Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center Journal

Information for Authors
The research submitted must demonstrate a link to the specialized field of anti-corruption. Experimental, theoretical, and descriptive studies are accepted, however, these must offer insights into issues of general interest to the journal. For detailed information about our policies, peer reviewing and article format please refer to  ROLACC Instructions for Authors, English  and ROLACC Instructions for Authors, Arabic

Submission of Articles: Papers to be sent by email to [email protected] (no submission charges).

Call for Papers: Please submit your paper before 14 May to [email protected]. Refer to:  Call for Papers in English  , Call for Papers in Arabic, ROLACC Instructions for Authors, Arabic
*Authors should have strong records in research and should have a reasonable publication record in reputable journals.
 *يتعين ان يكون للكاتب سجل راسخ في مجال الأبحاث و عدد معقول من المنشورات في المجلات العلمية المعترف بها 

Article Processing ChargesFunded in full by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center, Qatar.

Ethical Policy : 
HBKU Press is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) https://publicationethics.org/about/our-organisation  and adheres to its Code of Conduct and its Best Practice Guidelines  https://publicationethics.org/core-practices. Authors should adhere to these publication ethics. Authors who are concerned about the editorial process may refer their concerns to COPE. Please be aware of the following points:

  • Papers submitted should not have been published before (unless in the form of an abstract or thesis) or under consideration by another publication. We check if the paper has been published before.
  • Plagiarism: All submissions are checked for plagiarism using the CrossCheck tool. The paper will be rejected in case of plagiarism. Plagiarism means using another person’s ideas, research processes, results, or words as one’s own without attributing it to the original author/source. So please ensure that others' work is cited properly and accurately even if citing your own previously-published work (Self Citation). Even when citing others' work, the text/idea cited should be paraphrased in your own words and not copied word by word (still considered plagiarism). The same applies to re-using others tables or images (please cite the source)
  • Authorship: must be limited to those who have made a substantial contribution to the manuscript (conception, design of the study, data collection, analysis, and drafted the manuscript or revised it critically for content).  The corresponding author should confirm that all co-authors have approved the final version submitted to the journal. Authors who are concerned about the editorial process may refer their concerns to COPE. All authors are asked to complete a declaration of competing interests. A person should not be listed as an author if they do not fulfill all of the above criteria. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or supervision of the research group are not enough to justify authorship alone, however, these contributions should be listed in the acknowledgment section.
  • Competing interests: All potential conflicts of interest must be listed in the manuscript. Any personal or financial relationship with an individual or an organization that may influence your interpretation of the results should be disclosed.

Open Access:  All articles are free for users to access, read, download, copy, distribute, and adapt as long as the original work is attributed (https://www.qscience.com/open_access). We use the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Copyright: The copyright is retained by the author(s). Authors grant HBKU Press a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. The authors also grant any third party the right to use the article freely as long as its original authors, citation details, and publisher are identified. Formal terms and conditions can be read at the Creative Commons website for AttributionLicences. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode

Peer Reviewing: ROLACC journal uses a double-blind peer-review system, where the identities of the reviewers and authors are not revealed to one another. After checking the submission for plagiarism and initial screening, the paper is reviewed by at least two reviewers who are independent researchers in the relevant research area. Based on the reviewers' reports, the Editor will reach a publication decision (reject/accept after revision/accept). In most cases, reviewers submit their reports with comments or corrections suggestions for authors to address. When authors receive these reports, they revise their original submission and resubmit the paper with a letter highlighting the changes they have made in light of the reviewers' comments. For more information about our peer-reviewed policy https://www.qscience.com/reviewer_guidelines 

Archiving: Articles are archived, for long-term preservation, on multiple servers around the world by our archiving and preservation partner CLOCKSS (https://clockss.org/).

Manuscript Preparation:
Please save your manuscript into the following separate files – Cover file, Main Article, and Appendix. To ensure anonymity in the review process, do not include the names of authors or institutions in the Main Article file. Please submit these files as Word files:

1) Cover page file: Contains the article title, authors’ names (in Arabic and English for Arabic articles), affiliations of all authors, and email addresses including the corresponding author, and abstract.

2) Main file: This should be up to 10,000 words maximum. It includes the title of the paper, an abstract (200-300 words); 5-6 keywords that researchers of the field are likely to use when searching for an article like yours; and references (see below). This is the file that goes to peer-reviewers, so ensure it does not reveal authors' names or affiliations.

3) Appendix files: Tables, images, graphs files should be clearly labeled. You may have them all in one file or separate files. The location of tables and figures should be indicated in the body of the article. Tables are needed in a text model (use create tables option in Word), not as images. All illustrations should be numbered and have clear relevant captions.  

Formatting & Style: Please refer to the Style Guide in English and in Arabic for details.

Headings: A numbering system like 1., 1.1., 1.1.1.; 2.,2.1.,2.2.2 etc is required for ease of readability, especially if the article contains several levels of subheadings.

Citation and References The Bluebook, current edition, is the citation initial style guide. Where the Bluebook offers a choice, follow this guide. The Redbook, Second Edition, will be used to resolve any additional style questions.

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