The Ethics and Malpractice Statement

1. Responsibility of authors

– Authors must guarantee that their manuscript is their original work; copyright violation, plagiarism or presentation of phony information by the author is not permitted.

– Authors are obliged to participate in peer reviewing.

– Authors are obliged to make emendations/corrections.

– Authors must cite all sources used in the preparation of the article.

– Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.

– Authors must certify that the manuscript of the article is not currently being reviewed for another journal/publication.

2. Responsibilities of reviewers

– Reviewers are obliged to express themselves clearly and support their assessments with arguments.

– Reviewers are obliged to present important and relevant published works not cited in the reviewed article.

– Reviewers are obliged to notify the editor about any substantial similarities between the reviewed article and any other published work they know about.

– Reviewers are obliged to conduct the reviews objectively, with no criticism of author’s previous works or  ad hominem criticism of the author.

– Reviewers are obliged to keep all information concerning papers confidential.

– Reviewers are not permitted to review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest.

3. Responsibilities of editors

– Editors have full responsibility and authority to reject/accept a manuscript.

– Editors are obliged to make corrections when needed and publish erratas in succeeding volumes of the journal when necessary. 

– Editors should preserve the anonymity of authors to reviewers and reviewers to authors.

– Editors are obliged to guarantee the quality of the papers and the journal as a whole.

– Editors are obliged to obtain clarity of a research’s funding and its sources.

– Editors are obliged to base their decisions on the article’s novelty, relevance, validity, importance, originality, comprehensibility and orthography.

– Editors are obliged to guarantee that all data they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines.

– Editors are not permitted to reverse their or the previous editors’ decisions without significant reasons.

– Editors are obliged to try to acquire proof if they suspect misconduct and do everything that seems reasonable to obtain a solution to the issue.

– Editors are not allowed to reject papers based on suspicion, they should have proof of misconduct.

– Editors are obliged to guarantee that there is no conflict of interest between themselves, authors, reviewers and members of the editorial board.

4. Publication 

– All submitted articles are peer-reviewed by (at least) two reviewers that are experts in the area of the particular article.

– The aspects that are taken into consideration in review are novelty, relevance, validity, importance, originality, comprehensibility and orthography.

– The possible decisions concerning a particluar article include 1) acceptance, 2) acceptance with emendations/corrections, or 3) rejection.

– No identical research can be published in more than one journal

– All papers include (if applicable) a list of financial supporters.