Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement Guidelines

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
The publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is mainly based on
the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee
on Publication Ethics, 2011).
Following the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal follows the
COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of malpractice. COPE was
established to provide a range of services and products aimed primarily, but not
exclusively, at editors and publishers of academic journals and to provide advice
and guidance on best practice for dealing with ethical issues in journal publishing.
COPE consults editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics and, in
practically, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. It is
possible to find an example of a recognized publication ethics and malpractice
statement at A code of
conduct and guidelines can be found at All the editors, authors and
reviewers of the our Journal agree upon standards of proper ethical behavior and
accept the responsibility for fulfilling the following duties and responsibilities as
set by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors
( ).

Duties of Editors

Editors evaluate submitted manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic
merit (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity) and its relevance to the
journal’s scope, without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation,
ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional
affiliation. Decisions to edit and publish are not determined by the policies of
governments or any other agencies outside of the journal itself. The Editor-in-
Chief has full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal and the
timing of publication of that content. 


Editors and editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted
manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential
reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Editors and editorial board members will not use unpublished information
disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research purposes without the
authors’ explicit written consent. Privileged information or ideas obtained by
editors as a result of handling the manuscript will be kept confidential and not used
for their personal advantage. Editors will recuse themselves from considering
manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive,
collaborative, or other relationships/connections with any of the authors,
companies or institutions connected to the papers; instead, they will ask another
member of the editorial board to handle the manuscript.

Publication decisions

The editors ensure that all submitted manuscripts being considered for publication
undergo peer-review by at least two reviewers who are expert in the field. The
Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to
the journal will be published, based on the validation of the work in question, its
importance to researchers and readers, the reviewers’ comments, and such legal
requirements as are currently in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and
plagiarism. The Editor-in-Chief may confer with other editors or reviewers in
making this decision.