Korea Institute for ASEAN Studies
Research Ethics Regulations
Enacted February 27, 2009
Amended June 7, 2010
Amended August 23, 2013
Amended December 6, 2019
Article 1. Purpose of Research Ethics Regulations
The purpose of these regulations are to define the principles and standards of research and publication ethics. For the purpose of preventing academic misconduct and upholding the basic principles of research ethics, all researchers who related to the Korea Institute for ASEAN Studies(hereinafter referred to as “KIAS”) must abide by research ethics in academic research and publishing of research papers.
Article 2. Scope of Research Ethics Regulations
These regulations pertain to all manuscripts submitted to and published by KIAS, Busan University for Foreign Studies.
Article 3. Oath to Research Ethics Regulations
1) Researchers wishing to submit manuscripts to the journal published by KIAS must vow to abide by its Research Ethics Regulations. In addition, all researchers who present papers at the conference hosted by KIAS must also comply with these regulations.
2) When recruiting manuscripts for all publications published by KIAS or announcing academic conference proposals, it is necessary to disclose the ethics regulations together, and researchers related to the publications shall be deemed to have pledged to abide by these regulations at the time of submitting the manuscripts.
The author shall not represent others’ research or part of their claims as if they were the author’s own research results or opinions in his or her writing or submission. The source research results of others may be specified and referenced, but representation of a part of such information as if they were the author’s own research results or opinions shall be determined as plagiarism.
1) The author takes responsibility and is recognized for research that he or she undertook. Upon publishing a paper, the author's information, such as affiliation and position, should be accurately disclosed to enhance the credibility of the authorship.
2) In regards to the publication of researchers’ names on the paper or other published works, the order of the researchers must accurately reflect the amount of contribution provided by each author, regardless of their relative ranks. Acknowledging one as an author or as the leading author merely based on their higher position cannot be justified. In addition, omitting joint researchers or co-authors despite their contribution to the research or the writing also cannot be justified. No matter how small the contribution to the research or writing, such contributors shall be appropriately mentioned in the footnotes, preface, or acknowledgement sections of the paper.
The writer shall not attempt to publish/submit his or her research results (including results scheduled to be published or under review) that had been previously published, whether domestically or internationally, as if the results are new. When the researcher seeks to use previously published research results in his or her publication, the author must inform the Editor of the current journal in which he or she wishes to publish the article about his or her previous publication, and check whether there will be issues regarding overlapping or duplicate publication.
1) When citing published academic materials, efforts must be made to ensure accuracy, and sources of materials outside common sense must be cited clearly. Materials obtained through the evaluation of papers or research proposals or through personal contact may be used after receiving consent from the researcher(s) who has provided said information.
2) When another person’s writings have been used or their ideas have been borrowed (referred to), the writer must declare the use or reference to such information through notes. Through such declarations, the readers must be able to differentiate between existing research results and the writer’s original opinions, claims, and interpretations.
The author must try to reflect the opinions of the Editorial Board expressed in the paper evaluation process into the submission, and when in disagreement with their opinions, he or she must inform the Editorial Board of the grounds and reasons for this disagreement in detail.
The Editorial Board has full responsibility in determining the publications of submitted manuscripts, and must respect the author’s character and independence as scholars.
The Editorial Board must request assessment of the submitted manuscript by an evaluator who has specialized knowledge in the relevant field as well as the ability to make impartial judgments. Efforts must be made to provide an objective assessment by avoiding appointments of evaluators who have inappropriately close relationships or hostile attitudes towards the author. However, the counsel of a third evaluator who specializes in the field may be sought when there is a noticeable difference in the evaluations.
The Editorial Board must not inform anyone of the matters relating to the author or the consent of the paper until it has been decided whether the submitted paper will be published, with the exception of the evaluators.
Reviewers must review the submission as requested by the Editorial Board within the time designated by the evaluation regulations, and must inform the results to the Board. If reviewers feel they are not qualified to evaluate the content of the submission, they must inform the Editorial Board on this information without delay.
Reviewers must fairly review the paper using an objective and impartial standard, disregarding personal scholarly beliefs and acquaintanceship with the author. The paper subject to review must not be assessed without having been carefully read. Reviewers must not devalue the work without adequate grounds or exclude the paper from publishing opportunities on the basis that it is in conflict with the reviewer’s personal opinions and interpretations.
Reviewers must respect the author’s character and independence as an intellectual. The written opinion statement shall disclose the reviewer’s judgment of the paper, and when the reviewer wishes to recommend supplementation to a certain part of the work, reasons for this suggestion must be explained in detail. Reviewers shall use courteous and gentle expressions as much as possible, and refrain from expressions that degrade or insult the author.
Reviewers must withhold information about the paper subject to evaluation. It is advised that reviewers do not show the paper to another person or discuss its contents to another person, unless they are specifically seeking advice for its evaluation. In addition, the content of the paper must not be used without the consent of the author until the academic journal in which it is published is distributed.
The Ethics Committee on research ethics shall consists of no more than five persons, including head of ISEAS, editor-in-chief and members of Editorial Board.
The Ethics Committee may conduct a wide investigation in regards to the informers, examinees, witnesses, testifiers, and evidentiary materials in regards to issues reported as a violation of the ethics regulations. It may recommend appropriate disciplinary actions to the Director when the reported offences are found to be true.
The researcher reported as having violated the ethics regulations must cooperate with investigations conducted by the Ethics Committee. A lack of cooperation in these investigations in itself constitutes a breach of the ethics regulations.
The researcher reported as having violated the ethics regulation must be provided with an adequate opportunity to respond to the summons.
Until the Editorial Board makes its ultimate decision on the ethics regulation violation and makes a disciplinary order, the Ethics Committee must not reveal the relevant researcher’s identity to the public.
Once a disciplinary action recommendation is made by the Ethics Committee, the Editor-in-Chief shall call the Board for an ultimate decision on the disciplinary procedure and penalties. Researchers who have been found to have breached ethical regulations may be issued with disciplinary actions such as warnings or prohibitions from submission, and other organizations or individuals may be informed. When fraudulent acts such as plagiarism, overlapping publications, and ghostwriting are found to be true, the relevant work shall be removed from the collection, and the writer shall be prohibited from submitting papers to the Journal and presenting or discussing at academic conferences hosted by KIAS for a minimum three years; Disclosure of the Judgment shall be made on the KIAS web site.
1) Amendment of these Regulations require the initiative of the head of KIAS or the Editor-in-Chief and one third or more of the Editorial Board.
2) On occasion of an amendment to the Research Ethics Regulations, the person concerned who has vowed to comply with the previous regulations shall be deemed to be committed to compliance with the new regulations without further oaths.
These regulations shall be enforced upon its enactment and amendments.
Text and Manuscript Guideline
I. TEXT STYLE
The manuscript should be written in English.
The manuscript should be between 5,000 to 10,000 words in length, including references, appendices, tables and figures. (Effective from the 2017 July Issue, Book Review or Research Report submissions must be between 1,000 to 2,000 words.)
All pieces must be encoded in a Microsoft Word file, 1.5-spaced, in Times New Roman, Font Size 12.
The Journal uses US spelling, and the author should therefore follow the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.
6. Sections, Tables and Figures
Sections and sub-sections should be divided by “I, 1.1., 1.1.1.” And tables and figures should be numbered by <Table 1>, <Figure 1>. The Journal does not accept color figures. Figures should be submitted in black and white only.
II. FOOTNOTES AND CITATIONS
Detailed information on all literature mentioned in the text and footnote shall be shown in