ETHICAL GUIDELINES FOR
SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH IN HEALTH
Rights and Responsibilities of Peer Reviewers/Referees
V.1. The purpose of peer review and refereeing is to improve and advance research, and facilitate observance of ethics. Researchers should be encouraged to make themselves available for such work and subject their own work to such a process.
V.2. Researchers should accept the role and duties of peer reviewer and referee only for the research in the fields they have adequate knowledge and expertise. They must also be fully aware of the ethical aspects of research and publication.
V.3. When called upon to act as peer reviewer and referee, researchers have an ethical duty to undertake it objectively, impartially and constructively.
V.4. If the peer reviewers/referees have any actual or potential conflicts of personal or professional interest with the work under review, they should either disclose the same or decline to review the work concerned. In such situations, their role should be decided on the basis of the type and severity of the conflict of interest.
V.5. When malpractice in research or violation of ethics are discovered, the researcher/peer reviewer has the ethical responsibility to take appropriate steps to report it.
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