Publication Ethics Rules

 

Code of Ethics for Authors, Editors and Reviewers

 

I. Authors

  • By submitting the paper the authors confirm that it is their original work. If the authors have used the work and/or the words of others that this has been appropriately cited.
  • The authors are not allowed to send their manuscript for consideration, when it is subject to assessment in another journal.
  • Authors must ensure that data have been collected in an ethical manner.
  • Any conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest must be disclosed.
  • Do not make significant changes to your manuscript without informing the Editorial Board. Significant change include new content, new data, or change in the list of the authors.
  • Individuals who did not make significant intellectual contribution should not be listed as authors. Contributors whose contribution is not significant enough for authorship (e.g. language consultation, data collection etc.) can be acknowledged in an Author’s Note, mentioning the role they played in the publication.
  • All those who have made significant contribution should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author should ensure that all the co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed with the terms of publication.
  • Authors must report any errors they discover in their manuscript to the editor without delay.
  • The authors are aware that the publication remains archived, citable and accessible.
  • In case of positive assessment of the Contribution, the author confirms with his/her signature that the contribution is his/her own work and has not violated the rights of the third party. By signature he/she confirms the publication of this Contribution and distribution of printed copies, distribution of electronic copies for all electronic media and formats (posting on the Journal’s official web-site, any e-print services and electronic databases or repositories).

 

II. Reviewer

  • Reviews should be accurate, substantive and objective. They should communicate their judgement of the submission based on its merits and contribution to the scientific literature. Reviews should contain documentable and specific information about the strengths and weaknesses of the submission.
  • Reviewers are responsible for providing suggestions on how to make the manuscript more relevant, readable and complete.
  • Information obtained through evaluation of the manuscript is confidential.
  • Reviewers are obliged to treat the author with respect. They do not evaluate the manuscript if they have a conflict of interest resulting from cooperating or other relationship that they have with the author(s) of the assessed manuscript.
  • Reviewers have to inform the editor, resp. the Editorial Board about any relevant information that might be a reason to reject publication of the manuscript.
  • Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of the review process – cannot disclose information from the reviewed paper. The manuscript must not be shown to or discussed with other experts as authorized by the editor.

 

III. Editors

  • The Editorial Board is responsible for providing guidelines to authors for preparing and submitting their manuscripts.
  • The Editorial Board should treat all authors with fairness, objectivity, courtesy and transparency.
  • It ensures objective evaluation of the manuscript on the basis of its academic qualities.
  • The Board is responsible for making editorial decisions and communicating them in a clear and transparent manner.
  • It is responsible to establish a system for effective and rapid peer review (double-blind review).
  • The Editorial Board must disclose any conflicts of interest. They are responsible for establishing and defining policies on conflicts of interests for all involved in the publication process including editors, staff, reviewers and authors.
  • The Editorial Board is responsible for informing the authors that their submission will be evaluated according to the journal’s standard procedures and should clearly communicate all other editorial policies and standards.
  • The Editorial Board has a right to refuse the article that does not meet the requirements of publishing ethics.