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Publication Ethics Statement of Korean Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

The following publication ethics statements apply to all research papers including original articles, reviews and case reports, published by <Korean Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery>, the official journal of the Korean Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. It aims at suggesting principles and direction regarding responsibility of researchers and reviewers when submitting, reviewing and publishing journals, thus preventing unfair practice and securing ethicality in publications.

Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3. Corresponding author, a representative of this manuscript, states the available address where the editor sends critiques and decision for the manuscript and the reader communicate with the author.

Research subject, research object and size, setting of controls, and the methods of data collection are suitable for the research ethics. Authors should ensure that their submitted manuscripts are not against publication ethics such as fabrication, falsification or plagiarism. In clinical research involving human, informed consent from patient should be conducted and written in the method section of the manuscript. It makes it a rule for all clinical research involving human and animal subjects to be approved by the author’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) or equivalent committees, and the boards need to be stated in the manuscript indicating approval of the research. All Authors must disclose all relationships that could be viewed as potential conflicts of interest. This relationship also includes any potential conflicts of interest with all material, products, and companies in the manuscript.

Authors should confirm that the submitted work is not under consideration or accepted for publications elsewhere, and would not be submitted in any other journals after acceptance. Duplicate publication, which includes ‘imalas publication’, ‘plagiarism’, and ‘salami publication’, is strictly not permitted. If a significant error in their journals is identified, authors should notify promptly the journal editor to correct or retract the paper in the case of critical error.
The Editorial board may call for an explanation for allegations if receiving reports about misconduct and unethical behavior of authorship, and related authors have rights to state their opinions on the demanded aspects. Additionally, editorial board makes it a rule to exclude the reviewers who are engaged in the same organization with the authors in order to obtain the justice of peer review.

Processing of publication ethics infringement

For identifying or informing misconduct and unethical behavior, our decision about the breach will be made by in-depth consultation with the editorial board members.

In cases of suspected misconduct, related sufficient information would be collected for deciding infringement, and if discipline is needed, authors may be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.

By recognizing as violation of publication ethics, the editorial board might take actions to the authors as follows:

1) A letter to the authors covering the misconduct and educating the ethics.
2) A official letter to the head of the author’s department or funding agency.
3) Publication of a formal notice of the editor-in-chief detailing the misconduct and discipline on our website for a month.
4) Imposition of a formal embargo on contributions from the responsible authors for three years.
5) Formal retraction or withdrawal of the publication from the journal.
6) Reporting the case and outcome to a National Research Foundation of Korea and Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies.

The editorial board has carried out education programs regarding accurate publication ethics during the national congress annually, and has incorporated a plagiarism screening service, “CrossCheck”, into the submission system focusing on prevention of the publication ethics violation rather than the corrective action itself.



Korean Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Editor, Kyoung Ho Park, MD

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