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Ethical Issues

The Journal adhere to the Code of Conduct and best practice guidelines for journal publishers set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics

The editors undertake to evaluate the typescript in terms of its intellectual content (validity, originality, relevance, and transparency) regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy of the authors. The Editors’ decision to accept or reject a contribution shall be based solely on the relevance, originality, and clarity of the article and the significance of the research to the field of study covered by the Journal.

Decisions to publish the contributions are not determined by any governmental or other agency policies other than the Journal itself. The Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the entire content of the Journal and the date of its publication.

Editorial Staff and Editorial Board members will not use unpublished information disclosed in a submitted typescript for their own research purposes without the authors’ explicit written consent.

Any forms of the authors’ unethical behaviour, such as plagiarism or an attempt to republish a work in its entirety or to reuse portions of a previously written text (the so-called self-plagiarism), will require explanations before the Editors who then will take steps provided for in the COPE guidelines. This may mean notifying the authorities of the author’s research institute, rejection of the article, as well as refusal to publish any texts by this person in the Journal. The editors also reserve the right to announce the decision on the Journal’s website.

Any reported act of unethical behaviour will be investigated, even if discovered many years after publication.

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