Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
1. Responsibilities of the Editor and Editorial Board
- Publication decisions
The editor will make the final decision on accepting, rejecting or demanding alterations to the manuscript. In doing this the editor will follow the policies of the journal's editorial board keeping in view legal requirements, copyright infringement and plagiarism. Furthermore, the editor reserves the right to edit, clarify or shorten the manuscript as considered appropriate.
- Fair review
The editor will decide which manuscripts are suitable for publication solely on the basis of originality and quality. The decisions will not take into account race religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy of the authors.
The editor and any editorial staff will not reveal any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
- Conflict of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
2. Responsibilities of the Author
- Open Access Policy
Authors are required to agree with the open access policy which allows unlimited access and reuse of all published articles.
- Data access and retention
Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
- Originality and plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have submitted completely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, then they have been given due credit.
- Multiple publications
An author should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time.
- Authorship of the paper
All those who have made significant contributions to the research paper should be listed as co-authors. Others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
- Disclosure and conflicts of interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
- Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error in his/her own published work, it is the author´s responsibility to promptly inform the journal editor and collaborate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
3. Responsibilities of the Reviewer
Any reviewer who feels unqualified to review a particular research paper or knows that its timely review will be impossible should inform the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
- Standards of objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
- Acknowledgement of sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
- Disclosure and conflict of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer´s own research without the written consent of the author. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with any of the authors or institutions associated to the manuscripts.