Ethical Guidelines & Open Access Policy

Ethical Guidelines & Open Access Policy


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS) is a double-blind peer reviewed journal dedicated to ensuring the highest values of publication ethics.
All stakeholders of the Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS) such as the Editors, Authors, Reviewers and Publishers have to agree upon the total ethical behavior in this context.

The Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractices of The Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS) are based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE. (
Manuscripts submitted to Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS) are evaluated based on their content. The editors have complete discretion to reject/accept an article.

The evaluation of manuscripts is made on the basis of their scholarly and intellectual content without having regard to the gender, race, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Funding of the Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS) is exclusively from the Swami Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies ( SVIAS). Authors should acknowledge research funds on all their research papers.
All submitted research papers/ articles should report original, previously unpublished and should meet the given criteria and must note be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

In addition, authors must confirm that their paper is their own original work and that it has not been copied or plagiarized, in whole or in part, from any other works. If the authors have used the works of others, the same should be appropriately cited or quoted. The responsibility of this lies with the authors.
Submission of an article entails that the work described has not been published previously (Except in the form of an abstract or academic thesis), or consideration of a publication elsewhere either in printed format or electronically, the publication is approved by all authors and the responsible authorities.


It will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in Tamil/English or in any other language. For the acceptance of an article, authors will be request to complete a ‘Journal Publishing Agreement’. Journal Publishing Agreement can be downloaded from the website.

Further, authors are expected to be knowledgeable of and comply with best practice in publication ethics specifically with regard to authorship, dual submission, plagiarism, manipulation of figures/Pictures, competing interests and compliance with policies on research ethics.


Privacy Statement and Responsibilities of the Publishers

The names and email addresses entered in the Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS) will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of the Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS). Research and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Peer Review Process


Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS) operates a single anonymized review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the quality, originality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor’s decision is final. Editors are not involved in decisions about papers which they have written themselves or have been written by family members or colleagues or which relate to products or services in which the editor has an interest. Any such submission is subject to all of the journal’s usual procedures, with peer review handled independently of the relevant editor and their research groups.

Plagiarism Policy
The journal is strictly against any unethical act of copying or plagiarism in any form. All manuscripts submitted for publication to journal are cross-checked for plagiarism.
Manuscripts found to be plagiarized during initial stages of review are out-rightly rejected if percentage of plagiarism is higher than the 25% and not considered for publication in the journal. Accepted limit of the plagiarism of the Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS) is 25%.
In case a manuscript is found to be plagiarized after publication, the Editor-in-Chief will conduct preliminary investigation, may be with the help of a suitable committee constituted for the purpose.
The Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS) do not take any responsibility regarding plagiarism issues raised out of any article. However, if any plagiarized article published by mistake, it will be deleted from the e-version of the journal.

Copyright Policy
Authors should be followed applicable copyright laws and conventions. Copyright material should be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement. Relevant previous work and publications, both by other researchers and the authors’ own, should be properly acknowledged and referenced.
Copy rights of the published papers are with the authors and Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS) takes the responsibility of publishing the manuscript only. Editors of Sri Lanka Journal of Aesthetic Studies ( SJAS) is devoted not to make any kind of discrimination to the authors.
Open Access Policy


  • In order to enhance the global visibility of scholarly contents published by SVIAS, EUSL, we have adopted the open access policy by adopting the creative commons license.
  • All the articles published by SVIAS are made freely accessible online immediately after publication in an easily readable format, without any subscription or registration barrier.
  • All the published articles are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Articles can be shared and adapted, provided the attribution for the work is given.
  • To fully realize the potential of open access to research literature, barriers to reuse need to be removed. The Creative Commons (CC) licenses have emerged as an effective legal instrument to achieve this.
  • Instead of transferring rights exclusively to publishers (the approach usually followed in subscription publishing), authors grant a non-exclusive license to the publisher to distribute the work, and all users and readers are granted rights to reuse the work.
  • CC-BY allows for unrestricted reuse of content, subject only to the requirement that the source work is appropriately attributed. The CC-BY license thereby requires that authors are given appropriate credit for their work, as explained under Creative Commons attribution Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Errata and Retraction Policy
An erratum refers to a correction of errors introduced to the article by the publisher.
All publisher-introduced changes are highlighted to the author at the proof stage and any errors are ideally identified by the author and corrected by the publisher before final publication.
Authors who notice an error should contact the Editor in Chief of the journal.