Ensuring ethical standards in journal publication involves a series of coordinated steps, with authors playing a crucial role in upholding the ethical code of conduct that guides researchers at every stage. International committees, comprised of editors, provide comprehensive codes of conduct and best practice guidelines that delineate publication ethics. These guidelines also offer counsel to editors on addressing instances of research and publication misconduct. Key publication ethics that authors should bear in mind during manuscript preparation are outlined below.
Authorship Accountability: Authors listed on journal articles must ensure that they have made a substantial contribution to the reported work, whether in research design, data acquisition, or data analysis. As an author or co-author, you bear responsibility for the content of your article.
Plagiarism Prevention: Authors must diligently avoid plagiarism in their works. When referencing or citing another person's work, it is essential to clearly mark verbatim or word-for-word excerpts with quotation marks. Proper referencing of the sources of direct quotations within the text and in the reference section is imperative. Obtaining permission from original publishers is mandatory when using figures or tables from previous publications.
Avoidance of Self-Plagiarism: Self-plagiarism, the redundant reuse of one's own work without proper citation, should be avoided. This practice introduces repetition into academic literature, and authors should ensure appropriate citation when discussing their own previous work.
Integrity in Data Presentation: Ensuring the accuracy of data is paramount as it represents the foundation of research. Instances of data fabrication will be scrutinized 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, and unsubstantiated explanations may lead to paper rejection or prevent submission.
Disclosure of Competing Interests: Authors with any form of competing interest must transparently disclose it, including sources of research funding, financial support (direct or indirect), provision of equipment or materials, or other support. Failure to disclose competing interests may result in the rejection of papers or manuscripts, and all co-authors should be informed upon submission.