Ethics Regulations

Research Ethics Regulations of the Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry

(Established on September 1, 2008)
(Revised on September 5, 2011)


Article 1 (Purpose) The purpose of these regulations is to stipulate that the Research Ethics Committee (hereafter referred to as “committee”) shall deliberate on and vote for the issues related to research ethics that arise when a member of the Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (corporation aggregate) (hereafter referred to as “society”) conducts research, publication, and other relevant actions pursuant to the paragraph 12 of the article 5 of the Expert Committee Regulations of this society.


Article 2 (Definition of Misconduct) The following acts shall be considered as misconduct if such acts happen in the process of research, presentation and publication.
1. Forgery : act of fabricating nonexistent data or study results for presentation
2. Falsification : act of gravely distorting content or results of study by manipulating, modifying or deleting data or study results intentionally
3. Plagiarism : act of using the entirety or some of published paper or study results without legitimate citation
4. Theft : act of using idea or study content of other persons without approval
5. Duplicate submission and pub lication : act of submitting an already published paper newly to other journal without approval by the journal where such paper was published, or act of submitting or publishing paper without notifying a new journal of the fact that the paper was published already.


Article 3 (Time Limit for Verification of Misconduct) The basic principle is not to deal with act that was conducted five full years ago
or before from the day of receipt of tip-off even though the tip-off has been received.


Article 4 (Deliberation Procedure) The Research Ethics Committee shall deliberate on issues related to research ethics among members, fol lowing the procedures as below.
1. Raising an issue : When there is a tip-off on research misconduct, the chairperson shall gather relevant data to confirm credence of the tip-off.
2. Convocation of committee : If credence of the tip-off is confirmed, the chairperson shall convene the committee and introduce the issue on the agenda pursuant to the paragraph 1 of the article 6 of the Research Ethics Committee Regulations.
3. Procedures for explanation : If the committee concludes that the issue is grave, it shall provide a person under investigation with an opportunity to explain and receive such explanation in written form.
4. Disciplinary punishment : Disciplinary punishment includes warning, prohibition of paper submission, withdrawal of paper, and suspension of membership. Duration of sanction shall be determined according to seriousness of misconduct.
5. Decision : The committee shall deliberate and decide pursuant to the paragraph 2 of the article 5 and the article 6 of the committee regulations.
6. Notification to the board of directors : The chairperson shall notify the board of directors of the deliberation results before proposing sanction.


Article 5 (Decision by the board of directors and notification) The board of directors shall review the deliberation results by the committee to decide over sanction before notifying the informer and the person under investigation of the decision results.


Article 6 (Objection)
1. If a person under investigation who is concluded to commit research misconduct has an objection to the decision results by the board of directors, the person may raise an objection in written form within one month after the notification date.
2. The committee may deliberate on validity of the objection and call on the board of directors to reconfirm or modify the decision results.


Article 7 (Notification of sanction) The board of directors may announce the finalized measures for sanction in homepage or journal of the society. If nece ssary, the board of directors may notify the organization that the person under investigation belongs to of such finalized measures for sanction.


Article 8 (Confidentiality)
1. Identity of the informer who provided a tip-off on research misconduct shall not be made public.
2. Identity of the person under investigation shall not be made public before the final decision is made over research misconduct.


(Additional Rules)
1. These regulations shall take effect on the date of establishment.
2. The Guidelines to Secure Research Ethics , which are the instructions by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, may apply to the matters that are not stipulated by these regulations.