Publication malpractice is an unfortunate occurrence in the world of scholarly literature. It happens in all subject areas and in all jurisdiction. The prevention of publication malpractice is the responsibility of every author, editor, reviewer, publisher and institution.

Scope Database requires that every journal we index has clear and publicly available statements of publication ethics and publication malpractice. Scope Database will hold each publisher listed in the database accountable for the performance and compliance with these policies. Scope Database does not mandate any specific wording of publication ethics and publication malpractice statements, but notes that:

  • Major publishers already publish comprehensive statements of compliance on their websites
  • A number of industry organizations publish comprehensive guidelines and advice that can be readily adopted by any publisher. Such notable organizations include:
    • Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
    • World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)
    • International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
    • Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT)

Guidelines for what a Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement should adhere to (PEMS)