Publication Ethics

Iran-Water Resources Research respects the rules of ethics in publications, the rules of the Committee on Ethics in Publications (COPE), and follows the executive regulations of the Law on Prevention and Combating Fraud in Scientific Works. The articles prepared for the Iran-Water Resources Research Journal must not have been previously published in Persian or non-Persian language or be under review in another journal. Authors are asked to observe all professional and ethical principles and should be aware of submitting the article to the journal.

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 Some Duties and Responsibilities of Authors


The authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions, the validity of the experimental results and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public.

It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that papers submitted to the Iran-Water Resources Research are written with ethical standards in mind, concerning plagiarism.

A copy right release and conflict of interest disclosure form must be signed by the corresponding author, prior to the acceptation of the manuscript, for publication to be legally responsible towards the Journal ethics and privacy policy.

Under open access license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and source are cited properly.

Please note that all submissions are thoroughly checked for plagiarism. If an attempt at plagiarism is found in a published paper, the authors will be asked to issue a written apology to the authors of the original material. Any paper which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected and its authors will be banned for a duration of three years from publishing in the Iran-Water Resources Research. The authors will receive proper notification if such a situation arises.


Plagiarism: Definition and Context


Plagiarism, where someone assumes another's ideas, words, or other creative expression as one's own, is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action. Plagiarism may constitute the following:

- Word for word, or almost word for word copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author's work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment (for example, using quotation marks);

- Copying equations, figures or tables from someone else's paper without properly citing the source and/or without permission from the original author or the copyright holder;

- Self-plagiarism, as a related issue, is the word for word or almost word for word reproduction of portions of one's own copyrighted work without proper citation of the original material.

- Any text, idea, paraphrase from any public source (Internet, published papers, printed or eBooks etc.) which is already available to the readers must be cited, irrespective of the authors. It is not allowed to repeat the same arguments and ideas, even when they have first been published in little known publications with limited circulation in other fields. The exception to this is if the paper features a “Related Work” section. It is unacceptable that research results from other papers be presented as though they were original work from the present paper.

- Any text that needs to be reproduced “as is” should be quoted, and proper references provided. Quoting of such text should be done very sparingly. It is not acceptable to reproduce large quantities of text from other sources (multiple phrases, a larger paragraph, an entire section). The quoted text should be no longer than 8 rows, on A4 format.


Before sending their contributions, the authors should read and document themselves about plagiarism and self-plagiarism. There is no excuse for lack of knowledge on this matter.


For details on plagiarism and self-plagiarism the authors are invited to access public information on the matter. Some examples are provided below:

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The Iran-Water Resources Research Editorial Board will place any plagiarism-related investigation at high priority and will take appropriate action as needed. Any manuscript with detected plagiarism and self-plagiarism will be rejected, without any right of reply or negotiation.