Ensure that all researched work submitted is original,
fully referenced and that all authors are
represented accurately. The submission must be exclusive and not under consideration
Provide accurate contact details for a designated
corresponding author, who shall be deemed
by the publisher and editor as fully responsible for the authorship of the paper and
communications concerning the ethical status and originality of the paper. This
queries or investigations that may arise, pre- or post-publication.
Openly disclose the source of all data and third party
material, including previously
unpublished work by the authors themselves. Anything that could compromise the
of the submission should be expressly avoided and/or discussed with the editorial
the first instance.
Identify any third party material that they intend to
include in their article, and obtain written
permission for re-use in each instance from the relevant copyright holders. Such
should be submitted once the manuscript is accepted, or requires small changes to be
accepted. For further guidance on seeking permission to use 3rd party material
please see the
Rights and Permissions section.
Openly disclose any conflict of interest - for example,
if publication were to benefit a
company or services in which the author(s) has a vested interest.
Expect to sign a copyright assignment form on
acceptance of their work, which will assume
that the author is empowered to assign copyright to the publisher.
Expect the editor to scan submissions using plagiarism
detection software to check a paper's
originality before sending out for review. However the authors are responsible for
related to plagiarism and Chief Editor or Editorial Board will not be responsible
Fully correspond and comply with the editor and
publisher in any requests for source data,
proof of authorship or originality in a timely manner, providing reasonable
discrepancies or failures to disclose vital information.
Fully co-operate with any consequent investigations if
the editor and/or publisher are
dissatisfied with the evidence available or the explanations provided.
Expect transparency, efficiency and respect from the
publisher and the editor during the
Remain in good communication with both the publisher
and the editor.
When necessary, submit corrigenda in a timely and
Co-operate fully with the publication of errata and
with the retraction of articles found to be
unethical, misleading or damaging.
Remain in good communication with the editor(s), the
publisher and any co-authors.