Material submitted to IEC must comply with the following policies to ensure ethical publication of academic work:
Original content and duplicate publication: IEC only publishes original content. When you submit a manuscript to IEC, we will take it to imply that the manuscript has not already been published or submitted elsewhere. If similar or related work has been published or submitted elsewhere, then you must provide a copy with the submitted manuscript. You may not submit your manuscript elsewhere while it is under consideration at IEC.
Redundant publication: IEC considers the submission and publication of very similar articles based on the same experiment or study to be unethical.
Fabrication and falsification: IEC opposes both the fabrication of data or images (i.e. fake or made up data) and the falsification of data or images (i.e. the intentional misrepresentation or deceptive manipulation of data).
Plagiarism: Plagiarism occurs when an author attempts to present previously published work as original content. Every manuscript submitted to IEC is screened for textual overlap by the software CrossCheck, powered by iThenticate. Manuscripts found to contain textual overlap are not considered for publication by IEC.
We reserve the right to contact the affiliated institutions of authors, who have not acted according to good research and publication practices.