Copyright Notice, Ethics and Malpractice


Although the Department of East Asian Studies is the publisher of the WILAYAH: The International Journal of East Asian Studies, the views presented in the WILAYAH are entirely those of the contributors and do not reflect the official stand of the Department of East Asian Studies. The Department does not hold itself responsible for the accuracy of any article published. Publisher and co-publishers assume no responsibility, nor by the editors for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a result of any actual or alleged libellous statements, infringement of intellectual property or privacy rights, or products liability, whether resulting from negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any ideas, instructions, procedures, products or methods contained in the material therein.

Journal Distribution and Open Acess Policy

The WILAYAH: The International Journal of East Asian Studies (eISSN 2462-2257) adopts CC-BY license. As such, we would be grateful if an acknowledgement accompanies the republication that the work was originally published in WILAYAH. The electronic version of the journal is available online. WILAYAH endorses the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The Public Knowledge Project (PKP), which has designed our journal system to improve the quality of research, is committed to supporting the open access publishing of scholarly resources. Authors must agree with this open access policy which enables unrestricted access and reuse of all published articles. The articles are published under the Creative Commons copyright license policy CC-BY (Open Acess Policy). For printed (hardcopy) subscription, please contact the Managing Editor. 

WILAYAH charges no fee for submission, processing, or publication of our articles. There are also no charges to the reader.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

We encourage the best standards of publication ethics and take all possible principles of transparency and measures to avoid publication malpractice. We subscribe to the guidelines set up by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) with regard to the expectations of editors, peer-reviewers, and authors (as outlined below). Fairness, objectivity, and confidentiality from our reviewers and editors and honesty, originality, and fair dealing from our authors are the critical values that enable us to achieve our goal to publish original work of value in literary and cultural studies, in the best possible form and to the highest possible standards.

Editors' responsibilities:

  • To act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
  • To handle submissions for special issues in the same way as other submissions, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit.
  • To adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature.
  • To gather evidence and to avoid spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know in the event of an investigation.
  • To give authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints. All complaints should be investigated no matter when the original publication was approved. Documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.

Reviewers' responsibilities:

  • To contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively and in a timely manner.
  • To maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author. To not retain or copy the manuscript.
  • To alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review.
  • To be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript.

Authors' responsibilities:

  • To carefully read WILAYAH's Instruction for Authors before submitting their manuscript.
  • To ensure that all names that appear as the manuscript's author or authors have significantly contributed to the research.
  • To confirm that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • To confirm that all the work in the submitted manuscript is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources.
  • To obtain permission to reproduce any content from other sources. Any breach of copyright laws will result in rejection of the submitted material or its retraction after publication. 
  • To agree to any necessary originality checks that the manuscript may have to undergo during the evaluation or production process.
  • To declare any potential conflicts of interest (e.g. where the author has a competing interest (real or apparent) that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his or her duties at any stage during the publication process).
  • To disclose any funding support.
  • To promptly notify the journal editor or publisher if a significant error in their publication is identified. To cooperate with the editor and publisher to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary.