The EBSU Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, established in 2013 and formerly known as the EBSU Journal of Social Sciences Review publishes peer-reviewed, high-quality, original research across various social sciences and humanities disciplines. This policy statement outlines the editorial principles and procedures guiding the journal's operations to ensure integrity, quality, and transparency in the publication process.

  1. Aim & Scope

The journal provides an interdisciplinary forum for multidisciplinary research into the complex dynamics of the Social Sciences and Humanities. It publishes empirical research and conceptual papers that integrate and critique theories within the broad areas of the humanities and social sciences. The journal welcomes contributions from all theoretical and methodological perspectives and encourages the interplay between theory and empirical research.

  1. Vision

The vision of the EBSU Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities is to be a globally acclaimed medium for disseminating outstanding and reliable scientific information and innovative research findings.

  1. Mission

The journal aims to advance knowledge by promoting high-quality research and publishing cutting-edge scientific findings in Humanities, Social Sciences, and related fields. The journal is committed to publishing its issues regularly and ensuring reliable distribution to the academic staff of Ebonyi State University and other national and international subscribers.

  1. Editorial Independence and Decision-Making

Editorial decisions on manuscript publication are made based on the relevance to the journal's scope, originality, clarity, and the study's contribution to knowledge and practice. Decisions are independent of the commercial interests and policies of the university or publishers. The Editor-in-Chief and the editorial board members uphold the principle of editorial independence.

  1. Peer Review Process

The journal employs a rigorous peer review process that is both double-blind and constructive. Reviewers are chosen based on their expertise and must provide objective and constructive feedback to help authors improve their work.

  1. Authorship Criteria

Authorship should be limited to individuals who have significantly contributed to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgements section.

  1. Ethical Considerations

Authors must adhere to ethical standards in conducting and reporting research. The journal requires that all applicable research governance guidelines, including an appropriate ethics committee's approval, be followed. Any potential conflict of interest must be clearly stated upon submission.

  1. Publication Frequency and Special Issues

The journal publishes regularly scheduled issues and may release supplementary and special editions as needed to reflect emerging areas of interest or thematic specialities. Each issue represents a broad cross-section of disciplines within the journal’s scope.

  1. Access and Distribution

The journal is committed to broadening access to its content. It employs an open-access model whereby published articles are made available without charge to the reader or institution. The journal ensures wide dissemination through its robust distribution networks.

  1. Archiving and Preservation

All published content is archived with multiple redundancy systems to ensure articles' long-term availability and preservation.

  1. Corrections, Retractions, and Expressions of Concern

The journal adheres to COPE guidelines for handling corrections, retractions, and expressions of concern about published articles. It commits to publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.

This Editorial Policy Statement reflects the EBSU Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities' commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity and academic excellence in its publishing activities.