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.

Redundant/overlapping publications

Duplicating content from other publications is not allowed and will managed according to the relevant COPE flowchart. Authors are required to confirm that their submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration. This extends to the separate, but similar topic of text recycling (sometimes referred to as self-plagiarism). COPE guidance relating to text recycling will be followed in this instance. Note that conference abstracts and pre-prints are allowed.

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.

Page last updated on the 15th February, 2020.