Ethics Guidelines

Regarding the ethical aspects involved in the processes of text submission, editorial decision making, text editing, and text publication, the Journal follows the guidelines and the code of conduct established by the Committee on Publication Ethics. These documents can be retrieved from the website: http://publicationethics.org/.

The following is adapted from: Wager E, and S. Kleinert. 2011. Responsible Research Publication: International Standards for Authors. A Position Statement Developed at World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010. In Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment. Edited by T. Mayer & N Steneck, pages 309-316. Singapore: Imperial College Press / World Scientific Publishing.

  • The research being submitted should be conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant laws and professional standards.
  • For articles involving research with human subjects, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to determine if it is legally and ethically necessary to obtain human subjects certification from appropriate institutional review boards or equivalent professional bodies in the field of research. If human subjects certification is obtained, please include a statement listing the relevant review boards and certificates in an explanatory note.
  • Author(s) should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, or inappropriate manipulation of data.
  • Author(s) should describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so their findings can be confirmed or replicated by others.
  • All work submitted must not be plagiarized.
  • Submissions should not include text, tables, or figures that have already been published or is soon to be published in English (or any another language that the manuscript has been submitted in), either in print or electronically.
  • The article must not contain any libelous or unlawful statements or infringe on the rights or privacy of others or contain material or instructions that might cause harm or injury.
  • The author(s) accept full responsibility for the content of the article.
  • Funding sources and conflicts of interest should be disclosed.