The ethical standards governing journal publication involve a series of coordinated steps to ensure proper conduct. Authors should be familiar with the ethical code that binds researchers at every stage of the publication process. International committees, comprising editors, provide a code of conduct and guidelines for best practices that define publication ethics. These guidelines also offer advice to editors on addressing instances of research and publication misconduct. Some key publication ethics that authors must consider when working on their manuscripts are outlined below.
Authorship: Authors listed on journal articles must confirm that they have made a significant contribution to the reported work. This contribution may include research design, data acquisition, or data analysis. As an author or co-author, you are responsible and accountable for the content of your article.
Plagiarism: Authors must ensure the avoidance of plagiarism in their works. When referencing or citing another person's work, it is essential to clearly mark verbatim or word-for-word texts quoted from another source with quotation marks. Proper references must be provided for quoted passages within the text and in the reference section. Permission must be obtained from the original publishers when using previously published figures or tables.
Avoidance of Self-Plagiarism: Redundant reuse of one's own work, especially without proper citation, should be avoided. This practice creates repetition in academic literature. Authors should make an effort to cite their own previous work when discussing it.
Data Fabrication/Falsification: Accuracy of data is crucial as it represents the research conducted. Cases of data fabrication will be assessed by the editors of ADRRI Journal, and authors may be requested to provide supporting raw data when necessary. Editorial Board Members may be involved in the evaluation process. Papers with substantiated allegations may be prevented from submission, and if explanations are deemed insufficient, they may be rejected.
Declaration of Competing Interests: Authors with any form of competing interest must honestly disclose it. This includes sources of research funding, direct or indirect financial support, the supply of equipment or materials, or any other support. Papers or manuscripts may face rejection if authors fail to disclose competing interests upon submission. All co-authors must be informed once papers have been submitted.