Publisher and Editorial Staff Responsibilities:

  • Act impartially, assess contributors and reviewers objectively and fairly, without any discrimination;
  • Approach evaluation and publication of the contributions so that the main evaluation criterion is professional quality and benefit;
  • Take measures to identify possible breaches of the Code of Ethics and introduce procedures to prevent such violations;
  • Consistently follow the defined process of assessing contributions.

Author Responsibilities:

  • Get acquainted with the Guidelines for Authors and the Code of Ethics;
  • Assure that an identical or similarly similar contribution has not yet been published or offered for publication in another periodical or other publicly available information resource;
  • Give the publisher permission to publish and distribute the paper in both printed and electronic form;
  • Ensure that the contribution does not contain classified information under applicable law;
  • Explicitly mention in the contribution the participation of another person or institution participating in the development of the contribution, including identification of the grant, sponsor, project, etc.;
  • Properly cite the sources and literature used;
  • Tolerate eventual interventions in your contribution resulting from the outcome of the review process and language proofing;
  • Refrain from seeking the identity of the reviewers and alert the publisher to facts that might jeopardize the anonymity and objectivity of the review process;
  • Avoid unsubstantiated assessments in the contribution that might harm others or the reputation of the magazine;
  • Notify the publisher of any potential conflict of interest;
  • Immediately inform the publisher if a serious error or mistake appears in the published article.

Reviewer Responsibilities:

  • Get acquainted with the Guidelines for Reviewers and the Code of Ethics;
  • Withdraw from review if they believe that they will not be able to review the article at a sufficiently professional level;
  • Evaluate the reviewed paper objectively, impartially, and review the text in time, in the required scope and quality;
  • Observe the confidentiality of information received from the publisher or author in connection with the processing of the review report;
  • Alert publishers to any previously published or submitted text that is significantly resembling the reviewed paper;
  • Refrain from seeking the identity of the author of the reviewed paper and alert the publisher to facts that might jeopardize the anonymity of the review process;
  • Inform the publishers on possible conflicts of interest in time.

Dealing with Cases of Unethical Behaviour

Anyone can warn the publisher of violating the principles of the Code of Ethics. Solution of complaints relating to unethical behaviour is the responsibility of the Chairman of the Editorial Board. Any information relating to the investigation andthe results of the solution will not be provided outside the range of persons directly concerned. Violation of any part of the Code of Ethics will result in appropriate measures, including the cancellation of the contribution.

This Code of Ethics is in line with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) recommendations contained in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.