Research Ethics
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Research Ethics


Co-Editors
Sarah Edwards University College London, UK
David Hunter Flinders University, Australia
Associate Editors
Sean Jennings University of Birmingham , UK
Sapfo Lignou University College London, UK
Stuart Nicholls University of Ottawa, Canada
Georgia Testa University of Leeds, UK

eISSN: 20476094| ISSN: 17470161|Current volume: 11|Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly


Research Ethics is aimed at all readers and authors interested in ethical issues in the conduct of research, the regulation of research, the procedures and process of ethical review as well as broader ethical issues related to research such as scientific integrity and the end uses of research. The journal aims to promote, provoke, host and engage in open and public debate about research ethics on an international scale but also to contribute to the education of researchers and reviewers of research.

Research Ethics publishes original papers and review articles as well as informative case studies, and offers a home for submissions from authors from around the world. The quality of submitted articles is evaluated independently by double-blind peer review.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Research Ethics is aimed at all readers and authors interested in ethical issues in the conduct of research, the regulation of research, the procedures and process of ethical review as well as broader ethical issues related to research such as scientific integrity and the end uses of research. The journal aims to promote, provoke, host and engage in open and public debate about research ethics on an international scale but also to contribute to the education of researchers and reviewers of research.

Research Ethics publishes original papers and review articles as well as informative case studies, and offers a home for submissions from authors from around the world. The quality of submitted articles is evaluated independently by double-blind peer review.

International Advisory Board
Tracey E. Chan National University of Singapore, Singapore
David Coggon University of Southampton, UK
Zuzana Deans University of Bristol, UK
Lisa Eckenwiler George Mason University, USA
Mark Israel University of Western Australia
Jonathan Kimmelman McGill University, Canada
Alex John London Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Andrew Moore University of Otago, New Zealand
Margaret Rees University of Oxford, UK
Annette Rid King's College London, UK
Heike Schmidt-Felzmann National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Anne Slowther Warwick Business School
Anthea Tinker King's College London, UK
Charles Weijer Western University, Canada
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    1. Editorial Policies
      1.1 Peer review policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
    11. Further information

    Research Ethics welcomes submissions from an international audience on ethical issues in research, the regulation of research and the procedures and process of ethical review.

     

    1. Editorial policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

    All research papers submitted for publication in Research Ethics will be subject to double-blind peer review.  Research Ethics operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. The turnaround time for papers is between six and eight weeks from submission to decision.  The editor reserves the right to make minor adjustments and, if necessary, to shorten the article without changing the meaning.   

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    1.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    2. Article types

    Research Ethics publishes original papers and review articles as well as informative case studies on ethical issues in research, the regulation of research and the procedures and process of ethical review. The journal encourages the submission of the following types of paper:

    1. Original papers: these papers will cover topics related to ethical issues in research or its regulation.  Submissions of such papers normally up to 6,000 words but longer articles will not be excluded.

    2. Short original papers: these papers, normally up to 3,000 words, will likewise address issues which relate either to the ethical conduct of research, the process of ethical review in research or to the procedures that underpin ethics committee activity.  Such shorter papers will receive fast review and may also be printed rapidly if they address current live issues. 

    3. Case studies: the Editors wish to encourage case studies that provide examples of ethical review highlighting the practicalities and issues that engender committee discussion and debate. Submissions of case studies can be up to 1,500 words in length.

    4. Short reports: these reports will focus on committee practice, researcher’s experiences or meetings and conferences focused on research ethics.  Such reports should be up to 1,500 words.

    5. Review articles: such an article will address key issues in research ethics or focus on under-researched topics.  Rather than introducing new material, review articles are more educational in nature and explain the core issues in a particular area.  Review articles should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words.

    6. Book reviews: the Editors invite reviews, between 500-1,000 words, of books on research ethics.  If you would be interested in being invited to carry out book reviews for Research Ethics as books are received, please email the Editors at rea@sagepub.co.uk.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Research Ethicsis hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the manuscript submission guidelines below and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rea  to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact with Editors at rea@sagepub.co.uk.

    All written correspondence should be addressed to:
    The Editors,
    Research Ethics,
    AREC,
    Office 13
    Cherry Drive
    Durham  DH6 2BG.

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    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    Research Ethics and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests                  

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. It is the policy of Research Ethics to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None Declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. 

    When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    Authorship: authorship credit should be based only on substantial contribution to the following: Conception and design, or data acquisition, or analysis and interpretation of data, and Drafting the paper or revising it critically for important intellectual content, and Final approval of the submitted manuscript.  All three of these conditions must be met.  Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

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    7. Acknowledgements                                                         

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Research Ethics additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word documents. 

    9.2 Journal Style
    Research Ethics conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    9.3 Reference Style
    Research Ethics adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines. Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    Research Ethics does not currently accept supplemental files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints
    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints.

    10.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Research Ethics with SAGE.   

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    The Editors,
    Research Ethics,
    Office 13
    Cherry Drive
    Durham 
    DH6 2BG
    rea@sagepub.co.uk

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