Responsibilities of authors

Authors should ensure that the manuscript does not contain any material published previously (except for an abstract or thesis) or is under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Authors are responsible for ensuring a high quality of their manuscripts to meet standards of scholarly research. Authors should present the study in an objective and accurate manner.

The corresponding author is responsible to ensure that the other co-authors have provided significant contribution to the preparation of the manuscript. The corresponding author must ensure that all co-authors approve the final manuscript and agree to its submission for publication in an open access journal.

Before submission of the article, the corresponding author ensures that it is well-structured, easily readable, proofread and formatted according to the Manuscript guidelines. Language and formatting editors might provide recommendations how to improve only minor shortcomings. In case of the need for substantial changes for language and formatting, the referees may reject the manuscript. Although the editors prefer that papers are written in British English, they could be written in US English, but not a mixture of different variants of English.

The corresponding author is responsible for providing corrections of mistakes in case of detection them.

Authors must acknowledge the work of others by properly citing all sources.

Authors should also acknowledge anyone who has contributed to the article. All sources of financial support should be disclosed in the Acknowledgements section.

Authors are obliged to clear all necessary permissions to reproduce any kind of third-party material (figures, tables, texts, etc.) which is treated as a separate copyright item. Copies of each permission should be provided to the editor. Authors should avoid web links to images or other material which might break down over a period of time or direct readers to a site that is breaching copyright. Authors should also consider the inclusion in the article any image (figure, table, etc.) which is protected by copyright. Only if authors make substantial changes to it, it might not need any permission.

Abstracts, titles and keywords and authors’ affiliations must be written in English; authors and references – in Roman script. Tables and figures are not just copied and pasted from Excel, but well configured within the content of an article.

 

See also Review policy and procedure