Authors’ Ethical Responsibility


KSSTA follows the Committee on Publication Ethics’ (COPE) guidelines to deal with potential acts of misconduct.

Refrain from misrepresenting research results and maintain integrity by making sure:

  • It is not submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration
  • It was not published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work
  • A single study is not split up into several parts to increase quantity of submissions
  • No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support conclusions
  • No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (“plagiarism”)
  • Consent to submit has been received explicitly from all co-authors, as well as from responsible authorities, BEFORE the work is submitted
  • Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and, therefore, share collective responsibility and accountability for the results
  • Authors are strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, corresponding author, and order of authors and correct spellings at submission. Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are NOT ENTERTAINED AFTER ACCEPTANCE OF A MANUSCRIPT
  • Adding and/or deleting authors AT REVISION STAGE must be accompanied with Change of Authorship form
  • Authors should be prepared to send relevant documentation or data to verify validity of results upon request


Upon suspicion of misconduct, KSSTA will carry out an investigation following the COPE guidelines. If allegation raises valid concerns, author will be given an opportunity to address the issue. If misconduct is established beyond reasonable doubt, this may result in the Editor-in-Chief’s implementation of the following measures:

  • If article is under consideration, it will be rejected
  • If article has already been published online, either an erratum will be placed with the article or in severe cases complete retraction will occur. Retraction means that the paper is maintained on the platform and an explanation is provided in a note linked to the watermarked article
  • The author’s institution may be informed

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