Protect the reputation of the journal and published
work by only publishing content of the
highest quality and relevance in a timely and responsible manner.
Provide detailed information concerning both our
understanding of publication ethics and our
implementation of the same. Emphasise a desire for prevention, not eventual
Uphold our ethics and keep our editorial offices,
publishing staff and society partners up-todate with their guidelines and policies,
adapting our own where appropriate (and publishing
When necessary, request proof of originality/accuracy
from the corresponding author of any
work submitted to any of our journals.
Use plagiarism detection software when necessary for
any submission to any journal at any
stage of the submissions and publication process.
Provide a transparent submissions and publication
process, with full respect and care paid to
the author. This includes detailed and dedicated instructions to authors for each
outlining referencing style, accepted article types and submission processes.
Investigate thoroughly any suggestion of ethical
misconduct detected during any stage of the
submissions process. This can include, but is not restricted to, the following:
redundant publication, fabrication or misuse of data and authorial disputes.
Correct substantive errors in Advance Online
Publication (AOP) articles in a timely fashion,
providing a dated statement of correction in the article.
When necessary, retract articles that we deem to be
unethical, misleading or damaging.
When necessary, publish errata, corrigenda and
retractions in a timely and responsible
fashion, detailing the decision online in an open access format and publishing in
print as soon
Remain in good communication with editors, authors,
reviewers and society partners (where