About ASP Ins.


Afarand Scholarly Publishing Institute (Formerly known and worked as its registered name Danesh Afarand Zistagen Company-DAZCo) has begun its activity since Winter 2003 and is definitely the pioneer of scholarly publishing in Iran. This is a private institute that constituted from faculties of different universities as Editorial Team which govern every action of the institute and has a general director, Hamed Bastin (PhD of Logics and Scientific Methodology), with more than 12 years experience of managing scholarly journals.

Aims & Scopes


Afarand Scholarly Publishing Institute (ASP Ins.) is committed to the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers.

ASP Ins.

- Follows this code, and encourage the editors they work with to follow the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors

- Ensures the editors and journals they work with are aware of what their membership of COPE provides and entails

- Provides reasonable practical support to editors so that they can follow the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors

ASP Ins. defines the relationship between publisher, editor and other parties in a contract

  • Respect privacy (for example, for research participants, for authors, for peer reviewers)
  • Protect intellectual property and copyright
  • Foster editorial independence

ASP Ins. works with journal editors to

  • Set journal policies appropriately and aim to meet those policies, particularly with respect to:

- Editorial independence

- Research ethics, including confidentiality, consent, and the special requirements for human and animal research

- Authorship

- Transparency and integrity (for example, conflicts of interest, research funding, reporting standards

- Peer review and the role of the editorial team beyond that of the journal editor

- Appeals and complaints

  • Communicate journal policies (for example, to authors, readers, peer reviewers)
  • Review journal policies periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE
  • Code of Conduct for Editors and the COPE Best Practice Guidelines
  • Maintain the integrity of the academic record
  • Assist the parties (for example, institutions, grant funders, governing bodies) responsible for the investigation of
  • suspected research and publication misconduct and, where possible, facilitate in the resolution of these cases
  • Publish corrections, clarifications, and retractions
  • Publish content on a timely basis
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