The Environment follows guidelines published by Committee on Publication Ethics. All articles submitted to the journal are scrutinised for plagiarism. However, authors should take the following steps to prevent any charges of ethical misconduct:
- Make sure that the article is not submitted to multiple journals.
- Make sure that the submitted article is original.
- Make sure that the data submitted is authentic.
- Make sure that images and tables submitted are original and not sourced from the internet.
- Provide citations wherever necessary without fail.
- Add names of all authors who have contributed significantly to the research.
- Provide acknowledgment to all others who have assisted in the research but who do not fall under the category of contributing authors.
- Disclose all sources of funding if relevant.
- Provide accurate contact details of corresponding author.
- Disclose any conflict of interest by promptly submitting a disclosure form along with the manuscript.
- Fully cooperate with subsequent investigations if any.
Action taken if ethical misconduct is found post publication:
- Investigation is started promptly.
- A statement of retraction may be issued after following the due process as per COPE guidelines.
- Institution may be contacted regarding the same.
- Temporary or permanent ban on author/s depending on the case in question.