The Ethical Statement
A. Obligations of the Editors and Editorial Board
Neutrality: The content of submitted manuscripts is evaluated regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, ethnicity and/or political philosophy of the authors.
Confidentiality: All manuscripts are treated as confidential documents. They are not shown to anyone without the permission of the Editors. Managers and Editorial Staff do not disclose information about the manuscript submitted to anyone except the authors and reviewers. In addition unpublished data of the submitted manuscript are not used by Editors or reviewers in their own research without the explicit consent of the author(s).
Decision on publication: The Editors decide on the publication of submitted articles. The Editors are guided by the Editorial Board’s policy, taking into account the legal obligations regarding copyrights and plagiarism. The Editors can share the decision with other members of the Editorial Board or with reviewers.
B. Obligations of the Reviewers
Reviewers assist the editorial staff in making decisions and may also assist the author(s) to improve the quality of the manuscript. When a reviewer does not feel competent enough to evaluate the research presented in the manuscript, or if she/he finds herself/himself unable to provide her/his report in time, she/he must inform the Editors without delay in order to give her/him time to contact other reviewers.
Standards of objectivity, civility and respect: The reports must be objective. Personal remarks and criticisms directed at the author(s) or hurtful remarks directed at the text content are not eligible. The opinion of the reviewer must be clear, well-argued and respectful of the author(s).
Indication of sources: The reviewer must identify appropriate publications not cited by the author(s). Such indication must be accompanied by an appropriate comment. The reviewer should draw the authors’ attention to any similarity, any overlap between the manuscript and previously published data.
Conflicts of interest: Information and ideas obtained through an anonymous review process are confidential and should not be used for the personal benefit of the reviewer. Reviewers should not accept reviewing manuscripts where this may result in a conflict of interest arising from competitive, collaborative or other relationships with the author(s).
C. Obligations of the Authors
Information validity: The information contained in the manuscripts submitted for publication must present the results of the authors’ research as well as an objective discussion of these results and their importance. The underlying data must be presented correctly.
Originality and plagiarism: Authors must ensure that they have written a completely original study, and if they have used other people’s books or statements, they must be properly cited.
Multiple publications: Author(s) should not submit manuscripts representing the same study to more than one journal (or book). Submitting the same manuscript in more than one journal is unethical and unacceptable.
Errors in publishing: If the authors discover an important error or an inaccuracy in the publication, their obligation is to quickly inform the Editors and to consider, in agreement with the person in charge, the withdrawal of the article or the publication of the information about the error.
In instances where the Editors find that a significant error has been published for which a correction is needed to be made, and in all cases where there is reason for concern about such matters as plagiarism, fabrication of research, duplicate publication, or failure to disclose conflicts of interest, the Editors review and resolve the matter in consultation with the Editorial Board.