Research and Publication Ethics

Code of Ethics

Enacted December 1, 2017

Conflict of interest

Any potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed in the cover letter even when the authors are confident that their judgments have not been influenced in preparing the manuscript. Examples of conflicts are financial support from or connections to commercial preferences, political pressure from interest groups, or academically related issues. In particular, all sources of funding applicable to the study should be explicitly stated. The Editor will decide whether the information on the conflict should be included in the published paper.


The BCRP recommends that authorship be based on the following four criteria:

  • • Substantial contributors to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

In particular, the corresponding author is the only one individual who takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process, and typically ensures that all the journal’s administrative requirements are met.

Originality, duplicate, and secondary publication

All submitted manuscripts should be original; they should not have been published previously or currently under review for publication in other journals. A brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium may be allowed under the permission of the Editorial Board. Any or all parts of the accepted manuscript should not be duplicated in any other journal.

Plagiarism detection

BCRP uses the CrossCheck powered by iThenticate to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. BCRP checks all submitted manuscripts before peer review. CrossCheck is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. Cross- Check checks submissions against millions of published research papers and billions of web content.