Ethics Statement

Prajñā Vihāra follows the "Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" which was created by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Along with the Publication Ethics developed by COPE, the journal also follows the research ethics adopted by Assumption University of Thailand. This covers the ethics of interviews, and behavioral observations in the social sciences, and the respect directed to cultural heritage.


The editors of Prajñā Vihāra decide upon the acceptance or rejection of articles. These decisions are based upon the journals Aims and Scope and the quality and originality of the article. The editorial decision to accept or reject is not influenced by nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race or the religion of the authors, but since the journal is dedicated to a pluralistic understanding of philosophy and religion, it often refuses articles that are overly dogmatic or proselytizing.


To maintain the quality of the journal we attempt in ensure the quality of submissions in the following ways:


  • Articles are subjected to double blind peer review.
  • Editors try to use a diverse group of peer reviewers who expertise matches the submission to give authors feedback on how to improve their articles. Reviewer are also chosen for their ethical commitment and timely reviews.
  • The editors and reviewers will also be attentive to violation of best practices such as unethical research, data manipulation, redundant publication, self-citation and plagiarism.
  • In the case of articles which uses interviews, the editors try to clear the manuscript with the interviewees prior to publication to ensure accuracy.
  • Authorship and co-authorship credits are based on contributions to the manuscript which include: planning, conducting and facilitating the research; drafting and revising majority of the article; and finalizing the version to be published.
  • To discourage plagiarism, authors are required, upon acceptance of their article, to sign the Consent to Publish and Transfer of copyright form, in which the author attests that he or she is the author of the article about to be published by the journal.
  • In case of plagiarism or fraud, discovered either prior to or after publication, the editors confront the author with the discovery, and in some cases reporting the fraud to the institution to which the author is affiliated, or informing the wronged party. Should the plagiarism or fraud be discovered after publication, the journal will publish a retraction.


The editorial team maintains confidentiality concerning the author's research. If the author's research is funded by an outside agency, this should be cited in the paper.