Publication Ethics


KorDaF is committed to ethical publishing and therefore works according to the core practices and values defined by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).


Editorial process

KorDaF uses a double blind peer-review policy. 

Respectful behaviour by all users of this environment is expected. 

There should not be any type of discrimination based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, medical condition, physical/personal characteristics, and any other identities, beliefs or backgrounds. 

With this statement, KorDaF also values a non-tolerance policy for violations of good scientific practice. Whether coming from authors, peer reviewers, editors or the community - KorDaF will take adequate actions to protect others from abuse.

KorDaF strongly recommends the practices indicated by COPE for new editors and reviewers.


Authorship and contributorship

  • Authors should submit manuscripts that have not been published under peer-review before and that are not being peer-reviewed for any other journal. Authors further pledge that the manuscripts are original and free of unethical or forbidden practices such as plagiarism or self-plagiarism, data fabrication or manipulation, or improper author contribution or attribution. 
  • Any person who made substantial contributions to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the manuscript should be cited as a co-author at the moment of submission. The order of the names in the manuscript must be decided by authors before submitting in accordance with outlined criteria. 
  • Any individuals who have contributed to the article in any way  but do not meet the criteria for authorship should be mentioned in the “Acknowledgments” section of the manuscript.
  • All mentioned works are to be displayed in the "References" section of the manuscript. 

A further discussion of the topic "Authorship" is also displayed on the COPE website. This statement is also in line with the German Research Foundation (DFG) criteria. 

Conflicts of interest

Authors, editors and reviewers are required to declare any potential conflict of interest regarding a publication - ideally before starting the peer-review process. These conflicts can come in many forms, either financial, non-financial, professional, contractual or personal. 
KorDaF wants to ensure that conflicts of interest do not influence the decisions regarding publications. 

Reproducibility and intellectual property

KorDaF requires manuscripts to be published under a CC-BY licence


Post-publication discussion and corrections

KorDaF  is open to considering post-publication critiques to manuscripts when they are reasonable and not related to any defamatory content, preferably accompanied by evidence or data supporting the claims. KorDaF will then contact the authors to discuss potential consequences. A reasonable request (such as a substantial error) from the authors for a post-publication correction can also be addressed.


Complaints and appeals

Anyone who believes that KorDaF did not maintain any part of this process or that KorDaF is not operating under the Publication Ethics described in this section should contact managing editor Ruth Maria Mell for further inquiries. KorDaF will open a dispute and address each case individually. KorDaF will also analyse complaints and inquiries regarding the people involved in the process.