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IGI Global Publication Ethics Statement

IGI Global is committed to publishing original scholarly materials of the highest quality that provide comprehensive insight into all aspects of information science, business science, medical information science and engineering science. As an internationally-recognized publisher, IGI Global’s goal is to facilitate the availability of academic excellence and disseminate innovative knowledge worldwide.

In support of the mission of IGI Global, we only publish original materials that have been subject to a standardized process across all publications of a stringent double-blind review evaluation by multiple reviewers.

IGI Global book and journal editors and authors are provided written guidelines and checklists that must be followed to maintain the high value that IGI Global places on the work it publishes. IGI Global reviewers are an important component of the scholarly process and therefore are instructed to provide comprehensive, detailed appraisals of work that they are reviewing to assist the author in improving the quality and usability of the presented research.

IGI Global Malpractice Process

In an attempt to alleviate instances of malpractice before they occur, IGI Global provides:
  • Journal and Book Editors with a detailed Guide to Editing an IGI Global journal or book. This publication presents the company Editorial Policy pertaining to the double blind review process, the standard Manuscript Review Form and guidelines for selecting qualified reviewers and their responsibilities.
  • Chapter/Journal article authors receive Author Guidelines that state the material must be original
  • Chapter/Journal article authors must complete a checklist to accompany their accepted article that all the authors sign prior to publication to attest to the originality.
  • An IGI Global Author Warranty and Transfer of Copyright form that each author must sign to acknowledge that the paper is original, is not submitted elsewhere, and does not include copyrighted elements.
In spite of these precautions when questions arise, IGI Global is very aggressive in its investigation of charges of plagiarism, misconduct or illegal distribution of its published work. Guided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as outlined at http://publicationethics.org, book and journal editors are asked to forward any suspicion or reports of plagiarized material, double submissions, fabricated research results, etc. to the IGI Global Director of Intellectual Property and Contracts for investigation.

It is the full intention of IGI Global to protect its intellectual property and to ensure that its authors/editors receive full recognition for their research and ideas published in IGI Global books and journals. However, in light of all the possible means used by those who violate copyright, particularly in those countries where copyright laws are not recognized or enforced, it is extremely difficult to completely protect intellectual property from illegal uses. IGI Global takes every possible step to protect its publications in today’s electronic world to the best of our abilities.

If malpractice is proven, steps are taken by IGI Global to inform the different parties in an honest, open manner with the sole outcome to correct any infringement, whether direct or unintentional, to maintain the integrity of the scholarly publish intent and IGI Global’s reputation as a publisher of quality research materials.