The statement of ethics for the Malaysian Journal of Consumer and Family Economics (MAJCAFE) was adapted from the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), covering the code of ethics for the chief editor, editorial board members, reviewers, and authors.

Duties of Authors

  • To be accountable for ensuring that only new, original work is submitted. If the authors have used someone else’s writing or words, they must cite or quote them adequately.
  • To confirm that the work has not already been published in other journals.
  • To guarantee that articles submitted are not being evaluated or considered concurrently by other publications. The journal must formally reject the articles before they may be published, or they must accept the withdrawal request before publishing the articles.
  • To alert the chief editor or publisher of any inaccurate information in their published work so that the article can be corrected or retracted.
  • To contribute significantly and be held responsible for any errors in their work.
  • To implement improvements and corrections suggested by editors or reviewers.

Duties of Reviewers

  • Before accepting an offer, examine a proposal to disclose any conflicting interests.
  • To decline to consider any submission on the grounds of a conflict of interest or lack of expertise.
  • To review all submissions objectively, fairly and professionally.
  • To report any instances of unethical behaviour to the Chief Editor for possible follow-up action.
  • To ensure that submission is original and watch out for plagiarism and duplication of work.
  • To ask the publisher’s permission before sharing the submission’s content.
  • To respect the time allotted for review and ask the Chief Editor for an extension.

Duties of Editorial Board Members

  • To help the Chief Editor choose the manuscripts that will be published in the journal.
  • To assess the potential manuscript that the Chief Editor has chosen regarding its language and content.
  • To make recommendations regarding the manuscript’s eligibility and quality in light of the journal’s focus.
  • To re-evaluate the manuscript that has been corrected by the author(s).
  • to provide an improvement recommendation for the Chief Editor to consider when making a selection.
  • To provide input on the quality of the manuscript within any given time.
  • To contribute to upholding the highest standards of quality for publications done so ethically and competently.
  • To recommend manuscripts of originality and quality with the highest standards.
  • To assist in calling and obtaining papers from co-workers, friends, researchers, students, etc., inside or outside the member’s university.

Duties of Chief Editor

  • To honestly and solely judge manuscripts based on their intellectual worth.
  • To protect manuscript confidentiality and not share any information about manuscripts with anyone other than those involved in the publication process.
  • To be responsible for deciding when and which articles are to be published.
  • To actively seek the opinions of the journal’s board, reviewers, and writers on ways to enhance/increase its reputation and visibility.
  • To make it appear to potential authors and contributors what is required of them during the submission process.
  • To guarantee that the right reviewers are chosen or located for the reviewing process.
  • Authors should only submit unique work that is not plagiarised, has not been published, and is not currently under consideration elsewhere. The editorial office may utilise the appropriate software to examine submitted articles for overlaps with published works. Included false or purposefully false statements are unacceptable.
  • To ensure that the use of any work or words from another publication is appropriately cited or quoted.