Enacted June 20, 2008
These rules stipulate the ethical guidelines and standards for issues related to the journal publication at the Korea Insurance Research Institute’s academic journal, Journal of Insurance and Finance.
These rules apply to the author who has submitted their manuscript to the Journal of Insurance and Finance and the editors and reviewers of the journal.
A. The editor of the Journal of Insurance and Finance must declare to follow the ethics guidelines
B. The editorial board must announce the rules of ethics when making calls regarding the papers. It is considered that the author has declared to follow the rules once they have submitted their manuscript; the reviewer at the time of giving consent to their review request.
4. Ethical standards for authors
A. The author who has submitted their manuscript to the Journal of Insurance and Finance must not commit any of the following actions (research misconduct) below in relation to their manuscript.
① (Fabrication) Making up of research data or results that never took place in the first place.
② (Falsification) Manipulating and modifying research data and/or experimental procedure and distorting the results of the study, thereby creating false impression.
③ (Plagiarism) The theft of or an attempt to misattribute the original authorship whether of ideas, contents and/or the results of a study.
④ (Due credit) An act of withholding due credit to a researcher who has contributed to the study or the conclusion of the paper, or falsely crediting someone as the author of the paper as a gesture of appreciation regardless of their actual contribution to the study.
⑤ (Duplicate publication) Reusing a manuscript that has been published elsewhere or submitting an identical manuscript to multiple journals (this includes submitting a previously published paper from a foreign journal or its translated version for publication in a domestic journal).
⑥ (Unacceptable conduct) A serious misconduct of research that falls outside the scope of what is considered to be acceptable behavior.
A. The moral rights of the published paper belongs to the author. However, the author may assign the copyright of the paper to the Korea Insurance Research Institute to make copies, distribute and transmit the paper.
B. The author must try to implement as much as possible the suggestions that have been made by the reviewer during the review process of the manuscript.
5. Ethical standards for editors.
A. The editor must proceed with the adequate review process without delay and take full responsibility for deciding whether a manuscript should be published in the journal.
B. The editor must not take into consideration the author’s gender, age and affiliation, their bias or personal relationship with the author. The editor must be fair and comply with the reviewing and editing criteria only considering the quality of the manuscript.
C. The editor must request someone in a relevant field who can make fair and honest decisions to review the submitted manuscripts.
D. The editor must respect the author as a person and an academic and must not reveal the contents of the manuscript to a third person other than the reviewer prior to deciding upon the publication of the manuscript.
6. Ethical standards for reviewers
A. Reviewers should review papers requested by the editorial board according to the review criteria and report the results of the review to the editorial board. The reviewer must notify the editorial board without delay should they feel that they are not suitable to make an accurate judgement.
B. The reviewer must evaluate manuscripts impartially and objectively without taking into consideration their own academic beliefs or personal relationship with the author. The reviewer should not decide whether a paper to be unacceptable for journal publication on the grounds that it does not coincide with their own perspective or interpretation without appropriate references to substantiate their statements or evaluate a paper without reading the manuscript under review.
C. The reviewer must be mindful whether an important research result or data was properly referenced. The reviewer must notify the editorial board in detail should they find the paper they are reviewing to be extremely similar to a paper that has already been published in another journal.
D. The reviewer must respect the author’s individuality and intellectual independence. The report contains the reviewer’s decision, but it must also include the detailed description of areas that they feel need to be revised.
E. The reviewer must safeguard the privacy of the manuscript they are reviewing. Showing the manuscript to a third person or discussing the contents of the manuscript with a third person is prohibited unless the reviewer requires special advice to review the manuscript. Moreover, the reviewer must not cite contents of the manuscript without the consent of the author before the manuscript is published in the journal.
7. Ethics committee
A. An ethics committee is established to achieve the purpose of the ethics standards. The chairman and members of the committee are the editors and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Insurance and Finance.
B. The ethics committee is convened on demand or on request by a member or the chairman of the committee.
C. The decisions of the ethics committee will be made by a two-thirds majority of the members present. A member who has an actual or potential conflict of interest will not deliberate and decide on the matter. Other operational and investigative matters of the ethics committee will be decided by the committee.
D. The ethics committee must investigate cases of the violation of ethical standards by investigating the informant, examinee, witness, and evidence. Not participating in the investigative procedure is in itself a violation of the ethics standards.
E. The ethics committee must offer an adequate opportunity to the examinee who has been reported to have violated the ethics standards.
F. The ethics committee should not disclose the personal details of the examinee until the final decision has been made regarding the violation of the ethics standards.
G. Should the ethics committee decide to sanction a violation act, they may sanction the following depending on the gravity of the violation.
① Do not accept the manuscript for publication if the paper has yet to be published in the journal.
② Invalidate the paper retroactively or remove the paper from the journal if the paper has already been published in the journal
③ Prohibit the author from publishing their paper in the journal for the next three years
④ Other sanctions decided by the ethics committee
H. Should the ethics committee decide to impose sanctions in G-②, the research misconduct should be notified on the Korea Insurance Research Institute’s website or in the first volume of the Journal of Insurance and Finance published after the misconduct has been finalized.
I. The ethics committee may notify the affiliate institution of the author who has committed research misconduct should the committee find it necessary.
8. Supplementary rules
A. The ethics committee will decide on the revisions of the ethics standards
B. It is understood that the persons who have vowed to comply with the ethics standards have vowed to comply with the revised ethics standards.
This rule will be enforced from September 1, 2016.