Researchers should conduct their research, from research proposal to publication, in accordance with the best practices and codes of conduct of relevant professional bodies and / or national and international regulatory bodies. In rare cases, it is possible that ethical issues or misconduct may be found in your journal when the research is submitted for publication.
Ethical responsibilities of authors
This journal is committed to maintaining the integrity of the scientific record. The magazine will follow COPE guidelines on how to deal with possible acts of misconduct.
Authors should avoid misrepresenting research results that could damage the trust in the journal, the professionalism of scientific authorship and, ultimately, the entire scientific endeavor. Maintaining the integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include:
The manuscript was not submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
• The manuscript has not been previously published (partially or completely), unless the new work concerns an expansion of the previous work (please provide transparency on the reuse of the material to avoid the suggestion of text recycling (‘autoplagin’) ))
• A single study is not divided into several parts to increase the number of submissions and has been submitted to several journals or one journal over time (for example, ‘salami publication’).
• No data has been manufactured or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions
• No data, text or theories of third parties are presented as if they were from the author himself (‘plagiarism’). Appropriate acknowledgments must be made for other works (this includes material copied faithfully (almost literally), summarized and / or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for the literal copy of the material, and permissions are granted for copyrighted material.
• Important note: the magazine can use software to track plagiarism.
• Consent for the presentation was received explicitly from all co-authors, as well as from the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – of the institute / organization where the work was carried out, before the work was presented.
• Authors whose names appear in the submission contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and, therefore, share the collective responsibility for the results.
• Authors are strongly advised to ensure the correct group of authors, corresponding author and order of authors at the time of submission. Changes in authorship or order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript.
• Adding and / or deleting authors in the review phase can be justifiably guaranteed. A letter must accompany the revised manuscript to explain the role of the author (s) added (s) and / or deleted (s). Additional documentation may be required to support your request.
• Requests for adding or removing authors as a result of authorship disputes after acceptance are met after formal notification by the institute or independent body and / or when there is agreement between all authors.
• Upon request, authors must be prepared to send relevant documentation or data to verify the validity of the results. This can be in the form of raw data, samples, records, etc. Confidential information in the form of confidential or proprietary data is excluded.
If misconduct is suspected, the magazine will conduct an investigation following COPE guidelines. If, after investigation, the allegation appears to raise valid questions, the accused plaintiff will be contacted and given an opportunity to address the issue. If the misconduct has been established beyond reasonable doubt, it may result in the Editor-in-Chief implementing the following measures, including, but not limited to:
• If the article is still being analyzed, it can be rejected and returned to the author.
• If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction, either an errata will be placed with the article or, in severe cases, the article will be retracted. The reason must be informed in the published errata or in the withdrawal note. Note that the retraction means that the paper is kept on the platform, with the watermark “retracted” and the explanation for the retraction is provided in a note linked to the article with the watermark.
• The author’s institution can be informed.