Indian Society of Spatial Scientists
It was precisely 17-30 Hrs IST January 20, 1997 when the idea of a launching a journal of Geography occurred while celebrating the Foundation Day of Presidency College, Calcutta. Research scholars were many, working diligently in their own fields of interest, some of which were excellent in quality but often failed to get their articles published in a peer reviewed journal. Hence, a quality journal with ISSN, concerned with the genuine research of the scholars was the need of the hour. The plan was discussed at length with the then stalwarts of Geography at hand and encouragements were showered in but nobody came forward. At that time a Wall Magazine named TRAVERSE was used to be published by the students of Geography in the 2nd Floor corridor near the entrance of the Department of Geography, Presidency College on the left wall of Room No. 5. As HoD, I took the initiative to publish it regularly, i.e., thrice a year ? by the 1st Year, 2nd Year and 3rd Year students respectively. The students got a new lease of life and organized the Reunion of the Members of the Geographical Institute, Presidency College in September, 1997 and brought out a magazine–cum–souvenir in the name of TRAVERSE containing interesting articles by the students and the faculty. Since then, every year the magazine improved in look and content and gradually became a magazine–cum–journal with articles from the scholars and faculty working across the globe. In the last 9 Years I gathered a whole lot of experience in respect of copy editing, layout, design, logo, printing and publishing and naturally capacity enhanced.
In 2009, whisper spread that Presidency College is going to be Presidency University and then, all on a sudden it was upgraded to University that started functioning since the 2010 – 2011 academic session with a sea change in its set up, administration, power-structure and curriculum system. It is at this juncture when the ‘Indian Society of Spatial Scientists’ was formed with Prof. Bireswar Banerjee, D.Lit. as its founder President, me as the Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Priyank Pravin Patel as Secretary, Mr. Debjit Dutta as Jt. Secretary and Mr. Abhijit Ghosh as Treasurer. My dream came true with the launch of the website of ‘eTraverse, The On-line Journal of Spatial Science’ as an event in the Reunion Celebration of 2010 (www.etraverse.net) with the first issue contained only two articles – one by me and the other by Mr. Priyank Pravin Patel. It was highly appreciated by the scholars and faculty and became popular within a very short time among the practitioners of geography and related disciplines all over the globe. Since then, it only got improvised bit by bit. It was awarded its ISSN and EISSN in 2011. The website was entirely reconstructed with a dynamic and more international look in 2012. Later, the journal has been indexed by h-net in 2013 and Advance Science Index in 2015. Its website has again been technically upgraded so that anybody can access it through any OS from anywhere by any media in 2016.
Indian Journal of Spatial Science
The scope of the IJSS is to publish original and innovative research articles, presentations, geographical note, book review, field explorations and photographs. The fundamental aim is to improve the quality of research, learning, teaching and applying geography in the field of national development as well as to make even a layman aware about the ‘field of geography’ and ‘issues concerning geography education’ in our country as well in other countries of the world. This is simply to excite people about Geography, the most down-to-earth discipline in the domain of our Education System. Thus, the journal is primarily intended for the publication of research papers by the young and innovative scholars of geography and allied disciplines from all over the world. The only requirement is that the article must have a geographical dimension.
The Indian Journal of Spatial Science (IJSS) is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any publication malpractices. It is assumed that authors submit their original articles to the IJSS for publication and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works. The authors acknowledge that they have disclosed all and any actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it. In the same manner, the IJSS is committed to its objective of fair and peer-review of the submitted article in order to prevent any actual or potential conflict of interests between the editorial and review personnel and the reviewed material. Any departures from these should be reported directly to the Editor-in-Chief / Managing Editor, who is unequivocally committed to providing swift resolutions to any of such a type of problems. Further to the above the IJSS provides a platform for the open public discussion of the journal contents. The current system of ‘registration with personal inputs’ and ‘log in’ have been designed to secure accountability and to encourage sincerity and integrity. Some of the website contents will be available without logging in but no peer review comments can be posted on the website without the disclosure of the reviewer identity to the journal editors.
Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
The publication ethics and malpractice statement is based on Best Practice Guidelines established by COPE.
Ethical Guidelines for Journal Publication
The publication of an article in the peer-reviewed Indian Journal of Spatial Science is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society.
Indian Journal of Spatial Science as publisher of the Indian Journal of Spatial Science takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, Indian Journal of Spatial Science and the journal’s Editorial Board will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful and necessary.
Duties of Authors
Reporting Standards Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial opinion works should be clearly identified as such.
Data Access and Retention
Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from “passing off” another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper. Publication of some kinds of articles (e.g. clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.
Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects
If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.
Fundamental Errors in Published Works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.
Duties of the Editorial Board
Publication Decisions The editor of the peer-reviewed Indian Journal of Spatial Science is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
An editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern.
Involvement and Cooperation in Investigations
An editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher (or society). Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies, and if the complaint is upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant. Every reported act of unethical publishing behaviour must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication.
Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to editorial decisions Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.