Academic Journals’ Code of Ethics

Academic Journals’ Code of Ethics




Article 1. Authors who contribute to the journals of Korean Society for Horticultural Science (the “KSHS”) shall comply with the researchers’ ethics as a responsible member of the academic community. 

Article 2. The principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) shall be the reference regulations for researchers and publishers to follow. In relation to research, writing and publication of academic works, the following conducts shall be regarded as a violation of the Code of Ethics of KSHS. 

1. Fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, mark of illegitimate authorship, and any other activities that violate the ethics of research and publication, in reference to applicable laws and regulations, as well as social norm and rules;
2. In connection with Paragraph 1 above, intentional interruption of the society’s investigation on a contributor, whether self or others, or threatening or harming the informant who has reported suspicions of misconduct concerning an academic work contributed to the society; and 
3. Any other conduct that seriously oversteps the bounds of commonly acceptable standards in the academic community. 



Article 3. If a misconduct is confirmed in relation to an article which has been published in the journals of KSHS or presented at the KSHS conferences or workshops as an abstract form, such article shall be retracted from relevant journal and be subject to the following sanctions: 

1. The article will be removed from the list of publications displayed on the website of KSHS;  
2. A notice of removal of the article will be posted both on the KSHS website for a period of one (1) year, and in a relevant journal once;  
3. A notice will be given to a relevant society or publishing company, too, which has published the article found to have plagiarism, duplicate publication, or multiple submissions; 
4. The primary authors of the article (the first author(s) and the corresponding author(s)) will be prohibited from publishing or presenting any articles to the journals of KSHS for a period of five (5) years from the date when their article was retracted from any KSHS journals; and
5. Any abstracts on which an academic wrongdoing or research misconduct is reported will be subject to the investigation of the Ethical Committee of relevant society, and can be withdrawn or removed by either the society’s discretion or the request of primary author(s). 

Article 4.  KSHS may suspend the screening process or revoke the publication decision of any articles submitted to its journal committee, at its discretion, if and when a misconduct is found about the articles, and may prevent the first author(s) of such articles from submitting another article to any journals of KSHS for a further period of three (3) years. 



Article 5. When there is a report about a research misconduct, the chair of the relevant journal’s editorial committee shall investigate the allegation, and report the result to the publication director and the next term president of KSHS, respectively.

Article 6. ① The Committee on Research Integrity shall consist of KSHS’ president of the next term, the publication director, the chairs of the editorial committee of each journal, the heads of the editorial committees of each departments, and the executive director. The president of the next term shall be the Chairman of the Committee.

② The Committee on Research Integrity shall review and determine whether an article or abstract is in violation of research ethics by a majority vote, and the Chairman shall exercise a casting vote if the votes are equal or tied. Notwithstanding, the subject of investigation may have an opportunity to defend him/herself at the Committee. 


Article 7. Any matters not prescribed herein shall be governed by applicable laws and regulations, as well as social norms. 


Article 1.  This Code of Ethics shall take effect on October 27, 2007. 
Article 2.  This Revised Code of Ethics shall take effect on May 21, 2015. 
Article 3.  This Revised Code of Ethics shall take effect on October 29, 2015.
Article 4.  This Revised Code of Ethics shall take effect on October 18, 2018.
Article 5.  This Revised Code of Ethics shall take effect on May 3, 2021.