Ethics Regulations

Chapter 1   General Provisions

Article 1 (Purpose): The purpose of these regulations is to prevent research misconduct by members of the Korean Data Analysis Society (hereinafter referred to as "the Society"), secure research ethics, and establish fair and systematic procedures for verifying the truthfulness of research misconduct when it occurs.

Article 2 (Applicable Scope): These regulations shall apply to all persons who directly or indirectly participate in research activities for papers submitted to the Society's journal, "Journal of the Korean Data Analysis Society." 

Article 3 (Scope of Application): Unless there are other special regulations regarding research ethics and truthfulness verification for a particular research field, these regulations shall apply. 

Article 4 (Definition and Scope of Research Misconduct): 

① Research misconduct (hereinafter referred to as "misconduct") as used in these regulations refers to forgery, falsification, plagiarism, and inappropriate authorship attribution in research proposal, research execution, reporting and presentation of research results, and the scope of misconduct includes the following:

1. "Forgery" refers to the fabrication of non-existent data or research results.

2. "Falsification" refers to distorting the research contents or results by artificially manipulating research materials, equipment, processes, or by arbitrarily modifying or deleting data.

3. "Plagiarism" refers to the act of using another person's ideas, research contents, or results without proper approval or citation.

4. "Inappropriate authorship attribution" refers to the act of awarding authorship status without proper reasons to a person who has not made any scientific or technical contributions or omitting a person who has made such contributions, or granting authorship status to a person who has not made any contributions due to expressions of gratitude or other reasons.

5. Intentional obstruction of investigations into suspicions of one's or another's misconduct, or actions that harm the whistleblower. 

6. The act of proposing, coercing, or threatening another person to engage in the above-mentioned misconduct.

7. Actions that seriously exceed the limits that are commonly accepted in the field of education, science, and technology.

② The term "whistleblower" refers to a person who informs the society of the facts or evidence related to misconduct that they have witnessed.

③ The term "respondent" refers to a person who is suspected of participating in misconduct during the investigation process, either because they have become the subject of an investigation due to a report or the society's knowledge, and witnesses or informants in the investigation process are not included. 

④ The term "preliminary investigation" refers to the process of preliminary fact-checking to determine whether there is a need to investigate allegations of misconduct. 

⑤ The term "full investigation" refers to the process of verifying the facts of misconduct to prove whether they are true or false. 

⑥ The term "decision" refers to the process of confirming the results of a full investigation and notifying both the whistleblower and the respondent of it in writing.

Chapter 2   Research Ethics Committee

Article 5 (Functions) : The Research Ethics Committee shall deliberate and decide on the following matters:
① Matters relating to the establishment and operation of systems for research ethics and truthfulness.
② Matters relating to the designation of departments for reporting and processing allegations of misconduct.
③ Matters relating to the initiation of preliminary and formal investigations and approval of investigation results.
④ Measures to protect whistleblowers.
⑤ Matters relating to the processing of research integrity verification results and follow-up measures.
⑥ Other matters designated by the Chairperson.

Article 6 (Composition)
① The Research Ethics Committee shall be composed of no more than nine members, including the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson (hereinafter referred to as "ex officio members"), and the Chairperson shall be the Editor-in-Chief.
② Other members of the committee shall be appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the Chairperson from among the editorial board members or headquarters officials. Their term of office shall be two years and may be renewed.
③ The committee shall appoint one secretary, who shall also serve as the Treasurer.

Article 7 (Meetings)
① The Chairperson shall preside over the Research Ethics Committee and serve as its chairman.
② Meetings shall be conducted primarily via electronic mail and decisions shall be made by a majority vote of attending members and approval by at least two-thirds of participating members.
③ The Chairperson may convene an in-person meeting if he or she deems the matter under consideration to be serious. The meeting shall be attended by a majority of members and decisions shall be made by approval of at least two-thirds of attending members.
④ Meetings shall be closed to the public, but relevant parties may be invited to provide their opinions when deemed necessary.