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The Coordination of Institutional Journals (CORI) considers it of fundamental importance to provide certainty to all the actors involved in the ethical management of the editorial process of our journals; therefore, it has mechanisms for the resolution of controversies and inappropriate conduct at all stages of the editorial process (before, during and after). Inappropriate conduct includes: false authorship, duplicate publication, plagiarism, self-plagiarism, inadequate and excessive self-citation, data fabrication and manipulation, manipulation of digital images, conflict of interest, rival financial interests, violation of confidentiality and advertising.

In order to identify and minimize some of the behaviors described above, the journals make a diagnosis using iThenticate© software. On the basis of the results obtained and in the event of a well-founded suspicion (of plagiarism, falsification, fabrication) in an unpublished manuscript, the editor-in-chief of the journal must ask the corresponding author for a written explanation. In the event that the author refuses to provide a written explanation or it is unsatisfactory, the editor must contact the institutional authority of the author’s affiliation organization (University President, Director, etc.), in the case of Mexico with the Instituto Nacional de Derechos de Autor (National Copyright Institute) and in other countries with the pertinent government agency responsible for cases of scientific misconduct, to request an impartial investigation of the case. At all times, in such communication between authors and pertinent institutional authorities, the editor shall maintain the strictest confidentiality and shall excuse himself/herself from acting if there is a conflict of interest.

Similarly, action will be taken in the event that a complaint of scientific misconduct is received during the editing process or when the article has already been published.

In the event that the scientific misconduct is proven, and the text has not yet been published, the editing process will be suspended; if it has already been published, it will be immediately removed from the journal’s online site.