IMA Fungus publication ethics and malpractice statement
Publishing in a peer-reviewed journal such as IMA Fungus is an essential step in extending our knowledge on global mycology. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the editors, the peer reviewer(s), the journal (IMA Fungus), and the International Mycological Association, who owns and manages IMA Fungus.
IMA Fungus records important events and developments in mycology, and we recognise our responsibilities as the keeper of those "events" in all our policies and ethical guidelines.
The IMA believes that monitoring publishing ethics is a major aspect of the editorial and peer-review process, and as such lies within the area of responsibility of the editor-in-chief, or scientific editor, of IMA Fungus. As part of our commitment to the protection and enhancement of peer review, the IMA offers editors assistance and guidance in these matters. To guide editors through processes required to deal with different forms of publishing ethics abuse, they can refer matters firstly to the Editor-in-Chief, and thereafter to the President and Officers of the IMA.
Besides providing this online resource, the IMA is also active in other publishing ethics initiatives, and has signed up to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), a charitable organization that provides a forum for scientific journal editors and publishers to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.
Enlisting IMA Fungus in COPE ensures our editors have an independent source to refer to when dealing with publishing ethics issues.