Publication Ethics and Malpractices

We encourage the best standards of publication ethics.  We follow high principles of transparency  and measures against publications malpractices.  We therefore expect conformance to our standards of ethical behaviours of all parties involved in the Publication of the MJPVA, may they be authors, editors, or reviewers. We encourage all potential authors to visit the COPE website (


General Duties and Responsibilities of Editors

The editors are responsible for overseeing the publication process and ensure intellectual and ethical standards of the journal.  To this end, the editorial board is responsible for the management of the peer review process and take final decisions regarding the publication of articles.  The editors are also responsible to ensure the quality of publication and maintain the integrity of academic records.  When, and if needed, the editorial board is willing to retract, publish corrections, and clarifications of any work published in the journal.

Our Editorial board is composed of recognised specialists in the field of Performing and Visual Arts.  We provide full name and affiliation of all our editorial board members.  Any board member can be contacted using the email for our journal ( 

It is the responsibility of the editors and its editorial staff to keep confidential all information about a submitted work and its review process except in the case of communication with the corresponding author, reviewers, other editors on the board of the MJPVA and the publisher.


Duties of the Reviewers

Peer reviewers assist the editors in decision making over the selection of articles.  It is their duties and responsibility to ensure blind review and to report any conflict of interests.

Reviewers should review documents objectively and clearly, and provide supporting arguments to help authors improve their submissions. 

Reviewers should also notify editors of any concerns regarding plagiarism over the document they are reviewing.  They should notify the editors if they find substantial similarities between the documents they are reviewing and any other sources, published or unpublished, of which they have personal knowledge.

Any document sent for review is considered a confidential document and should be treated as such by the reviewer.  The reviewer should not show, or discuss the document with a third party.


Duties of the Authors

The authors should ensure that they have produced original papers.  The MJPVA does not accept manuscripts that have already been published.  It is the responsibility of the author to properly give references for any and all sources that were influential in the writing of their document. 

The author should also disclose any conflicts of interests.  If the research was conducted through the financial support of a grant or research body, the author should acknowledge the financier or body responsible for the research/publication grant/funding.

All those who have contributed to the research should be acknowledged and properly identified as authors and co-authors.  All co-authors should be consulted before submissions. All authors must also agree to any changes made to the article after the peer review process before the final submission.  The editors will only communicate with the corresponding author.  It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to gather all signatures and agreements from the different authors.

Because of the sensitive nature of culture and heritage, as well as field work pertaining to the culture and heritage of world communities, the authors should be able to provide approval of an institutional review board (IRB) when applicable.

It is the responsibility of the author to ensure copyrights of any and all images to be reproduced in their submitted documents.  For example, the author should be able to provide proof that images are part of the public domain, or that they have the rights to reproduce copyrighted images. 


Corrections and Retractions

The editors are willing to publish corrections or clarifications on any published document when genuine errors that do not invalidate the publication have been identified.  When unethical behaviour is recognised by evidence, the journal can and will retract documents.