JALT Publications: Statement of Ethics and Malpractice

JALT Publications Statement of Ethics and Malpractice

JALT Publications publishes JALT Journal, The Language Teacher, and the Post-Conference Publication, which each year bears the name of the previous JALT International Conference. JALT Publications is a member of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) and is committed to maintaining the highest international ethical standards. As a member of COPE, JALT Publications adheres to COPE guidelines, which can be found at https://publicationethics.org/guidance/Guidelines

In addition, JALT Publications adheres to the following ethical standards:

  1. Plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, is prohibited.
  2. Authors are required to receive informed consent from all research participants and/or their legal guardians as appropriate. The nature of the informed consent (e.g., written consent, oral consent) must be stated clearly in all manuscripts related to research involving human participants. In addition, for authors employed by an institution with an Institutional Review Board or equivalent, the research must have been cleared by this board and this must be stated in the manuscript. Authors are expected to take reasonable steps to protect the anonymity of research participants except in exceptional circumstances, which will require their explicit permission.
  3. JALT Publications will not publish manuscripts that are or contain malicious attacks on an individual’s or an institution’s reputation. This does not apply to critiques of the research, arguments, etc., of others which are not done with malicious intent.
  4. Authors are expected to report accurate and honest research results. Reported research results must not, in whole or in part, be fraudulent. Research results must not be manipulated, through such practices as partial reporting, to appear more favorable than they really are. The reporting and display of research results must be transparent. Authors may be asked to share their anonymized data and/or analyses with editors. Upon the acceptance of their paper, authors are strongly encouraged to submit their data and/or research instruments to the IRIS Data Repository or similar databases, if appropriate.
  5. All listed authors must have contributed to the production of the manuscript, either through participation in the research process, through writing the manuscript, or both. All listed authors must agree to being listed as an author. 

Violation of any of the above policies can result in articles not being published, or being retracted, and/or the author(s) being banned from submitting to any JALT publication for a fixed period as determined by the JALT Board of Publications.