Society & Partner Zone Issue 21

Springer’s guide: Publishing Ethics for Journals

Researchers are obliged to conduct research and submit their articles in accordance with the best practices and codes of conduct of relevant professional bodies and/or national and international regulatory bodies.

Cases of misconduct in publishing research are, thankfully, few and far between. But if your journal encounters a case of misconduct, do you have the policies in place in order to handle the situation? Most likely, the answer is “yes”, however in order to provide support and advice for such cases, Springer has put together a comprehensive guide on Publishing Ethics for Journals.

With advice ranging from developing an ethics policy for your journal through to handling severe cases of misconduct, the guide gives insight and information to help journal editors navigate this complex landscape. Chapters in the guide include:

  • Developing a publishing ethics policy for your journal
  • Ethical issues and what to do when you are encountering possible misconduct
  • Data fabrication/data falsification
  • Duplicate submission/publication and redundant publication
  • Duplication of text and/or figures (plagiarism)
  • Authorship issues
  • Undeclared conflict of interest (CoI)
  • Ethical Problems

More information about publishing ethics is available from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Springer is a member of COPE and subscribes to its principles. We strongly recommend that journal editors join COPE to ensure adherence to COPE principles and commitment to investigating allegations of misconduct to ensure the integrity of research.

For further information, please speak to your Springer Publishing Editor.

Publishing Ethics for Editors

COPE - The Committee on Publication Ethics