National Seminar on ‘Enhancing Research Integrity and Upholding Publication Ethics’ | NUALS.

About the Organization

The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) was established by Act 27 of  2005 0f the Kerala State Legislature. By the same Act, the National Institute Of Advanced Legal Studies ( NIALS) established by the Bar Council of Kerala Trust is 2002 merged with the NUALS. In 2008,

an amendment streamlined the powers and functions of the authorities of the  University and ensured the active involvement of the Government of Kerala. The University is recognized by the University Grants Commission under section 2(f) and section 12B of the UGC Act. It is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The main objects of the University are: 

  • To advance and disseminate learning and knowledge, of law and legal and judicial processes, professional legal education and their role in national.
  • To develop in the student and research scholar a sense of responsibility to serve the society by developing skills with regard to advocacy, legal services, legislation, law reforms etc.
  • To promote legal and judicial reforms needed to strengthen the administration of justice of in India.

About the Seminar

Research is an endeavor to discover truth.  It is a careful investigation and enquiry with an endeavour to find relevant facts, which will be useful in the future. The purpose behind conducting research is to find solutions to a fundamental problem. If we have a quality research outcome, then it might lead to further improvements in the society, directly or indirectly.

The basic aim and purpose of conducting research is to inculcate original thinking and analysis, but extensive copying and plagiarism counters such purpose. There is no shortcut to truth. Academic research is the foundation of innovative ideas. Academic research is a tool for building knowledge and facilitating learning. Higher education is preparation for qualified researchers who would continuously develop the frontiers of knowledge. Quality within this viewpoint is more about research publications and transmission of the academic rigour to do quality research. Not only plagiarism act as detrimental for the field of scholarship but it has been found that this menace of plagiarism is prevalent among university students. Thereby affecting them in numerous tangible and intangible ways. Plagiarism is also regarded unethical because when a researcher projects somebody else’s work as his own original work, it might be regarded as a kind of fraud. It hurts the intellectual property right of the original owner, depicts disrespect of the researcher towards his peers and questions the integrity and honesty of the researcher.

 Therefore, the current seminar is an effort to enlighten the research scholars on research ethics and publication ethics. The seminar will provide the scholars with an overview on how to up bring an original research work and to understand the core principles of ethical research. Thereby the participant would strive to become an ethical researcher and produce an original quality research work.


The main objective of the seminar is to familiarize the participant with integrity and ethics in research and publication.

  • To build research capability among young scholars and faculties in the area of law, management, economics and other branches of social sciences.
  • To give insights on the right way to plan and handle each of the research stages
  • The participants will also receive specific guidance on how to approach every part of a research paper, including the introduction, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, literature citation etc.
  • To discuss and explore the possible solutions to overcome research challenges.
  • To ease research publication and getting it published in reputed journal with high impact factor.
  • To give opportunity to the participants to enhance their contribution with an impact in their respective research area.


The theme of the seminar is ‘Enhancing Research Integrity and Upholding Publication Ethics.’


  •  Research, Ethics and Academic Honesty 
  • Ethics in research writing and conflict of interests
  • Intellectual honesty
  • Academic Integrity: Research Misconduct/Fabrication/Unethical Practices
  • Academic/Research: Falsification, Manipulation or Tampering of Data
  • Literature Review and Proper Use of E-Resources 
  • Using Design thinking Methods to Avoid Plagiarism 
  • Writing Quality Academic Publications: Challenges to avoid plagiarism 
  • Modes of citation and Acknowledgment
  • Introduction to Reference Management Tools (RMT)
  • Plagiarism, types and modes to avoid it
  • Features and Functionalities of Anti-Plagiarism Software
  • Detection of Plagiarism by using Different Online Tools
  • Plagiarism Policies, Penalties and Consequences
  • Research metrics
  • Norms and rules governing prescriptive writing
  • Arrangement of content and structure of writing articles
  • Art of quoting judgements
  • Guide to legal citation
  • Citation of resources, articles, journals, reports etc


• INR 500 for LL.M/M.Phil. /Ph.D./PDF participants opting for virtual mode.
• INR 1000 for LL.M/M.Phil. /Ph.D./PDF participants opting in person.
• INR 1000 for teachers/others opting for virtual mode.
• INR 1500 for teachers/ others opting in person.
*Payment mode will be intimated later.


* Submission of full paper with abstract (last date 01-03-2022)
(Submit to [email protected])
* Communication of status of full papers (last date 05-03-2022)
* Registration (last date 08-03-2022)


• The mode of seminar is HYBRID.
• The participants can participate and or present papers in virtual mode or in person.


For queries please contact:

Organizing Committee
[email protected]

Prof. (Dr.) Mini S.
Director, Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies
Email: [email protected]
Ph. +91 9446899009

Fathima Ibrahim
Doctoral Research Scholar, NUALS
Email: [email protected]
Ph. +91 9446276627

Vidyaprada K.S.
Doctoral Research Scholar, NUALS
Email: [email protected]
Ph. +91 8606934807

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