Publication Ethics

Advanced Journal of Theatre and Film Studies (AJTFS) adopted the ethical standard of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors must abide by the ethical standard shown by COPE which is committed to personal information. All authors agree to abide by AJTFS publication guidelines and requirements upon submission of a manuscript. Also:

  1. The author agrees that the submitted manuscript is original, not a duplicated manuscript, not under consideration or publication in any journal, and not plagiarised.
  2. The manuscript submitted to AJTFS will NOT be under review in any other journal at the time of review.
  3. Authors take accountability for any work or manuscript submitted or published with the AJTFS.

Editorial Policy

The editorial policy of the Advanced Journal of Theatre and Film Studies (AJTFS) is guided by ethical values and principles to ensure the acceptance, review, and publishing process is conducted with integrity. The journal editors are responsible for:

  • Providing clear guidelines to authors for manuscript preparation and submission;
  • Treating all authors with fairness, courtesy, objectivity, honesty, and transparency throughout the editorial process;
  • Protecting the confidentiality of authors' work and maintaining the privacy of the review process;
  • Establishing an effective and efficient peer-review system;
  • Communicating editorial decisions to authors in a timely manner;
  • Ensuring timely publication of accepted manuscripts.

The journal upholds the principles of academic integrity, avoiding any unethical practices such as plagiarism and respecting intellectual ownership.

Plagiarism Policy

In publishing, Jozac Publishers is committed to upholding academic integrity. To ensure this, all manuscripts submitted to its journals are subjected to plagiarism screening using the Turnitin plagiarism checker ( at two stages:

  1. Upon receipt of a manuscript.
  2. After the manuscript has been revised by the author(s) based on the peer review comments

Manuscripts that are found to be plagiarized or self-plagiarized will be rejected immediately. In the event of a plagiarism complaint, the following steps will be taken:

  1. The complainant will contact the editorial office of the journal in which the published article suspected of plagiarism appeared and clearly indicate the sections that have been plagiarized by referring to both the original and suspected articles.
  2. Upon receipt of the complaint, an inquiry will be launched.
  3. An investigation will be conducted by the editorial office, during which the editor of the journal and the corresponding author(s) of the suspected article will be in contact.
  4. The corresponding author(s) will be asked to provide an explanation.
  5. If the author(s) of the suspected article accept the complaint of plagiarism, an erratum or retraction will be issued to remedy the situation. However, there may still be a disagreement concerning the wording of the description.
  6. If there is no response within the stipulated time or an unsatisfactory explanation is provided, the article may be permanently retracted.
  7. The responsible author/s will be blacklisted and restricted from publishing in any of our journals.

Authorship Policy

COPE states that authorship can refer to the creator of an idea or the individuals who develop and disseminate intellectual or creative works. Being named as an author carries significant privileges, responsibilities, and legal rights, and is often the basis for rewards and career advancement in academia. Different disciplines have their own guidelines and rules regarding authorship, which may include preserving the lineage of ideas or works, validating theories, analyzing outcomes, and writing the work. Authors are responsible for following these guidelines, while journal editors and publishers are responsible for making them transparent and appropriate for the type of publication. At a minimum, authors must ensure that the work presented is their own and that they have not violated any other author's legal rights, such as copyright.

When submitting the final paper for publication after peer- review process, all authors are required to sign a statement of authorship, which should ideally include the following information:

  • A declaration that all named authors meet the authorship criteria specified in the journal's authorship policy.
  • A declaration that no other individuals deserving of authorship have been excluded.
  • A statement outlining the specific contributions made by the individual to the paper. Journals may also consider publishing this information.
  • A declaration that the person takes responsibility for the integrity of the paper.
  • A declaration stating that the article is the author's original work(s), has not been published before and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere (journal).
  • A declaration that all the author(s) agree with the journal's authorship policy.

Conflict of Interest Policy

The Advanced Journal of Theatre and Film Studies (AJTFS) follows a transparent publications policy and adheres to the Conflict of Interest policy recommended by COPE. Authors are required to disclose any personal, professional, or financial competing interests that may influence or bias their work or could be perceived to do so. This includes relationships with individuals or organizations that may have a financial interest in the subject matter discussed in the manuscript, such as consultancies, employment, paid expert testimony, honoraria, speakers bureaus, retainers, stock options or ownership, patents or patent applications, or travel grants. Authors must also explicitly state all sources of funding for their research. To err on the side of full disclosure, authors should declare any potential competing interests.