Publishing ethics

OBLIGATIONS OF EDITORS, EDITORIAL BOARDS

  • To be guided by the main principles of ethical behaviour: fairness, honesty, impartiality and objectivity while carrying out their duties.
  • To strongly recommend contributors to use an appropriate referencing style and format to ensure the quality of manuscripts.
  • To accept manuscripts for publication taking account of their significance, originality, research integrity, the study's relevance to the journal's remit without regard to political views, affiliation, gender, ethnic origin, religious beliefs of their authors.
  • To guarantee that submitted manuscripts are treated as confidential documents i.e. information about a submitted manuscript must not be disclosed to anyone other than the author, the reviewers, the publisher, as appropriate.
  • To use the single-blind/double-blind peer review process and appoint those reviewers who have expertise in the relevant field and are committed to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct to ensure research integrity and publication ethics.
  • To publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, if necessary.

OBLIGATIONS OF REVIEWERS

  • To review only those manuscripts for which they have expertise in the relevant field and no conflicting interests.
  • To observe high standards with respect to publication ethics, academic integrity, confidentiality, impartiality, autonomy, equality while carrying out their duties.
  • To submit a reviewer report and recommendations within the time limit specified by the editor.
  • To notify the editorial board of the alleged misconduct: inaccurate citing, inappropriate author attribution/contribution, redundant/duplicate publication, plagiarism, data fabrication/adulteration, to asses the reliability/accuracy of the sources.

OBLIGATIONS OF AUTHORS

  • To submit valuable, original, previously unpublished (either in full or in part) work. If some part of work/research has been published, the author should clearly specify which part and in what journal it has been published. If the author has used some statements, ideas, research methods of others that should be cited properly and every reference in the text must be included in the reference list.
  • To guarantee that the same manuscript currently is not under consideration by another journal since it is an ethically unacceptable practice.
  • To sign Author Statement for Publication.
  • To revise his manuscript taking account of the reviewersá¾½ recommendations or provide sound counter-arguments within the time limit specified by the editor.