Complaints and Appeals

Nature and Procedure of Complaints

In case of any of the following complaints, LASSIJ shall acknowledge the receipt of the complaint and initiate an investigation in line with relevant guidance from written policies and procedures of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) where applicable.

a. Allegations of Misconduct:

In case of the allegation(s) of misconduct such as plagiarism, falsification of data, and fabrication of data, the aggrieved party may launch a formal complaint to the Editor-in-Chief.

b. General Complaint:

Any person may contact LASSIJ with a detailed written description of the concern and information supporting the matter at

Appealing the Publication Decision

At any stage, the Editor-in-Chief has complete discretion to determine whether a manuscript is appropriate for consideration in LASSIJ. The editorial management of LASSIJ believes that Editors should not decline manuscripts without sharing a proper and valid statement of the rejection decision with the author(s).

The Editor's decisions to reject the manuscript are not eligible for a formal appeal unless the author(s) believe that the editors decided based on an error in the review process of the manuscript.' The author(s) may file a formal appeal against the rejection decision in such a case. However, the author(s) need to provide a written statement with a detailed description of the error that they believe has occurred and affected the review process of the manuscript.

If the author(s) believe that a publication ethics breach has affected the decision to reject the manuscript, they may contact the Editor-in-Chief with a detailed written description of the concern and the relevant information supporting the matter.


Last updated: July 07, 2024