China City Planning Review is committed to ensuring ethics in publication. Any unethical behavior is unacceptable. The value of academic publication relies on all parties involved behaving ethically, in particular, authors, editors, and reviewers.
Authors’ responsibilities: Authors should present an accurate account of the original research, and ensure the data used is true and not manipulated. Review articles should be objective and accurate accounts of the state of the art. The authors’ work should not infringe on the rights of others, such as privacy rights and intellectual property rights. Authors should submit only original works, and appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Plagiarism in any forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscripts or manuscripts describing essentially the same research to more than one journal or primary publication constitutes unethical publishing behaviors and is unacceptable as well. Authorship should be accurately represented. All individuals credited as authors should have made a significant contribution to the study, and all those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors and have given consent for publication. It is the authors’ obligation to contact the editor to identify and correct any errors, when an author discovers errors or inaccuracies in his/her work.
Editors’ responsibilities: Editors should evaluate submitted manuscripts on the basis of their academic merit and relevance to the journal’s scope rather than the authors’ race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, political philosophy, etc. A manuscript submitted should be treated as a confidential document. Editors can only disclose information about it to the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. Unpublished information disclosed in a manuscript could not be used in editors’ own research without the explicit written consent of the author.
Reviewers’ responsibilities: Peer review assists editors in making editorial decisions and may also assist authors in improving their paper. Peer review should be conducted objectively. Reviewers should express their views with supporting arguments. Any reviewer should maintain the confidentiality of the review process. Information obtained through peer review must be not used for personal advantage. A selected reviewer who feels unable to review the manuscript or have conflicts of interest with the author should withdraw from the review process.