Research misconduct policies

Norms for research misconduct

We support upholding the COPE ideals and are opposed to any sort of misbehavior. A lot of focus is placed on making sure the papers are original and preventing plagiarism. Check the Plagiarism Statement, please.

Allegations regarding the authorship of contributions

According to the policy of our journal, all authors should be listed in the list of authors in the Cover letter form that is submitted with the manuscript. A person must be accountable for a specific aspect of the research, prepare the work, or make a unique addition to the idea, project, or research explanation to be deemed the author, and this responsibility must be acknowledged in the final work form. A small contribution might not be counted as authorship. Authors and co-authors may designate someone as a contributor and acknowledge them in the paper’s acknowledgement section even if their contribution is small or their data is appropriate or they provide some other kind of assistance. As per our policy, authors and co-authors of submitted papers must complete the Cover letter form to identify all contributors and affirm their approval for the paper’s publication.

Duplicate submission/publication: This refers to the practice of submitting or publishing essentially the same study in two journals. These submissions and publications may happen at the same time or years apart.

Redundant publication, commonly known as “salami publishing,” refers to the practice of submitting separate portions of one study to two or more journals. Or the results have already been disclosed somewhere else without the required citations, approval, or justification. The practice of “self-plagiarism” is regarded as redundant publication. It involves reusing or appropriating ideas from earlier works without properly attributing them. This frequent behavior could be inadvertent. The information required to evaluate an author’s usage of previously published material is typically provided by the author’s disclosure of such use.

Citation manipulation

Citation manipulation refers to the following types of behaviour:

  • Excessive citation of an author’s research by the author (ie, self-citation by authors) as a means solely of increasing the number of citations of the author’s work;
  • Excessive citation of articles from the journal in which the author is publishing a research article as a means solely of increasing the number of citations of the journal; or
  • Excessive citation of the work of another author or journal, sometimes referred to as ‘honorary’ citations (eg, the editor-in-chief of the journal to which one is submitting a manuscript or a well-known scholar in the field of the researcher).

Data fabrication

If experimental data are determined to have been manipulated or misrepresented (this includes manipulating photographs), the submitted work will be rejected.

In case of violation of the above policy, the following sanctions may be imposed:

  • Immediate rejection of the manuscript and other subsequent manuscripts submitted by the author(s) to any journal published by ARMG Publishing.
  • Prohibition of a manuscript submission for 1–2 years.
  • Prohibition from acting as an editor or reviewer of any journal published by ARMG Publishing.