We at Editage are aware of the increasing pressure that members of the academic research and publishing community are under today. This can sometimes lead to academic authors falling short of industry standards for ethical publication. As a leading provider of editorial and publication support services since 2002, we have on occasion been witness to potential cases of ethical violation while editing research papers. A majority of these cases are instances of “accidental plagiarism” where the authors were unwittingly engaging in an unethical practice, mainly because of lack of information and professional training on the subject.
This realization has made us more aware of our responsibilities toward the academic community. As the first people to look at research papers, even before journal editors do, we can serve as trusted advisors to thousands of researchers, especially early-career scientists not fully aware of the pitfalls of unethical academic publication. The Editage team hereby commits to following the best practices of supporting authors to publish ethically, by implementing essential processes and undertaking initiatives to educate authors and optimize editorial processes.
Editage processes for suspected ethical misconduct
We follow systemic processes to reduce the risk of unethical publication for authors. In each case, we ensure that the issue is resolved before final job delivery.
Process for suspected ethical non-compliance
When we encounter suspected ethical non-compliance in a manuscript, we draw the author’s attention to the issue and suggest the corrective steps to address it.Learn more
Process for suspected plagiarism
In case of suspected plagiarism in a manuscript, we draw the author’s attention to the issue and suggest the necessary next steps to rectify it.Learn more
Process for suspected duplicate/redundant publication
When we encounter a case of suspected duplication or redundant publication, we suggest the relevant course of action depending on the extent of overlap.Learn more
Our educational initiatives for editors and authors
Editage regularly runs awareness campaigns, conducts educational programs, and disseminates material for ethical publication to academic authors and editors worldwide.
We have also compiled a comprehensive set of free, downloadable guidelines to help authors publish ethically.
Author educationAwareness campaigns and education
We educate authors on industry guidelines for publication ethics through workshops, webinars, articles, and e-books.
Editage Insights aims to reach out to and unite researchers, journals, and scholarly publishing professionals around the world, through educative and informative content covering all aspects of academic publishing
Our editors look for potential instances of misconduct, notify authors about the risks, and direct them to the location where they can access the target journal’s policies on misconduct, if necessary.
In addition to providing end-to-end assistance throughout the publication process, our Publication Support Packs include an ethics check on manuscripts in order to prevent subsequent journal rejection and/or retraction.
Editorial process optimization
Our editors and publication experts are trained to conduct plagiarism checks, interpret plagiarism reports, and communicate the findings to authors.
Our editorial team has access to workflow charts that outline the processes to be followed when dealing with a variety of suspected misconduct scenarios; in addition, we continuously share and discuss case studies within the team.