Retraction, Withdrawal, & Correction (R-W-C) Policy

MEDIA KONSERVASI is strongly committed to maintaining the integrity of academic publications and, consequently, may occasionally need to retract articles. Articles could be considered for retraction under the following conditions:

  • If a substantial scientific error is discovered that could invalidate the conclusions of the article, this may happen when there is compelling evidence of unreliability in the findings, either due to misconduct (such as data fabrication) or an unintentional mistake (such as miscalculation or experimental error).
  • If the results have been previously published elsewhere without appropriate cross-referencing, permission, or justification, such as in instances of redundant publication, the article may be subject to retraction.
  • If ethical concerns, such as plagiarism (i.e., the unauthorized use of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without proper attribution, including confidential review materials), or inappropriate authorship, are identified, the article may be considered for retraction.

To guarantee that retraction procedures align with the highest standards in publication ethics and in accordance with the retraction guidelines set forth by COPE, MEDIA KONSERVASI follows the following retraction process:

  • Any article that may necessitate retraction is brought to the notice of the journal editor.
  • The journal editor is required to adhere to the step-by-step guidelines delineated in the COPE flowcharts, which includes evaluating any response received from the author of the article under consideration.
  • Before taking any action, the editor's findings are submitted to the Ethics Advisory Board. This step ensures a consistent and industry-best-practice-based approach.
  • The ultimate decision on whether to retract the article is then conveyed to the author, and, when necessary, other pertinent entities, such as the author's institution.
  • Subsequently, a retraction statement is posted online and published in the next available issue of the journal (additional details about this step are provided below).

It is crucial to emphasize that retaining copyright for an article does not automatically confer the right to retract it post-publication upon authors. The preservation of the integrity of the published scientific record takes precedence, and COPE's Retraction Guidelines apply in such instances.

Article Withdrawal

Authors are prohibited from retracting their submitted manuscripts during or after the peer-review stage because such an action would result in a substantial waste of valuable resources. This includes the significant time invested by editors and referees in processing the manuscript, as well as the efforts made by the publisher. It is crucial to highlight that before submitting a manuscript through our OJS, authors must affirm their acceptance of the provided checklist. If an author wishes to withdraw a manuscript, an official letter signed by the corresponding author and their organizational leader must be sent to the Editor-in-Chief.

Article Correction

MEDIA KONSERVASI should consider issuing a correction under the following circumstances:

  • When a minor segment of an otherwise reliable publication contains flawed data or proves to be misleading, particularly if this is the result of an honest mistake.
  • When there are inaccuracies in the Author or Contributor list, such as the omission of a deserving Author or the inclusion of someone who does not meet the authorship criteria.

Corrections to content that has undergone peer review are categorized as follows:

  • Publisher correction (erratum): This type of correction is used to inform readers of a significant error made by the publishing or journal staff, typically relating to a production error. Such errors negatively affect the publication record, the scientific integrity of the article, or the reputation of the Authors or the journal.
  • Author correction (corrigendum): This correction notifies readers of a significant error made by the Authors themselves, which has a detrimental impact on the publication record, the scientific integrity of the article, or the reputation of the Authors or the journal.
  • Addendum: An addendum is an addition to the article made by its Authors to address inconsistencies, provide further details to expand upon the existing work, or explain and update information in the main work.

The decision regarding whether a correction is warranted is determined by the Editor(s) of the journal, sometimes in consultation with Reviewers or members of the Editorial Board. Handling Editors will reach out to the Authors of the relevant paper to request clarification, but the final determination of whether a correction is necessary and, if so, which type to issue lies with the Editors.

Article Removal

In extremely rare cases, there may be a necessity to remove a published article from our online platform. This action will only be contemplated in instances where an article is unequivocally defamatory, infringes upon the legal rights of others, is subject to a court order or anticipated to be, or could pose a significant health risk if acted upon. In such situations, while the article's metadata, including the title and author information, will be retained, the content of the article will be replaced with a notification indicating that the article has been removed due to legal considerations.

Article Replacement

If there arises a scenario where an article, upon implementation, could pose a significant health hazard, the authors of the original paper may opt to withdraw the flawed version and replace it with a corrected one. In such cases, the retraction process detailed above will be executed, with the exception that the article retraction notice will feature a link to the corrected and republished article, along with a record of the document's history.