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Publishing Integrity

At Springer ensuring the quality of what we publish is imperative.


Intellectual honesty and (research) integrity are essential in all scholarly work. Taking the ideas and work of others without giving them credit is unfair and dishonest. Copying even one sentence from someone else’s manuscript, or even one of your own that has previously been published, without proper citation is considered plagiarism, and may violate copyright laws.

Authors should follow the standards set out in the Springer Nature Code of Conduct for Book Authors. These guidelines set out ethical behavior and responsibilities for book and chapter authors.


How to report suspected piracy or unauthorised copying or distribution of a Springer Nature publication

Please click on the following link and complete the piracy reporting form.

The details will be sent to the Springer Nature anti-piracy team. We will only contact you if we have further questions. By submitting this information you agree that Springer Nature can collect and use your personal data as detailed in the privacy policy. We may contact you to discuss the suspected case of piracy you’re reporting but will not share your personal data with third party partners.