Malaysian Journal of Sport Science and Recreation Ethics Statement [adapted from principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)]

Editorial Board Members

  • Contribute to the progress and the development of the journal.
  • Act as an executive ambassador of the journal.
  • Sincerely support and upgrade the journal.
  • Review any works assigned to them.
  • Act as advisor to Editor in Chief.
  • Fully support the establishment of the journal.
  • Promote and assist in the publication of the journal.
  • Review any works assigned to him/her.
  • Attract new authors and submissions.

Editor in Chief

  • Evaluate and assessing any manuscripts fairly and solely on intellectual merit.
  • Ensure confidentiality of manuscripts and do not disclose any information regarding manuscripts to anyone else than the person involved in the publishing process.
  • Has the responsibility to decide when and which articles are to be published.
  • Actively seek the views of board members, reviewers and authors on how to improve/increase the image and visibility of the journal.
  • Give clear instructions to potential contributors on the submission process and what is expected of the reviewers.
  • Ensure appropriate reviewers are selected/identified for the reviewing process and followed the progress.
  • Attract new authors and submissions.

Managing Editor

  • Assigning papers for review appropriate to each reviewer’s area of interest and expertise.
  • Establishing a process for reviewers to ensure that they treat the manuscript as a confidential document and complete the review promptly.
  • Informing reviewers that they are not allowed to make any use of the work described in the manuscript or take advantage of the knowledge they gained by reviewing it before publication.
  • Providing reviewers with written, explicit instructions on the journal’s expectations for the scope, content, quality, and timeliness of their reviews promote thoughtful, fair, constructive, and informative critique of the submitted work.
  • Requesting that reviewers identify any potential conflicts of interest and asking that they recuse themselves if they cannot provide an unbiased review.
  • Allowing reviewers appropriate time to complete their reviews.
  • Requesting reviews at a reasonable frequency that does not overtax any one reviewer.
  • Finding ways to recognize reviewers' contributions, for example, by publicly thanking them in the journal; providing letters that might be used in applications for academic promotion, offering professional education credits; or inviting them to serve on the journal's editorial board.

Reviewers Board Members

  • Must display some interest before agreeing to review a submission.
  • Can refuse to review any submissions due to a conflict of interest or inadequate knowledge or expertise
  • Review all submissions objectively, fairly and professionally.
  • Reveal any ethical misconduct encountered while reviewing to the Chief Editor for further action.
  • Should ensure the originality of one submission and be alert to any plagiarism and redundant publication.
  • Must not discuss the content of one submission without permission of Editor in Chief.
  • Adhere to the time allocated for the review process. Requests for extension to review the submission are at the discretion of the Editor in Chief.
  • Keep information pertaining submitted manuscripts confidential.
  • Disclose any conflicts of interest.
  • Evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  • Be responsible for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts.
  • Review suspected incidents of plagiarism.
  • Advice on journal policy and scope.


  • Owe responsibility of ensuring only new and original work is submitted.
  • Must not reproduce work that had been previously published in other journals.
  • Must not submit any articles that are being reviewed or considered by the journal to other journals simultaneously.
  • Only allowed to publish their work elsewhere after receiving a formal rejection from the journal or if they request to withdraw their work is officially accepted by the journal.
  • Must inform the Editor in Chief or the publisher of any inaccuracy of data in their published work so that correction or retraction of the article could be done.
  • Make significant contributions and held accountable for any shortcoming in their work.
  • The author-editor relationship is founded on confidentiality. Authors should hold all communication between themselves and the journal in confidence. Authors should designate a specific contact for all communication about the manuscript throughout peer review and (if accepted) the publication process. Authors should observe journal policy on communication with external peer reviewers (the policy may vary depending on whether a journal uses masked or non-masked peer review) and observe journal policy on prepublication embargoes.
  • Ensure that they have acknowledged any funding that has contributed to the publication.
  • Provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review and should be prepared to provide public access and retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
  • Include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects.
  • Obtain appropriate consents, permissions and releases where an author wishes to include case details or other personal information or images of patients and any other individuals.
  • Ensure that all appropriate co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper.
  • Give consent to the manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Manage any requests to add, delete or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue


Authors submit only original work that is not plagiarized; it has not been published or being considered elsewhere. The editorial office may use appropriate software to check for similarities of submitted manuscripts with existing literature. Inclusion of fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements is unacceptable. Work and/or words from other publications must be appropriately cited or quoted.

Publication Ethics

The Editorial Committee aims to shape the scientific journal environment, such as ethical publishing practices, inform those involved in the editorial process, and foster informed decision-making by editors, so the integrity of our publications is upheld. In addition, publishers and editors take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred; in no event shall a journal or its editors encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place; in the event that a journal's publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct the publisher or editor shall deal with allegations appropriately; the journal should have available guidelines for retracting or correcting articles when needed; and finally publishers and editors should always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Copyright and Access

Authors who claim ownership of the data being reported, along with the manuscript's authors, may be asked to sign over certain publication rights to the journal through copyright transfer or a licensing agreement. Authors should be aware of and must abide by the terms of these agreements.


The Malaysian Journal of Sport Science and Recreation (MJSSR) is published online with a frequency of two (2) issues per year (March & September- started from 2019). Besides that, special issues will be published non -periodically from time to time (if needed).


Penerbit UiTM Press and FSR UiTM Shah Alam, as the publisher, is committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, Penerbit UiTM Press / FSR will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful to editors. Finally, Penerbit UiTM Press will work closely with other publishers and industry associations to set standards for best practices on ethical matters, errors and retractions--and are prepared to provide specialized legal review and counsel if necessary. However, the MJSSR is an online publication under the MyJurnal MCC website, MyJMS and Please visit the listed website to browse for our journals: