Ethical guidelines

Ethical guidelines for authors


We expect all authors submitting to this journal to adhere to the following ethical guidelines:

    All authors must warrant that their article is their own original work, which does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity, and cannot be construed as plagiarizing any other published work, including their own previously published work.

    All authors are equally held accountable for the content of a submitted manuscript or published paper.

    The corresponding author must ensure all named co-authors consent to publication and to being named as a co-author. All persons who have made significant scientific or literary contributions to the work reported should be named as co-authors.

    Authors must not submit a manuscript to more than one journal simultaneously.

    Authors should not submit previously published work, nor work which is based in substance on previously published work, either in part or whole.

    Authors must appropriately cite all relevant publications. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, should not be used or reported in the author's work unless fully cited, and with the permission of that third party.

    Authors must make available all necessary formal and documented ethical approval from an appropriate research ethics committee, including evidence of anonymization and informed consent from the subject studied, if appropriate.

    If required, authors must facilitate access to data sets described in the article.

    Authors must avoid making defamatory statements in submitted articles which could be construed as impugning any person's reputation.

    Authors must declare any potential conflict of interest – be it professional or financial – which could be held to arise with respect to the article.

    Authors must disclose all sources of funding for the research reported in the paper.

   The corresponding author should be prepared to collect documentation of compliance with ethical standards and send, if requested, during peer review or after publication.

   The Editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the above-mentioned guidelines. The author will be held responsible for false statements or failure to fulfill the above-mentioned guidelines.