Ethics / Diversity and Inclusion Statements

Ethics Statement

Anthropology & Aging is committed to building a supportive and transparent scholarly community. As such, all research and fieldwork-based projects described in articles considered for publication to the journal should be conducted with the highest standards of research integrity in accordance with international protocols for research ethics in ethnography/anthropology. This means that research should be conducted with honesty, transparency, and accountability, and authors should include an ethics statement in their articles (e.g., relevant approval from an Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee, GDPR regulations and how personal data/privacy are protected, other ethical considerations regarding data collection and storage). 

Authors should be explicit in their articles about how they obtained informed consent and anonymized any/all interlocutors who were involved in the research process. Authors should also be able to critically reflect on their own presence and positionality in the field, particularly with regards to ‘minimizing harm, maximizing benefit’ in the conduct of ethnographic research in diverse cultural contexts. 

As stated in the Code of Ethics of the American Anthropological Association (AAA): “Anthropological researchers bear responsibility for the integrity and reputation of their discipline, of scholarship, and of science. Thus, anthropological researchers are subject to the general moral rules of scientific and scholarly conduct: they should not deceive or knowingly misrepresent (i.e., fabricate evidence, falsify, plagiarize), or attempt to prevent reporting of misconduct, or obstruct the scientific/scholarly research of others” (1998: 3). As such, the editors of Anthropology & Aging have a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism, simultaneous submissions to multiple journals, etc. Authors who are found to engage in such practices will be banned from the journal indefinitely. 

Finally, adherence to ethical standards for the dissemination of research results is essential to the research process. Anthropology & Aging adheres to the Code of conduct and best practice guidelines of the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), the Code of Conduct of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). 

Diversity and Inclusivity Statement

At Anthropology &Aging, we believe that diversity strengthens knowledge creation. We are committed to fostering diversity, inclusivity and equity within our internal practices as well as in our scientific publishing efforts. As part of our editorial policy, we are constantly striving to expand the breadth of representation in terms of ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, disability status, health, religions, races/ethnicities, national origins and career stages. Our sustained commitment to embody this goal is evident from the diversity of the authors, peer-reviewers, editorial board members and leadership that are associated with A&A.