WOOS Plagiarism Policies and Ethical Guidelines
WOOS is committed to maintaining high standards through a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies. Any infringements of professional ethical codes, such as plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, bogus claims of authorship, should be taken very seriously by the editors with zero tolerance.
The submitted manuscript should not have been previously published in any form and must not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Ethical Guidelines for Journal Publication
Please find further information on Publication Ethics at WOOS on
• Information for Authors
Open Access Statement
All articles from WOOS Journals have "free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself." (From the BOAI Definition of Open Access)
NOTE: The WOOS uses the iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. You can be reassured that WOOS is committed to actively combating plagiarism and publishing original research.
To find out more about CrossCheck visit http://www.crossref.org/crosscheck.html
iThenticate is also available to authors and researchers who wish to check their papers before submission. iThenticate compares submitted documents to extensive data repositories to create a comprehensive Similarity Report, which highlights and provides links to any significant text matches, helping to ensure that you are submitting an original and well-attributed document. iThenticate for Researchers is a separate service to CrossCheck.
Per WOOS's "Code of Ethics " authors are expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined below:
Research and Publication
- Reporting on Research: WOOS members adhere to the highest ethical standards when disseminating their research findings, such as at the annual meeting or in WOOS publications.
- WOOS members do not fabricate data or falsify results in their publications or presentations.
- In presenting their work, WOOS members report their findings fully and do not omit data that are relevant within the context of the research question(s). They report results whether they support or contradict expected outcomes.
- WOOS members take particular care to present relevant qualifications to their research or to the findings and interpretations of their research. WOOS members also disclose underlying assumptions, theories, methods, measures, and research designs that are relevant to the findings and interpretations of their work.
- In keeping with the spirit of full disclosure of methods and analyses, once findings are publicly disseminated, WOOS members permit their open assessment and verification by other responsible researchers, with appropriate safeguards, where applicable, to protect the anonymity of research participants.
- If WOOS members discover significant errors in the publication or presentation of data, they take appropriate steps to correct such errors in the form of a correction, retraction, published erratum, or other public statement. WOOS follows the retraction guidelines set forth by the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE) which may be found here.
- WOOS members report sources of financial support in their papers and note any special relations to any sponsor. WOOS members may withhold the names of specific sponsors if they provide an adequate and full description of the sponsors’ nature and interest.
- WOOS members report accurately the results of others’ scholarship by using complete and correct information and citations when presenting the work of others.
- WOOS members who analyze data from others explicitly acknowledge the contribution of the initial researchers.
Publication Process: WOOS members adhere to the highest ethical standards when participating in publication and review processes.
- WOOS members explicitly identify, credit, and reference the author of any data or material taken verbatim from written work, whether that work is published, unpublished, or electronically available.
- WOOS members explicitly cite others’ work and ideas, including their own, even if the work or ideas are not quoted verbatim or paraphrased. This standard applies whether the previous work is published, unpublished, or electronically available.
- The WOOS adheres to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (https://publicationethics.org/)