Ethical Guidelines

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Ethical Guidelines 2018-06-01T12:16:30+00:00

These guidelines are developed in accordance with the COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Ethical guidelines for journal editors

The Editor and the Editorial Board are responsible for the manuscript they publish. They take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of published manuscripts. Manuscripts are reviewed by two independent reviewers in the relevant area. The reviewers make a scientific assessment and a recommendation to the Editor. The reviewing process is double-blind, with author’s names withheld from reviewers and reviewer’s names kept from authors. The Editor considers the manuscript and the reviewers’ comments before making a final decision either to accept, accept with revision or to reject a manuscript.
The Editor and the Editorial Board should give unbiased consideration to each manuscript submitted for consideration for publication, and should judge each on its merits, without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author(s).
The peer-review process is confidential, information or correspondence about a manuscript should not be shared with anyone outside of the peer review process.
If the Editor or an Editorial Board member is presented with convincing evidence that the main substance or conclusions of an article published in the journal are erroneous, then, in consultation with FrancoAngeli, the Editor should facilitate publication of an appropriate corrigendum or erratum.

Ethical guidelines for reviewers

Reviewers must give unbiased consideration to each manuscript submitted for consideration for publication, and should judge each on its merits, without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author(s). Reviewers only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner. Moreover, they refuse to review a manuscript where there is a possible conflict of interest, including any relationship with the author that may potentially bias their review.
Reviewers provide a constructive, comprehensive, evidenced, and appropriately substantial peer review report and avoid making statements in their report which might be construed as impugning any person’s reputation.
Reviewers must keep the peer review process confidential, information or correspondence about a manuscript should not be shared with anyone outside of the peer review process. Reviewers should call to the Editor’s attention any significant similarity between the manuscript under consideration and any published paper or submitted manuscripts of which they are aware.

Ethical guidelines for authors

The Editor and the Editorial Board evaluate submissions on the understanding that they are the original work of the author(s). Any reference made in a manuscript or article to another person’s work or idea is expected to be credited appropriately. Equally, authors are expected to submit only works that have not been previously published in or simultaneously submitted to another journal and to gain all appropriate permissions prior to publication
All persons who have made significant scientific or literary contributions to the work reported should be named as co-authors. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all authors that contributed to the work are fairly acknowledged and that the published author list accurately reflects individual contributions.
Authors must disclose all sources of research funding, including direct and indirect financial support, supply of equipment, or materials. The description of the methods used in the analysis is expected to provide enough information to allow the replication of the results. Anyway, authors must facilitate access to data sets described in the article.
Authors are expected to provide detailed information about all relevant financial interests and relationships or financial conflicts, particularly those present at the time the research was conducted and through publication, as well as other financial interests (such as patent applications in preparation), that represent potential future financial gain. Potential conflicts of interest include, but are not limited to, patent or stock ownership, membership on a company’s board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, consultancy for a company, or receipt of speaker’s fees from a company.
Authors must follow national and international procedures that govern the ethics of experimentation on humans and animals. Research reported in the paper must be conducted in an ethical and responsible manner, in full compliance with all relevant codes of experimentation and legislation. All papers which report in vivo experiments or clinical trials on humans or animals must include a written statement in the Methods section that such work was conducted with the formal approval of the local human subject or animal care committees, and that clinical trials have been registered as legislation requires.

Conflict of interest

A conflict of interest may exist when an author (or the author’s institution or employer) has financial or personal relationships or affiliations that could bias the author’s decisions regarding the manuscript. Authors are expected to provide detailed information about all relevant financial interests and relationships or financial conflicts, particularly those present at the time the research was conducted and through publication, as well as other financial interests (such as patent applications in preparation), that represent potential future financial gain. The corresponding author may be required to co-ordinate completion of written forms from each co-author and submit these to the editor prior to acceptance.