Post-Publication Discussion and Corrections Guidelines

The Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity is committed to maintaining the integrity and credibility of the scholarly work it publishes. To uphold these principles, the following guidelines outline procedures for post-publication discussions and corrections, including the retraction of publications when necessary.

Grounds for Retraction

The Editors should consider retracting a publication if any of the following conditions are met:

  • Clear evidence exists that the findings are unreliable due to major errors (eg, miscalculation or experimental error) or due to fabrication (eg, data fabrication) or falsification (eg, image manipulation).
  • The publication constitutes plagiarism.
  • The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper attribution to previous sources, disclosure to the editor, permission to republish, or adequate justification (ie, cases of redundant publication).
  • The publication contains material or data without proper authorisation for use.
  • Copyright infringement or other serious legal issues (eg, libel, privacy) are identified.
  • The publication reports unethical research (including an absence of ethical approval or procedures).
  • It has been published solely based on a compromised or manipulated peer review process.
  • The author(s) failed to disclose a major competing interest (conflict of interest) that, in the view of the editorial board, would have unduly affected interpretations of the work or recommendations by editors and peer reviewers.

Notices of Retraction

When a decision is made to retract an article, the following steps will be taken:

  • A notice of retraction will be linked to the retracted article wherever possible, including all online versions.
  • The retraction notice will clearly identify the retracted article by including the title and authors in the retraction heading or citing the retracted article.
  • The retraction notice will be distinctly labelled as a retraction to differentiate it from other types of corrections or comments.
  • Retraction notices will be published promptly to minimise any harmful effects on the academic community.
  • The retraction notice will clearly state who is retracting the article (eg, the author, editor, or journal).
  • The reasons for retraction should be presented in an objective, factual manner, avoiding inflammatory language.

Adhering to these guidelines ensures that the Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity maintains high standards of scholarly publishing and fosters trust within the academic community. Authors, editors, and reviewers should be aware of these policies to uphold the journal’s commitment to integrity and accuracy in legal research.