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Ethics, Standards, and Corrections Policy for TFClark Fitness Magazine

 TFClark Fitness Magazine’s ethical policy follows the laws of all local, state, federal municipalities, and industry regulators. The author must be honest in presenting their results and conclusions of their Articles. Research misconduct is harmful to knowledge. It could mislead and harm the public.

Research results
Fabrication, falsification, or selective reporting of information with the intent to mislead or deceive is unethical, as is the theft of information from others. The results of the research are recorded and maintained to allow for analysis and review. Following publication, the articles are retained for a reasonable period and made available upon request. Exceptions may be appropriate in certain circumstances to preserve privacy, assure patent protection, or similar reasons.

Authorship
All those who have made a significant contribution should be given a chance to be cited as authors. Other individuals who have contributed to the work should be acknowledged. Articles should include a full list of the current institutional affiliations of all authors.

Plagiarism
Reproducing text from other authors without properly crediting the source (plagiarism) or producing many papers with the same authors’ same content (self-plagiarism) is not acceptable. Submitting the same results to more than one magazine concurrently is unethical. Authors may not present information obtained by others as if they were their own. Authors should acknowledge others’ work in their articles that have influenced the direction and course of their work.

Duplicate submission
Simultaneous submissions of the same articles to different magazines will not be tolerated. The submitted article will be removed without consideration.

Corrections and retractions
All authors must inform and cooperate with the magazine editor to provide prompt retractions or correct errors in published works.

  • The magazine will issue retractions if:
    • There is unambiguous evidence that the findings are unreliable, either because of misconduct (e.g., data fabrication) or honest error (e.g., miscalculation or experimental error);
    • The articles have previously been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission, or justification (i.e., cases of redundant publication);
    • It constitutes plagiarism;
    • It reports unethical research.
  • The magazine will issue errata if:
    • A small portion of an otherwise reliable publication proves to be misleading (primarily because of honest error);
    • The author list is incorrect (i.e., a deserving author has been omitted, or somebody who does not meet authorship criteria has been included).

Other forms of misconduct include failure to meet precise ethical and legal requirements such as misrepresentation of interests, breach of confidentiality, lack of informed consent, and abuse of research subjects or materials. Misconduct also includes improper dealing with infringements, such as attempts to cover up wrongdoing and reprisals on whistleblowers.