Ethics Guideline

Code of Ethics for the Journal of the Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute

Established: 2007. 10. 23

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First published in April 1994, with the purpose for the revitalization of technical exchange between Academics & Industry in Powder Metallurgy related advanced studies. The Journal of Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute is currently published on a bi-monthly basis.

The Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute has prepared a code of ethics for a qualitative improvement to its journal. We can therefore secure the ethics required for scientific research through this code of ethics; and we intend to raise the value of our journal through the addition of originality and integrity to our journal. Therefore, all authors of theses, review committee members and editorial committee members shall observe this code of ethics in order to reject any dishonesty in the publication of theses and secure the integrity of any research.

Chapter 1. Matters to be observed by the author of thesis


The author of thesis shall explain the results and discussions of the research which the author has performed in a concise and accurate manner. When submitting the research results to the Journal of the Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute, an author of a thesis shall observe the code of ethics of this institute and conform to the honesty, accuracy and integrity of the research result submitted as such.

A. When submitting a thesis to the Journal of the Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute, the author of a thesis shall abide to the code of ethics as outlined by the Journal of Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute.

B. The author of a thesis shall reject any fabrication or falsification of the results for conducting all activities including the proposal, planning and execution of the research activities.

C. Submittal or publishing the same result to more than one journal simultaneously shall be regarded as an act of cheating and as such shall be eradicated.

D. The author of a thesis shall not submit and publish research results which were already published to this Journal.

E. An act of submitting another researcher's results under his/her own name shall be deemed as unethical and unacceptable.

F. An author who has submitted a thesis shall obtain proper consent from all existing coauthors and shall not include any inappropriate authors to the thesis. Co-authors shall contribute to the research academically and share the responsibility and achievements for the results altogether, and in the case of administrative and financial support for research, such shall be advised to state details through an "Acknowledgement".

G. An author of thesis shall obtain approval from the person concerned in advance with regards to submission if required, and confirm that there will be no future disputes of agreements and ownership.

H. The author of the thesis shall observe the regulations as provided in relevant laws, norms and as stated in the code of ethics; and to internationally accepted principles of the entire process of research and submission. Also, the author of such thesis shall also secure universality including the respect of human rights, the observation of bioethics, and the preservation of biological diversity and protection for environments.

I. In the case of an error discovered in a submitted thesis during the publication process, the author of such thesis shall be obligated to correct any mistakes or withdraw the thesis altogether.

Chapter 2. Matters to be observed by the reviewer

The journal reviewer shall review a submitted thesis in compliance with this code of ethics and provide advice in regards to the publication of such thesis to the editorial committee members.

A. The journal reviewer shall review a submitted thesis fairly and objectively under consistent standards regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, educational environment or acquaintance of the author of thesis.

B. The journal reviewer shall be obligated to review a thesis requested for review faithfully within the set period as determined in the review regulations.

C. The journal reviewer shall not disclose the information of the research results acquired through the review process to any third party or misuse such information.

D. The journal reviewer shall respect the personality of the author of the thesis and value the independence of intellectual ability. The journal reviewer shall prepare an amicable and supplementary written opinion without making subjective evaluations and shall avoid hostile expressions.

E. The journal reviewer shall request the author of the thesis to modify any inappropriate quoted contents and lead the author to quote references correctly. Also, the journal reviewer shall strictly review the thesis to determine is such has any similarity with previous published manuscripts that were presented in other publications.

F. The journal reviewer shall be obligated to reject review in the case of having any connection with the submitted thesis. The journal reviewer shall promptly notify such fact to the editorial committee members to appoint another journal reviewer.

Chapter 3. Matters to be observed by the editorial committee member

The editorial committee member shall retain full responsibility and authority to carry out the procedures to approve or reject a submitted thesis for publication in the journal. Each editorial committee member shall cooperate with the journal reviewer and other editorial committee members shall observe and carry out the following items.

A. The editorial committee member shall fairly evaluate the intellectual level of a thesis as submitted by the author regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, educational environment or acquaintance of the author of a thesis.

B. The editorial committee member shall not delay the screening of a submitted thesis intentionally and shall perform prompt measures accordingly.

C. The editorial committee member shall screen the submitted thesis objective based on consistent standards, and the editorial committee member shall assume full responsibility and obligation for the required procedures.

D. The editorial committee member shall not release information regarding the submitted thesis to the public and shall not use such information for his/her own research purposes.

E. The editorial committee member shall be obligated to supervise any unethical behavior in a thesis submitted to the journal, and take any necessary measures for any wrongful acts. In the case of an appeal for wrongful acts, the editorial committee member and the review committee shall be obligated to investigate such matters.

F. The editorial committee member shall be obligated to reject screening in the case where editorial committee has written the thesis, or such has any connection with the submitted thesis. Another editing committee member shall be appointed for the screening process.

Chapter 4. Activities of the review committee

A. Clarifying integrity and responsibility of the research results – In the case where cheating has occurred, including plagiarism, duplicated submission or inappropriate citation is suspected, an investigation shall be carried out based on the editorial committee members recommendation The author of such thesis shall be responsible for any cheating including plagiarism, fabrication and falsification and duplicated presentation of the result.

B. In the case where any cheating is suspected in the process of a thesis submission and review, the editorial committee member shall submit such to the review committee and request the review committee to investigate such in private. The review committee shall then carry out an inspection in compliance with the following guidelines to ensure that no victim shall suffer in good faith.

1. The review committee shall observe "the principle of presumption of innocence" until such is proven to be a wrongful act.
2. The review committee shall begin and perform such inspection fairly and without discrimination in private circumstances.
3. The review committee shall prepare, arrange and store documents in regards to the investigation.
4. The review committee shall suspend all process in regards to the thesis publication.
5. The review committee shall carry out an investigation promptly to reduce any damages due to delay.

C. The review committee shall carry out an investigation promptly and fairly at the editorial committee member's request. The investigation shall notify, carry out and finish based on the following guidelines.

1. The review committee shall notify any beginning of an investigation to the person or organization concerned that is questionable for cheating and also inform such as to any postponing of the publication of such thesis until the investigation is complete.
2. The review committee shall provide an opportunity for explanation to the person or organization subject to investigation within 30 days of written notice.
3. The review committee shall acquire and investigate any internal records or other publications related with cheating.
4. In the case of unintended mistakes or errors, the review committee shall finish the investigation promptly.
5. In the case where cheating is discovered, the review committee shall supervise measures for such cheating. The review committee shall return the submitted thesis to the author, notify the Institute's guideline to the author, remove or publish the withdrawal of the thesis in the case where such was already published, and restrict the author's thesis publication for 3 years afterwards.
6. In the case of a duplicated submission and publication with a joint publisher, such actions shall be notified to the relevant publisher and handled in conjunction with the relevant publisher.
7. All cases and investigations carried out by the review committee shall be documented and stored. In cases where cheating is not apparent, the relevant document shall be sealed.

Supplementary Provision

1. This code of ethics shall be in effect from October 23, 2007.