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Geoconservation Research (Geoconserv. Res.)

Editor-in-Chief: Michael Benton, PhD

Online ISSN: 2588-7343

Print ISSN: 2645-4661

Publishes Biannual

Publication Ethics

Ethical Policy

All authors who contributed to the research work should approve the final manuscript, so it is mandatory that all authors sign the copyright letter. Authors are free to post and distribute the links of their articles anywhere immediately upon publication. Authors retain the copyright of their published articles.

Geoconservation Research  is a member of  COPE and it  (GCR) follows the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines, especially in cases of suspected research and publication misconduct (e.g. falsification, unethical experimentation, plagiarism, inappropriate image manipulation, redundant publication). For further information about COPE, please check the following website:

Geoconservation Research follows CC BY 4.0 attribution. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation.


Reported unethical issues including plagiarism of any kind, double submissions, copyright infringements, conflicts of interest, false, manipulated, and fabricated data or figures, statistical analysis, and false figures will be investigated by the editors and publisher using the plagiarism checker engines.

Necessary actions against cases proven to be misconduct will be taken by editors, even if these relate to previously published manuscripts which might later be retracted or revised. Decisions are made by the editors and depend on circumstances.

If an article has to be retracted, the publisher must inform all indexing and abstracting databases that include the journal’s contents.

Ethical Criteria of Geoconservation Research (GCR)

   Authors’ Criteria

  • All authors of every manuscript must contribute to composing the manuscript or research.
  • Authors may not add or omit any co-authors to the manuscript after submission, during peer reviewing manuscripts, and after acceptance or publication.
  • Reported research and results must be clear and honest. We will not tolerate any misconduct, fabrication, falsification, data manipulation wrong statistical analysis.
  • Authors may contact the editors via email and our website ‘contact section’ if they face any issues
  • Article submission in this journal means that authors are obliged not to submit this paper in other sources or they have strongly confirmed that this article is not under consideration of other sources at the same time.
  • Although GCR journal checks the originality and accuracy of the manuscript including plagiarism, by submitting a paper to this journal, authors confirm that they have adhered to all ethical academic international commitments and standards of peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Authors must respect the journal standards and policies as well as the format; they have to read the section of “Guide for Authors” carefully to avoid any mistakes.
  • Although the journal is single-blind and reviewers and editors may recognize authors’ information, the reviewers shall not contact authors directly or authors shall not search for reviewers’ identity.
  • Authors have the right to share their articles in every database and use it as a reference provided that they mention the original source or reveal the whole manuscript in PDF format with the originally published journal layout.
  • Authors must determine their affiliations clearly and the journal is not responsible for any errors in authors’ information, especially after publication.
  • The authors may check the whole manuscript after proofreading and layout before publication.
  • If editors or reviewers suggest any changes or revisions in the title or main body of manuscript(s) during the peer-reviewing or proofreading process, the authors may accept or decline the changes.
  • All authors must sign the copyright letter.
  • If the authors used some funding or have any financial and non-financial sponsorship, authors must disclose them in the article.
  • Authors’ information or articles’ content will not be changed after publication.
  • The authors must provide the journal with adequate feedback for revision and proofreading within the due time. The journal is not responsible for long peer-reviewing processes if authors ignore the deadlines.

 Editors’ Criteria

  • All information and research papers submitted in GCR might be observed by editorial board members.
  • Editors must maintain the confidentiality of the research papers except when they discover particular misconduct.
  • Editor in Chief(s) has the authority to make the final decision for acceptance or rejection of papers.

Note: GCR Journal shall NOT publish more than two papers submitted by its editors in a year. If one of the editors such as the editor in chief, or managing editor tends to submit a paper in the GCR journal, his/ her paper will be managed or peer-reviewed without the authors’ interference and unbiasedly by reviewers assigned by other editors.

   Reviewers’ Criteria

  • Reviewers shall maintain the confidentiality of the research papers, they have no right to share and publish the contents of manuscripts.
  • Reviewers must report any unethical cases in manuscripts including double submission, duplication, or plagiarism to editors.
  • If the manuscript is against the reviewers’ interest, they are morally obliged to decline the peer-reviewing process.
  • Reviewers must send their comments during the deadlines after accepting editors’ invitations; if they are not able to meet the deadlines due to any reason, they shall contact editors as soon as possible.
  • Reviewers are expected to review the papers unbiasedly and respect the journal’s policies.
  • Reviewers shall NOT contact the authors directly about the manuscripts under the peer-review process.

Publisher’s Criteria

  • The publisher is committed to keeping all content and history of manuscripts confidential.
  • The publisher is obliged to answer users’ queries regarding the technical problems of the site.
  • The publisher shall back up and store the data archive of all manuscripts.
  • The publisher must publish articles after proofreading and the authors’ approval.
  • The publisher must provide articles with appropriate proofreading and layout.
  • The publisher shall solve any possible technical and non-technical problems regarding the journal management systems
  • The publisher will manage any problematic issues and misconduct based on ethical rules issued by COPE and the publisher
  • The publisher will observe the journals’ activities and feedback to ensure adherence to ethical rules
  • Any person or third party can contact the journal’s mail in the ‘’Contact Section’’ or the mail of (publisher center) regarding any report or allegation of misconduct or incorrect actions by the journal
  • Editors and employees of the publisher can publish their own papers providing that a third editor from another university or institute has provided unbiased peer review
  • The Publisher does not publicize any advertisements especially commercial ones in this journal.

      Readers’ Criteria

  • The journal is open-access, so every reader can access articles immediately after publishing and without charge.
  • Readers who use GCR articles in their research papers must follow CC BY attribution and they shall refer to the main source (journal).


The journal follows Sherpa/Romeo‘s green archiving policy

  • The content of the website and article process is preserved by everyday backup which the owner of the server is committed to providing to us every day.
  • Part of the important files is stored in INTERNET ARCHIVE and the National Library of Iran and part of the journal office document archive is saved on a Hard disk.