Ethics and Malpractice Statement

EuSpRIG publishing ethics and malpractice statement

Publish Original Research

When submitting your paper for publication, it should:

  • Contain original research that has not been published before.
  • Not be submitted to any other publication while you await a peer review decision.

Definition of AuthorshipEuSpRIG considers individuals who meet all of the following criteria to be authors:

  • Made a significant intellectual contribution to the theoretical development, system or experimental design, prototype development, and/or the analysis and interpretation of data associated with the work contained in the paper.
  • Contributed to drafting the paper or reviewing and/or revising it for intellectual content.
  • Approved the final version of the paper as accepted for publication, including references.

Proper Citation Practices

You can improve research reproducibility with proper citation practices. Always cite your sources. Citation is required in several instances. Follow these guidelines:

  • Direct quotation: Place verbatim text from another source in quotation marks. Indent text for longer quotes. Include a citation to the original source.
  • Paraphrase or summary: Include a citation when restating or summarizing information from another source, including ideas, processes, arguments, or conclusions.
  • Data, research results, information, graphics, or tables: Cite the original source when referring to, adapting, or reusing any information from another source.
  • Note that the same rules apply to your own previously published work. When in doubt, include a citation.

Inappropriate use of citations

Citing an irrelevant source for the purpose of artificially inflating citation metrics is considered a breach of ethics. Only cite relevant sources that legitimately contribute to your paper according to the criteria outlined above.


Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and is considered a serious breach of professional conduct, all submissions are screened for plagiarism.

Data Falsification and Fabrication

It is important to be truthful when communicating research, avoiding fabrication and falsification, when you are writing or revising your paper.

Fabrication: Inventing data or results.

Falsification: Manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results

EuSpRIG’s ethics requirements are adapted from the IEEE: Ethical Requirements – IEEE Author Center Conferences