Intellectual Property & Data Management Policy


Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity (‘Journal’) is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards pertaining to intellectual property rights, research integrity, and responsible publication practices. All individuals engaged in the publication process, including authors, editors, reviewers, and stakeholders, are expected to wholeheartedly embrace and adhere to this policy. By doing so, we collectively uphold our commitment to human dignity and ethical excellence within the realm of legal scholarship.


Our authors shape the quality, value, and success of the Journal. Our publishing policies pertaining to intellectual property and data management are designed to  protect original content and ideas, and acknowledge intellectual property and licensing rights. Our policy aims to ensure that published materials foster academic discovery and provide the foundation for other researchers to build upon.

Authors submitting their work to Journal bear significant responsibilities concerning intellectual property and ethical conduct regarding the responsible management of data.

Originality and Plagiarism

Originality is a core value of the Journal, where transformative approaches to law, innovative arguments, and the presentation of narrative works serve as cornerstones of the Journal's Mission.

Therefore, the Journal emphasises the importance of accurately acknowledging sources used in the research and writing process. This ensures due credit to the original creators and promotes transparency in scholarly work.

1) Plagiarism

Plagiarism encompasses both malicious and reckless or neglectful use of another's work, ideas, or contributions for personal gain, without proper acknowledgment. Such actions undermine the principles of intellectual honesty and ethical research.

Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and will be addressed at the discretion of the Editorial Board.

2)  Authorship

Authors are expected to abide by established guidelines for authorship ensuring that individuals who have made substantial contributions are properly recognized and attributed in the publication.

3)   Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Authors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could influence the interpretation or presentation of their work. Transparency in this regard is essential to maintain trust and integrity in scholarly publishing. This includes the disclosure of any funding.

4)   Data Handling

Authors are responsible for the accurate and ethical handling of data, ensuring its integrity, security, and availability for review or replication as required. Ensuring the responsible management of data extends to ensuring that data is sourced ethically, and disseminated with mind to intellectual property and licensing rights. It is expected that authors maintain a transparent and earnest presentation of information and data, this includes ensuring that data is cited earnestly and without bias and assurance that the information has not been manipulated or presented in such a way as to mislead the audience.

5)  Raising Concerns

Interested persons are encouraged to promptly and appropriately raise concerns related to intellectual property, ethical matters, or any potential misconduct they encounter during or after the publication process. Open communication is crucial for maintaining ethical standards within our community.

Journal Responsibilities

The Journal is committed to ensuring that all published content aligns with the highest ethical standards of publication. It will take all necessary measures to ensure that the content published does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others, violate copyright laws, or breach licensing agreements.

The Journal itself carries significant responsibilities to ensure intellectual property rights and ethical standards of responsible data management are maintained.

Handling Disputes

The Journal is dedicated to promoting the open and honest raising of concerns. It will thoroughly investigate and verify the nature, concern, and severity of any issues brought to its attention. All allegations of misconduct will be treated with the utmost seriousness and rigour, with a focus on due process and acknowledgment of parties involved.

Concerns and disputes will be addressed according to Academic and Research Misconduct Policy

Unpublished Data

The Journal acknowledges its responsibility in handling unpublished manuscripts submitted for review. It pledges to handle such data with the utmost care, respecting confidentiality and ensuring it is not misused or disclosed without authorisation.

Published Data

The Journal acknowledges its responsibility in handling unpublished manuscripts submitted for review. It pledges to handle such data with the utmost care, respecting confidentiality and ensuring it is not misused or disclosed without authorisation.

Compliance and Enforcement

Consequences for non-compliance with this policy will be determined at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief and may include actions such as retraction of published work, suspension of publishing privileges, or reporting of misconduct to relevant authorities.