Journal of Demography

Publication Ethics Statement

Duties of Authors

  • Shall not submit for consideration of publication in a journal an article that has previously been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • The manuscript submitted for consideration of publication must not contain any parts that constitutes plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) and shall have accurate and complete list of references.
  • Not fabricate or falsify data in a research report.
  • Strictly comply with the authorship principle. Authorship shall be exclusive for those who have made a significant contribution to the research, none of whom should be left out or excluded from list of authors.
  • All co-authors must approve of the manuscript and agree to its submission for publication in the journal.

  • Duties of Reviewers

  • Treat manuscripts they received for review as confidential documents and shall not disclose any information contained in the article while it has not been published.
  • Assess the quality of articles objectively, without any prejudice.
  • Not suggest that the author include any references with the intention to increase the citation count of their work or that of their associates. Submit the review result on time.
  • Declare any conflicts of interest they may have with the author or the research project to the editorial team.
  • Inform the editorial team of any ethical issues in the article including plagiarism and data fabrication or falsification.

  • Duties of Editors

  • Publish guidelines for manuscript preparation and any other necessary steps which authors must follow to prospective authors and the general public.
  • Check duplications and plagiarism of submitted manuscripts.
  • Ensure that the peer review process is fair, unbiased and timely.
  • Reviewers shall be qualified experts in the relevant field.
  • Not disclose the information of the authors and the reviewers to third parties during the review process nor disclose the content of or any information contained in the manuscript while it has not been published.
  • Select articles to be published based on their merits and not publish articles only for the benefit of any authors or the journal without regards to the review results of the articles from the reviewers.
  • Not reject articles due to mere suspicion of research misconduct but shall seek evidence and give the author an opportunity to respond before rejecting the article.
  • Not take part in deciding to accept or reject articles that they authored or have any vested interests or involvement in.
  • Not request the author to include any references with the intention to increase the journal’s citation count or impact factor or to increase the citation count of their work or that of their associates.
  • Establish mechanisms for appeal against editorial decisions and for complaints in relation to articles published in the journal.
  • Establish a mechanism to rectify serious errors in published articles and retract those found in violation of research ethics. Editors shall take appropriate action when they are presented with errors or suspicion of misconduct in relation to articles published in the journal.

  • Authors, editors, and reviewers are expected to adhere to the highest standards of publication ethics. Authors must follow ethical guidelines related to authorship, dual submission, attribution, plagiarism, image integrity, figure preparation, and conflicts of interest. Compliance with research ethics policies, encompassing human subjects research, animal research, and global research, is also mandatory. Comprehensive details are outlined in the accompanying documents.

    In addition, all articles submitted must either have an ethical approval number or be accompanied by a signed ethics declaration from the author prior to publication in our journal.

    Reviewers and editors are obligated to handle manuscripts impartially and confidentially, while disclosing any potential conflicts of interest. Editors must additionally adhere to the code of conduct for editorial board members.

    The journal commits to investigating concerns raised regarding submissions or publications, irrespective of the time elapsed since publication or study conclusion. These concerns may originate from internal sources, authors, or anonymous, pseudonymous, or named third parties. Appropriate actions will be taken, such as corrections, expressions of concern, or retractions, to rectify or clarify the scientific record as necessary. In cases of anticipated delays or extended follow-up periods, the journal may issue interim notices on the pertinent articles to inform readers about raised issues.

    While upholding transparency in scientific communication, the journal prioritizes safeguarding the confidentiality of individuals reporting publication ethics or research integrity concerns, minimizing personal and professional risks. Information and materials shared during ethics case follow-up discussions are considered confidential, yet pertinent details may be shared with involved parties (e.g., editors, reviewers, other journals, affected data repositories). The journal reserves the right to notify authors' institutions, funders, or regulatory bodies as deemed appropriate.

    All parties engaging with the journal concerning concerns or inquiries related to publication ethics cases must adhere to the Standards for Professional Conduct policy.