Ethics and malpractice
For all parties involved in the process of publishing (the author, the journal editor(s), peer reviewers and the publisher) it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. The ethics statements for MedieKultur are based on Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011). www.publicationethics.org
In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism MedieKultur will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work.
MedieKultur does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
Authors should ensure that:
- their work is original and written by them
- their work has not been previously published and has been submitted only to MedieKultur
- where material is taken from other sources (including their own published writing) the source is clearly cited and that where appropriate permission is obtained
- their work does not infringe on any rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights
- their data is true and not manipulated
- their data is their own or that they have permission to use data reproduced in their paper
- any real or apparent conflicting or competing interest is clearly stated on submission of their paper (this would include funding assistance)
- they contact the Editor to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work
- authorship of the paper is accurately represented, including ensuring that all individuals credited as authors participated in the actual authorship of the work and that all who participated are credited and have given consent for publication
- maintain the confidentiality of the review process
- immediately alert their journal editor of any real or potential competing interest that could affect the impartiality of their reviewing and decline to review where appropriate
- conduct themselves fairly and impartially
- maintain and promote consistent ethical policies for MedieKultur
- oversee and act to enforce those policies as needed in a fair and consistent manner
- ensure the confidentiality of the review process
- exercise the highest standards of personal integrity in their work as editor of MedieKultur, recognising and planning for instances where they could have a competing interest or the appearance of a competing interest.