The following guidelines are in accordance to (Committee on Publication Ethics) COPE’s guidelines.
Editors are accountable and should take responsibility for everything they publish
- make fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process
- adopt editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting
- guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct
- pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct
- critically assess the ethical conduct of studies in humans and animals
- have appropriate policies in place for handling editorial conflicts of interest
- Peer reviewers and authors should be told what is expected of them
The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.
- present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation
- strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others
- adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarised, and has not been published elsewhere
- take collective responsibility for submitted and published work
- The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting
- Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed
Authors are to fill in the following letter of statement.