Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Religio: Jurnal Studi Agama-agama's Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement, derived primarily from COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, clarifies the ethical behavior of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in the journal, including the members of editorial board, editors, authors, and the publisher of the journal.

Ethical Guidelines for Journal Publication

The publication of articles in the peer-reviewed Religio: Jurnal Studi Agama-agama is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected body of scientific knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the authors’ work and the institutions that support them. This statement on Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement compromises the ethical guidelines for all parties involved in the act of publication: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher, and the reader/society. Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Ushuluddin and Philosophy, Sunan Ampel State Islamic University Surabaya Indonesia, as the publisher, the editors, and members of the editorial board of Religio: Jurnal Studi Agama-agama, take duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing seriously and recognize their ethical responsibilities.

There will be no processing fee entitled to the submission and the publication of selected articles in Religio: Jurnal Studi Agama-agama. The journal is also committed to ensure that advertising, reprinting, or other commercial revenue have no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Ushuluddin and Philosophy, Sunan Ampel State Islamic University Surabaya Indonesia, as the co-publisher, and the Editorial Board of the journal will assist in the communication with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful and necessary.

Allegations of Research Misconduct

Research misconduct means fabrication, falsification, citation manipulation, or plagiarism in producing, performing, or reviewing research and writing an article by authors, or in reporting research results. When authors are found to have been involved with research misconduct or other serious irregularities involving articles that have been published in scientific journals, Editors have a responsibility to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the scientific record.

In cases of suspected misconduct, the Editors and Editorial Board will use the best practices of COPE to assist them to resolve the complaint and address the misconduct fairly. This will include an investigation of the allegation by the Editors. A submitted manuscript that is found to contain such misconduct will be rejected. In cases where a published paper is found to contain such misconduct, a retraction can be published and will be linked to the original article.

The first step involves determining the validity of the allegation and an assessment of whether the allegation is consistent with the definition of research misconduct. This initial step also involves determining whether the individuals alleging misconduct have relevant conflicts of interest. 

If scientific misconduct or the presence of other substantial research irregularities is a possibility, the allegations are shared with the corresponding author, who, on behalf of all of the coauthors, is requested to provide a detailed response. After the response is received and evaluated, additional review and involvement of experts (such as statistical reviewers) may be obtained. For cases in which it is unlikely that misconduct has occurred, clarifications, additional analyses, or both, published as letters to the editor, and often including a correction notice and correction to the published article are sufficient. 

Institutions are expected to conduct an appropriate and thorough investigation of allegations of scientific misconduct. Ultimately, authors, journals, and institutions have an important obligation to ensure the accuracy of the scientific record. By responding appropriately to concerns about scientific misconduct, and taking necessary actions based on evaluation of these concerns, such as corrections, retractions with replacement, and retractions, Religió: Jurnal Studi Agama-agama will continue to fulfill the responsibilities of ensuring the validity and integrity of the scientific record.

Publication Decisions

The editor of Religio: Jurnal Studi Agama-agama 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 editors 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 editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Complaints and Appeals

Religio: Jurnal Studi Agama-agama will have a clear procedure for handling complaints against the journal, Editorial Staff, Editorial Board, or Publisher. The complaints will be clarified to a respected person with respect to the case of complaint. The scope of complaints includes anything related to the journal business process, i.e. editorial process, found citation manipulation, unfair editor/reviewer, peer-review manipulation, etc. The complaint cases will be processed according to COPE guidelines. The complaint cases should be sent by email to:

Fair play

An editor at any time evaluates 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.

Peer-Review Policy

Religio: Jurnal Studi Agama-agama applies the COPE' forms and ethical guidelines for peer-reviewers. The journal performs a double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. Thus, the full name(s) of the author(s) must be omitted from the manuscript to guarantee the blind review process. The author’s information and affiliation appear only in the submission form and the final production of the selected manuscript.

Authors are obliged to participate in the peer-review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to editors’ requests for raw data, clarifications, and proof of ethics approval and copyright permissions. In the case of a first decis