About the Journal

Aims and Scope

International Journal of Methodology (IJM) provides a platform for the interdisciplinary exchange of methodological approaches in research to different fields including new methods and instructional papers that can be used by the research community. The articles published in this journal are expected to be very useful for researchers in various disciplines.

The IJM journal seeks for publishing new methodological approaches to research designs, experimental techniques, research characterization, data measurements, and data analysis approaches. etc. This journal is open to a variety of manuscripts that include research procedures, research tools, and techniques that may be applied by researchers in different disciplines. The aim of Research Methodology Papers should be to provide instructional articles on data analysis, research methodology, etc. These articles should be designed to be learner-orientated and could include guidelines for applications, and empirical examples using real or simulated data sets of different topics to help applied researchers. The target audiences include research scholars, college faculty, research supervisors, post-graduate and doctoral students, and applied researchers. It is highly recommended that the example data sets and software setups mentioned in those articles be publicly available. The articles have to be methodological in nature which should be helpful in gaining a better understanding and use of the particular research methodology.

Section Policies

Research Article

Research articles should present new experimental studies in elaborate form that constitute a significant contribution to the knowledge of research methodoligies. Kindly follow the author guidelines for manuscript preparation. You may download the word template by clicking here.

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Review Article

Review articles should be balanced with objective analyses of the current research topics with descriptions of relevant scientific literature and discussions that are easy to grasp for the scholarly community. Review articles should provide the authors' insight into future directions and their opinion of the major challenges faced by researchers in the field. They should be around 10-20 double-spaced typed pages. Kindly follow the author guidelines for manuscript preparation. You may download the word template by clicking here.

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Short Review

International Journal of Methodology also considers short reviews or mini-review for researchers who wish to summarize a field of scientific research and share this work as widely as possible. Short Review papers provide an overview of the main developments on a particular topic, with an emphasis on recent developments, and sketch an outlook on future developments. They should be no longer than 14 double-spaced typed pages and 8 figures.

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Short Communication

Short communications are the one that should present new important findings in a brief form. They should be no longer than six double-spaced typed pages and 4 figures. Kindly follow the author's guidelines for manuscript preparation. You may download the word template by clicking here.

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Publication Ethics

It is of great importance to agree upon international standards of expected ethical behavior based on the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). A brief publication ethics statement has been provided below, kindly click here for the publisher's policies.

Submission Policy

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that it will not be submitted elsewhere until under consideration by this journal, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the authorities responsible where the work was carried out. However, we accept submissions that have previously appeared on preprint servers (for example arXiv, bioRxiv, AIJR Preprints, Nature Precedings, Philica, Social Science Research Network, and Vixra); have previously been presented at conferences (With 30% additional work) and not published in the journal. Authors are responsible for updating the archived preprint with the journal reference (including DOI) and a link to the published articles on the appropriate journal website upon publication. Visit the submission policy for further detail.

Author's Responsibilities

  • Author/s warrants that his/their manuscript is an original work that has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere either in printed or electronic form.
  • Authors warrant that all who have contributed significantly to the manuscript are indicated as authors.
  • Authors warrant that the rights of third parties will not be violated and that the publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
  • Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions, and the validity of the results and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public.
  • Authors wishing to include figures, charts, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.
  • It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that papers submitted to this journal are written with ethical standards in mind and that they do not contain plagiarism. The authors affirm that the article contains no unfounded or unlawful statements and does not violate the rights of others.
  • When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editorial office or publisher and cooperate to address the issue in accordance with COPE guidelines.

AIJR Publisher's Responsibilities

  • Protect the reputation of our journals and published work by publishing content of the highest quality and relevance in a timely and responsible manner.
  • Provide detailed information concerning both our understanding of publication ethics and our implementation of the same. Emphasise a desire for prevention, not eventual detection, of ethical misconduct.
  • Adhere to COPE's core practice and keep our editorial boards, publishing staff, and society partners up-to-date with their guidelines and policies, adapting our own where appropriate.
  • When necessary, request proof of originality/accuracy from the corresponding author of any work submitted to any of our journals.
  • Use plagiarism detection software (currently using similarity check by CrossRef powered by Ithenticate) when necessary for any submission to any journal at any stage of the submissions and publication process.
  • Provide a transparent submission and publication process, with full respect and care paid to the author. This includes detailed and dedicated instructions to authors for each journal, outlining referencing style, accepted article types, and submission processes.
  • Investigate thoroughly any suggestion of ethical misconduct detected during any stage of the submission process. This can include but is not restricted to plagiarism, redundant publication, fabrication or misuse of data, and authorial disputes.
  • Correct substantive errors in the galley according to COPE guidelines in a timely fashion. When necessary, retract articles that we deem to be unethical, misleading, or damaging according to the retraction policy and COPE guidelines.
  • When necessary, publish errata, corrigenda, and retractions in a timely and responsible fashion, detailing the decision through notice publication.
  • Remain in good communication with editors, authors, reviewers, and society partners (where applicable).

