Publishing Ethics & Malpractice Statement

Publishing Ethics and Malpractice statement 
Scope and Junctures  (26 January 2021) 


This document covers Otago Polytechnic Ltd’s overarching ethical considerations for publishing issues of Scope: Contemporary Research Topics and Junctures: Journal of Thematic DialogueFurther information about our publishing processes can also be found in our Editor’s Manual (available on request from 

Ethical considerations for research undertaken at Otago Polytechnic Ltd is covered by our Research Ethics Committee 

Otago Polytechnic Ltd also recognises the Royal Society of New Zealand's Code of Professional Standards and Ethics in Science, Technology, and the Humanities.   

Ethical Considerations in publishing 

Authorship of the paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. See Determining Authorship i 

Originality and plagiarism: Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and that the work and/or words of others have been appropriately citedquotedand referenced. 

Permissions: As a rule, permission should be sought from the rights holder to reproduce any substantial part of a copyrighted work. This includes any text, illustrations, charts, tables, photographs, or other material from previously published sources. permissions form provided by the editor should be completed to re-use content published by Otago Polytechnic Ltd.  Exceptions to this are specified in endnote. ii (If in doubt authors should discuss this with their editor) 

Prior publication: Work published in Scope is deemed to be original work that has not previously been published  or is under consideration by another publisherWe do however accept work that is an artwork that has previously been exhibited in a gallery context, or that has been: 

  • re-interpreted from a previously published abstract.  
  • published as an academic thesis, or  
  • published as an electronic preprint.  

Acknowledgement of sources: Appropriate acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given using full journal citations. 

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest. 

Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. Any correction or retraction will be made on the online version on our website.  

Compliance:  Statements of compliance are required if the reported research involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use Research involving animal or human subjects needs to indicate which body reviewed and approved ethical approval.  

Open Access & Data Mining: Scopes and Junctures are open access journals this means anyone can download open access content via our DOI retrieval function and by aggregators. 

ArchivingElectronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content in the event a journal is no longer published shall be maintained by Otago Polytechnic Ltd. 

Editors responsibilities 

Each journal has their own chief editor and sometimes a co-editor/s as well as an editorial board.  As the publisher the overall responsibility for these publications is provided by the Series Editor who represents the publisher.  The roles of the chief and co-editors are contained in Manual for Editors 

Author responsibilities 

Authors are required to: 

  • cite the ethics approval number for their work if it involves research with human or animal participants/subjects
  • ensure that the manuscript they are submitting to Scope has not already been previously published by or under consideration by another publisher  
  • include a list of references that have been cited in the work 
  • identify all authors who have significantly contributed to the researchsee endnote i Determining Authorship 
  • inform editors if they need to make retractions or corrections of mistakes after publication
  • acknowledge any financial support received for the research

Complaints procedure 

Complaints related to editorial practice or decisions must be received in writing to the Series Editor whose role is to investigate such complaintsThe Series Editor may facilitate mediation between the complainant and the Journal Editor, and/or make a ruling based on the information provided.  Any complaints of alleged research misconduct related to published work in Scope or Juncturesand that are authored by Otago Polytechnic staff or students will be referred to the Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies