Publication Ethics Statement

The Journal of English and Applied Linguistics (a publication of De La Salle University Publishing House) promises to publish only works that passed our criteria for originality and integrity. The most-emphasized guidelines are listed below.

Duties of Editors

  1. Ensure that published articles have gone through an unbiased review process by qualified scholars.
  2. Implement policies on authorship that encourage accuracy, accountability, integrity, and transparency (e.g., disclosure of the contribution of each author in the submitted work and declaration of competing interests).
  3. Provide clear guidelines about the journal's expectations for the submitted works.
  4. Provide guidelines for the effective review process.
  5. Require authors to disclose conflict of interests.
  6. Require reviewers to declare a possible conflict of interest.
  7. Provide policies for retraction.
  8. Ensure that the submission and reviews remain confidential. Only the corresponding author, editors, reviewers, and publisher know the manuscript and pre-publication processes.

Duties of Authors

  1. Only individuals who have made a significant contribution in the article and can take full responsibility for the accuracy and integrity of the work should be credited with authorship.
  2. Authors are to reference all borrowed material from published and unpublished sources. Borrowed non-prose materials or texts with large amounts of borrowed material are to be used with written permission from the creators/owners.
  3. Authors should not submit an article that is under review in another journal.
  4. Corresponding authors take full responsibility for communicating with the journal during the submission, peer-review, and publication processes. They are to declare the role of each author in the submitted work.
  5. Authors agree that this journal will retract papers with clear evidence of unreliable, falsified, fabricated, plagiarized, unauthorized, or infringed use of data, or papers that have been published as a result of manipulation and compromise during the review process.

Duties of Reviewers:

Peer review, which is at the center of scholarly publishing and the scientific process, aims to improve the paper submission so that it becomes a credible resource in knowledge creation.  Reviewers are expected to:

  1. Decline if they are unable to return the review on time, if they lack the subject expertise needed to provide quality review, if they have potentially competing interests, and if they are working on a similar manuscript.
  2. Ensure the confidentiality of the manuscript and review details.
  3. Never use the unpublished information or data from the reviewed manuscript for their research/gain.
  4. Be timely in returning the review.
  5. Never contact the authors without permission from the editor.
  6. Aim to help authors to improve the article by giving objective and constructive reviews with supporting arguments.
  7. Avoid making unfair remarks that denigrate the author's intellectual and research capabilities.
  8. Be willing to accommodate requests for another round of review.


Committee on Publication Ethics (n.d.). COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. https://publicationethics.org/files/u2/Best_Practice.pdf

Committee on Publication Ethics. (n.d.). COPE Discussion Document: Authorship. https://publicationethics.org/files/COPE_DD_A4_Authorship_SEPT19_SCREEN_AW.pdf

Committee on Publication Ethics. (n.d.). COPE Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers (English). https://publicationethics.org/node/19886