Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of work of the author and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. Ethics topics to consider when publishing:

  • Authorship of the paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study.
  • 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, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
  • Data access and retention: Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data.
  • 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. Advances in Polar Science does not view the following uses of a work as prior publication: publication in the form of an abstract; publication as an academic thesis; publication as an electronic preprint.
  • Acknowledgement of sources: Proper acknowledgment.
  • Disclosure and conflicts of interest: All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hazards and human or animal subjects: Statements of compliance are required if the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, or if it involves the use of animal or human subjects.
  • Use of patient images or case details: Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the paper.

Please also refer to the following related topics:

  1. Editorial Board: The Editorial Board of Advances in Polar Science consists of a strong international team of scientists who are expert in their fields. Current members of the Board, and details of their expertise are here.
  2. Authors and Authors responsibilities: These are covered in the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement above.
  3. Peer-review process: All the manuscripts that are submitted to Advances in Polar Science will be peer reviewed. The review process is outlined here.
  4. Publication ethics: The editors of Advances in Polar Science shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred. The journal and its editors shall in no way encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that a journal’s publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct the publisher or editor shall deal with allegations appropriately; the journal should have available guidelines for retracting or correcting articles when needed; and finally publishers and editors should always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
  5. Copyright and access: Advances in Polar Science is an open access journal and all articles published will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute. The Copyright conditions are detailed here.
  6. Archiving: Editorial Office of Advances in Polar Science preserve electronic versions of all the published papers and backup copies and also the access to the journal content in the event a journal is no longer published.
  7. Ownership and management: Advances in Polar Science is sponsored by Polar Research Institute of China, and administered by Ministry of Natural Resources of the People’s Republic of China. The ownership of the journal is Editorial Office of Advances in Polar Science.
  8. The web site: The web site of Advances in Polar Science is http://www.aps-polar.org.  All information on this web site, including all published papers, is in the English language.
  9. Publishing schedule: Four issues of Advances in Polar Science are published each year, at the end of March, June, September and December. Occasionally, some of these may be "Special Issues" on specific polar research themes.
  10. Name of the journal: The name of the journal is Advances in Polar Science. The journal was founded in 1990 and formerly known as the Chinese Journal of Polar Science (English Edition), but in 2011 it was renamed as Advances in Polar Science.