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Our Policies

Scope of the Journal
Economic Challenger is an International Journal published quarterly from India. Through this participatory publication, our aim is to generate a discussion among academia, industry and social leaders on socio-economic issues concerning us. This journal is refereed and reaches out to major academic institutions across India and also to scattered subscribers, contributors and editorial board members across the world.

Publication Ethics
Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics. Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors' own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the journal’s guidelines.

Mandatory Charges/Fee for Article Processing
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All authors listed on the manuscript should have contributed significantly to the content,  experimental design, its implementation, or analysis and interpretation of the data. All authors should have been involved in the writing of the manuscript at draft and any revision stages, and have read and approved the final version. Anyone who made major contributions to the writing of the manuscript should be listed as an author (e.g. "ghost writing" is prohibited by the Journal). Any other individuals who made less substantive contributions to the experiment or the writing of the manuscript should be listed in the acknowledgement section. Any change in authorship (including author order) after the initial manuscript submission must be approved in writing by all authors.

Authorship in groups

Many large collaborative studies are organized under a group name which represents all the participants. All articles must have at least one named individual as author. Authors who wish to acknowledge the umbrella group from which the data originate should first list the author(s) of the article and follow this with 'on behalf of the GROUP NAME'. If necessary the names of the participants may be listed in the Acknowledgements section.


By submitting your manuscript to the journal it is understood that this it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work and is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author's own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the journal. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software. In addition, authors are needed to submit undertaking of originality of the submitted article in the format mentioned on this page

Conflicts of interest

At the point of submission, each author should reveal any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated –  including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition. When considering whether you should declare a conflicting interest or connection please consider the conflict of interest test: Is there any arrangement that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and you had not declared it?
If the manuscript is published, relevant Conflict of Interest information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.

Peer review process
All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by the Editor and his Associates. At this stage manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not of high enough priority or not relevant to the journal. This fast rejection process means that authors are given a quick decision and do not need to wait for the review process.
Manuscripts that are not instantly rejected are sent out for peer review, usually to two independent reviewers. Based on the feedback from these reviewers and the Editors' judgment a decision is given on the manuscript. Manuscripts may also be sent out for statistical review.

Material Disclaimer
The opinions expressed in ECONOMIC CHALLENGER are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors, the editorial board or the organization to which the authors are affiliated.

Archival Policy

All the issues of our journal are archived on where it also can be purchased for digital content viewing/download.

Abstract and Citation information
Authors may reuse the Abstract and Citation information (e.g. Title, Author name, Publication dates) of their article anywhere at any time including social media such as Facebook, blogs and Twitter, providing that where possible a link is included back to the our web site.

Author’s Original Version
The Author’s Original Version (AOV) is defined here as the un-refereed author version of an article completed before submission of the article to the journal. This is sometimes referred to as the “preprint” version. The author accepts full responsibility for the article, and the content and layout is set out by the author. 

This includes posting on their own personal websites, institutional or non-commercial subject based repositories, commercial platforms websites or repositories, or social media, provided that, upon acceptance, they acknowledge that the article has been accepted for publication as follows: 
This article has been accepted for publication in [Journal Title] Economic Challenger.

Accepted Manuscript
The accepted manuscript (AM) is the final draft author manuscript, as accepted for publication by a journal, including modifications based on referees’ suggestions, before it has undergone copyediting, typesetting and proof correction. This is sometimes referred to as the post-print version.
Immediately upon publication authors can:

·       Upload their AM to their own personal webpage (excluding commercial websites and repositories)
·       Upload their AM to their institutional or other non-commercial subject based repositories on the proviso that it is not made publicly available until after the specified embargo period

After the embargo period authors may:
Upload their AM to institutional repository or other non-commercial repositories and make it publicly available. Accepted Manuscripts may not be uploaded or shared on commercial websites or repositories, unless the website or repository has signed a licensing agreement with Economic Challenger permitting such uploading or sharing. 

Open Access

Authors who have agreed to publish their article on an Open Access basis, and who have paid any associated fees, are entitled to make their article publicly available according to the terms of their selected licences.

When posting, distributing or reusing Open Access articles, the journal and Economic Challenger should be clearly attributed as the original place of publication and correct citation details should be given.

When making their article available according to the terms of their Open Access licence, we strongly encourage authors of Open Access papers to deposit the version of record. This will guarantee that the definitive version is readily available to those accessing your article from such repositories, and means that your article is more likely to be cited correctly.

Commercial websites and or repositories 
Economic Challenger defines commercial websites and/or repositories as services intended to make a commercial gain. This definition includes charging fees for access, distribution or aggregation of the journal’s content, selling advertising on websites, repositories or in any other way alongside our content, and the sale of user data.

Publication rights
At Economic Challenger, we have a policy of acquiring a sole and exclusive licence for all published content.  In developing this policy we have been guided by the following principles:

·     We rely heavily on the good relationships with our authors. Having a licensing policy which enables an author to be identified as the owner of the copyright in an article is one of the key ways of demonstrating these relationships.
  •  An exclusive licence enables the centralised and efficient management of permissions and licensing, ensuring the widest dissemination of the content through intermediaries.
  • Exclusive rights also enable ECONOMIC CHALLENGER to take measures on behalf of our authors against infringement, inappropriate use of an article, libel or plagiarism;
  •  At the same time, by maintaining exclusive rights, in all media for all published content, we can monitor and uphold the integrity of an article once refereed and accepted for publication to be maintained. Please note - Although the majority of the articles published by Economic Challenger operate under exclusive licensing agreements, some time we may require an assignment of copyright.
Re-use of third party content as part of your article
  • As part of your article, you may wish to reuse material sourced from third parties such as other publishers, authors, museums, art galleries etc.
  • Responsibility for clearing these third party permissions must be borne by the Author before acceptance of the manuscript, but if not possible, before the Article reaches the Production stage of the process.

Rights retained by EC authors
  • The right, after publication by Economic Challenger, to use all or part of the Article and abstract, for their own personal use, including their own classroom teaching purposes;
  • The right, after publication by Economic Challenger, to use all or part of the Article and abstract, in the preparation of derivative works, extension of the article into book-length or in other works, provided that a full acknowledgement is made to the original publication in the journal;
  • The right to include the article in full or in part in a thesis or dissertation, provided that this not published commercially.

For the uses specified here, please note that there is no need for you to apply for written permission from Economic Challenger in advance. Please go ahead with the use ensuring that a full acknowledgment is made to the original source of the material including the journal name, volume, issue, page numbers, year of publication, title of article and to Economic Challenger.

The only exception to this is for the re-use of material for commercial purposes, e.g. republication or distribution of an article by a for-profit publisher or medical communications company etc. Permission for this kind of re-use is required and can be obtained on case basis, by sending us an application.


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