The British Paramedic Journal endeavours to comply with the COPE guidelines. As such, the first step when an ethical issue is raised will be to follow the relevant COPE flowchart.
Plagiarism and redundant/overlapping publications
The journal uses the Office of Research Integrity definition of plagiarism, which includes “both the theft or misappropriation of intellectual property and the substantial unattributed textual copying of another’s work. It does not include authorship or credit disputes.”
While the journal does not use plagiarism checking services, searches are conducted to determine whether textual copying has occurred. Incidents of plagiarism will be managed according to the relevant COPE flowchart.
Submissions from member of the editorial board
The journal encourages members of the editorial board to submit to the journal. However, in order to ensure an objective and unbiased evaluation, the board member will take no part in the suitability or review processes of their submission.
One of the other editors will undertake the management of the submission and submissions will be subject to the same review process as for other submissions.