The authors should follow the ethical guidelines of the
journal. For the policies on the research and publication
ethics not stated in these guidelines, International standards
for editors and authors (https://publicationethics.org/
international-standards-editors-and-authors) can be applied.
When the journal faces suspected cases of research and
publication misconduct such as redundant (duplicate) publication,
plagiarism, fraudulent or fabricated data, changes
in authorship, an undisclosed conflict of interest, ethical
problems with a submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has
appropriated an author’s idea or data, complaints against
editors, and so on, the resolution process will follow the
flowchart provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics
(COPE, https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). The
discussion and decision on the suspected cases are carried
out by the Editorial Board.
If the Board of KRS makes a final decision for the author’s violation according to the ethical guidelines of the journal, the Board of KRS can decide on the following disciplinary action and carry out duplicate disciplinary actions.
- Announcement of the violation in the homepage of Korean Radioactive Waste Society
- Deletion from the list of the journal, cancellation of the copyright, and prohibition of the citation for the corresponding paper
- Notification of the violation to National Research Foundation of Korea
- Suspension from submission of paper for the next five years
Reporting standards: Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Originality and plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Authorship of the paper: KRS recognizes authorship for those who meet all four of the following criteria;
i) Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, the data acquisition, data analysis, or interpretation of the data for the work
ii) Drafting the work or revising it for important intellectual content;
iii) Final approval of the version to be published
iv) 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
Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Disclosure and conflicts of interests: All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/ registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.
Fundamental errors in published works: 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 editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.
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