1. Policy on authorship/ contributorship An individual or a group of individuals from anywhere in the world is eligible to author and contribute an article in the six official languages of the United Nations viz. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish for consideration of the GCE for possible publication after undergoing its peer-review process. However, GCE has a right to refuse consideration of articles from an individual or a group of individuals found of violating its ethics policies per the decision of the WCCES Bureauon a formal complaint (policy outlined in Point 2 below) registered against such an individual/ a group of individuals lodged by the formally assigned reviewers.
2. Policy on complaints and appeals Any individual or the formally appointed reviewers of GCE can file a formal complaint against an author/ authors of an article for reasons of plagiarism/ unethical practices/ allegations of research misconduct with the GCE Editor, who is authorized to refer such cases to the WCCES Ethics standing committee, the WCCES Publications standing committeeand the Legal Counsel for advice. Based upon the recommendations, the Editor then updates the WCCES Bureaufor a decision. The decision is then communicated by the Editor’s office to the author. The author is entitled to appeal such a decision within one month of receiving it. Such an appeal is communicated back by the Editor to the WCCES Bureau, which has a right to review the decision and come back with a final decision in the matter. The Editor’s office communicates the final decision to the author.
The process of complaints and appeals is the same when an author files a complaint about a review feedback. The process of a complaint or an appeal is completed normally within 3 months.
3. Policy on conflicts of interest / competing interests The GCE Editorial Team will endeavor to assign articles to the reviewers with no conflicts of interest/ competing interests. A question in this regard is posed to all the reviewers at the outset to adhere to this policy. Furthermore, the identity/ties of the author(s) is/are not known to the reviewer(s) and vice-versa. At least three external reviewers are assigned to each article for review in a given time frame, excluding any member of the editorial team.
4. Policy on data sharing and reproducibility All the publications of WCCES viz. Global Comparative Education: Journal of the WCCES, World Voices Nexus: The WCCES Chronicle, and WCCES-Brill Book Series can reproduce articles of each other after asking the authors to make suitable modifications like curtailing them, expanding them, or adding a new dimension to the topic of the article/ chapter in a book. Likewise, the data relating the past, current and future publications may be shared by the editorial teams of these publications among them.
6. Policy on intellectual property While receiving articles for potential publication, GCE assumes that the authors have shared their original thoughts/ research which have not been published/ being considered for publication anywhere else. The authors must explicitly bring this to the attention of the GCE Editor if this is not the case.
All the articles published in GCE automatically become the copyrighted intellectual property of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES). No part of the articles can be published elsewhere without the explicit permission of the Editor of GCE.
7. Policy for post-publication discussions and corrections If, despite all efforts of quality control, some corrections are required in the articles already published in GCE, the authors/ readers should write to the Editor. The Editor will consult the editorial team to arrive at a decision whether to carry out the correction and upload a new version of the journal on the website or not.