Ethics in Paper Writing and Publishing

Paper writing and publishing involves certain ethics which needs to be strictly adhered to. There are ethics laid down for the author, editor and publisher. Read on to get an insight about ethics in paper writing and publishing.

Ethics of the Author

  • All the work which is conducted in the manuscript and paper needs to be free from any form of plagiarism and must be original.
  • The paper should not have been previously published anywhere else or submitted to any other journal or publishing house at the same time.
  • If there is any conflict of interest, the author needs to transparently acknowledge it.
  • If the author is using the content from any other sources, they need to obtain permission for it beforehand.
  • The author needs to clearly acknowledge the other works by any institution, company or individual which the author has mentioned or used in the paper.
  • Only those individuals who have made significant contribution to the composition or interpretation of the paper needs to be listed as ‘authors’. The other contributors needs to be added as ‘co-authors’.

Now when we have clearly listed down the ethics of the author, it is time to ascertain the ethics of the editor who edits the written paper.

Ethics of the Editor

    • The editor of the written paper holds a significant position and need to make unbiased editing.
    • The editor requires maintaining transparency of the academic research and need to be willing to public rectifications, retractions and erratum when needed.
    • The editor require assessing the written paper for their originality, quality and intellectual content without any form of biasness on the basis of religion, geographical location, gender or race of the author.
    • The editor should not disclose the content of the paper to anyone before the publication of the paper.

Now finally, let us learn about the ethics of the publisher.

Ethics of the Publisher

  • The publisher needs to work with the editor of the paper to ensuring appropriate decisions regarding publication process and to maintain the transparency of the editorial decisions.
  • The publisher need to ensure the originality of the paper with respect to paper modification, timely publication of the paper, authorship, confidentiality, conflict of interest and research findings.
  • If the publisher notices any form of plagiarism or misconduct in the published paper, they need to investigate it properly and deal with strict authority!

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