Publication Ethics Statement

Integrity in research publication has become a major issue of debate over the past years. The editors of Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement  are seriously concerned about the plagiarism or other forms of fraud and misconduct in academic publishing. We consider it an essential part of our ethical responsibilities as editors to be aware of and to meet these challenges and to develop strategies for coping with them. Likewise, Grief Matters is committed to ethical standards in its own editorial policy. The editors of Grief Matters do their best to ensure fair, unbiased, and transparent peer review processes and editorial decisions. Any detected cases of misconduct, whether on the part of authors, reviewers or editors, will be vigorously pursued.

It is essential that all who participate in producing the journal, who conduct themselves as authors, reviewers and editors, strictly adhere to the highest level of professional ethical standards. By submitting a manuscript to this journal, each author explicitly confirms that the manuscript meets the highest ethical standards from the author and coauthors including proper statistical investigations and thorough ethical reviews by the data owning organisations. To support and promote integrity in research publication, the editorial board fully endorse the position statements for editors and authors that were developed 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity in Singapore in 2010:

Position Statement 1: International Standards for Editors

Position Statement 2: International Standards for Authors

Both position statements were published under a Creative Commons licence. Source: COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), http://publicationethics.org/resources/international-standards-for-editors-and-authors (last accessed 14 July 2016).