Publication ethics and
publication malpractice statement
The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society of journals.
Over the past few years, a significant increase in the number of cases of plagiarism have been noticed. Examples of publishing ethics issues that editors face include an author copying a substantial part of another's work without acknowledgment or passing another's work off as her or his own, fraudulent research and authorship disputes.
ASIAN MYRMECOLOGY is a peer reviewed journal that is committed to the highest ethical publication standards, e.g. as they have been defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The journal publishes only original research papers, reviews, and short communications in important subfields of myrmecology. Manuscripts should be submitted together with a covering letter stating that:
- the research is original and has not been published before
- all authors have contributed to the manuscript and approve of its publication
- permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (if these materials have been used)
- that the manuscript has been submitted solely to Asian Myrmecology and is not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere
- in case of animal experiments a statement is needed that the experiments were conducted according to the laws of the country where they have been performed.