Ethics of Publication in STOU Education Journal

Roles and Duties of the Authors: The authors have the following roles and duties:

      1.They must certify that the submitted article is a new article that has not been previously published in any journal, and that is not under the previous process of submitting for publication in any journal.
      2.They must certify that the submitted article must be consistent with the facts, without distortion of information or provision of false information, and they must be responsible for their opinions or conclusion in the published article.
      3.If they take information from other articles or other materials to be cited in their own article, they must provide proper citation or footnote.  The name of that cited article or information must appear in the list of references at the end of their article.
      4.They must write their article in the correct format accordance with the format specified in “Instructions for the Authors”.
      5.The persons whose names appear as the authors of the article must be the actual contributors for the article.
      6.The authors should submit the certifying document on ethics of doing research with human being together with their article.  In case they fail to do so and the editorial board has the opinion that their article contains some information risky for violation of human rights and integrity, it can ask the authors to submit a document certifying that the research study has been conducted with due consideration for the ethics of doing research with human being.
      7.They must identify the source of supporting fund for the research (if any).

Roles and Duties of the Editors: The editors have the following roles and duties:

      1.They have to consider quality of the articles to keep the standards of the journal and to develop the journal to have high quality and be always up-to-date.
      2.They must not disclose the information concerning the author and evaluator of the article during the article evaluation period.
      3.They must make decisions to select the articles for publication after they have passed the article screening process based on the consideration of their correctness, academic benefits, up-to-datedness, clarity, and consistency of their contents with the policy of the journal.
      4.If they have any doubt or are not sure on the contents of the article, they should ask the author to show additional evidence before deciding to reject the publication of that article.
      5.They must not have any overlapping interests or any involving interests with the article author, article evaluator, or executive staff members; and they must not take the article to be applied as the source of their business benefits.
      6.They must examine the article in terms of plagiarism with the use of reliable examination programs. If they have found the author’s plagiarism in the article evaluation process, they must contact the main author to ask for their explanation in order to be used in consideration for “acceptance” or “rejection” of the article for publication.

Roles and Duties of the Article Evaluators: The article evaluators have the following roles and duties:

      1.They must keep the secrets and do not reveal the information of the submitted article during the article evaluation period.
      2.After receiving the article from the journal’s editorial board, the article evaluators must realize that they are not to evaluate any article that they have overlapping interests with the article author that prevent them from freely giving opinions or recommendations.  As such, the article evaluators should inform the editorial board on the matter.
      3.They must evaluate the article in the field of study that they have expertise by considering quality of the article to be published under the academic rationale without any bias or personal opinion.
      4.If they have found plagiarism in the article without proper citation or footnote, they must immediately inform the editors of the journal.
      5.They must finish the article evaluation within the framework of time determined by the editors of the journal.
      6.They must not seek benefits from the article that they have evaluated.