Editor's Responsibilities

  • An editor is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to this journal will be published and in which issue.
  • The editor is guided by the policies of the Journal's Editorial Board, taking into account the quality of papers, their originality, relevance, and readability, and their accord with the aims and scopes of the journal.
  • The editor is obliged to provide clear and transparent guidelines for Authors in preparing manuscripts for publishing. Instructions for Authors are available on the journal's website.
  • The editor is obliged to provide clear and transparent guidelines for Peer Reviewers, to provide confidentiality of peer review, and to protect Peer Reviewers' identity. Editors are also encouraged to give reviewing credit to each reviewer through the Publons reviewer recognition platform.
  • The editor should send articles to verified reviewers only available in the reviewer database. If other reviewers are required to be invited, the editor should verify their identity, email address, and subject expertise through all possible web searches.
  • The editor and Editorial Board take into account legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editor is due to react if there is any justified suspicion about ethical misconduct in both published and unpublished papers.
  • The editor must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the articles considered for publication. If Editor feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest, the selection of reviewers and all decisions on the paper shall be made by another editorial board member. Since the identity of the authors and reviewers should be unknown to each other, the Editor is obliged to guarantee their anonymity.

Reviewer's Responsibilities

  • Manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Reviewers must not use knowledge of the work they are reviewing before its publication to further their own interests.
  • Reviewers must not have any conflict of interest with respect to the manuscript and authors. If any conflicts exist, the reviewers must report them to the Editor without delay.
  • Reviewers are obliged to send the review report to the Editorial Board within two weeks upon receipt of the manuscript. Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is deemed inappropriate. Reviewers are expected to express their views clearly, with supporting arguments.
  • The reviewer should accept reviewing invitation only if that manuscript is relevant to the reviewer's expertise. The reviewer should notify the Editor If found himself/herself unqualified to review the research work reported in the manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible.
  • Seek advice from the editor if anything is unclear at the time of invitation and remain in good communication with both the publisher and the editor.
  • If there is any justified suspicion about plagiarism or ethical misconduct in the manuscript, the reviewer is obliged to inform the Editor about it.
  • Reviewers should alert the Editor to any well-founded suspicions or the knowledge of possible violations of ethical standards by the authors.
  • Reviewers should recognize relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors and alert the Editor to substantial similarities between a reviewed manuscript and any manuscript published or under consideration for publication elsewhere, in the event, they are aware of such. Reviewers should also alert the Editor to a parallel submission of the same manuscript to another journal, in the event they are aware of such.

Identifying Conflict of Interest

Any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated including- pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department or organization, personal relationships, or direct academic competition.

Ethical Consideration for Human and Animal-Related Studies

If the research work involves the use of human/animal subjects, an ethical approval/exemption letter should be obtained from the IRB/ethical committee/institution head and should be uploaded scan copy of the ethical approval/exemption letter during manuscript submission. If a human participant is involved, a signed & informed consent letter should be taken from the participant by informing them of the purpose, benefit, risk, and other associated factors with the study. The editor may ask to upload a scanned copy if required. In all such studies, the author will require to include a set of declarations before the references section as described in the author guideline of this journal.

Procedures for Dealing with Unethical Behavior

Anyone may inform the journal or publisher at any time of suspected unethical behavior or any type of misconduct by giving the necessary information/evidence to start an investigation.


An editor will consult with the Section Editors on decisions regarding the initiation of an investigation. During an investigation, any evidence should be treated as strictly confidential and only made available to those strictly involved in the investigation. The accused will always be given the chance to respond to any charges made against them.  If it is judged at the end of the investigation that misconduct has occurred, then it will be classified as either minor or major.

 Minor Misconduct

 Minor misconduct will be dealt directly with those involved without involving any other parties, e.g.:

  • Communicating with authors/reviewers whenever a minor issue involving misunderstanding or misapplication of academic standards has occurred.
  • A warning letter to an author or reviewer regarding fairly minor misconduct.

Major Misconduct

The Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the Section Editors, and, when appropriate, further consultation with a group of experts should make any decision regarding the course of action to be taken using the evidence available. The possible outcomes are as follows (these can be used separately or jointly):

  • Publication of a formal announcement or editorial describing the misconduct.
  • Informing the author's (or reviewer's) head of department or employer of any misconduct by means of a formal letter.
  • Referring the case to the author's organization for further investigation and action.
  • The formally announced retraction of publications from the journal in accordance with the COPE guideline and Retraction Policy.
  • A ban on submissions from an individual for a defined period.

When dealing with unethical behavior, the Editorial Staff will rely on the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): http://publicationethics.org

Retraction Policy

Manuscripts published in the Journal shall remain extant, exact, and unaltered as long as it is possible. However, occasionally, circumstances may arise where a published manuscript will later require retraction. The main reason for retraction is serious flaws in the article which were not detected prior to publishing.  The aim of retraction is for preserving the integrity of science and not for the purpose of punishing the author. Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and COPE practice has been adopted by this journal to deal with retraction.  The original content of the retracted article will remain unchanged with a watermark in the PDF indicating on each page that it is "RETRACTED".

