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Journal of Adult Development

Journal of Adult Development

Editor: Jack Demick

ISSN: 1068-0667 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-3440 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10804

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ETHICAL RESPONSIBLITIES OF AUTHORS 

This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on
Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of
misconduct.
Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal, the
professionalism of scientific authorship, and ultimately the entire scientific endeavour. Maintaining integrity of the
research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include:
o The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
o The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work (please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the hint of text-recycling (“self-plagiarism”)).
o A single study is not split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time (e.g. “salami-publishing”).
o No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions
o No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (“plagiarism”). Proper
acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near
verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for verbatim copying of material,
and permissions are secured for material that is copyrighted.
Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism.
o Consent to submit has been received explicitly from all co-authors, as well as from the responsible authorities - tacitly or explicitly - at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out, before the work is submitted.
o Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
In addition:
o Changes in authorship, or in the order of authors, are not accepted after the acceptance for publication of a manuscript.
o Requesting to add or delete authors at revision stage, proof stage, or after publication is a serious matter
and may be considered when justifiably warranted. Justification for changes in authorship must be
compelling and may be considered only after receipt of written approval from all authors and a convincing,
detailed explanation about the role/deletion of the new/deleted author. In case of changes at revision
stage, a letter must accompany the revised manuscript. In case of changes after acceptance for publication, the request and documentation must be sent via the Publisher to the Editor-in-Chief. In all cases, further documentation may be required to support your request. The decision on accepting the change rests with the Editor-in-Chief of the journal and may be turned down. Therefore authors are
strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, corresponding author, and order of authors at submission.
o Upon request authors should be prepared to send relevant documentation or data in order to verify the validity of the results. This could be in the form of raw data, samples, records, etc. If there is a suspicion of misconduct, the journal will carry out an investigation following the COPE guidelines. If, after investigation, the allegation seems to raise valid concerns, the accused author will be contacted and given an opportunity to address the issue. If misconduct has been established beyond reasonable doubt, this may result in the Editor-in-Chief’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:
o If the article is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.
o If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction, either an erratum will be placed with the article or in severe cases complete retraction of the article will
occur. The reason must be given in the published erratum or retraction note.
o The author’s institution may be informed.

COMPLIANCE WITH ETHICAL STANDARDS 

 This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on
Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of
misconduct.
Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal, the
professionalism of scientific authorship, and ultimately the entire scientific endeavour. Maintaining integrity of the
research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include:
o The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
o The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an
expansion of previous work (please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the hint of
text-recycling (“self-plagiarism”)).
o A single study is not split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to
various journals or to one journal over time (e.g. “salami-publishing”).
o No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions
o No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (“plagiarism”). Proper
acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near
verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for verbatim copying of material,
and permissions are secured for material that is copyrighted.
Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism.
o Consent to submit has been received explicitly from all co-authors, as well as from the responsible
authorities - tacitly or explicitly - at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out,
before the work is submitted.
o Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and
therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
In addition:
o Changes in authorship, or in the order of authors, are not accepted after the acceptance for publication of
a manuscript.
o Requesting to add or delete authors at revision stage, proof stage, or after publication is a serious matter
and may be considered when justifiably warranted. Justification for changes in authorship must be
compelling and may be considered only after receipt of written approval from all authors and a convincing,
detailed explanation about the role/deletion of the new/deleted author. In case of changes at revision
stage, a letter must accompany the revised manuscript. In case of changes after acceptance for
publication, the request and documentation must be sent via the Publisher to the Editor-in-Chief. In all
cases, further documentation may be required to support your request. The decision on accepting the
change rests with the Editor-in-Chief of the journal and may be turned down. Therefore authors are
strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, corresponding author, and order of authors at
submission.
o Upon request authors should be prepared to send relevant documentation or data in order to verify the
validity of the results. This could be in the form of raw data, samples, records, etc.
If there is a suspicion of misconduct, the journal will carry out an investigation following the COPE guidelines. If, after
investigation, the allegation seems to raise valid concerns, the accused author will be contacted and given an
opportunity to address the issue. If misconduct has been established beyond reasonable doubt, this may result in the
Editor-in-Chief’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:
o If the article is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.
o If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction,
either an erratum will be placed with the article or in severe cases complete retraction of the article will
occur. The reason must be given in the published erratum or retraction note.
o The author’s institution may be informed.

DISCLOSURE OF POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST 

Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could have direct or potential influence or impart bias on the
work. Although an author may not feel there is any conflict, disclosure of relationships and interests provides a more
complete and transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work. Awareness of a
real or perceived conflicts of interest is a perspective to which the readers are entitled. This is not meant to imply that
a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation received for consultancy
work is inappropriate. Examples of potential conflicts of interests that are directly or indirectly related to the
research may include but are not limited to the following:
o Research grants from funding agencies (please give the research funder and the grant number)
o Honoraria for speaking at symposia
o Financial support for attending symposia
o Financial support for educational programs
o Employment or consultation
o Support from a project sponsor
o Position on advisory board or board of directors or other type of management relationships
o Multiple affiliations
o Financial relationships, for example equity ownership or investment interest
o Intellectual property rights (e.g. patents, copyrights and royalties from such rights)
o Holdings of spouse and/or children that may have financial interest in the work
In addition, interests that go beyond financial interests and compensation (non-financial interests) that may be
important to readers should be disclosed. These may include but are not limited to personal relationships or
competing interests directly or indirectly tied to this research, or professional interests or personal beliefs that may
influence your research.
The corresponding author collects the conflict of interest disclosure forms from all authors. In author collaborations
where formal agreements for representation allow it, it is sufficient for the corresponding author to sign the disclosure
form on behalf of all authors. Examples of forms can be found
here
The corresponding author will include a summary statement in the text of the manuscript in a separate section before
the reference list, that reflects what is recorded in the potential conflict of interest disclosure form(s).
See below examples of disclosures:
Funding: This study was funded by X (grant number X).
Conflict of Interest: Author A has received research grants from Company A. Author B has received a speaker
honorarium from Company X and owns stock in Company Y. Author C is a member of committee Z.
If no conflict exists, the authors should state:
Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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    Journal of Adult Development published in collaboration with the Society for Research in Adult Development, is a transdisciplinary forum for the publication of peer-reviewed, original theoretical and empirical articles on biological, psychological (cognitive, affective, valuative, behavioral), and/or sociocultural development in young, middle, or late adulthood. Working toward an integrated perspective, contributions feature developments in both basic and applied research as well as quantitative and/or qualitative approaches to inquiry. Papers focus on such issues as: the acquisition of moral ideas and principles; the development and character of the ego; the changing nature of human relationships across the life span; relationship between the ethical atmosphere of higher education institutions and the development of adults within them; ways in which clinical interventions and adult developmental characteristics promote development in a variety of settings.
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