Water and Desalination Research Journal


Water and Desalination Research Journal (WDRJ)

 Publication Ethics

CanSRG is committed to high standards of professional and ethical conduct of publishing that ensures preserving the integrity of the scholarly record. CanSRG strives to assure that authors, editors and reviewers for all its journals comply with high standards of publishing ethics.


Ethical Publishing conduct for authors

  • Authors should confirm that the work described in their submission is the authors’ original work. Plagiarism in all forms including self plagiarism and data fabrication or falsification is unethical publishing conduct.
  • Authors should confirm that the work described in their submission has not been previously published in any form and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • Authors should address all contributors to their submission and disclose any known conflict of interest associated with the publishing of their submission.
  • Authors should make sure to properly cite the work of others that they quote or refer to in their submission. 


Ethical Publishing conduct for Editors

  • Editors are responsible for preserving the integrity of the scholarly record, therefore, they should strive to ensure the quality of the manuscripts they publish.
  • Editors are responsible for making decisions on manuscripts submitted to their journals. Editors' decisions to publish or reject a manuscript should be based only on the academic merits of the manuscript. Editors' decisions should not be affected by the origin of the manuscript such as the nationality, race or religion of the authors.
  • Editors have to declare any conflict of interest involved in handling a manuscript and should request reviewers to disclose any potential competing interests.
  • Editors have to constantly monitor the review process and assess the performance of reviewers. Editors should ensure that manuscripts are reviewed by competent reviewers in a timely fashion. 
  • Editors should protect the confidentiality of the material submitted to their journals during the review process and should not use any part of submitted manuscripts in their own research. Editors are not allowed to utilize submitted manuscripts in promoting the citation of certain published articles.
  • Editors should respond effectively to authors' suspected misconduct such as plagiarism or data fabrication. That response extends to both published and unpublished manuscripts. In such cases, editors should be willing to publish corrections, clarifications and retractions.
  • Editors have also a duty to act in cases of suspected reviewers misconduct. 


Ethical Publishing conduct for Reviewers

  • Reviewers should only agree to review manuscripts that are related to their expertise. Reviewers should decline to review manuscripts in which they have any conflict of interest such as competing or collaborative interests with authors. Reviewers should decline to review manuscripts that they cannot assess in a timely fashion.  
  • Reviews should be objective and constructive as they aim at providing feedback that helps authors to improve their manuscripts. Reviewers should clearly express their points of view with supporting arguments and references. Defamatory or libellous reviews and personal criticism of authors are professionally improper and will be considered reviewers misconduct. 
  • Reviewers have to comment on the originality of manuscripts and to be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism. Reviews that are affected by the origin of the manuscript such as the nationality, race, or religion of the authors will be considered reviewers misconduct.
  • Reviewers should respect the confidentiality of the materials they review. They should not use such materials in their own research or discuss it with their colleagues and co-workers. Reviewers should not take advantage of submitted manuscripts in promoting the citation of their own research work.