The Korea Association of Teachers of English
Ethics Standards for Research and Publication
Chapter One : General Provisions
Article One: Purpose
The Ethics Standards for Research and Publication (herein referred to as the Standards) shall provide the guidelines for the organization and operation of the Korea Association of Teachers of English (herein referred to as the KATE) Committee on Research Ethics and define the responsibilities of editors, authors, and reviewers to maintain high ethical standards related to the submission, review, and publication of manuscripts.
Article Two: Scope of Application
The Standards shall apply to all research related to the KATE and manuscripts submitted to the KATE’s journal English Teaching.
Chapter Two : Obligations of the Author(s)
Article Three: Acknowledgement of Sources
① The author(s) submitting a manuscript shall have to give proper acknowledgement when drawing upon other's work.
② Information obtained during manuscript review and research proposal evaluation and information privately obtained by the author(s) through conversation, correspondence, or discussion with another person shall have to be acknowledged only after explicit permission from the person from whom the information was obtained.
Article Four: Responsibility
The author(s) shall be responsible for and recognized only for their own work.
Article Five: Authorship
For the integrity of authorship, authors’ names shall have to be listed in accordance with the contributions the authors have made to research and manuscript preparation. In no circumstances, shall anyone be listed as the first author or a coauthor for the sole reason of being in a special position related to those submitting a manuscript.
Article Six: Multiple Submissions of the Manuscript
The author(s) shall not be allowed to submit a manuscript which has already been published, accepted for publication elsewhere, or submitted elsewhere for review. However, in case that a manuscript is based on the authors’ research findings, part of which was previously published elsewhere, the author(s) shall have to inform the Editorial Board about the fact and let the Editorial Board investigate whether it is a case of unacceptable multiple submissions.
Article Seven: Revision of the Manuscript
The author(s) shall have to strive to revise their manuscript in accordance with the feedback and suggestions provided by the reviewers and/or the Editorial Board during the review and journal editing process. If the authors disagree with a requested revision, they shall have to provide, in writing, relevant evidence and justification for not making the requested change.
Chapter Three : Obligations of the Editorial Board
The Editorial Board makes decisions regarding the publication of a submitted manuscript in English Teaching. In the decision-making process, the Editorial Board shall have to respect each other’s integrity as a scholar and his or her right to do independent research.
The Editorial Board shall review fairly the quality of a manuscript and whether it complies with the submission guidelines and review criteria. Manuscripts shall be evaluated objectively without regard to the gender, age, affiliation, and other personal characteristics of the authors.
In order to give each submitted manuscript due opportunity of being reviewed and evaluated objectively, the Editor-in-Chief shall select reviewers who have the expertise in the area covered by a submitted manuscript and who are able to make fair, unbiased decisions.
The Editor-in-Chief shall not disclose either the contents of a manuscript or the identity of the author(s) until the final decision regarding the manuscript has been made.
Chapter Four : Obligations of the Reviewers
Reviewers shall follow the review guidelines, complete the review within the designated time frame, and submit the review results to the Editor-in-Chief. If the reviewer feels that he or she is inadequately qualified to review the assigned manuscript fairly and objectively, the reviewer shall have to notify the editor to excuse himself or herself from the review process for the manuscript in question.
Reviewers shall review a manuscript independently, fairly, and objectively. They shall explain and support their judgments adequately in the review report so that the Editor-in-Chief and the author(s) may be able to understand the basis for their comments.
When reviewing a manuscript, reviewers shall respect each author’s integrity as a scholar and his or her right to do independent research.
Reviewers shall have to treat a manuscript for review as a confidential document. They shall not be allowed to disclose any information about the assigned manuscript or discuss its contents with a third party until the final decision regarding the manuscript has been made.
Chapter Five : Committee on Research Ethics
Article Sixteen: Organization
① The KATE shall institute the Committee on Research Ethics (herein referred to as the Committee) whose duty is to oversee matters related to ethical standards.
② The Committee shall be comprised of approximately 20 members including Chair and Executive Manager.
③ The Editor-in-Chief shall serve as the Committee Chair, and the Chair’s term shall correspond with the term of the Editor-in-Chief.
④ The Executive Manager and other members of the Committee shall be chosen from among the offices of the KATE’s Standing Executive Board. Their appointment shall be recommended by the KATE’s President and approved by the Standing Executive Board. The term for the Executive Manager and other members of the Committee shall correspond with the term for the Standing Executive Board.
Article Seventeen: Duties
The Committee shall deliberate matters related to research ethics and investigate potential violations of the Standards. In case of a violation, the Committee shall suggest that appropriate punishment or sanctions be imposed on the violator(s) by the President.
Article Eighteen: Meetings and Operation
① Meetings shall be convened when deemed necessary by the Chair or when requested by the President.
② The majority of the Committee members shall constitute the quorum for a meeting. A decision shall not be considered valid unless more than half of the members present concur. However, a committee member who is involved with the manuscript under investigation shall not be allowed to attend the meeting.
Article Nineteen: Authors’ Obligation to Cooperate
The author(s) shall have to fully and faithfully cooperate in investigations into possible breaches of the Standards.
Article Twenty: Investigation of Misconduct Allegations
① When investigating misconduct and violations of the research ethics set forth herein, the Committee shall give the author(s) ample opportunity to respond to allegations.
② The Committee shall not disclose the identity of the author(s) suspected of misconduct until the final decision has been made by the KATE.
Article Twenty-One: Report to the Standing Executive Board
The Committee shall report to the Standing Executive Board about the findings of an investigation into a possible breach of the Standards. Possible breaches of the Standards shall include the following:
① Submission of a manuscript to multiple journals
② Submission of a manuscript previously published elsewhere
③ Submission of a manuscript that borrows part or all of another person’s research findings without proper acknowledgement
④ Submission of a manuscript that disguises part or all of one’s own or another person’s previous research findings as new ones
⑤ Submission of a manuscript that includes any coauthor who has not been directly involved in the planning and implementation of a study
Article Twenty-Two: Retribution and Notification
① In case the Committee recommends a punitive action, the KATE’s President shall convene a meeting of the Executive Council in order to decide on the appropriateness of punishment and the proper severity of punishment.
② The President shall be able to take punitive actions including, but not limited to, a warning to authors violating the Standards set forth herein and a suspension or
revocation of the membership of those violating the Standards set forth herein. The President shall have the right to notify other organizations or individuals of the punitive action taken.
③ A manuscript accepted for publication or already published in English Teaching shall be withdrawn if it is proven that Article Five has been violated by the author(s). Such authors shall not be allowed to submit a manuscript to the journal for three years.
Chapter Six : Amendment of the Standards
Article Twenty-Three: Amendment of the Standards
The Standards shall be amended according to the procedure which applies to amendments to the KATE’s Constitution.
The Standards shall be effective as of October 1, 2007.
The Standards shall be effective as of March 1, 2011.