors are later found to have evidence of plagiarism, fraud and misconduct shall be retracted from the journal and authors will be barred from publishing in the Journal for at least one year. JIBE pursues to provide fair consideration to all submitted manuscripts and does not discriminate authorship based on names of authors and the country or region where the manuscript comes from. JIBE highly welcomes and encourages   the submission by young and female authors as well as authors from emerging and less developed economies to encourage diversity in authorship and counter existing imbalance in literature and under representation of certain groups in journal authorship and publication.

The following sets out policies pertaining to the responsibilities and conduct of the editorial board, authors and others involved in the management and publication of JIBE as well as other publication policies.

 A.   Roles and Responsibilities

 Chief Editor:

- Strive to maintain and improve the quality, visibility and prominence of JIBE.

- Provides leadership for the editorial team to ensure quality submission and timeliness of publication.
- Evaluate manuscripts based on the overall quality and suitability to the journal theme.

- Has the authority to reject submission before the review process if found to be of non-acceptable standard.
- Manuscripts of acceptable quality shall be passed to the Managing Editor for distribution to reviewers. 
- Ensure confidentiality of manuscripts and not disclose information regarding the submission other than to those directly involved in the publication process.

- Actively seek the views of the International editors and International advisory board for further improvement of JIBE.

Managing Editors

- Manage the submitted manuscripts.

- Assist the Chief Editor in the first screening of manuscripts.

- Identify reviewers and send manuscripts to reviewers for content blind review process, technical editors for format screening, language editor of revised submission for final proof reading and technical editors of complete set of manuscripts for each issue for final process of publication.


Executive Editors

- Directly responsible for development, maintenance and improvement of JIBE.

- Have a strong commitment towards timeliness and sustainability of the journal.

- Continuously support and promote the journal to ensure quality publication.

- Regularly attend meetings, assigned trainings and participate in discussion pertaining to the running and initiatives to improve the journal.

- Contribute to secure wide and good quality submission of manuscripts.

- Contribute towards improvement in abstracting and indexing of the journal.

 Technical Editor

- Ensure manuscripts follow the format as per template of JIBE articles set out in the website.

- Return submitted manuscripts with format review report if there is non- compliance.

- Responsible to liaise with publisher for final process of publication and uploading of articles to close the issue

- Responsible for technical issues with regards to on line publication and website maintenance.

Language Editors

- Responsible to ensure that the accepted articles have the appropriate English language suitable for a quality journal

- Responsible for minor final proof reading (it is not the responsibility of language editors to do major language improvements)

- Provide feedback from time to time  on the quality of manuscripts in relation to the style and quality of language to ensure that the quality of publication is maintained.

International Editors

- Contribute towards the development and sustainability of the Journal

- Strive to promote the journal especially to the organization and circle of influence of the editor to encourage readership and submission to the journal

- Taking a keen interest to the publication of each issue of the journal and providing continuous feedback and recommendations to improve the journal

- Review assigned articles

- Contribute towards improvement in abstracting and indexing of the journal

- Must disclose any conflict of interest that might hinder objective review of the manuscript

- Has the right to refuse to review on the basis of conflict of interest and or inadequate knowledge
- Has the responsibility to review the manuscript objectively, fairly and professionally

- Adhere to the agreed stipulated time given to review a manuscript. Requests for extension or inability to complete must be communicated immediately to avoid delay in the review process.

- Ensure the originality and be alert to plagiarism and redundant publication (has the same content published elsewhere by the same author)

- Reveal any form of plagiarism, fraud and misconduct to the Chief Editor for further action.

Authors and Corresponding Authors

- Required to uphold the ethical standards as per guidelines set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are encouraged to view this set of - guidelines from

- Ensure only original work is submitted for consideration of publication in JIBE
- Submit their manuscripts elsewhere after official rejection from JIBE or when request to withdraw their work is officially accepted by the Journal.
- Must inform the Chief Editor of any forms of inaccuracy of data and/error   in their published work so that correction or retraction of article can be done.
- Strive to make significant contribution to the body of literature and scholarship on the area they are writing.
- Must be accountable for their work including accepting the  retraction of published article if later found to have evidence of non-compliance to ethics policy

B.    Plagiarism Policy

JIBE does not tolerate any forms of plagiarism. Starting issue December 2019, all submissions must furnish a turnitin (or similar) report with a benchmark of not more than 30 percent. Authors with difficulty to access such software are required to write to JIBE to give permission for us to perform the test.
C.    Retraction Policy

Any complaint of plagiarism and any forms of misconduct and unethical behavior shall be investigated seriously. Any evidence of plagiarism, fraud and forms of misconduct which represent non-compliance of the publication policies and ethics statement in this Journal shall be retracted from the particular issue if it is already published or withdrawn  from publication if already accepted for publication and the authors shall be barred from publication in this journal for at least ONE year.

D.    Charges and Open Access Policy

Currently there are no article processing or submission charges. This may change in future. JIBE has an open access policy thus, provides free and immediate open access to its content on line via its website.

E.    Copyright

Faculty of Business and Management and UiTM Press, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia has the copyright to the articles published in JIBE. By agreeing to submit and publish with JIBE authors agree to transfer the copyright to the publisher. An email will be sent to the corresponding author to confirm acceptance of the manuscript after JIBE is satisfied with changes made by the authors based on the reviewers’ reports, together with a Journal Publishing Agreement form to be returned to JIBE. Appropriate academic use and reference on any content of the articles published in JIBE must be given due credit and properly cited. 


F.    The Licenses

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND

Allow others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.


G.    Reporting and Complaints

Any report or complaints on plagiarism, fraud and misconduct can be made by writing to:


Chief Editor
Journal of International Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship (JIBE),
Faculty of Business and Management,
Puncak Alam Campus,
Universiti Teknologi MARA,
42300 Bandar Puncak Alam

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