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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

All parties involved in the act of publishing (this includes but is not limited to authors, journal editors, peer reviewers and publishers) have to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. Those standards are based on Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Editor and editorial staff duties

  1. The editor of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles are published.
  2. The editor and any editorial staff must evaluate articles only for their intellectual content.
  3. The editor and any editorial staff must keep information regarding to submitted articles confidential.
  4. The editor and any editorial staff must disclose any conflicts of interest.
  5. The editor must only evaluate the intellectual content without regard to race, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation or political philosophy of the authors.

Reviewer duties

  1. Peer review assists the editor of the journal in making decisions what to publish.
  2. Peer review may also assist the author in improving the paper trough the editorial com-munications.
  3. Reviewers, who feel unqualified to review the article, should notify the editor of the jour-nal and excuse themselves from the review process.
  4. Reviewers, who know that a prompt review of the article is not possible, should notify the editor of the journal and excuse themselves from the review process.
  5. Reviewers must keep information regarding to the articles confidential.
  6. Reviewers should conduct their reviews objectively without personal criticism of the au-thor and express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  7. Reviewers should identify relevant work not cited by the author.
  8. Reviewers should inform the editor about any published paper they have personal know-ledge of with substantial similarity or overlap to the article under consideration.
  9. Reviewers who know there might be conflicts of interest should notify the editor of the journal and excuse themselves from the review process.

Author duties

  1. Authors of articles should present an accurate significance of the performed work.
  2. Authors of articles should present an objective discussion of the significance.
  3. Authors of articles should present underlying data accurately.
  4. Authors of articles should publish sufficient detail and references to make it possible to replicate the work.
  5. Authors of articles should not use fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements.
  6. Authors should provide the raw data with their article for the editorial review.
  7. Authors should be prepared to provide public access to the raw data for, if practicable, a reasonable amount of time after publication.
  8. Authors should ensure they have written entirely original works.
  9. If authors used work or words of others, it has to be appropriately cited or quoted.
  10. Authors should not publish articles describing the same research in more than one jour-nal or primary publication.
  11. Authors must give acknowledgment of the work of others.
  12. Authors should cite publications that influenced the reported work.
  13. All those, but only those, who made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported work, should be listed as co-authors.
  14. Authors should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the article and have agreed to its publication.
  15. Others who participated in a significant way in the research project should be acknow-ledged or listed as contributors.
  16. Authors should disclose any substantive or financial conflicts which may influence the result or interpretation of their article.
  17. All sources for financial support in a certain project should be disclosed.
  18. Authors discovering a significant error or inaccuracy in their published work must promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with him/her to correct or retract the ar-ticle.