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Code of Ethics

Administrative Sciences Association of Canada

General Guidelines and Code of Ethics for Refereed Scholarly Program1
Important Information for All Submitters

Articles It is the duty of ASAC members conducting research to design, implement, analyze, report, and present their findings rigorously. Research rigor includes careful design, execution, analysis, interpretation of results and retention of data. Presentation of research should include treatment of the data that is honest and that reveals both strengths and weaknesses of findings. Authorship and credit should be shared in correct proportion to the various parties' contributions. Whether published or not, ideas or concepts derived from others should be acknowledged, as should advice and assistance received. Authors should also guard against plagiarizing the work of others. Plagiarism is defined as:

  • The failure to give sufficient attribution to the words, ideas, or data of others that have been incorporated into a work, which an author submits for academic credit or other benefit. Attribution is sufficient if it adequately informs and, therefore, does not materially mislead a reasonable reader as to the source of the words, ideas, or data. Attribution (or the lack thereof) is materially misleading if it could cause a reasonable reader to be mistaken as to the source of the words, ideas, or data in a way that could benefit the author submitting the work. (Emphasis added).2
  • Furthermore, submitted papers must not be currently under consideration or have been previously presented or scheduled for presentation, published, accepted for publication and if under review, must not appear in print before ASAC meetings. Members should notify appropriate division chairs or committees regarding the practices or actions of members they believe may violate ASAC regulations or general standards of ethical conduct.

Members/Presenters To encourage meaningful exchange, ASAC members should foster a climate of free interchange and constructive criticism within the association and be willing to share research findings and insights fully with other members.

ASAC is a voluntary association whose existence and operations are dependent on cooperation, involvement and leadership from its members. Members should honor all professional commitments, including presentation of accepted papers and participation in scheduled roles as chair, discussant or panel member. If absence from a scheduled meeting is unavoidable, members must contact appropriate individuals and pursue suitable alternative arrangements. Leaders have the same responsibilities to perform their obligations and responsibilities in a timely, diligent and sensitive manor, without regard to friendships or personal gain.

1 These guidelines have been adapted with permission from the Academy of Management
2 DISCIPLINE: AN ACADEMIC DEAN'S PERSPECTIVE ON DEALING WITH PLAGIARISM. Brigham Young University Education & Law Journal, 2004 Issue 2, p441-448

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