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What standards of ethical behaviour are expected of our editors?

The principal contact for editors is the Executive Editor of the journal.


Fair play

Submitted manuscripts are evaluated for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


The Editors and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. 

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an Editor's own research without the explicit written consent of the author(s).

Publication decisions

The Executive Editor and Senior Editor of the journal are ultimately responsible for deciding which articles should be published. The Editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's Editorial Board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The Editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Editorial Discretion

Editors reserve the right to edit materials and make layout decisions in the best interests of the journal. The Editors will seek approval from contributors before publishing any changes to text. The Editors reserve the right to hold an item over until an appropriate edition becomes available.


Alleged or proven malpractice

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the Editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work. The Publisher and the Journal do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its publishing programs, services and activities.

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