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Ethical guidelines for research publication > For Authors and Reviewers > Ethical guidelines for research publication

1. The following ethics regulations, based on the International Standards on Publication Ethics (International Standards on Publication Ethics http://publicationethics.org/international-standards-editors-and-authors) are to be observed in preparing theses for publication in this journal.

1) If the research is conducted on humans, it is to be done in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki, and participants are to receive a full explanation of the purposes of the research and any mental and/or bodily harm which may take place in patients or guardians who participate in the research and a written consent is to be received before participation. If needed, the editing committee can request submission of written consents and approval letters of ethics committees.
2) If the research is conducted on animals, a description of actions taken to reduce any or suffering by the laboratory animals should be included to clarify that the experiment processes have not violated regulations of institutional review board (IRB) and/or the NIH Guidelines for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. If needed, the editing committee can request the submission of written consents and approval letters of ethics committee.

2. The journal will not publish theses that have used any of the following unfair practices:

1) Forgery: recording or reporting materials or research outputs which have been falsified
2) Alteration: manipulating of research materials, equipment or processes and/or changing or omitting materials or research outputs, so as to render research records false
3) Plagiarism: appropriating others’ ideas, processes, outputs or records in an unauthorized manner

3. Only original theses can be contributed to and/or published by the journal.

1) Manuscripts that have been published by, or submitted to other academic journals cannot be contributed to this journal.
2) Any duplicated theses will not be published regardless of whether part or all of them have been published, printed, recorded and/or registered in an academic journal in another languages, electronically or otherwise.
3) The author can have his/her manuscripts which were published in this academic journal be duplicated in other languages, only after the editing (or, publishing) committee chiefs of both academic journals give approval.
4) Whether or not a duplicated thesis is carried shall be decided by the editing committee, which is to review the contents of manuscripts.

4. When it is found that ethics regulations have been violated, the editing committee has the authority to take appropriate actions against the violation.