ISSN 2466-1384(Print), ISSN 2466-1392(Online)

Research and publication ethics

Korean J Vet Res Research and publication ethics

Research and publication ethics

For the policies on the research and publication ethics not stated in this instructions, ‘Good Publication Practice Guidelines for Medical Journals (http://kamje.or.kr/publishing_ethics.html)’, ‘Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (www.icmje.org)’ ‘COPE flow chart (http://publicationethics.org/)’ or ‘Guidelines on good publication (www.publicationethics.org.uk)’ can be applied. Animal experiments also should be reviewed by an appropriate committee (IACUC) for the care and use of animals. The Editor of Korean J Vet Res may request submission of copies of IACUC approval. Also studies with pathogens requiring a high degree of biosafety should pass review of a relevant committee. When the Korean J Vet Res 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 (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). The discussion and decision on the suspected cases are carried out by the Editorial Board.

Redundant publication and plagiarism: Redundant publication occurs when two or more papers, without full cross reference, share the same hypothesis, data, discussion points, or conclusions. Plagiarism ranges from the unreferenced use of others’ published and unpublished ideas, including research grant applications to submission under “new” authorship of a complete paper, sometimes in a different language. It may occur at any stage of planning, research, writing, or publication: it applies to print and electronic versions. The Korean J Vet Res will follow the COPE flow chart (http://publicationethics.org/) for settlement of any misconduct. Authors should specify, in the cover letter, any potential overlap with other already published material or material being evaluated for publication and should also state that the submitted manuscript substantially differs from this other material.

Authorship: The Korean J Vet Res follows the recommendations for authorship by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE, 2010, http://www.icmje.org) and the Good Publication Practice Guidelines by the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE, 2008, http://kamje. or.kr). The Uniform Requirements by the ICMJE recommends authorship as follows. “Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; 3) final approval of the version to be published; and 4) agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that the questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Authors should meet these 4 conditions. If any persons who do not meet the above four criteria, they may be placed as contributors in the Acknowledgments section. Beyond the ICMJE recommendations, the KAMJE guidelines suggest that all authors should make a substantial intellectual contribution to the publication, the guidelines warn against authorship abuse, and list common types of abuse. Authorship is an important aspect of research publication, and all involved authors should agree whole contents of the document including authorship. Contributors should be differentiated from authors as recommended by the ICMJE. The Korean J Vet Res does not correct authorship after publication unless any mistake has been made by the editorial staff. Authorship may be changed before publication but after submission when an authorship correction is requested by all authors involved.


Research involving animals

A statement explicitly describing the ethical background to this study and any institutional or national ethical committee approval must be included within the manuscript.

Animal studies: A statement indicating that the protocol and procedures employed were ethically reviewed and approved, and the name of the body giving approval, must be included in the Methods section of the manuscript. We encourage authors to adhere to animal research reporting standards, for example the ARRIVE reporting guidelines (https://www.nc3rs.org.uk/arrive-guidelines) for reporting study design and statistical analysis; experimental procedures; experimental animals and housing and husbandry. Authors should also state whether experiments were performed in accordance with relevant institutional and national guidelines and regulations for the care and use of laboratory animals.

Animal ethics-based criteria for manuscript consideration: Manuscripts will be considered for publication only if the work detailed therein:

  1. Follows international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for humane animal treatment and complies with relevant legislation
  2. Has been approved by the ethics review committee at the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted where such a committee exists
  3. For studies using client-owned animals, demonstrates a high standard (best practice) of veterinary care and involves informed client consent

Prior to acceptance of a manuscript, to verify compliance with the above policies, the authors must specify in Materials and Methods the ethical review committee approval process and the international, national, and/or institutional guidelines followed.

Animal ethics-based criteria for manuscript rejection:

  1. Manuscripts and authors that fail to meet the aforementioned requirements
  2. Studies that involve unnecessary pain, distress, suffering, or lasting harm to animals
  3. The Editors retain the right to reject manuscripts on the basis of ethical or welfare concerns