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Publication Ethics

We encourage our authors, reviewers, and editors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website. ACM adheres COPE’s Principles of Transparency and Best Practices in Scholarly Publishing. Annals of Communications in Mathematics holds the ethics of publication as one of its core values and as such, adheres strictly to internationally accepted publication ethics. To ensure compliance, ACM employs the single-blinded peer-review process for all articles it reviews. The rationale for ACM single-blinded peer review process is to validate the integrity and novelty of the research work. Peer review process adopted by ACM acts as a filter and increases the quality of research submitted for publication. This process also helps the authors to remove any errors or gaps in manuscript mistakenly overlooked and assist in making the research more applicable in real time.

 ACM commitments:

  1. Keeping Editorial independence
  2. Assisting journal editors in maintaining ethical and transparent practices
  3. maintaining accurate and transparent academic records

 Author(s) commitments:

  1. Submitted manuscripts must be the original work of the authors. A zero tolerance approach will be taken to plagiarized manuscripts.
  2. It should not have been previously published anywhere else or submitted to any other journal.
  3. If materials have been used from other sources, including their own published work, it is crucial to clearly cite the source and obtain permission where necessary to avoid infringing on any rights of others, including privacy and intellectual property rights.
  4. Ensuring that the data is accurate and not manipulated and that any data reproduced in the paper is either their own or that they have permission to use it.
  5. Stating any conflicting or competing interest, including funding assistance.
  6. Adhering to all research ethics guidelines of the discipline, especially where human or animal subjects are involved.
  7. Representing the paper authorship accurately and crediting all the authors who participated in the study.
  8. Obtaining permission to publish from other authors participating in the study.
  9. Stating any potential overlap in the paper clearly, if the editor decides the manuscript is appropriate to publish.
  10. Authors should disclose any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript and acknowledge individuals or organizations that have provided financial support for research.

 Reviewers commitments:

  1. Reviewers keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  2. All manuscripts are reviewed in fairness based on the intellectual content of the article regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry nor political values of authors.
  3. Refraining from contacting the authors directly without the journal’s permission.
  4. Alerting the journal editor of any competing interest that could affect the impartiality of their reviewing.
  5. Any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be communicated to the Editor.
  6. Reviewers should complete their reviews within the journal stipulated time frame.
  7. Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.
  8. Any information that may be the reason for the rejection of publication of a manuscript must be communicated to the Editor.

 Editors commitments:

  1. All manuscripts are evaluated in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry nor political values of authors.
  2. Promoting consistent ethical policies and acting to enforce them in a fair and consistent manner.
  3. Ensuring the confidentiality of the review process.
  4. Exercising the highest standards of personal integrity.
  5. Recognizing conflicting or competing interests.
  6. Ensuring that authors, reviewers, and Editorial Board members are sufficiently advised regarding the journal’s ethics and publishing policies.
  7. Any of editorial board members must not use materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript (published or unpublished) for their own research without the author’s written authorization.
  8. Ensuring that the journal’s stewardship on ethical matters is fair, unbiased, and timely.
  9. Editorial Board takes responsibility for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts based on the reviewer’s evaluation of the manuscript, policies of the journal editorial board and legal restraint acting against plagiarism, libel, and copyright infringement.

 Editorial Boards commitments:

  1. Promoting fairness and equality and opposing discrimination
  2. Promoting the transparency of and respect for the academic record
  3. Respecting the confidentiality of others
  4. Being transparent about competing interests

Additional Resources

  1. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE):    
  2. American Educational Research Association (AERA):
  3. American Political Science Association (APSA):
  4. American Psychological Association (APA):
  5. British Educational Research Association (BERA):
  6. Council of Science Editors (CSE):
  7. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE):
  8. National Institutes of Health (NIH):
  9. World Association of Medical Editors (WAME):
  10. World Medical Association (WMA):

Plagiarism Policy

ACM takes copyright infringement, plagiarism, and other publication ethics violations very seriously. Our top priority is to protect the rights of our authors, which is why we thoroughly investigate any claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Additionally, we strive to safeguard the reputation of our journal against any malpractice. To ensure the authenticity of submitted papers, we may use duplication-checking software. If an article is found to have plagiarized another work, we reserve the right to take action if third-party copyright material is used without permission or insufficient acknowledgment or if the article’s authorship is disputed. This could include publishing an erratum or corrigendum, retracting the paper, etc., or taking appropriate legal action.

All manuscripts submitted to our journals are now screened by plagiarism detection software. To avoid plagiarism, the authors confirm that:

No copyrighted materials have been used in the manuscript without permission.
The manuscript is free from plagiarism and has not been published previously.

Prior publication

ACM typically does not approve of previously published material, but there may be exceptions. Contact the Editor-in-Chief at for further details.


Manuscript submitted to Ann. Commun. Math. has not been published previously, has not been copyrighted, and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the copyright for their article is transferred to the publisher, if and when, the paper is accepted for publication.

Contributor’s publishing agreement

The standard license for ACM is the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. This license permits the copying, adaptation, display, distribution, republishing, and reusing of content for any purpose, including commercial use, as long as the content is appropriately attributed.

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