How to Raise a Concern

MSPL's journals focus on research in the arts and humanities and generally do not involve animal experiments or related ethical issues in the medical field. Anyone who believes that research articles published in MSPL journals have not been carried out in line with related ethical principles, do not hesitate to raise your concerns with the journal's editorial office or send an email to MSPL office:


The corresponding author is responsible for the appropriateness and completeness of the authorship list, appropriate credit attribution, and agreement of all authors to the journal’s open access, ethical, and if applicable, data-sharing policies. Research teams should follow the guidelines established by the Contributor Roles Taxonomy Project (CRediT) to assign author contributions. The corresponding author is responsible for declaring these contributions, which are required for all Research, Methods, and Data articles.


All articles published in MSPL journals must be original works that have not been published publicly. MSPL journals do not accept multiple submissions.

Plagiarism and Research Fraud

MSPL's journals review the authenticity of the author's institution and potential funding institution information, and conduct an article plagiarism check (Turnitin) to confirm whether there is any plagiarism or fabrication in the manuscript. In principle, the similarity rate of an article should not exceed 5%, but the key points of the article cannot have any replicated content. If plagiarism or fabrication is determined after publication, these journals will investigate potential courses of action, up to and including a formal retraction of related articles. After an article is withdrawn,  MSPL website will issue a statement and link clarifying that the journal will no longer be responsible for the retracted article in the future.

Retraction Statement
If an article is determined to have clear evidence that its findings are unreliable, whether due to misconduct or honest error, the journal editor will consider retraction and a retraction notification database will be attached to all versions of the article and associated bibliographies on the MSPL website. For complete withdrawal guidelines, please visit the COPE website.

MSPL does not allow artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT or large language models (LLM) to be listed as authors in our publications. A consensus is emerging among academic organizations, including the Committee on Publication Ethics, that AI tools do not meet authorship requirements because they cannot be held ethically and legally accountable for their work.

Authors of MSPL must demonstrate to the media and readers that their work is original, responsible, and scholarly when using material created by others. Authors who use artificial intelligence tools to generate text or images/graphics or collect data must inform their editors of this use and be transparent about this in the manuscript so that readers understand the role these tools played in the development of the work. Authors are solely responsible for the content of their manuscripts, including any part generated by artificial intelligence tools, and accept responsibility for any ethical violations that may result from the use of such content.

Conflicts of Interest
A conflict of interest may exist when an author or the author's institution has a financial or other relationship with a person or organization that may have improper influence on the author's work. The perception of a conflict of interest is just as important as the actual conflict of interest.

Financial relationships (e.g., employment, consultancies, honoraria, patents) are the easiest conflicts of interest to identify and have the greatest potential to undermine the credibility of the journal, authors, and scholarly research activities. Therefore, all data used by the author in the article should be free of potential conflicts of interest. 

Statement of Informed Consent

Participants have a right to privacy and their privacy may not be violated without their informed consent. Identifying information, including participant names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be released in the form of written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the participant (or parent or guardian) has given Written informed consent for release. Informed consent for this purpose requires the presentation of the manuscript to identifiable participants prior to its publication. However, competitive anonymity is difficult to achieve and in case of any doubt, informed consent should be obtained.

There are many situations for informed consent:

  • Inclusion of subjects/participants in the study.
  • Publish identifying information in text and image form.
  • Publish an article with subject/participant details.
  • In the methods section of the article, authors must state that informed consent was obtained from all participants involved in the study.
  • In addition, all articles published in MSPL journals require signed or informed consent.

All studies involving human participants must be approved by the author's institutional review board or equivalent ethics committee and must adhere to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki. Authors should be able to submit an institutional review board or ethics committee approval statement upon request indicating that the study has been approved. MSPL journals will reject research and its results that fail to comply with the above ethical standards.


MSPL is an open access academic publisher. Once the article is accepted, we will send an email to the corresponding author, who will be asked to fill out the Author Agreement. If other copyrighted content is included, the author must obtain written authorization from the copyright owner and indicate the original author and source in the article.

Research and Publication Ethics