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.