Our team follows world-recognised high standards of scholarly publishing. In our Code of Conduct we use the recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics. Being a publisher, we use such guidelines as Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing and Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers. Our editors use Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF AUTHORS
Editorial Board of the journal “Business Ethics and Leadership” follows the principles of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and expects all potential authors to read and understand the Ethics Policy before submitting manuscripts to the journals. For more information, please visit the COPE web-site: http://publicationethics.org.
Editorial Board of the journal “Business Ethics and Leadership” reserves the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the guidelines indicated below.
The authors (co-authors) are responsible for inaccurate information or failure to comply with the following provisions.
Authorship of the paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or results of the reported study.
Those who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project may be listed as contributors (for example, as technical assistants or with the definition of their specific functions).
All authors (co-authors) are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest that could inappropriately influence the objectivity of their work.
If necessary (in any request of the editor), the authors (co-authors) should promptly provide substantiated proof of authorship or originality of the submitted material, providing reasonable explanation for discrepancies or failures to disclose vital information.
The corresponding author should be prepared to collect documentation of compliance with ethical standards and send if requested to the editorial board during peer review or after publication.
Authors are able to formulate complaints against publisher, editor, peerreviewers and other members of the editorial staff of journals if they are aware of editorial misconduct, copyright infringement, publishing without consent, or any other breach. Complaints must first be addressed directly to the publisher or editor-in-chief of the corresponding journal.
Editorial Boards of the journals “Business Ethics and Leadership”, “SocioEco-nomic Challenges” and “Financial Markets, Institutions and Risks” seek to protect the reputation of the journals against abuses and scientific misconduct.
Scientific misconduct is the violation of the standard codes of scholarly conduct and ethical behavior in professional scientific research.
The main types of research misconduct are the following: fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism.
Fabrication is making up results and recording or reporting them. A more minor form of fabrication are references included in the text, which are actually fake.
Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit. One form is the appropriation of the ideas and results of others, and publishing as to make it appear the author had performed all the work under which the data was obtained.
Plagiarism-fabrication – the act of taking an unrelated figure from an unrelated publication and reproducing it exactly in a new publication.
Self-plagiarism – or multiple publication of the same content with different titles and/or in different journals.
Manuscripts should not contain plagiarism. The Editorial Board will reject the manuscripts if they contain any form of plagiarism – willful and/or negligent plagiarism. Self-plagiarism is also unacceptable.
The presence of plagiarism in the article testifies the unethical and unprofessional behavior of the author (co-authors) and is likely to undermine the reputation of the author (co-authors) and the publisher.
Before sending the article to the review, it will be checked for originality with duplication-checking software by using Unicheck and StrikePlagiarism.
Objectivity and transparency
In order to ensure the objectivity and transparency of the research in accordance with the accepted principles of ethical and professional behavior, authors should (if applicable) indicate in a separate section of the article entitled “Compliance with Ethical Standards” information on:
In the Author’s agreement the authors (co-authors) are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest Editorial Boards reserve the right to reject manuscripts on the basis of any declared conflict.
A conflict of interest may arise in the following cases:
When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors (co-authors) should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of the World Medical Association with all current revisions and amendments.
When reporting experiments on animals, authors (co-authors) should indicate whether the institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.
All authors (co-authors) are required to follow the requirements on informed consent from study participants. They must confirm that any participant in any research or experiment described in their article has given written consent to the inclusion of material pertaining to themselves, that they acknowledge that they cannot be identified via the paper and that you have fully anonymized them. The article should describe the way in which the informed consent was obtained.
The authors (co-authors) can count on transparency and respect from the pub-lisher and the editor while preparing the article for publication.
ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND THE MEMBERS OF EDITORIAL BOARDS
The members of Editorial Board are qualified experts in their fields and experts in a variety of topics published in the journal.
They adhere to the Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.
All Members are invited to Editorial Board by an Invitation letter.
Editor-in-chief and the members of editorial boards of scientific journals have responsibilities toward the authors who provide the content of the journals, the peer reviewers who comment on the suitability of manuscripts for publication, the journal’s readers and the scientific community, the owners/publishers of the journals, and the public as a whole.
The composition of the Editorial Board is reviewed twice a year (in January and in June).
Editor-in-Chief gets the responsibilities and duties across to the members of Editorial Board and keeps them updated on changes and developments concerning the process of publishing journals.
Editor-in-Chief should respect the opinions and suggestions from the Editorial Board regarding the improvement of the editorial policy of journals.
Editor-in-Chief and the members of Editorial Board should:
Responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief and the members of Editorial Board of scientific journals towards authors:
Responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief and the members of Editorial Board of scientific journals towards reviewers:
Responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief and the members of Editorial Board of scientific journals towards to readers:
ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF REVIEWERS
Members of the Editorial Board, who are qualified experts in a variety of topics published in the journal or external reviewers with whom the journal cooperates, can be involved in the articles review.
The reviewers should:
Conflicts of interest
Editors, authors, and peer reviewers should disclose interests that might appear to affect their ability to present or review work objectively. These might include relevant financial interests (for example, patent ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, or speaker’s fees), or personal, political, or religious interests.
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors definition of conflicts of interest is as follows:
“A conflict of interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients’ welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain). Perceptions of conflict of interest are as important as actual conflicts of interest.”
Strict policies preventing people with conflicts of interest from publishing might encourage authors to conceal relevant interests, and might therefore be counterproductive.
Editors and journal staff as authors
Editors or board members should not be involved in editorial decisions about their own scholarly work. Journals should establish and publish mechanisms and clearly defined policies for handling submissions from editors, members of their editorial boards, and employees. We recommend that:
Some journals will not consider original research papers from editors or employees of the journal. Others have procedures in place for ensuring fair peer review.