In order to ensure the quality of publications, the scientific journal "Infusion&Chemotherapy" adheres to publication ethics based on the COPE "Code of conduct and best practice guidelines for journal editors" and in accordance with Elsevier's recommendations.
The general responsibilities and obligations of the editorial board of the scientific journal "Infusion&Chemotherapy" (hereinafter referred to as the Journal) are as follows:
The Journal's editorial board is responsible for everything published in the Journal.
This means that the Journal's editorial board:
- Strives to meet the needs of readers and authors;
- Strives to constantly improve the Journal;
- Establishes processes to ensure the quality of materials published;
- Defends freedom of speech;
- Maintains the integrity of the academic record;
- Prevents compromises between business needs and intellectual and ethical standards;
- Is always ready to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when necessary.
1. Relations with readers:
1.1. Readers will be informed about who funded the research or other scientific work, whether sponsors played any role in the research and its publication, and if so, what that role was.
2. Relations with authors:
2.1. Editorial decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication are based on the importance, originality, and clarity of the paper, as well as the justification of the research and its relevance to the Journal’s field of activity.
2.2. Editors do not reverse decisions to accept submissions unless serious problems with the submission are identified.
2.3. New editors do not reverse decisions to publish materials made by previous editors unless serious problems are identified.
2.4. The peer review process is published on the Journal’s website, and editors are willing to justify any important deviations from the described processes.
2.5. The Journal declares a mechanism for authors to appeal editorial decisions.
2.6. The Journal’s website includes an instruction for authors provided by the editors on what is expected of them. This instruction is regularly updated and has a link to this code.
2.7. The editors provide guidance on authorship criteria and/or who should be listed as a co-author according to standards in the relevant field.
3. Relations with the editorial team.
3.1. The editors provide guidance to reviewers on everything that is expected of them, including the need for confidential handling of submitted materials. This instruction should be regularly updated and have a link to this code or a link to it.
3.2. The editors require reviewers to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.
3.3. Editors have systems in place to protect the anonymity of reviewers if they do not use an open peer-review system, which is communicated to authors and reviewers.
4. Relations with Editorial Board Members.
4.1. Editors provide new editorial board members with instructions on everything that is expected of them and inform existing members about new policies and events.
5. Relations with Journal Owners and Publishers.
5.1. Relations between editors and publishers and journal owners are firmly based on the principle of editorial independence.
5.2. Editors make decisions about which articles to publish based on the quality and suitability for the journal without interference from the journal's owner/publisher.
5.3. Editors have a written contract(s) that establishes their relationship with the journal owner and/or publisher.
5.4. The terms of this contract are in accordance with the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.
6. Editorial Processes and Reviewing.
6.1. Editors strive for the expert evaluation of their journal to be honest, unbiased, and timely.
6.2. Editors have systems in place to ensure that materials submitted to their journal remain confidential during the review process.
7. Editorial Processes and Reviewing.
7.1. Editors take all reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the materials they publish, recognizing that journals and journal sections will have different goals and standards.
8. Protection of Individual Data
8.1. Editors comply with confidentiality laws in their jurisdiction. They always protect the confidentiality of individual information obtained during research or professional interaction (such as between doctors and patients).
9. Promotion of Ethical Research (e.g., research involving humans or animals)
9.1. Editors make efforts to ensure that the research they publish is conducted in accordance with relevant internationally accepted recommendations (such as the Declaration of Helsinki on clinical research, AERA and BERA recommendations on educational research).
9.2. Editors obtain assurances that all research has been approved by the appropriate body (such as an ethics committee, institutional review board) if one exists. However, editors must recognize that such approval does not guarantee that the research is ethical.
10. Dealing with potential misconduct.
10.1. Editors will act if they suspect misconduct or if they are presented with allegations of misconduct. This obligation applies to both published and unpublished documents.
10.2. Editors will not simply reject articles that raise concerns about potential misconduct and will take appropriate action.
10.3. Editors will adhere to COPE flowcharts where possible.
10.4. When making decisions, the editorial team should first seek a response from those suspected of misconduct. If the editorial team is not satisfied with the response, it will refer the matter to relevant employers, institutions, or bodies (e.g., regulatory or national integrity organizations) to conduct an investigation.
10.5. Editors will make every reasonable effort to ensure that an appropriate investigation is carried out into any alleged misconduct, and if this does not occur, editors will make every reasonable effort to persistently resolve the issue.
11. Ensuring the integrity of academic record.
11.1. Errors, inaccuracies, or misleading statements will be corrected promptly and appropriately.
11.2. Editors will follow COPE guidelines on retractions.
12. Intellectual property.
Editors will be attentive to intellectual property issues and will work with their publisher to address potential violations of laws and conventions regarding intellectual property.
13. Encouragement of debate.
13.1. Editors encourage and are willing to consider persuasive criticism of works published in their journal.
13.2. Authors of criticized material will be given the opportunity to respond.
13.3. Studies reporting negative results will not be excluded.
14.1. Editors will respond promptly to complaints.
14.2. Editors will follow the COPE guidelines on complaints.
15. Commercial considerations.
The journal has policies and systems in place to ensure that commercial considerations do not influence editorial decisions.
16. Conflicts of interest.
Editors have systems in place to manage their own conflicts of interest as well as those of their staff, authors, reviewers and editorial board members.