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Manual for Research and Publication Ethics in Science and Engineering

Cho Eun Hee, Kim Young-Mog, Park Kibeom, Son Wha-Chul, Yoon Tae-Woong, Lim Jeong Mook, Hwang Eun Seong
ISBN-13: 978-89-5938-345-0-93190
Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies
This is an open-access publication distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose of publication

  • This manual provides a reference for individual researchers to prevent any violation of research ethics should the need to make an ethical decision arise while researching or writing a research report.

  • This manual can help an institution's Research Integrity Committee or Investigation Committee, journal editors, members of a publication committee or research ethics committee, etc. make decisions or follow-up measures for actual cases that impinge upon research and publication ethics.

  • This manual provides the basic materials needed for developing a program on research misconduct prevention and research ethics education.

The design of the manual

  • This manual explains in detail the “Guidelines to Research Ethics” of the Ministry of Education and “The Basic Principles of Research Ethics Regulations” of the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning to help researchers and staff.

  • Since basic principles and procedures are already handled in “The Understanding and Practice of Research Ethics” of the Ministry of Science and Technology or under each institution's code of research ethics, this manual has strived to promote the understanding of research ethics standards.

  • In addition, this manual has gone beyond merely suggesting standards regarding research ethics—it has introduced issues to review before making a judgment on research misconduct, the basic virtues any researcher should have internalized before practicing research ethics, and actual factors needed to secure research integrity, along with real-life cases.

  • Chapter 2 handles the guidelines researchers and agencies should refer to when making a decision on research misconduct and inappropriate research practices.

  • Chapter 3 lays down guidelines for the publication of journals or research papers.

  • Chapter 4 features the investigation and procedures for handling research misconduct.

  • Chapter 5 presents guidelines on precautions and solutions regarding conflicts of interest that may arise during research.

  • Chapter 6 deals with bioethics needed for research targeting humans and animals and the basic issues and procedures to keep in mind for conducting proper research.

  • Chapter 7 explains the background of concepts and principles that may not be directly relevant but are nevertheless needed for the establishment of research ethics. Through this chapter, the authors of the manual hope to help researchers internalize research integrity and also help them learn research ethics.