About

Journal of Qubahan Academic Journal (QAJ) is a biannual academic journal published by the Qubahan Academic Journal, Duhok, KRG, Iraq. QAJ publishes original researches in all areas of Science and Social Science. QAJ is a Peer-Reviewed Open Access journal with Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). QAJ provides immediate, worldwide, barrier-free access to the full text of research articles without requiring a subscription to the journal, and has no article processing charge (APC). QAJ applies the highest standards to everything it does and adopts APA citation/referencing style. QAJ Section Policy includes three types of publications; Articles, Review Articles, and Letters.

Section Policies

Articles: This is the main type of publication that QAJ will produce. 

[Peer Reviewed        Indexed        Open Submission]

Review Articles: A critical, constructive analysis of the literature in a specific field through summary, classification, analysis, comparison.

[Peer Reviewed        Indexed        Open Submission]

Letters: are short reports of original research focused on an outstanding finding whose importance means that it will be of interest to scientists in other fields.

[Peer Reviewed        Indexed        Open Submission]

PUBLICATION FREQUENCY

QAJ Journal is published 4 times per year. Accepted papers are published online ahead of print. QAJ is e-published online with e-ISSN:  as/when the process of peer-reviewing in finalized. QAJ's hard-copy published with p-ISSN: quarterly with the first issue publishes the accepted papers during (January), the second issue publishes the accepted papers during (April), the third issue publishes the accepted papers during (July), and the fourth issue publishes the accepted papers during (October). The hard-copy of QAJ are published with all accepted online paper within each publication period.

 

PEER REVIEW POLICIES

At QAJ we are committed to prompt quality scientific work with local and global impacts. To maintain a high-quality publication, all submissions undergo a rigorous review process. Characteristics of the peer review process are as follows:

  • The journal peer review process is a "double-blind peer review".
  • Simultaneous submissions of the same manuscript to different journals will not be tolerated.
  • Manuscripts with contents outside the scope will not be considered for review.
  • Papers will be refereed by at least 2 experts as suggested by the editorial board.
  • In addition, Editors will have the option of seeking additional reviews when needed. The authors will be informed when Editors decide further review is required.
  • All publication decisions are made by the journal's Editors-in-Chief on the basis of the referees' reports. Authors of papers that are not accepted are notified promptly.
  • All submitted manuscripts are treated as confidential documents. We expect our Board of Reviewing Editors, Associate Editors and reviewers to treat manuscripts as confidential material as well.
  • Editors, Associate Editors, and reviewers involved in the review process should disclose conflicts of interest resulting from direct competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with any of the authors, and remove oneself from cases in which such conflicts preclude an objective evaluation. Privileged information or ideas that are obtained through peer review must not be used for competitive gain.
  • Our peer-review process is confidential and the identities of reviewers cannot be revealed.

Note: QAJ journal is a member of CrossRef and CrossRef services, e.g., CrossCheck. All manuscripts submitted will be checked for plagiarism (copying text or results from other sources) and self-plagiarism (duplicating substantial parts of the authors' own published work without giving the appropriate references) using the CrossCheck database. Plagiarism is not tolerated.

For more information about CrossCheck/iThenticate, please visit http://www.crossref.org/crosscheck.html.

ARCHIVING

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS and CLOCKSS systems to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. 

LOCKSS:

Open Journal Systems supports the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to ensure a secure and permanent archive for the journal. LOCKSS is open-source software developed at Stanford University Library that enables libraries to preserve selected web journals by regularly polling registered journal websites for newly published content and archiving it. Each archive is continually validated against other library caches, and if the content is found to be corrupted or lost, the other caches or the journal is used to restore it.

CLOCKSS:

Open Journal Systems also supports the CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to ensure a secure and permanent archive for the journal. CLOCKSS is based upon the open-source LOCKSS software developed at Stanford University Library that enables libraries to preserve selected web journals by regularly polling registered journal websites for newly published content and archiving it. Each archive is continually validated against other library caches, and if the content is found to be corrupted or lost, the other caches or the journal is used to restore it.