NAGT Code of Ethics for Publications, Presentations, and Applications

Approved by NAGT's Executive Committee on 9/23/19

NAGT sponsors many activities that involve authorship and peer-reviews, including publications, presentations, and applications. Publications may be printed or digital materials, and include, but are not limited to, the Journal of Geoscience Education, In the Trenches, the Teach the Earth web portal, materials on the website for On the Cutting Edge, abstracts from professional meetings such as the Earth Educators' Rendezvous, and other materials associated with workshops, programs, field trips, and meetings. Presentations include, but are not limited to, teaching demonstrations, research talks or posters, and discussion facilitation at meetings, workshops, and programs. Applications include, but are not limited to, requests for development or co-sponsorship of programs.

Authors and Other Contributors

Authors and contributors of NAGT publications, presentations, and applications are expected to advance high-quality work in a respectable, professional manner. All co-authors must be aware of their inclusion and have accepted that recognition. Listed co-authors will have made a bona fide contribution to the project, and the lead author should offer collaborators the opportunity for recognition as a co-author.

Authors of publications will display integrity in disseminating their teaching and research, including obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material or to use a new figure or table that derives substantially from a copyrighted source. Authors for the Journal of Geoscience Education must follow the ethics for authors guidelines from Taylor & Francis, who publishes the journal.

Presentations based on proposed and accepted abstracts will adhere to the content and conclusions of abstracts, as submitted and reviewed. Submission of an abstract implies a sincere intent to attend the meeting. All presenters at NAGT activities should prepare a polished product that conveys rigorous scholarship and acknowledges work done by other scholars.

Applications to NAGT should accurately and thoroughly reflect the proposed activity or co-sponsorship, including the risks and benefits for NAGT. All sponsors or co-sponsors should be stated explicitly.

Editors and Peer Reviewers

Editors and peer reviewers of NAGT printed and digital materials, including publications and applications, are expected to be thorough and open-minded in their assessments, commenting on the materials and avoiding personal criticisms of the authors. Any potential conflicts of interest should be reported to the representative of NAGT overseeing the peer review. Such conflicts could include, but are not limited to, personal financial or professional gain as a result of the review, direct involvement in the reviewed work, or a close relationship with the authors. Editors and peer reviewers for the Journal of Geoscience Education must follow the ethics for editors and peer reviewers guidelines from Taylor & Francis, who publishes the journal.