It is essential that all who are involved in producing the journal conduct themselves as authors, reviewers, editors, and publishers in accord with the highest level of professional ethics and standards.
By submitting a manuscript to this journal, each author implicitly confirms that it meets the highest ethical standards. A detailed statement of what this journal expects is available here.
The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work has been used, it has been appropriately acknowledged.
Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive and accurate. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and it is unacceptable.
Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and it is unacceptable.
The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the article and its submission for publication.
Editors must not use unpublished information in the editor's research without the express written consent of the author.
Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.
Manuscripts for review must be treated as confidential documents.
Reviewers who feel unqualified to review the articles should notify the editor and excuse themselves from the review process.
Reviewers should not accept peer review when they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative or other relationships with authors, companies, or institutions connected to the articles.
Note: Our publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is mainly based on Elsevier recommendations and COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors