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Code of Ethics

Introduction

The Journal for Social Thought (JST) follows a Code of Ethics that establishes the principles and ethical standards for responsibilities and conduct of social scientists and should be used as a guideline for everyday professional activities. These principles and standards provide guidance for issues that may be encountered in professional work, as well as entails a set of values upon which the professional and scientific work of researchers is built. The primary goal is to ensure the welfare and protection of all those who interact with the researchers. Social scientists should aspire to the highest possible standards of conduct in all facets of their professional activities requiring a personal commitment for life-long ethical activity. The following principles serve as a guide for social scientists in determining an ethical course of action and should be considered the highest ideals of professional conduct. By submitting to the JST, the authors affirm compliance with this Code of Ethics.

Principle A: Integrity

Researchers must always ensure the protection of their own well-being and the well-being of those that they study. They conduct their work in ways that inspire confidence and trust, while keeping in mind the ethical positions of themselves and their research subjects. Social scientists also do not knowingly make statements that are misleading, deceptive, or false. Plagiarism, misrepresenting others’ work, and not properly citing others’ ideas are all understood by researchers as violations of ethical behavior. Such violations may be subject to copyright laws in some situations.

Principle B: Scientific and Social Responsibilities

Researchers should always strive for the highest level of competence in their professional work, while recognizing their expertise and limitations. Social scientists accept responsibility for their work and commit themselves to the highest scientific and professional standards to maintain academic and public trust. They perform research with a desire to eliminate bias and ensure objectivity. Social scientists have a responsibility to the communities in which they live and work, such that they endeavour to advance science and to serve the public through a commitment to apply and make public their knowledge.

Principle C: Respect for Others

Social scientists must ensure that people’s rights, dignity, and diversity are protected and respected. They do not tolerate any forms of discrimination and make up a community that shows respect for all others, including other researchers who have differences in approaches to professional activities. They are sensitive to differences among individuals and groups, and acknowledge the rights of other to hold opinions, attitudes, and values that differ from their own.