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 work of the author 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.
Find information about how to publish ethically under the "Ethics" topic on Elsevier's Researcher Academy(opens in new tab/window). Other useful information specifically developed for editors but useful for anyone with a deep interest in the topic is the Publishing Ethics Resource Kit.
Ethics topics to consider when publishing, include:
Authorship of the paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Transparency about the contributions of authors is encouraged, for example, in the form of a CRediT author statement.
Originality and plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
Data access and retention: Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data.
Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: An author should not, in general, publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Elsevier does not view the following uses of a work as prior publication: publication in the form of an abstract; publication as an academic thesis; publication as an electronic preprint. Note: some society-owned titles and journals that operate double-blind review have different policies on prior publication. Information on prior publication is included within each Elsevier journal’s guide for authors.
Acknowledgement of sources: Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest: All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest(opens in new tab/window).
Fundamental errors in published works: 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 editor or publisher, and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
Reporting standards: Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed, as well as an objective discussion of its significance.
Hazards and human or animal subjects: Statements of compliance are required if the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, or if it involves the use of animal or human subjects.
Use of patient images or case details: Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the paper.
Policies for authors
For details on Elsevier’s policies, visit our policy pages. Below you will find links to the policies you may find useful as an author.
Article sharing: Details on self-archiving and posting
Article withdrawal: Article removal or retractions
Copyright: Rights related to the publication and distribution of research
Open access licenses: Details on the licenses available when publishing open access
Patient consent: Use of personal information of patients or other individuals
Permissions: Obtaining permission for using Elsevier published material
Research data: Policy and principles on research data
Submission fees: Information on the practice in economics, finance and accounting of levying fees
Text and data mining: Elsevier’s policy on data and text mining
Artwork & media guidelines
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Elsevier has constructed a brochure and a number of individual factsheets on the topics covered on this page. These might prove useful when working on your article: