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Ethics

  • Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

    In the process of academic publishing, it is essential to behave according to well-accepted ethical standards for all parties involved in the act of publishing (editors, peer reviewers, authors, and publisher). The ethics statements for Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Journal are based on the Code of Conduct guideline by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Ethical Considerations in Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals by International Committee of Medical Journals. 

    Editors
    Editors are accountable for everything published in their journals, besides deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published. Editors should: 
    • strive to meet the needs of readers and authors while conforming with the policies of the journal’s editorial board and/or the policies of the publishers, as well as, by the legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism;
    • strive to constantly improve their journal;
    • have processes in place to assure the quality of the material they publish;
    • champion freedom of expr‍ession, fair play, and confidentiality;
    • maintain the integrity of the academic record;
    • preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards;
    • always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

    Reviewers
    Peer reviewers, who are experts usually not part of the editorial staff, assist the editors in making editorial decisions based on the unbiased, independent, and critical assessment of manuscripts submitted to journals. Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.
    Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively with appropriate supporting arguments and relevant citations

    Authors
    Authors refer to those who have made:
    1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work;
    2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; 
    3. Final approval of the version to be published; 
    4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
    All those designated as authors should meet all four criteria for authorship, and all who meet the four criteria should be identified as authors. Those who do not meet all four criteria should be acknowledged.

    Authors should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. 

    Authors should ensure the originality of their work. If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, they should cite or quote appropriately. Plagiarism is unacceptable. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable as well.

    Declaration of Helsinki regarding research study involving human or animal subjects should be adhered to. Conflict of interest should be disclosed in the manuscript regarding any financial support or other substantive conflict of interests. 

    When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to pro‍mptly notify the journal’s editor or publisher and cooperate with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate correction statement or erratum.

    Publisher
    We are dedicated to working with editors to 
    •  Define the relationship between publisher, editor and other parties in a contract
    •  Protect intellectual property and copyright
    •  Set journal policies appropriately and aim to meet those policies, particularly with respect to:
    –– Editorial independence and autonomy
    –– Research ethics, including confidentiality, consent, and the special requirements for human and animal research
    –– Authorship
    –– Transparency and integrity (for example, conflicts of interest, research funding, reporting standards
    –– Peer review and the role of the editorial team beyond that of the journal editor
    –– Appeals and complaints
    •  Communicate journal policies (for example, to authors, readers, peer reviewers)
    •  Maintain the integrity of the academic record
    •  Assist the parties (for example, institutions, grant funders, governing bodies) responsible for the investigation of suspected research and publication misconduct and, where possible, facilitate in the resolution of these cases
    •  Publish corrections, clarifications, and retractions
    •  Publish content on a timely basis

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