Policy on Research Misconduct
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Chapter 1: General Provision
Article 1 (Purpose)
This regulation is designed to prevent the illegal research behavior of members and to present the basic principles and direction necessary to observe the ethical regulations for research papers by establishing the ethical standards for submitted/presented/inserted (prearranged) research papers to the Journal of Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS, hereinafter “this learned journal”) published by the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) of Honam University (hereinafter “this learned institute”).
Article 2 (Application Object and Scope of Application)
This regulations will be applied to all the members submitting and presenting the theses and the works published in this learned institute.
Chapter 2: Ethical Regulations
Article 3 (Basis)
All writers who present/submit papers shall submit the papers on the basis of the scholars' conscience for the academic development as per the articles of association of this learned institute and observe these ethical regulations.
Article 4 (Definition of Terms and Violation)
Behavior against scholarly paper ethics (hereinafter called “Illegal behavior”) is comprised of fake/falsification/plagiarism/self-plagiarism/improper indication of the paper’s author(s), etc., that occur in the presentation or insertion of the paper. Specifically:
Term-1 “Fake” means the behavior that falsely represents research results, refers to non-existent data, etc.
Term-2 “Falsification” means behavior that distorts the contents or result of research (one’s own or others’) by artificially manipulating the research material/equipment/process or by optionally deteriorating or deleting data.
Term-3 “Plagiarism” means behavior that uses the idea, contents of research, results, etc. of others without proper citation.
Term-4 “Self-plagiarism” refers to behavior that reuses a considerable part of a paper previously inserted by the writer itself in another academic journal or any other publication, whether by itself or after some modification, without proper citation or reference and express permission from copyright holders. (Note: when previous publication is specified, a submission to this learned journal will be rejected for consideration.)
Term-5 “Improper indication of the paper writer” means behavior that does not bestow the proper qualification of the paper writer on the person making the scientific/ technical contribution or result of the research.
Term-6. Behavior that may raise ethical concerns even if not specifically enumerated above will be decided through the judgment of the ethics committee.
Article 5 (Obligation for Observance of Ethical Regulations)
The members of this learned institute shall agree that they will observe the ethical regulations when they submit proposed articles.
Article 6 (Composition of Ethics Committee)
The ethics committee will be composed of nine members including the committee head who shall be the director of this learned institute. Other members shall be appointed by the director of this learned institute by recommendation of vice director.
Article 7 (Ethics Committee Meeting)
The ethics committee head will convene the committee meeting and become the chairman. Deliberations require the presence of a majority of committee members. Decisions require the approval of two thirds (2/3) of the members present. However, in case it is recognized that the case for judgment is trivial, the ethics committee head can submit it for written deliberation.
Article 8 (Request for Submission of Data)
The ethics committee can request the informant, examinee, witness and testifier for additional data. Under these circumstances the examinee must comply.
Article 9 (Protection of Right of Informant and Examinee and Confidentiality)
It is not allowed to expose the identity of the informant directly or indirectly, and the informant's name shall not be included in any investigative report.
All the matters related to the investigation such as information, investigation, deliberation, resolution, proposal/measure and etc. shall be kept in secret until the verification for the illegal behavior is completed, and the persons directly/indirectly participating in the investigation are not allowed to leak any information that is acquired during the investigation and the work performance. However, if appropriate disclosure is necessary, it can be disclosed through a resolution of the committee.
Article 10 (Raise of Objection and Guarantee of Defense Right)
The ethics committee shall equally guarantee to the examinee the right and opportunity to state opinions, to raise objections, and to offer a defense, and to inform all relevant persons in advance of the related procedures.
Article 11 (Judgment)
The ethics committee shall fix the contents and result of the investigation on the basis of objections raised and defense(s) offered, and then notify the informant and the examinee of this matter.
If consent for the contents and result of the investigation is not forthcoming, it can be decided by voting, and in this case, it will be resolved by the majority of the registered members being present and the approval of at least 2/3 of the present members.
If the informant or the examinee protests against the investigation result of the investigation committee, the informant or the examinee can request the investigation committee for the re-deliberation by submitting the relevant reason within 10 days from the date receiving such notice for result.
The review for the propriety of the written explanation and the judgment over the re-deliberation will be decided by the ethics committee within 10 days after receiving the written explanation, and in case of deciding the re-deliberation, it shall convoke the investigation committee again or convoke new investigation committee within 10 days.
If re-deliberation is decided upon, the investigation committee in charge of re-deliberation shall re-investigate and fix results within 30 days after the investigation committee is convoked, and then inform the informant and the examinee of the result.
Chapter 3: Measure after Verification
Article 12 (Measure for Result)
In case the majority of the registered members are present and above 2/3 of the present members approve it, the ethics committee can recommend the director of this learned society for the disciplinary measure, and the director of this learned society will decide the proper disciplinary measure and notify the relevant writer in writing of the measure matter.
The matter for the disciplinary measure shall comply with other related regulations or can be separately decided.
Article 13 (Disciplinary Measure and its Level)
In case the ethics committee recommends disciplinary action, the director of this learned society will decide the level of the disciplinary measure by referring to the following, and then invoke the proper measure.
Term-1 (Notice) To inform all writers of the relevant paper of the illegal behavior, and to take the written measure so that the said writers may be attentive in preparing future papers.
Term-2 (Warning) To inform all writers of the relevant papers of the illegal behavior, to withdraw the papers previously inserted, and to offer a written statement so that said writers may be more attentive in preparing future papers.
Term-3 (Reprimand) To inform all writers of the relevant papers of the illegal behavior, to withdraw the papers previously inserted, and, in addition, to cancel all theses of the writers making the illegal behavior as adjudicated and all theses waiting for insertion. Moreover, the author or main writer of the relevant papers is not allowed to submit papers to this institute for 3 years. In the case of plagiarism, the director of this learned society, after taking the above measures, will deliver an official letter for apology to the writer(s) of the original paper.
Article 14 (Disclosure of Record)
The final report can be disclosed after the judgment is completed, but information related to identity (e.g., the list of informants, investigation members, witnesses, testifiers, persons participating as expert consultants in the field, etc.) can be excluded from the disclosure if there is any possibility of disadvantage to the persons involved.
Article 15 (Other Provision)
Other matters not regulated in this Regulations shall comply with the related national and international law and accepted academic practices.
These revised regulations will be enforced from February 1, 2015, and replace and supplement the regulations in action from January 1, 2007.