Peer Review Process

The journal uses a blind peer reviewing system (the names of the reviewers are hidden from the authors). Submitted manuscripts are reviewed by two or more experts. Reviewers are asked to recommend whether a manuscript should be accepted, revised, or rejected. Although the journal uses the plagiarism detection system, reviewers should alert the editors if they suspect any issues relating to author misconduct such as plagiarism. Reviewers are asked to provide detailed, constructive comments that will help both; the editor to make a decision on the publication and the author(s) to improve their manuscript. They should point out whether the work has serious flaws that preclude its publication, or whether additional experiments should be carried out or additional data should be collected to support the conclusions drawn.

The full peer-review process including editorial workflow can be understood through a flow chart available on the website by clicking here.

Reviewer Guideline

An invitation email with the article title, abstract, reviewing due date, and link to access the reviewer's dashboard will be sent to the verified reviewer where the reviewer can login using their user id and password to accept or decline the review request. If the reviewer chooses to accept reviewing task a page of reviewing guidelines will open which will contain a brief instruction for the reviewer and few links to additional resources for the reviewer. After reading the guideline reviewer can click on "continue to step #3" tab which will enable downloading the full manuscript and a filling review response form. Review response form normally contains few questionnaires and two textboxes; one for writing comments to the author and the other for writing confidential comments to the editor. The reviewer can fill this response form when ready to provide feedback and select recommendation from the dropdown list then click on the "submit review" button. Additionally, the reviewer may upload their review report as a word/pdf file attachment which is optional and not recommended unless necessary due to mathematical symbols/typo requirements. Click here for complete reviewer guidelines. 

Publication Frequency

International Journal of Methodology follows a continuous publication model that means once the submission gets accepted, it will be copyedited, and publishes the online version immediately in an ongoing issue with open-access that would always be free to access, download and reuse under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License. In this way the authors would not need to wait for the release of the next issue, the accepted articles will be published online immediately when they become ready for publication.

Open Access Policy

OAInternational Journal of Methodology (IJM) provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, link to the full texts of these articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) end user license.

Article Processing Charge (APC)

All articles published in the International Journal of Methodology (IJM) are fully open-access and freely available online, immediately upon publication. Currently, this journal offers a free publication which means the author(s) do not need to pay any kind of fee and the accepted article will be published free of charge. Each round review report will be available within 6-10 weeks of the submission date. There is no submission or any other kind of fee for the article submitted to this journal.


This Journal will be Indexed in most of the popular scientific databases. Full indexing detail will be updated here.

CrossMark Policy

CrossMarkAll articles of the International Journal of Methodology will be Published with the CrossMark logo to maintain the publication record. For more detail, visit the AIJR publisher policy for CrossMark.

No Plagiarism

plagiarismPlagiarism is a serious issue and very easy to avoid. Plagiarized articles are not allowed to publish in the International Journal of Methodology. We are using the iThenticate service for the initial detection of possible plagiarism. But still, if any article is found to be plagiarized later on then appropriate action will be taken as per publisher guidelines on plagiarism. We will review suspected/claimed articles as per the publication ethics of the AIJR publisher and that article might be retracted.

Licensing policy

All articles published in the International Journal of Methodology are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) unless otherwise stated. Under this license, author(s) retain ownership of the copyright for their content but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the content for non-commercial purposes as long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers for non-commercial use.
For more information, visit licensing policy of AIJR Publisher.

Privacy Statement

The names, affiliations, email addresses, and other personal information provided to us and/or collected by us will be stored and used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. In scholarly publishing, data concerning the authors, editors, reviewers, and others involved in the editorial and publishing process remains necessary for the purposes of the journal. We retain a historical record of the process involved in reviewing, editing, and publishing the manuscript according to best publishing practices. This does not apply to someone solely registered as a "reader" with us, the users with only reader role may request to delete all their data completely from the journal. Learn more about our privacy policy

Journal History

This Journal has been launched in 2022 by AIJR Publisher (India) and is scheduled to start the publication of its first issue in March 2022. The title of this Journal is registered in CrossRef with doi 10.21467/ijm.

About Publisher

International Journal of Methodology (IJM) is published by AIJR; An Open Access Online Journal Publisher from India. Visit the publisher's homepage to know more about AIJR Publisher.

Publisher Mailing Address
Dr. Adam A Bahishti
AIJR Publisher
Dhaurahra, Balrampur
Uttar Pradesh
India 271604
email: info@aijr.org


The views expressed in the published works do not express the views of the journals/publisher/Editors/Editorial Staff. The authors take legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in the articles. Publisher shall have no liability in the event of an issuance of any claims for damages. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.