Ethics Guideline

Code of Ethics for the Research Activities of the Society of Korea Industrial and Systems Engineering

Article 1 (Purpose)

This Code of Ethics is to prevent any misconduct related to the research activities of the Society of Korea Industrial and Systems Engineering (hereinafter referred to as the "Society"), with an aim to providing directions and basic principles in establishing research ethics.

Article 2 (Subject of application)

This Code of Ethics applies to both members and non-members who participate in the Society's academic activities.

Article 3 (Scope of research misconduct)

Research misconduct (hereinafter referred to as "misconduct") suggested in this code includes forging, falsification, plagiarism, and duplication of publication of papers, presentations, and submissions as part of the academic activities of the society, and is as follows:

1. "Forging" is the act of creating false data or non-existent research results
2. "Falsification" is the act of perverting research contents or results by artificially modifying research ingredients, equipment, or processes, or arbitrarily modifying and deleting data
3. "Plagiarism" is the act of appropriating others' ideas, research contents, or results without proper approval or quotation
4. "Duplicate submission" is the act of publishing the same content to two or more academic journals
5. "Unjust indication of the author of the paper" is the act of not granting the authorship of the paper without a reasonable reason to a person who contributed or assisted on research contents or results, or granting authorship of a paper to a person who did not contribute or assist through reasons such as expressing gratitude or showing respect and
6. Any other activity that seriously deviates from the scope commonly accepted in academia is prohibited.

Article 4 (Obligations of the Researcher)

① The research shall be creative in theory relating to the society and its application thereof, and the researcher shall ensure the integrity and accuracy of the research.
② The researcher shall take every measure to secure the credibility of the entire research process: planning, implementation, results, and reporting.
③ The researcher shall not commit any misconduct such as forging, falsification, plagiarism, or duplicate publication.
④ The researcher shall abide by the universal rules that are used at home and abroad during the research process.
⑤ The authors of the research shall be limited to those who are directly involved in the research implementation. Moreover, all authors shall take joint responsibility for the research paper.
⑥ The achievements of other researchers that are cited and referred to in the research shall be disclosed so that the original author's rights and intellectual property rights can be protected.
⑦ As for conflicts of interest that may occur during the implementation of the research, the researcher shall understand the persons concerned based on intellectual freedom and fairness, and shall place precedence on public interests to make a fair settlement.
⑧ The researcher shall recognize that his or her research has a social responsibility to improve the welfare of human beings.

Article 5 (Constitution of the Research Ethics Committee)

① The Research Ethics Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Committee") is formed to deliberate on matters related to research ethics. The committee shall be composed of six members including the Ethics Committee Chairperson, President, Editor-in-Chief, Program Chair, Vice-Chairperson, and Director of General Affairs.
② The Committee may seek advice or hear an opinion from a specialist in evaluating relevant information during the deliberation regarding research ethics.

Article 6 (Roles of the Committee)

With regard to research ethics, the Committee shall perform the following roles:

1. Deliberating and voting on research misconduct in case any misconduct such as modification of research contents, forging, or plagiarism occurs in academic activities including the Journal of the Society of Korea Industrial and Systems Engineering (hereinafter referred to as the "Journal") and annual conference (hereinafter referred to as a "conference");
2. Necessary measures to protect the informants who report misconduct and
3. Necessary measures to improve the Society's research ethics.

Article 7 (Deliberation and Reporting of the Committee)

① Any decision of the Committee shall be resolved by the agreement of more than four registered Committee members. The Committee shall report the decision to the Board of Directors and take the necessary measures.
② The report to the Board of Directors shall include the following items:

1. Name of the person accused of misconduct;
2. Types of misconduct and related data (paper, etc.) and
3. Matters that the Committee deems to be significant and related.

③ The investigation of misconduct shall be kept confidential and shall not be against the interests of the Society or ordering organization.
④ The Committee may have the person suspected of misconduct attend the deliberation and offer that suspect an opportunity for defense or objection, if necessary.

Article 8 (Treatment of Misconduct and Notification)

① The Board of Directors reviews the Committee's report and may propose the following disciplinary measures for a suspect whose misconduct is confirmed:

1. Send a reprimand letter from the Society
2. Demand cancellation or modification of the research content concerned
3. Replace the persons concerned with the research task
4. Temporarily suspend or deny membership in the Society for a given period
5. Dismiss the suspect from membership; and
6. Report to the legal authorities.

② The Chairperson will provide written notification of the measures according to the Board of Directors' decision.
③ In case the deliberation confirms that there is no misconduct, the committee may take proper follow-up measures to recover the dignity of the examinee or the suspect.

Article 9 (Request for Reinvestigation)

① Objections can be made against the Society's decision within thirty days after written notification. The Ethics Committee Chairperson may convene the Committee for retrial and implement a retrial regarding the misconduct.
② The Ethics Committee Chairperson may report the results of the retrial to the Board of Directors and take the necessary measures.


① Enforcement date: this Code of Ethics comes into force on May 15, 2008.