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AGU is committed to upholding the highest level of scientific integrity and professional ethics in all of its activities in order to preserve and enhance its position as a global authority in the scientific community. To this end, AGU has established a set of guidelines for scientific integrity and professional ethics (PDF) for the actions of the members and the governance of the union.
These guidelines apply to the conduct of scientific research and its submission for publication. It applies to authors, as well as reviewers and editors involved in the peer review processes. In general, AGU follows the standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Per these guidelines, scientific research, and the preparation of the results, must be free of any impropriety or undisclosed conflicts of interest. Intentional plagiarism, fabrication, or falsification are serious examples of scientific misconduct and as such are inappropriate actions that will discredit the union and compromise the integrity of science.
Authors are expected to do the following to contribute the highest quality science to AGU publications:
ABOUT PLAGIARISM AND HOW TO AVOID IT
Plagiarism is using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person or that person’s work. This includes using text, figures, tables, or ideas, and includes not just duplicating any of these items but also close paraphrasing of text that still represents someone else’s ideas or work. Plagiarism is unacceptable in all AGU publications.
Self-plagiarism, the act of reproducing your own work without changes for the current science and submission, is also a violation of our plagiarism standards. It potentially constitutes dual publication or prior publication. Including one or two identical sentences from your own previous paper is not likely to be considered plagiarism; however, material quoted verbatim should be placed within quotation marks with appropriate citation. However, including significant portions of your own work without acknowledging the source is unacceptable and could also violate copyrights. AGU journals use plagiarism detection software from iThenticate upon submission to identify any such duplication.
To avoid potential plagiarism:
Reviewers are expected to follow the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers (PDF).
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The editors or authors of AGU books are now required to complete a simple professional conduct self-disclosure form.
This is an opportunity to disclose any past allegations or institutional proceedings resulting in a finding of professional misconduct, or any current formal complaints related to professional conduct, even if the matter is still pending.
This disclosure is required starting in January 2020 following implementation of AGU’s revised “Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics Policy” (PDF). This Policy includes a Code of Conduct that sets expectations for professional conduct related to harassment, bullying, and other scientific misconduct issues.
Concurrent with finalizing the book contract with Wiley, all relevant editors and authors will be invited to complete and return the form to the AGU ethics inbox.
This applies to editors or authors of books across all AGU series. It is not a requirement for authors of chapters within edited volumes.
A self-disclosure does not automatically disqualify someone from publishing with AGU, but each disclosure will receive a review and follow-up discussion if there are areas of concern.
If you have been requested to complete the professional conduct disclosure form, download it here.