Ethical Guidelines

NJSR is committed to ethical publication practice, as detailed below:

  • NJSR only publishes original research, that has not been published elsewhere. While it is accepted to expand on previous research (such as conference papers) with new data, or utilize the same data set for different analysis purposes, the previously published work should always be correctly referenced. Moreover, directly copying text from previously published work (self-plagiarism) is not allowed. NJSR will utilize Turnitin plagiarism checker software if there is reason to doubt any type of plagiarism.
  • Research submitted for review in NJSR should not be simultaneously considered for publication in another publication outlet. The author(s) should wait for a decision before submitting their work elsewhere.
  • All researchers that have contributed to the research should be listed as authors. Other people who have supported the work but not directly contributed to research, should be listed in the Acknowledgements section.
  • The author(s) should always inform and ask for permission if they wish to name organizations or people in their case studies. NJSR may ask to see a written consent from the studied organizations or people, particularly if the research includes information that may be considered confidential or detrimental to the named party. If no such consent exists, the objects of study should be treated anonymously. NJSR encourages the use of inclusive language, i.e., “they” instead of “(s)he”, and “chair” instead of “chairman”.
  • All conflicts of interest, such as financial or personal interest, should be declared. All financial support to the research such be enclosed in the Acknowledgements section of the article. Any suspicion of a conflict of interest should be reported to the Editor-in-chief, or, if the suspicion concerns the Editor-in-chief, to the Publisher, The Finnish Society of Built Environment Research. An objective process to evaluate the potential conflict of interest will be conducted. All parties, including the accused party, will be contacted and allowed to respond to the allegations. The final decision will be made in collaboration with the Editor-in-chief/Advisory Board and Publisher.
  • If an article is rejected, the author(s) may present a grievance to the Editor-in-chief within 7 days of the notification of rejection. The Editor-in-chief in collaboration with the Advisory Board will consider the grievance and make a final decision.
  • NJSR will not tolerate inappropriate or threatening behavior towards the Editorial Board.
  • In case of verified ethical misconduct, NJSR reserves the right to retract acceptance and/or withdraw published work.