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Ethical guidance

All corresponding authors are asked to confirm that they agree with our standard ethics statement, before submitting their paper to their chosen journal. It is not possible to submit your paper to the journal without doing this. These terms can be seen here.

Co-Author Verification:

As seen in the ethics statement, you are agreeing to these terms on behalf of all of your co-authors who you should have informed of your intentions to submit the paper to this journal.

IWA Publishing also requests co-author verification for every paper. This means that each of your co-authors will be notified that the paper has been submitted to the corresponding author's journal of choice. We would expect that all authors listed as co-authors are those that have made a significant contribution to the paper. This includes those that have worked on the projects; conception, design and realisation as well as the written paper. You should ensure that you give valid email addresses for your co-authors (institutional addresses where possible) which have not been falsified in any way.

Citations, references and data:
The work produced in your submission to an IWAP journal should be original. If you have used previously published work, whether that of your own or other groups of authors, you must make sure that this work is cited or quoted appropriately. All citations should be referenced [See: References and Citation Style Guide], all references must be cited and sources should always be acknowledged correctly.
Sources and citations should also be included for figures and tables that were not created by you, whether they are used ‘as published’ or ‘modified’. Additionally, you must get permission to reuse Figures and Tables from the authors or publishers of the original work, please see the rights and permissions page.

IWA Publishing will remove submitted work from the journal if the work looks like it could be one of the following: Multiple/Redundant/Concurrent publication. Authors will be notified of the reason for removal before peer review and can contact the journal to discuss this. We verify authenticity of papers submitted to us using Cross Check.

It is on the Corresponding Author to make sure that the paper is not submitted to multiple journals. All authors should decide which journal to submit to and who will be the corresponding author for this task. Please only submit your work to one journal, if you receive a rejection from that journal, you are then free to submit that paper to a different journal.

Due to data replication issues, we ask that all authors submit their raw data where necessary as supplementary material, or are able on request to supply this before or after publication. When submitting your work to us, you must make sure that you have also given an accurate report of the work performed, with an unbiased discussion included. This includes reporting on negative results.

If you believe or find a fundamental issue or error within your published work you must make sure to contact the journal editor or publisher and cooperate in the rectification of your work. This includes declaring any conflicts of interests within your paper.

IWA Publishing policies when an issue is bought to our attention.

IWA Publishing follows the Committee of Publications Ethics (COPE) guidelines when we are notified of any misconduct or unethical behaviour, this can be information received from anyone, regardless of their relationship to the authors or the paper.

Those making an allegation must provide clear evidence and information on the issue at hand so that a case can be opened. IWA Publishing take all allegations seriously and the case will be open until a decision or conclusion of the issue has been made.

In the first instance, the Editor-in-Chief and the Editor who handled the paper will work with IWA Publishing, so that we can get a clear idea of the situation we have been presented with.

In less serious cases, the author will be given a chance to respond to the issue and we will work with the authors to resolve this to both the author and the person raising the issues satisfaction. In some of these cases, the conclusion will be handled as a Corrigendum. Corrigenda are published in the next available issue and will be linked online with the original article.

Where a Corrigendum is not applicable, and the Editor decides through consultation either with the publisher or amongst the Editorial Board that the University or Employer of the Corresponding Author needs to be contacted, following the COPE guidelines, we will give the University or Employer our findings and ask that they make the final decision on how to proceed. This can lead to a retraction of the paper and a ban from publishing future papers in that journal.


Useful Resources:

Cope Guidelines (workflow PDFs)

How to Publish in Style Presentation (IWA World Water Congress, Tokyo 2018, Olsson and Yuan)

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