Publishing Ethics

  • Overview

    Shanghai Jiao Tong University Journal Center and our editors uphold a steadfast commitment to ethical publication practices, aligning with the principles set forth by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). We actively support the establishment and practical implementation of consistent ethical standards within the scholarly publishing community.


    Please consider submitting your research to us only if the following conditions are met:

    • The research has been conducted with the utmost standards of rigor and integrity.
    • The article/case study is original.
    • The work has not been submitted elsewhere and is not under consideration with any other publication.


    • The work does not include libelous, defamatory, or unlawful statements.
    • Permission has been obtained for any third-party material included.
    • Proof of consent has been secured for any named individuals or organizations.
    • Authorship has been agreed upon before submission, and no one has been ‘gifted’ authorship or denied credit as an author (ghost authorship).
    • Should your research be published, and we discover any failure to meet these conditions, we may take action in accordance with COPE guidelines. This may involve issuing correction notices or, in severe cases, removing or retracting the article from our database. In certain situations, such as legal considerations or when an article serves as evidence in an independent hearing, actions may be deferred until all matters are fully resolved.



    In order to publish and disseminate research articles, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) requires specific publishing rights from authors, as outlined in the publishing agreement. The terms vary based on the chosen publication model:


    1. Subscription Model:

    Authors typically transfer copyright to SJTU or the relevant Journal/Association for articles published under the subscription model.


    2. Open Access Model:

    Authors license their article to SJTU, selecting either a CC BY-NC-ND or CC BY end user license when publishing open access.


    Regardless of the chosen model, authors enjoy similar rights under the publishing agreement, supporting their ability to share, disseminate, and maximize the impact of their research.


    Additional Rights for Open Access Articles:

    Authors of open access articles also gain extra rights based on the selected Creative Commons end user license. The chosen license dictates how readers and authors can reuse and share the article.


    Commitment to Author Protection:

    SJTU is unwavering in its commitment to safeguarding authors' works and their reputation. Allegations of infringement, plagiarism, ethical disputes, and fraud are treated with the utmost seriousness. SJTU takes proactive measures to address these issues and uphold the integrity of published research.


    Author rights

    The following table outlines the rights granted to authors who choose to publish in journals owned by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, whether opting for an open-access or subscription model. These rights are applicable to both the corresponding author and all co-authors.


    Author Rights in SJTU’s Proprietary Journals

    Open access


    Retain Copyright


    Retain the rights to use their research data freely without any  restriction

    Receive proper attribution and credit for their published work

    Re-use their own material in new works without permission or payment (with full acknowledgement of the original article)

    Use and share their works for scholarly purposes (with full acknowledgement of the original article)

    Publicly share the preprint on any website or repository at any time

    Publicly share the accepted manuscript on non-commercial sites

    √ using a CC BY-NC-ND license and usually only after an embargo period

    Publicly share the final published article

    √  in line with the author’s choice of end user license


    Retain patent and trademark rights

    Artificial Intelligence Generated Content

    Artificial Intelligence Generated Content (AIGC) tools, including ChatGPT and other tools based on large language models (LLMs), are not capable of independently initiating original research without human author direction. They cannot assume accountability for a published work or contribute to research design, which is a standard requirement of authorship, as discussed in the previous section. Additionally, AIGC tools lack legal standing and the ability to hold or assign copyright.


    In alignment with COPE’s position statement on AI tools, these tools cannot fulfill the role of an author and should not be listed as such for an article. If an author utilizes an AIGC tool in the development of any part of a manuscript, its use must be transparently and thoroughly described in the Methods or Acknowledgements section. The author bears full responsibility for the accuracy of information provided by the tool and must appropriately reference any supporting work on which that information relies.


    It's important to note that tools used for spelling, grammar, and general editing improvements fall outside the scope of these guidelines. The ultimate decision on whether the use of an AIGC tool is suitable or permissible in the context of a submitted manuscript or a published article rests with the journal’s editor or the party responsible for the publication’s editorial policy.

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