Publication Ethics

Roles and Duties of Authors

  1. The author(s) must submit an original manuscript that has not been published or waiting to be published elsewhere.

  2. Lists of author’s names must be those who really actively participate in the preparation of the manuscript.

  3. The author(s) must write a manuscript based on the fact or the basis of relevant knowledge; especially, in the results of research.

  4. The author(s) must avoid plagiarism in his/her manuscripts. If the author(s) use the works and/or words of others, the references must be appropriately cited or quoted.

  5. The author(s) must correctly prepare his/her manuscript using the journal format that is clearly specified in “Author Guidelines”.


Roles and Duties of Editor

  1. The editor must carefully consider the quality of submitted manuscripts based on correct, useful and up-to-date body of knowledge, according to suitability and fairness.

  2. The editor must not have any conflicts of interest with authors, peer reviewers and relevant executives, including not taking the articles to be a part of own contributions as well as in commercial aspects.

  3. The editor must not disclose the information of authors and peer reviewers to uninvolved people during a peer-review process, including protecting personal or institutional data, e.g., client’s data and sample’s pictures except in case of receiving written consent.

  4. The editor must check plagiarism of a submitted manuscript by using a reliable program. If the editor finds that the authors copy works of others, the editor must request an explanation from the authors in order to take it in consideration for accepting or rejecting manuscript publication.

  5. The editor must explain the evaluated results of manuscript based on the principle of rationality and give the authors a chance to clarify their opinion on editor's evaluation.

  6. The editor must decide to choose a manuscript to be published after the manuscript passes all the reviewing processes.

  7. The editor must not reject to publish a manuscript only because of his/her suspicion or uncertainty in a manuscript. The editor must seek additional supportive evidence.

  8. The editor must be a good friend of the authors together with kindness, flexibility and punctuality, including encouraging the authors to learn and get positive attitudes toward the submission.

  9. The editor must keep standard of publication ethics in consideration of the submitted manuscripts as well as developing the quality of journal continuously.


Roles and Duties of Peer Reviewers

  1. The peer reviewers must not disclose the information of articles to uninvolved people during a peer-review process.

  2. If peer reviewers realize that they may have a conflict of interest with the authors (e.g. a co-researcher), leading to being unable to independently review the manuscript, the peer reviewers should inform the editor and refuse to review the manuscript.

  3. The peer reviewers should respond to review the manuscript in the field of their expertise and should not use their personal opinions as criteria to judge the manuscript.

  4. The peer reviewers should clearly specify the important and relevant information to the reviewed manuscript if the authors do not mention it.

  5. If the peer reviewers found that the authors copied work from others, s/he should inform the editor.