Publication Ethics

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal 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 of society-owned or sponsored journals. To see TEL publication ethics form, please click HERE.

Journal of Teaching English Language (TEL)  adheres to the below ethical guidelines for publication and research.

Peer review process:

All of the journal’s content, apart from any editorial material that is clearly marked as such, is subjected to peer review. Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers expert in the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff.


Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree to the submission of the manuscript to the Journal. ALL named authors must have made an active contribution to the conception and design and/or analysis and interpretation of the data and/or the drafting of the paper and ALL must have critically reviewed its content and have approved the final version submitted for publication.

Conflict of Interest and Source of Funding Authors are required to disclose any possible conflict of interest. These include financial (for example patent, ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, speaker's fee).

Plagiarism and copyright

Journal editors and readers have a right to expect that submitted work is the author’s own, that it has not been plagiarized (i.e., taken from other authors without permission, if permission is required) and that copyright has not been breached (for example, if figures or tables are reproduced).

Identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct

Publisher and editor of the journal take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In no case shall the journal or its editor encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that the journal’s publisher or editor is made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in the journal –the publisher or editor shall follow COPE’s guidelines (or equivalent) in dealing with allegations.

To demand that a retraction be released, TEL's procedure is as follows:

The complaint needs to be submitted to TEL executive editor email address at

  1. Then, at least two representatives from TEL office conduct an unbiased inquiry, one of whom must be editor-in-chief;
  2. The query entails going into all of the correspondence, obtaining additional written answers from the parties concerned to questions
  3. Decisions are made based on academic criteria.
  4. The representatives will then submit their findings to TEL office for review, if necessary, before any communications to the authors.
  5. Complainants may choose to take their complaint to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) at