Ensuring ethics in journal publication involves a series of coordinated steps. Authors are required to adhere to the ethical code of conduct that governs researchers at every stage of the publication process. International committees, comprised of editors, provide a set of ethical guidelines and best practices that define publication ethics. These guidelines also offer advice to editors on addressing instances of research and publication misconduct. Below are some key publication ethics that authors should consider when working on their manuscripts.
Authorship Accountability: Authors listed on journal articles must ensure they have made a significant contribution to the reported work. This contribution may involve research design, data acquisition, or data analysis. As an author or co-author, you are responsible for the content of your article.
Plagiarism Prevention: Authors must take measures to avoid plagiarism in their work. When referencing or citing another person's work, it is essential to clearly mark verbatim or word-for-word quotes with quotation marks. Proper referencing of the sources of direct quotations within the text and in the reference section is crucial. Permission must be obtained from original publishers when using previously published figures or tables.
Avoiding Self-Plagiarism: Redundant reuse of one's own work, especially without proper citation, should be avoided. This practice introduces repetition in academic literature, and authors should make a conscious effort to cite their previous work when discussing it.
Data Accuracy and Integrity: Maintaining the accuracy of data is crucial as it represents the core of your research. Instances of data fabrication will be evaluated by the editors of ADRRI Journal, and authors may be required to provide supporting raw data when necessary. Editorial Board Members may be involved in the evaluation process. Unsubstantiated allegations may lead to the rejection of submitted papers.
Disclosure of Competing Interests: Authors with any form of competing interest must transparently disclose it. This includes sources of research funding, direct or indirect financial support, the supply of equipment or materials, or any other form of support. Papers or manuscripts may be rejected if authors fail to disclose competing interests during submission. All co-authors must be informed once papers have been submitted.