Publishing Ethics & Misconduct

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal or book/proceedings series is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the Authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, Publishers and Societies or Institutions for society-owned or institutionally-owned publications and/or sponsored publications.

At Athena International Publishing, all ethical and misconduct cases are assessed and handled based on their individual merit while following the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), such as the COPE Core Practices, and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). This policy describes Athena's position on the most common types of misconduct and the ethical standards expected from different stakeholders in the publishing process.

Plagiarism and Multiple Submissions
Data Fabrication and Image Manipulation
Ethical Standards: Editors’ Responsibilities
Ethical Standards: Reviewers’ Responsibilities
Ethical Standards: Authors’ Responsibilities
Ethical Standards: Publisher’s Responsibilities