Publication Ethics

Edanz policies and practices

Good ethical awareness and practice is essential for everyone involved in academic research, manuscript production and publishing. The ethical standards set out by groups such as ICMJE, COPE, and EASE are the standards against which journals and your fellow researchers will hold your work. As an associate member of COPE, Edanz supports the current industry standards in publication and research ethics. We practice this commitment through transparent and ethical services, as well as offering guidance to authors should an ethical issue arise with their manuscript.

Edanz does not guarantee publication

Use of our services is neither a requirement for, nor a guarantee of, acceptance for publication in any journal.

What we do:

  • Participate in COPE activities as an associate member
  • Work with EASE to translate author guidelines into Japanese and Chinese
  • Conduct regular author workshops - of which publication ethics are a part
  • Maintain regular contact with our publisher partners about the latest issues and guidelines regarding publishing ethics
  • Advise authors on the appropriate course of action when an ethical issue arises with their manuscript
  • Advise on authorship and conflict of interest issues
  • Edit clinical manuscripts within the guidelines set out by CONSORT and/or STROBE, as appropriate
  • Ensure authors make all decisions regarding the content of their manuscripts

We will not:

  • Edit or rewrite plagiarised text
  • Knowingly facilitate any malpractice, including:
    • Inappropriate authorship
    • Undisclosed conflicts of interest
    • Duplicate publication
    • Concurrent submission to multiple journals
    • Data fabrication or manipulation


Our policies on plagiarism

Plagiarism is a major ethical offense in publishing and Edanz strives to ensure that all of our dealings with authors are ethically responsible and also to encourage and educate authors to be ethically responsible. Knowingly modifying plagiarized text still counts as plagiarism; therefore, Edanz has set out strict policies on any plagiarism found in a manuscript submitted to us.

  • If plagiarized text is found during editing, the text will be highlighted and left unedited. Authors will be advised about the issue and guidance offered if needed on how to resolve the situation.
  • Any text that has been directly copied and pasted from another source and submitted to us for rewriting/editing will be returned to the author without revision so that the author can replace it with original text prior to editing.
  • Articles or portions of articles that have previously been published cannot be rewritten or used without attribution. These will be returned to the author with guidance on proper publication and citation practice.

Please note, although we will identify any text to the author that has been found to be plagiarized, we do not screen for plagiarism. The final content of all manuscripts handled by Edanz is always the responsibility of the author.