Ethics Policies

ASME Journals Digital Submission Tool Guidelines and Information

Ethics Policies

ASME Publishing supports and promotes ethics in publishing. To this end, ASME is committed to deterring and actively addressing plagiarism and self-plagiarism. The ASME Journal Program screens all submissions using CrossCheck's iThenticate software to determine the similarity to existing published material.

ASME is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and has implemented COPE recommendations for handling cases of plagiarism. For more information, please contact


The Office of Research Integrity has the following guide that may be a useful reference: Avoiding Plagiarism, Self- Plagiarism, and Other Questionable Writing Practices: A Guide to Ethical Writing.


The corresponding author must provide the full name, email address, and institutional affiliation for all of the coauthors during submission.

The list of authors for a paper is a declaration that each individual has made a substantive and material contribution to the development and composition of the paper.

The affiliation for each author should reflect the primary institution where the research was conducted. If an author has changed their affiliation before publication, an author’s current affiliation can be included in a footnote to the author’s name where it appears on the first page.

The removal of an author from a paper after submission requires written confirmation from all of the authors originally listed. Requests should be forwarded to:

Changes to affiliations cannot be accommodated after the publication of a paper online.

Authorship Changes

  • Authors are expected to validate the correct authorship listing at the time of submission. Approving requests for changes in authorship post submission are at the discretion of the Editor. Requests to the Editor must include (1) an explanation of why the change is being requested; and (2) written confirmation from all authors agreeing to the change, including authors that are being added or removed. Each author must complete and sign the form found here. The corresponding author is responsible for collecting the forms. Requests to change authorship should be sent to the Editor only after all completed forms have been received.
  • After acceptance, changes will be considered only in exceptional circumstances. Publication will be suspended while requests are reviewed.
  • If the accepted manuscript has been published online, approved requests will be handled with an Erratum.
Retractions are a mechanism for correcting the ASME journal archive and alerting readers to publications that contain such seriously flawed or erroneous data that their findings and conclusions cannot be relied upon. Unreliable data may result from honest error or from research misconduct. The main purpose of retractions is to correct the scholarly record and ensure its integrity.

Retractions are also used to alert readers to cases of redundant publication (i.e., when authors present the same data in several publications), plagiarism, and failure to disclose a major competing interest likely to influence interpretations or recommendations. 

Retracted articles are not removed from the publication archive to keep the scholarly record intact. 

Retracted articles will be clearly identified in all electronic sources (e.g., on the journal website and any bibliographic databases). ASME will label retractions so that they are identified as such in bibliographic databases with a link to the retracted article. The retraction should appear on all electronic searches for the retracted publication.

If only a small part of an article reports flawed data, and especially if this is the result of genuine error, then the problem is best rectified by a correction or an erratum. The erratum will appear in both print and electronic records of the article.

As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), ASME abides by their guidelines and recommendations in cases of potential retraction. Please visit their homepage for additional information.

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