Scientific Code of Ethics

Plagiarism and Scientific Code of Ethics Policy

Plagiarism is defined by the Committee of Publication Ethics, COPE, as “When somebody presents the work of others (data, words or theories) as if they were his/her own and without proper acknowledgment”.

The MICCAI Society takes issues of plagiarism (both of work of others and self-plagiarism) very seriously. It will take the necessary action against authors who attempt to publish or have published plagiarised work at meetings organized or funded by the MICCAI Society. This does not apply to MICCAI endorsed meetings that are not organised or funded by the Society.

If a potential plagiarism case is discovered our recommendation is that in the first case meeting organisers assess the degree of seriousness of the apparent misconduct.

If the meeting organisers deem that the case is serious they should send the evidence to the MICCAI President (in confidence) who will look at it and decide if a small adhoc MICCAI Ethics and Conduct Committee consisting of senior members of the MICCAI Society should be formed to consider the case and determine appropriate actions.  The MICCAI President will chair this committee.

There are various ways in which the MICCAI Society Ethics and Conduct Committee can deal with a proven case of plagiarism:

  • Require the authors to add an acknowledgement to uncited work prior to its publication.
  • Require the author(s) to withdraw the paper.
  • Prohibit the author(s) from publishing in future MICCAI Society meetings, including conferences and workshops.
  • Prohibit the author(s) from publishing, organising events, or attending future MICCAI Society events.
  • Very serious cases and repeat offenders may be referred to the authors Institution or Employer.