Research And Publication Ethics

For the policies on research and publication ethics not stated in this instruction guide, the “Guidelines on Good Publication” ( apply.


A. Authorship

 Authorship credit should be based on (1) Substantial contributors to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data for the work; AND (2) Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND (3) Final approval of the version to be published; AND (4) Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. 
 Authors should meet these four conditions after the initial submission of a manuscript, any changes whatsoever in authorship (adding author(s), deleting author(s), or re-arranging the order of authors) must be explained by a letter to the editor from the authors concerned. This letter must be signed by all authors on the paper. The author may be replaced during the review only and will not be allowed once the EiC notifies acceptance ofthe paper. To correct or replace the author(s): It is possible with the approval by the Committee chairperson when a corresponding author submits his/her request (given form) after obtaining the form from the Editorial Office. (Author replacement or correction is limited to the modification of the authors’ order, replacementof corresponding authors, and addition or deletion of authors.) JIPS does not correct authorship after final acceptance unless a mistake has been made by the editorial staff. Authorship may be changed before final acceptance when the authorship correction is requested by all of the authors involved with the manuscript.
 The corresponding author takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process, and typically ensures all the journal’s administrative requirements have been met. The corresponding author should be available throughout the submission and peer review process to respond to editorial queries in a timely manner, and should be available to respond to critiques of the work and cooperate with any requests from the journal for data or additional information or questions about the paper even after publication. 
 JIPS does not allow multiple corresponding authors for one article. Only one author should correspond with the editorial office and readers for one article. JIPS does accept notice of equal contribution for the first author when the study was clearly performed by co-first authors. There is no limitation on the number of authors.


B. Originality and Duplicate Publication

 Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. 
 Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. No part of the accepted manuscript should be duplicated in any other scientific journal without the permission of the Editorial Board. To avoid any form of plagiarism, each manuscript is checked for similarity against the Similarity Check database using iThenticate software. If duplicate publication related to the papers of this journal is detected, the manuscripts may be rejected, the authors will be announced in the journal, and their institutions will be informed. There will also be penalties for the authors. A letter of permission is required for any and all material that has been published previously. It is the responsibility of the author to request permission from the copyright holder for any material that is being reproduced. This requirement applies to text, figures, and tables. 
 Self-Plagiarism is defined as a type of plagiarism in which the writer republishes a work in its entirety or reuses portions of a previously written text while authoring a new work. Any allegations of plagiarism or self-plagiarism made to a journal will be investigated by the editor of the journal and JIPS. If the allegations appear to be founded, all named authors of the paper will be contacted and an explanation of the overlapping material will be requested. If the explanation is not satisfactory, the submission will be rejected, and no future submissions may be accepted (at our discretion).

C. Conflict of Interest Statement

 The corresponding author must inform the editor of any potential conflicts of interest that could influence the authors’ interpretation of the data. Examples of potential conflicts of interest are financial support from or connections to companies, political pressure from interest groups, and academically related issues. In particular, all sources of funding applicable to the study should be explicitly stated.


D. Process for Managing Research and Publication Misconduct

 Research misconduct refers to an act that is seriously outside the extent generally accepted by the science and technology field, including fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, unjustified listing of authors, overlapping submissions of paper, duplicate publications, false public statement, interference with investigations of fraudulent acts, and harm to the informant in proposal or performing of research or presentation and reporting of research results.
 When the journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct such as redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fraudulent or fabricated data, changes in authorship, an undisclosed conflict of interest, ethical problems with a submitted manuscript, complaints against editors, and so on, the resolution process will follow the flowchart provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics ( The discussion and decision on the suspected cases will be carried out by the Ethics Committee of JIPS. 
 When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to withdraw or correct the paper.

E. Editorial Responsibilities

 The Editorial Board will continuously work to monitor and safeguard publication ethics: guidelines for retracting articles; maintenance of the integrity of the academic record; preclusion of business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards; publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed; and excluding plagiarism and fraudulent data. 
 The editors maintain the following responsibilities: responsibility and authority to reject and accept articles; avoiding any conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject or accept; promoting publication of corrections or retractions when errors are found; and preservation of the anonymity of reviewers. Editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision. 
 Editors must respect reviewers’ right to confidentiality. Also, editors must not disclose information about manuscripts (including their receipt, content, status in the reviewing process, criticism by reviewers, or ultimate fate) to anyone other than the authors and reviewers.


F. Organization and Decisionmaking Procedure of Research Ethics Committee

 The Research Ethics Committee is convened when cases of research ethics violations are reported within the society and is dissolved when the relevant matters are closed. The composition of the committee is as follows:

  1. 1. The committee is composed of 5 or more and 10 or less members, and the president is appointed by members of the society.
  2. 2. The chairperson is appointed by the president from among the vice-presidents of the society, and vice-chairman and assistant administrators are voted by the committee.

 The Research Ethics Committee meeting is held to review the cases of violations of the Research Ethics Regulations and take a disciplinary measure as necessary. It may warn, suspend, or deprive membership of members who are found to have violated the Research Ethics Regulation and notify the decision to the institution or individual.