Ethical Guidelines of Seoul Journal of Economics

Established on June 16, 2010

Article 1: Objectives

The purpose of these guidelines is to establish regulations for the submission, review, and publication of academic articles received by the Seoul Journal of Economics (SJE). These guidelines ensure that the articles do not violate personal dignity and values, or go against the general ethics of society. The said articles should promote the sound development of study as well.

Article 2: Publication and authorship

  1. Authors should list all the works cited in the text in the reference section.
  2. Authors should list all the financial support obtained for their research.
  3. Authors should avoid abbreviations of journal titles and including incomplete information.
  4. For details of the format and style, please refer to the examples below:
    • For a book

      OECD. Towards Green Growth. Paris: OECD, 2011.

    • For an article or chapter in a book
      • If there is one editor

        Eichengreen, B., and Bordo, M. "Crises Now and Then: What Lessons from the Last Era of Financial Globalisation." In p. Mizen (ed.), Monetary History, Exchange Rates, and Financial Markets. Essays in honour of Charles Goodhart, Chapter 3, Vol. 2, Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar, pp. 52-91, 2003.

      • If there are two or more editors

        Eichengreen, B., and Bordo, M. "Crises Now and Then: What Lessons from the Last Era of Financial Globalisation." In p. Mizen (eds.), Monetary History, Exchange Rates, and Financial Markets. Essays in honour of Charles Goodhart, Chapter 3, Vol. 2, Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar, pp. 52-91, 2003.

      • For an article in a journal

        Berger, A., and Udell, G. "Did Risk-Based Capital Allocate Bank Credit and Cause a Credit Crunch in the United States?" Journal of Money, Credit and Banking 26 (No. 3 1994): 585-628. Straits Times (Singapore). "Seagate in Major Deal to Buy Maxtor for USI Billion." March 22, 2006.

      • For a working/discussion paper

        Motohashi, Kazuyuki. R&D of Multinationals in China: Structure, Motivations and Regional Difference. REITI Discussion Paper Series No. 545, 2006.

    • Report the relevant authors to law enforcement agencies.

Article 3: Study process and probity of results

  1. The researcher should be the designated owner of the research material used in the study.
  2. In conducting studies, researchers should be honest and should maintain ethical practices during the entire research period. This guideline covers authenticity of the data, deduction of ideas, design of experiments, analysis of tests and results, requests for research funding, publication of research results, and recognition of research participants.
  3. Researchers should regard plagiarism, fraud, fabrication, counterfeit, and falsification in research as serious criminal acts and dedicate their best effort in preventing such occurrences of wrongdoings.

Article 4: Openness of research data and results

  1. Researchers should be as open as possible for academic development within the scope of protecting the confidentiality of their own research. After the publication of an article and requests from other researchers, study-related data and results should be actively presented within the scope permissible by intellectual property rights and regulations related to studies.
  2. Researchers should go public and respond appropriately when their results or processes of study are or may be in conflict with their own profit, other researchers, and other institutions.

Article 5: Co-authors

  1. All authors of an academic article should be able to take accountability for their work by being well informed of the contents and processes of the study. Individuals who did not contribute to the study should not be listed as authors.
  2. Individuals who contributed practically to the study and to the writing of articles directly or indirectly should be properly rewarded, such as by being listed as co-authors of the said study.

Article 6: The SJE Ethics Committee

  1. The SJE Ethics Committee (referred to as "the Committee") shall be established to deliberate on items related to research ethics.
  2. The Committee shall consist of the same members as those in the English Journal Committee, and the Institute of Economic Research, Seoul National University (SJE's in-university editorial board). The membership includes the editor-in-chief, editors, and assistant administrators.
  3. The editor-in-chief shall be also the head of the Ethics Committee.

Article 7: Review process - SJE referee service

  1. Submitted articles will be reviewed by two objective reviewers and the Editor.
  2. Submitted articles will be treated confidentially during the Referee service.
  3. Referees should point out relevant published works that were not cited.

Article 8: Operation of the committee

  1. The Committee shall be convened by the head when the head and at least a third of the members agree on the necessity of convening the committee.
  2. The Committee shall be assembled when the majority of the current members are present. Decisions shall be made by the majority of the members in attendance.
  3. The Committee head can require the submission or report of materials from those parties in charge of study or administration when such materials are needed for deliberation.
  4. The Committee members should keep confidentiality on all matters related to the deliberation.

Article 9: Functions of the committee

The Committee shall deliberate and issue decisions on the following items:
  1. Items related to research ethics presented in articles related to the SJE
  2. Well-intentioned charged items presented on research probity related to the SJE
  3. Investigation of violation of research regulations related to the SJE
  4. Other items related to research ethics such as preserving anonymity of reviewers and having no interest with respect to articles they reject or accept

Article 10: On violation of research regulations

  1. When a report for violation of research regulations related to the SJE is received, the Committee will conduct a proper investigation and then process the issue with confidentiality.
  2. The parties suspected of violating research regulations shall have the right to set forth their counter-argument against the results of the investigation by the Committee. This right should be guaranteed by the Committee.
  3. When a violation of research regulations is identified based on the results of an investigation, the Committee can declare the violation and implement the following measures:
    • Retract the publication of or require modification of the relevant research results.
    • Disqualify the relevant authors from submitting articles for a certain period.
    • Report the relevant authors to law enforcement agencies.

Article 11: Date of enforcement

These guidelines shall be enforced from May 10, 2013, the date of the passage of the Editorial Board.