Publishing Ethics

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method.

It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society of society-owned or sponsored journals.

Duties of the Publisher

Guardianship of the scholarly record.

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Safeguard editorial independence.

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Collaborate to set industry best practice.

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Provide editors with technical, procedural & legal support.

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Educate researchers on publishing ethics.

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Duties of Editors

Publication Decisions.

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Peer review.

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Fair play.

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Journal metrics.

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Confidentiality.

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Declaration of Competing Interests.

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Vigilance over the Published Record.

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Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions.

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Confidentiality.

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Alertness to Ethical Issues.

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Standards of Objectivity & Competing Interests.

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Duties of Authors

Reporting Standards.

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Data Access and Retention.

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Originality and Acknowledgement of Sources.

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Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication.

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Confidentiality.

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Authorship of the Paper.

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Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects.

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Declaration of Competing Interests.

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Notification of Fundamental Errors.

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Image Integrity.

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Clinical Trial Transparency.

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