JSFI is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. The journal follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct.
During the publishing process authors should consider the following ethical responsibilities:
- The article has not been submitted to other journal(s) for simultaneous consideration.
- The article has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work is devoted to an expansion of previous work (in this case author should provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the self-plagiarism).
- An atomic study is not divided into small parts to increase the number of submissions.
- The article does not use fabricated or manipulated data (raw numbers, graphs, images, etc.) to meet author’s conclusions.
- The article describes author's original work, and if the author has used the work and/or words of others, this has been appropriately cited or quoted to avoid plagiarism. The journal may use software to check the article for plagiarism.
- When the article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, the journal reserves the right to take action including, but not limited to:
- if the article is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author;
- if the article has already been published online, either an erratum will be placed with the article or (in severe case) ``retraction'' watermark in the article will occur;
- the author's institution and/or relevant academic societies may be informed.