Statement of Ethics for LIS Editors Section 2

A Statement of Ethics for Editors of Library and Information Science Journals

July 2009
Revised September 2010

Section 2: Expectations of Authors in Their Participation in Editorial Processes

Like editors, authors are expected to adhere to the highest standards of practice in research and reporting of research, and in writing and submission of manuscripts.

2–1: Authorship

Commentary: Authors are responsible for the quality and completeness of their work and should not assume that journals can provide comprehensive copy-editing or citation checking. They can expect that editors will spot check citations for accuracy and completeness. Where copy-editing is performed, it is often done by staff lacking detailed subject expertise and that it is possible for unintentional errors to be made. Thus it is crucial for authors to review all text, figures, tables, etc. to be sure that all remain accurate. Authors should not rely on editors and reviewers to rewrite articles, create abstracts catch errors, or provide statistical analysis. Where an author has not fully mastered writing in English, editors may require authors to work with (and pay) an outside editorial advisor.

Authors should provide adequate supporting evidence for editors and reviewers to assess the accuracy of the findings and the appropriateness of the intellectual inquiry process used (including any research design or methods) when they are presenting original research.

2–2: Conflict of Interest

2–3: Redundant Publication

Commentary: In the Web era it is not possible to provide a universal rule regarding what counts as previous publication. Journal editors differ in their expectations. However, authors should note at the time of submission whether the work is based on thesis or dissertation research, any earlier presentations of the work at meetings or previous distribution through electronic means - e.g., as a preprint. These do not usually disqualify a work for submission, but it is important for editors to be aware of the state of ongoing dissemination of the work. In addition, the cover letter should state that the work has not been submitted elsewhere. When in doubt, the author should consult with the editor and err on the side of disclosing potentially irrelevant information.

Section 3: Expectations of Referees in Executing Their Review Functions

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