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Chapter 1 General Regulations

Article 1 (Rules and Purpose) stipulate matters concerning the establishment and operation of the Ethics Committee, which is responsible for the ethical compliance of contributors, reviewers, and editors of published papers published by the Korean Association of General Education.

Article 2 (Tasks and Roles) The Ethics Committee oversees the ethical issues of judges, editors, and issues related to ethics of reviewers and editors, and whether the papers submitted or published in journals and other publications published by the society are ethical.

Chapter 2 Organization and Operation

Article 3 (Composition and operation)

  • 1. The Ethics Committee is composed of five or more members, and are appointed by the committee chairperson based upon the recommendation of the standing committe.
  • 2. The Ethics Committee shall be convened by the chairman of the committee when reports of judges, editors, members, readers, etc. are received. With the approval of one-half of the committee members and one-half of the attending members, violations of the ethical rules and what, if any, disciplinary action is to be taken, can be determined.
  • 3. Members who have an interest in the specific violation being debated are excluded from the judgment process. The committee chairperson will determine whether to consider an issue or not, based upon the opinions of the other committee members.

Article 4 (Permission and Enforcement)

  • 1. The Ethics Committee has the authority to conduct a wide range of investigations through informants, investigators, witnesses, references, and evidence on matters reported as violations of the ethics regulations.
  • 2. If the violation of the Code of Ethics is found to have occurred, the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee decides appropriate sanctions and asks the President to enforce them.
  • 3. In principle, the President of the Ethics Committee must immediately execute the decision. In exceptional cases, the president may request a one-time reconsideration of the evidence.

Chapter 3 Discipline and Summoning

Article 5 (violation and reporting)

  • 1. When a member recognizes that another member has violated the code of ethics, the member tries to correct the problem by invoking the member to the code of ethics.
  • 2. If the problem is not rectified or a clear violation of the Code of Ethics is revealed, it can be reported to the Ethics Committee.
  • 3. The Ethics Committee does not disclose the identity of the member who reported the problem to the society.
  • 4. An online reporting system shall be installed on the association's website to facilitate reporting.

Article 6 (Investigation and Deliberation)

  • 1. The Ethics Committee initiates an investigation within 30 days of the first receipt of the complaint, and makes a decision within 60 days of the investigation.
  • 2. If deemed necessary in the process of deliberation by the Ethics Committee, the chairperson may request external experts for consultation or review.
  • 3. Members who have been reported for violating the Code of Ethics should cooperate with investigations conducted by the Ethics Committee. Failure to cooperate with this investigation is in itself a breach of the ethics code, and the committee may use such a refusal as basis for the determination of the investigation.

Article 7 (vocation and identity)

  • 1. The Ethics Committee guarantees a sufficient opportunity to members who have been reported for violating ethical regulations to defend themselves.
  • 2. Ethics committee members shall not disclose the identity of the member under investigation until the final decision regarding violation of the ethical rules has been made.

Article 8 (Discipline and Disclosure)

  • 1. Members who are found to have violated the Code of Ethics will be disciplined according to the importance of the violation.
  • 2. Disciplinary action shall be determined based upon the level of offense and will comprise one or more of the following items ①, ②, and ③.
    ① Warning, suspension of membership, and expulsion.
    ② Withdrawal of consideration for papers under review, and deletion of papers from the journal homepage.
    ③ Notification to other institutions or individuals of the disciplinary action.

Chapter 4 Supplementary Regulations

Article 9 (Bylaw)

  • 1. Matters not specified in this regulation shall follow practice.
  • 2. If the alleged violation of research ethics is admitted, any expenses used for submission or examination of the paper will not be refunded.

Article 10 (Enforcement)

  • 1. This regulation shall take effect on January 1, 2018.


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