JIEM follows the COPE guidelines on carrying out an investigation on any suspicion of misbehavior or alleged fraud (https://publicationethics.org/core-practices).

If the investigation results in valid concerns, JIEM will contact the authors concerned under their given email address and give them an opportunity to address the issue. Based on the situation, JIEM will then implement some of the following measures, including, but not limited to:

- Rejecting the submission that is under consideration;

- If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the violation, either an erratum/correction, an editor’s note or an editorial expression of concern may be placed with the article. In severe situations, the article may be retracted.

The reason for JIEM’s action will be stated in the erratum/correction, editor’s note, or retraction notice.

Please note that retraction means that the article is deleted from the platforms.

- The author’s institution may be informed.

Removal of Published Content

In exceptional cases, JIEM reserves the right to remove an article or other content from JIEM’s online platforms.

Such action may be taken when:

(i) JIEM has been advised that content is defamatory, infringes a third party’s intellectual property right, right to privacy, or other legal rights, or is otherwise unlawful;

(ii) a court or government order has been issued, or is likely to be issued, requiring removal of such content;

Removal may be temporary or permanent.

Manuscript Withdrawal Policy

Withdrawing manuscripts from publication wastes the valuable resources and tremendous amount of effort made in processing the manuscripts by the editors, reviewers and the editorial staff, thus, JIEM discourages it.

To avoid withdrawal of a manuscript we request the authors to sign an agreement letter (with all the authors’ full signatures before submitting the manuscript for publication.

If the author wants to withdraw a manuscript, a completed “Article Change Form” signed by all authors of the manuscript stating the reasons for manuscript withdrawal must be submitted to the editorial office. The manuscript will not be withdrawn from the publication process until JIEM receive the said form. Authors must not assume that their manuscript has been withdrawn until they have received appropriate notification to this effect from the editorial office. In the case that all JIEM’s communication efforts are to no avail, even after multiple reminders, at any stage of the publication process, JIEM holds all rights to disclose the conduct of the authors and the content of the manuscript without further approval from the authors. JIEM cannot be held responsible for the consequences arising from the disclosure.