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Manual for Research and Publication Ethics in Science and Engineering

Cho Eun Hee, Kim Young-Mog, Park Kibeom, Son Wha-Chul, Yoon Tae-Woong, Lim Jeong Mook, Hwang Eun Seong
ISBN-13: 978-89-5938-345-0-93190
Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies
This is an open-access publication distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aims & scope

This manual covers a wide range of issues regarding research and publication ethics in science and engineering, and written to raise South Korea and other Asian countries' standards of research and publication ethics in the sciences up to the international level.

Targeted readers

This manual is for anyone interested in scientific research or journal editing: in other words, researchers or students in the sciences, journal editors, editorial staff members, publishers, manuscript editors, statistical editors, peer reviewers, employees of journal publishing houses, librarians, etc. Authors or journalists who write professionally on scientific topics or members of the public who are interested in research and publication ethics are well suited to join the audience as well. But, this manual is also helpful to the students who are performing scientific researches and writing research articles.

Level of content

This manual will be most helpful to scientific researchers, managers of journals, and the readers of those journals. In order to fully understand the contents, one must have at least submitted or evaluated a research paper, or must be currently involved in journal-related work. But, this manual is also helpful to scientists and students at any level once they are performing researches and writing research articles.


This book addresses the international standards of ethics and the level of ethics of ordinary South Korean researchers and citizens as of 2014. Because ethics may evolve over time, it would be hasty to conclude that the contents of this manual will forever indicate the correct standard. As time passes, more appropriate standards of ethics may be proposed for certain circumstances.


Anyone may use the contents of this manual for research purposes by disclosing sources according to the Creative Commons Attribution License. This manual may be especially useful in workshops for editors, manuscript editors, and journal article reviewers and contributors. When citing parts of this manual, we recommend citing the original works listed in the reference section.

Expected time for comprehension

At least one hour; at most 96 hours