Ethics for Authors
Bioscientifica is committed to maintaining the highest standards of publication ethics to ensure that papers published in our journals create a reliable scientific record and meet the ethical standards expected by the global scientific community.
Bioscientifica is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the body which provides guidance on misconduct.
Use this quick checklist to ensure you’re presenting a concise and accurate report of your work. For more comprehensive, journal-specific guidelines, visit the instructions for authors of the journal you wish to submit to.
- Submitted articles must be original. Previously published work must not be re-submitted
- Only present new data in the results section
- Check all your references are cited appropriately, including your previous publications
- Avoid self-plagiarism – cite yourself, paraphrase, or question why you’re repeating yourself – is the paper of significant originality?
- Obtain permission from the copyright holder when publishing previously published content (and cite them!).
- All authors should have made a significant contribution to the study concept and design; acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data; or drafting or revising the article.
- All authors must consent to publication
- Don’t include guest authors, anyone who hasn’t contributed to the study or article.
- Avoid ghost authorship – always include the person who writes the paper in the author list
- All authors are equally accountable for the content – make sure every author checks the paper!
- Don’t submit to more than one journal simultaneously
- Avoid segmented publishing: the results and outcomes of a single study should be published in a single paper
- Don’t make up or misrepresent study findings
- Report data accurately, not on what you think the reader will want to see
- Don’t selectively report data, excluding data that do not show the desired results
- Be prepared to provide your raw data if asked by the editorial office
- Image manipulation: For every adjustment that you make to a digital image, it is important to ask yourself, “Is the image that results from this adjustment still an accurate representation of the original data?”
- Still unsure about image manipulation? Submit the original image as a supplementary file so that the editorial office can check.
- Already published? Report any significant error or inaccuracy in the work to the publisher as soon as it is discovered.
- Don’t recommend reviewers who may have conflicts of interest
- Don’t be tempted to make up reviewers! Peer reviewer fraud is a very serious offence and will result in articles being rejected or retracted.
Listen to the Australasian Associate Editor of EJE, Ken Ho, discuss ethical issues in further detail:
Should you need any further information prior to submission, please email the editorial office of your target journal by clicking ‘Contact’ on the journal homepage.