Publication Ethics Policy
Publication decisions: The final decision to publish a paper submitted to the journal is the responsibility of the editor. The decision will be made based on the relevance of the paper to the journal’s scope, aims and objectives, and the quality of the manuscript. Manuscripts will be evaluated without regard to the gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, nationality, religious or political beliefs of the author. The editor and members of the editorial board will not use unpublished material disclosed in a submitted paper for their own research unless they have the written consent of the author.
Confidentiality: Information about a submitted paper will not be disclosed prior to publication by the editor or any editorial staff to anyone other than the corresponding author, potential and actual reviewers, editorial advisors, as appropriate.
Authorship of the paper: Only those who have made a significant contribution to the paper should be included as authors.
Originality and Plagiarism: Authors must ensure that their written work is entirely their own original material and that the ideas, work, or text of others is appropriately cited or quoted. All sources that have had a significant influence on the paper must be properly and appropriately acknowledged.
Data Access and Retention: For papers employing original empirical research, the raw data may be requested and authors should be prepared to make such data publically available.
Standards of reporting: Articles presenting original research should provide a clear, coherent and accurate account of the background of the topic, the work undertaken and also provide an objective discussion of its significance to the particular field of study.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Authors should disclose any relationships that could be conceived as a conflict of interest. All sources of financial support for the work should be disclosed.