Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society-owned or sponsored journals.

Duties of Editors :
- Publication decisions
- Fair play
- Confidentiality
- Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
- Involvement and cooperation in investigations

Duties of Reviewers :
- Contribution to Editorial Decisions
- Promptness
- Confidentiality
- Standards of Objectivity
- Acknowledgement of Sources
- Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Duties of Authors :
- Reporting standards
- Data Access and Retention
- Originality and Plagiarism
- Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
- Acknowledgement of Sources
- Authorship of the Paper
- Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects
- Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
- Fundamental errors in published work