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Research & Publication Ethics

The journal adheres to the guidelines and best practices published by professional organizations, including ICMJE Recommendations and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (joint statement by the Committee on Publication Ethics, COPE; the Directory of Open Access Journals; the World Association of Medical Editors; and Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (https://doaj.org/bestpractice). Furthermore, the full process of handling research and publication misconduct should follow the COPE flowchart (https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts).

  • 1. Authorship and Author’s Responsibility

    Authors are responsible for the whole content of each article. Co-authorship should be based on the following 4 criteria: (1) substantial contributions to the conception or designing of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work;
    (2) drafting or revising of the work critically for important intellectual content;
    (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. Any persons who do not meet the four criteria above should be placed as additional contributors in Acknowledgments section. The contributions of all authors must be described.
    Ann Liver Transplant has adopted the CRediT Taxonomy (https://www.casrai.org/credit.html) to describe each author’s individual contributions to the work. The role of each author and ORCID number should be addressed in the title page.

    • Role of corresponding author: The corresponding author takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process, and typically ensures that all the journal’s administrative requirements, such as providing details of authorship, ethics committee approval, clinical trial registration documentation, and gathering conflict of interest forms and statements, are properly completed, although these duties may be delegated to one or more coauthors. The corresponding author should be available throughout the submission and peer-review process to respond to editorial queries in a timely manner, and after publication, 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 article
    • Description of co-first authors or co-corresponding authors is also accepted if corresponding author believes that their roles are equally contributed.
    • Correction of authorship: Any requests for such changes in authorship (adding author(s), removing author(s), or re-arranging the order of authors) after the initial manuscript submission and before publication should be explained in writing to the editor in a letter or e-mail from all authors. This letter must be signed by all authors of the paper. A copyright assignment must be completed by every author.
    • Contributors: Any researcher who does not meet all four ICMJE criteria for authorship discussed above but contributes substantively to the study in terms of idea development, manuscript writing, conducting research, data analysis, and financial support should have their contributions listed in the Acknowledgments section of the article
  • 2. Originality and Duplicate Publication

    All submitted manuscripts should be original and should not be under consideration by other scientific journals for publication at the same time. No part of the accepted manuscript should be duplicated in any other scientific journal without the permission of the editorial board. If a duplicate publication related to the papers of this journal is detected, the violation will be announced in the journal, their institutes will be informed, and the authors will be penalized.

  • 3. Conflict-of-Interest Statement

    The author is responsible for disclosing any financial support or benefit that might affect the content of the manuscript or might cause a conflict of interest. Examples of potential conflicts of interest are financial support from or connections to pharmaceutical companies, political pressure from interest groups, and academically related issues. In particular, all sources of funding applicable to the study should be explicitly stated.

  • 4. Statement of Human and Animal Rights

    Clinical research should be conducted in accordance with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki:
    Medical Research Involving Human Subjects (https://www.wma.net/what-we-do/medical-ethics/declaration-of-helsinki/). Clinical studies that do not meet the Helsinki Declaration will not be considered for publication. Human subjects should not be identifiable, such that patients’ names, initials, hospital numbers, dates of birth, or other protected healthcare information should not be disclosed. For all clinical transplant investigation, authors should state their adherence to the Declaration of Istanbul. For animal subjects, research should be performed based on the National or Institutional Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the ethical treatment of all experimental animals should be maintained.

  • 5. Statement of Informed Consent and IRB/IACUC Approval

    Copies of written informed consent and Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval for clinical research should be kept. If necessary, the editor or reviewers may request copies of these documents to resolve questions about IRB/ IACUC approval and study conduct.

  • 6. Management Procedures for the Research and Publication Misconduct

    When the journal faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct such as duplicate publication, plagiarism, fraudulent or fabricated data, changes in authorship, undisclosed conflict of interest, ethical problem with a submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has appropriated an author’s idea or data, complaints against editors, and etc., the resolving process will follow the flowchart provided by the COPE (https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). The discussion and decision on the suspected cases are done by the editorial board.

  • 7. Editorial Responsibilities

    The editorial board will continuously work for monitoring/safeguarding publication ethics:
    guidelines for retracting articles; maintenance of the integrity of the academic record;
    preclusion of business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standard; publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed; no plagiarism, no fraudulent data. The editorial board checks manuscripts to confirm the originality of the text through Similarity Check. If the value of similarity index is unexpectedly high, it will be screened more precisely on plagiarism or duplicate publication.
    Editors are always keeping the following responsibilities:
    responsibility and authority to reject/accept article; no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept; acceptance of a paper only when reasonably certain; promotion of correction or retraction publication when errors are found; preservation of anonymity of the reviewers.

The Korean Liver Transplantation Society

Vol.1 No.1
May, 2021

pISSN 2765-5121
eISSN 2765-6098

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