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Title :Code of Ethics for Research Date : 2016-11-08
Code of Ethics for Research

Chapter 1 General

Article 1 (Objectives)
This rule is aimed to make a contribution to academic development by stipulating all research-related principles and standards provided that the Korean Institute of Power Electronics (hereafter referred to as the KIPE)-related research does not disturb human dignity and value and impair public interests and ethics.

Article 2 (Subject and Scope)
This rule shall be applied to all people who contribute a paper to the KIPE and get financial support (labor cost) through the KIPE.

Article 3 (Researchers Honesty)
Authors shall NOT steal ideas of others, in whole or in part by using them directly or modifying them superficially.
Authors shall reveal the source of the ideas in the form of footnotes or references. Besides, the authors shall NOT use ideas learned from research proposals and manuscripts for paper review in their own research.
Authors shall NOT copy, modify or manipulate in part or in whole the materials by some else such as the texts, equations, figures, tables, photos without mentioning the original authors of the materials.
Authors shall NOT contribute the papers they have already published without mentioning their existence and try to publish them as new papers either.
If there is a possibility of unfair practice in accordance with Paragraphs 1 through 4 of this article, it shall be asked to the KIPE by fax, e-mail or other reasonable means.
If unfair practice in accordance with Paragraphs 1 through 4 of this article is found suspicious, a member of the KIPE shall report it to the KIPE in a reasonable manner.

Article 4 (Allocation of Contribution)
The authors published on the paper shall fully understand the detail with responsibility. Those who havent made any contribution to the publication shall NOT have the authors right.
Co-researchers and those who have involved in publications both directly and indirectly shall be properly compensated in accordance with the method mentioned in a paper.

Article 5 (Guidelines of Other Organizations)
Researchers should be very aware of legal restrictions on their research activities.
The KIPE may request researchers to follow the research guidelines proposed by a client or related organization in addition to the Code of Ethics for Research.

Chapter 2 Organization and Operation of Research Ethics Committee

Article 6 (Organization)
To review the matters associated with research ethics, the KIPE shall have the Research Ethics Committee (hereinafter the Committee) under its control.
The members of the Committee shall be composed of less than 10
The Chairman shall be appointed by the incumbent president from among the former presidents. Vice president of editing, Editor-in-Chief, Conference Chair, JPE editorial director are ex officio members of the committee and the remaining members shall be appointed by the President upon recommendation by the Chairman and approval of the Board of Directors. Secretary of the Committee shall be appointed by the Chairman.
The term of the Committee Chairman is two years. The term of the Committee members is one year and may be renewed.

Article 7 (Operation of the Committee)
The Committee shall be convened by Chairman four weeks after receipt of the research misconduct.
The Committee shall be validly constituted when attended by the majority of its members, and the agenda shall be resolved by the majority of the members present. If the for-against votes are tied, a decision shall be made by the chairman. However, the chairmans presence shall be valid as attendance in constitution of the Committee, but it has no voting rights.
The members who have engaged in a research project which is under the review of the Committee shall NOT be qualified for the review associated with the project.
The Committee shall give the members to be reviewed enough chance to express their opinion.
The Committee members shall keep the matters associated with the review confidential.
The Committee meeting-related records including minutes shall NOT be disclosed in principle.
The results of the decision shall be reported to the next Board of Directors

Article 8 (Functions of the Committee)
The Committee shall review the followings:
1. Matters associated with the code of ethics proposed regarding the KIPE-related documents such as a paper, proposal and report
2. Matters associated with the code of ethics and education regarding research & technology development
3. Matters accused with good faith regarding the honesty of the KIPE-related researches
4. Investigation on unfair act in the KIPE-related researches
5. Matters on the code of ethics submitted for discussion by senior researcher or research manager regarding the KIPE-related researches
6. Other matters associated with the code of ethics for research submitted by the chairman for discussion

Article 9 (Handling of Unfair Practice)
If an unfair act is reported during the KIPE-related research, the Committee shall properly investigate and handle the case.
The investigation on the unfair practice shall be kept confidential without causing any harm to the KIPE or client.
Those who have been on suspicion of the unfair practice shall have a right to reject the result of the investigation conducted by the Committee. The Committee shall properly guarantee this right.
The Committee shall make out the entire review process in documents and keep them at the KIPE for five (5) years after getting signature on the letter of decision from all review committee members.
If necessary, the Committee shall summon a person who is on suspicion on the unfair practice and give him/her a chance to defend himself/herself.
If the unfair practice is confirmed according to the result of the investigation, it could be officially announced, and the following corrective actions could be taken. A decision on this action shall be made by the resolution of the Board of the Directors:
1. Send the author of the unfair practice the KIPEs official warning letter.
2. Cancel publication of the related paper
3. Prohibit the author from submitting papers for the next three years
4. Notify the unfair act to the institution in which the author is involved.
5. Accuse the author to law enforcement agencies.

If it is confirmed that there has been no unfair practice according to the investigation, the Committee shall take a proper action to help the accused or a person who has been on suspicion restore their honor.

Article 10 (Amendment of the Code of Ethics for Research)
The Code of Ethics for Research shall be amended in accordance with the revision procedure of the KIPE. If the Code of Ethics is revised, it shall be regarded that the members who have vowed to observe the current rules have also agreed to follow the new rules.


1. This rule shall become effective on October 12, 2007.
2. This rule shall be effective with some modification on May 12, 2012.
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