March 1, 2016, Revised July 15, 2016
The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Inc. (IISE) seeks to maintain the highest standards of professional ethics in all aspects of scientific inquiry and dissemination of knowledge. The principles of objective inquiry and evaluation, fairness and equal treatment to all investigators and respect for intellectual property rights are central to these ethics. This document describes the policies and procedures of professional behavior for IISE journal editorial board members, reviewers and authors defined to ensure these principles are upheld. Administrative processes for investigating potential violations and resultant sanctions for violation of these polices are enumerated. The policies and practices documented herein shall constitute a minimal set of standards for all journals owned by IISE.
In the interest of fairness and good professional practice:
To protect the integrity of the journals and avoid any potential bias, all real and potential financial conflicts of interest must be disclosed at the time of submission of a manuscript for evaluation. Normally, such conflicts should be included in an Acknowledgements section at the end of the paper, however, where appropriate for proprietary or other reasons, the EIC or FIE may approve an author(s)' request not to publish all or part of the COI detail. For instance, a company may support a project but not want its name revealed for competitive reasons, or the potential conflict may be deemed so minor as to be inconsequential.
COIs to be disclosed include but are not limited to the following:
It is the responsibility of the Editors and reviewers to
All reported research must be conducted in an unbiased manner.
If an undisclosed COI or any violation of the author responsibilities listed above, including the stipulations attested to upon submission, is discovered subsequent to the submission of the manuscript, this shall be reported to the EIC. The EIC will then initiate the following process.
Accurate and complete discourse is essential for advancing knowledge. Thus it is incumbent upon authors to ensure the following:
The Editorial Board is charged with in-depth and fair evaluation of papers submitted for publication. All materials sent to reviewers below the level of Area/Associate Editor should be made as anonymous as possible, including, at a minimum, removal of author(s) names and affiliations from the manuscript.
The EIC, FIE and DE are responsible for
Reviewers and AEs are responsible for
Plagiarism is academic fraud and must be prevented to ensure the integrity of the journals and protection of Intellectual Property rights. In addition to inappropriate direct copying of other material, using another person's idea or work product without proper attribution constitutes plagiarism. Note that self-plagiarism, reuse of one's own work without proper acknowledgement and permission of copyright holder, is plagiarism and will be treated the same as copying the work of another person. Additional guidance and references are available in a white paper provided by iThenticate® (http://www.ithenticate.com/self-plagiarism-free-whit-paper/).While it is understood that author(s) may expand upon previous conference or journal papers reuse of copyrighted material is strictly forbidden without permission and disclosure, and all submissions must make a significant additional original contribution sufficient to warrant publication on their own merit.
The Editor-in-Chief, with support from the Focus Issue Editors and Department Editors, is responsible for ensuring
It is the responsibility of the author(s) to act professionally and avoid plagiarism. In particular author(s) have the professional responsibility to
The EIC is ultimately responsible for ensuring the integrity of the journal and execution of any necessary investigation of ethical violations. All suspected violations of plagiarism standards should be immediately reported to the DE and EIC or FIE.
IISE may require any author, reviewer, and/or editorial board member to certify to IISE in writing, from time to time, such person's continued compliance with the policies and practices documented herein. IISE may require delivery of such written certification to IISE as a condition precedent for such person being involved with, or publishing in, any of the journals owned by IISE.
1. "Code of Conduct," Committee on Publication Ethics, http://publicationethics.org/resources/code-conduct