Code of Ethics

RJPLS editorial members identify their special responsibility to society and the common public for scientific development.  They use their expertise with integrity to improve the health and welfare of mankind.  In their scientific pursuits they:

Do their work in a manner that sticks to the moral principles of scientific research so as to merit the confidence and trust of peers and the public in particular regarding the rights of human subjects and concern for the proper use of animals involved and provision for suitable safeguards against environmental damage.

Avoid scientific misconduct and expose it when encountered. RJPLS uses the current federal definition of scientific misconduct, 65 FR 76260-76264:  Fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or reporting research results.

Recognize latitude for differences of scientific opinion in the interpretation of scientific data and that  such differences of opinion do not constitute unethical conduct.

Disclose sources of external financial support for, or significant financial interests in the content of, research reports/publications and avoid the manipulation of the release of such information for illegal financial gain.

Respect the known ownership rights of others in scientific research and seek prior authorization from the owner before disclosure or use of such information including the contents of manuscripts submitted for pre-publication review. Support in their research and among their employers the participation and employment of all qualified persons regardless of race, gender, creed or national origin.