Ethics Guidelines

All MAP journals adhere to publication ethics and malpractice outlined by COPE. Thus, all parties involved in the act of publishing should agree upon the standards of expected ethical behavior.

For Authors

Authorship

  • All listed authors must have made a significant contribution to the research presented in the manuscript, they must have approved of its claims and accepted to be included as authors.
  • Anyone else who contributed to the research or manuscript preparation, but is not an author should be acknowledged with their permission.
  • Any change to the author list during the manuscript processing or after publishing the manuscript must be approved by all the authors, including the one(s) removed.
  • In case of co-authorship the corresponding author is expected to inform the other authors accurately and include them in all the major decisions.

Conflict of interest

  • Any possible conflicts of interest (e.g. related to the potential financial support, personal connections, affiliation relations, ideological stances) on the side of author(s) must be communicated during manuscript submission. They do not always prevent manuscript from being published; however, they must be clearly declared, which will enable others to make proper decisions about the manuscript.

Funding

  • Authors must report any funding they received for their research.

Duplicate submission and redundant publication

  • Manuscripts submitted to this journal must not be also submitted elsewhere while under consideration.
  • For any previously published content all necessary permissions must be secured from the copyright holders. Reuse of the content published by the author(s) outside the Methods sections should be attributed or quoted in the text, or in case of the reuse of the figures or substantial wording necessary permission from the copyright holders must be obtained.
  • Extended versions of conference manuscripts will be considered, but the previous version must be cited, a significant amount of new data must be included and all necessary permissions must be obtained.

Originality and objectivity

  • Authors are expected to present their findings accurately and interpret them objectively.
  • Original research results must be novel, and not previously published in any language.

Corrections and retractions

  • All noticed errors or inaccuracies in the published manuscripts must be reported to the Editorial Office. Errors by the authors might be corrected by corrigendum and by the publisher by an erratum.
  • If the errors significantly affecting the conclusions are detected or some evidence of misconduct obtained, the manuscript might be retracted following the COPE Retractions Guidelines.

In addition to the norms included in the list, authors are expected to adhere to local regulations and academic publishing norms.

For editors

Editors should not accept to be involved in the manuscript processing if they:

  • Have a recent publication with any of the authors or their manuscript is currently under consideration for publication
  • Share or have recently shared an affiliation with any author
  • Collaborate or have recently collaborated with any author
  • Have a personal connection to any author
  • Have a financial interest related to the work
  • think they cannot be objective
  • Editors should also declare if they have discussed the manuscript with any authors prior to submission

For reviewers

Reviewers should not accept to be involved in the manuscript processing if they:

  • Have recently publication some material with any author or their co-authored manuscript is currently under consideration for publication
  • Have recently shared an affiliation with any author
  • Have recently collaborated with any author
  • Have a personal connection to any author
  • Have a financial interest related to the work
  • Feel they cannot be objective
  • Reviewers should also declare if they have discussed the manuscript with any authors prior to submission

Any other interest not included in the list must be declared in the review form, and will be considered by the editor.

In case of breaches of the publication ethics policies, the following sanctions might be imposed:

  • Rejection of the manuscript or any other manuscript submitted by the author(s)
  • Not allowing submission for 1-3 years
  • Prohibiting from acting as an editor or reviewer

For more serious ethical violations some additional sanctions might be applied.