Ethics and Standards

Ethics

PopTonic writers and editors are mindful of the impact that published words can have. In practice, this means that PopTonic will not contribute to doxing, outing, revenge, or any other similar abuses. 

Sensitive topics such as suicide, sexual assault, drug use, and others, are treated with the respect of our readers in mind first. This means that PopTonic will place warnings for potentially triggering content.

PopTonic does not engage in quid pro quo reporting or accept money or gifts in exchange for positive coverage or source cooperation. Any products featured on PopTonic are independently selected by editors. If affiliate links are used, a clear and transparent disclosure will be included in the piece. Content that is sponsored or not produced by the PopTonic editorial team will be clearly labeled as such.

Corrections

PopTonic will promptly and transparently correct any factual inaccuracies in published articles. A correction notice will be clearly added to the article. Requests for corrections should be sent to editor@poptonic.com.

Plagiarism

PopTonic maintains a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism. Writers and editors are required to use only their own words and ideas with accurate citations provided to outside sources when needed. Furthermore, writers are not allowed to reuse their own work from previous publications, as self-plagiarizing is still plagiarizing.

Cases of plagiarism are handled promptly through termination of employment or contract. All past work from that writer will be examined for other cases of plagiarism. Any and all instances will be immediately updated to meet PopTonic standards.

Employee Conduct

We respect the personal lives of our writers and editors, and we understand that value systems exist on a broad spectrum. However, staff interactions with other people, whether online or offline, whether representing PopTonic or not, should never be hateful or bigoted. Furthermore, illegal behavior is expressly prohibited.