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Responsible research publication

: international standards for authors



• The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.

• Researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.

• Researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.

• Researchers should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarised, and has not been published elsewhere.

• Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.

• The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.

• Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.


Details of the ethics for authors are on website.





Responsible research publication:

international standards for editors


• Editors are accountable and should take responsibility for everything they publish

• Editors should make fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process

• Editors should adopt editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting

• Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct

• Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct

• Editors should critically assess the ethical conduct of studies in humans and animals

• Peer reviewers and authors should be told what is expected of them

• Editors should have appropriate


Details of the ethics for authors are on website.