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Research Ethics


Article 1 (Fundamental principles to research ethics)

A. Submissions should solely be the applicant’s own work and, and maintain the integrity of sociological inquiry as a discipline.

B. The applicant should ensure that the contributors who have made substantive intellectual contributions to the paper are given credit and should be fully aware of the degree of seriousness in the consequence in the case of misconduct.

C. The applicant should publish and promote the results of the sociological research including making data available for the use of researchers in the future.

D. There is a need for applicants to consider the effects and consequences of their study for those they study and other related parties.

E. Researchers should not engage in discrimination in their work based on age; gender; race; ethnicity; national origin; religion; sexual orientation; disability; health conditions; marital, domestic, or parental status; or any other applicable basis proscribed by law.

F. The exploitation of persons in direct or indirect supervisory, authority or other evaluative positions such as students, supervisees, employees, or research participants is strongly prohibited.

Article 2 (Responsibilities)

A. Social research encompasses personal and moral relationships that include individuals, households, social groups or corporate entities.

B. Research does not, of itself, provide an entitlement to override the rights of others

C. Researchers have a responsibility to ensure the well-being of research participants. They should strive to protect the rights, interests, privacy of those they study.

Article 3 (Research misconduct)

Research misconduct includes the actions concerning data fabrication, data falsification, plagiarism, unjust acknowledgement of contribution in all levels of the research process.

A. ‘Data Fabrication’ means making up results and recording or reporting them.

B. ‘Data falsification’ means not only manipulating research material, equipment or processes, but also changing or omitting data or results in a way so that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.

C. ‘Plagiarism’ means appropriating another person's ideas, results without giving appropriate credit or citation(s).

D. ‘Unjust acknowledgement of contribution’ means not listing authorship of those who have made substantial contributions to the research or including the conferring authorship on those that have not made substantial contributions to the research.

Article 4 (Responsibilities of Reviewers)

A. In the process of reviewing submissions reviewers must respect the confidentiality of the process and the proprietary rights in such information of those who submitted it.

B. Reviewers must close conflicts of interest or decline requests for reviews of those where conflicts of interest are involved.

C. In the case where the reviewing process may be biased or the integrity is questionable, reviewers have the right to decline requests.

Article 5 (Restrictions)

A. Manuscripts that have already been published, or in the review level of another journal, or correspond to any article in part 2 will not be valid for publication.

B. Submission of the manuscript to a second publication is allowed only after an official decision has been made is from the journal or until the manuscript is withdrawn.

C. Duplicate publication of data (the publication of data and finding previously published elsewhere) is not allowed.

D. Researchers must ensure that confidential and sensitive information obtained in research, teaching, practice, and service is protected.

E. Where there is uncertainty regarding whether if a particular action or situation violates the research ethics, a consultation with the board of reviewers is strongly recommended.

 March 3, 2012

Korean Association for the Sociology of Religion