Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
The Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement of the Educational Dimension journal is based on the "Core Practices" of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and follows closely the Publishing Ethics elaborated by Elsevier. It concerns especially the (1) Duties of Editors, (2) Duties of Reviewers, and (3) Duties of Authors. In particular,
1. The Editor-in-Chief:
- is solely and independently responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published;
- ensures that the peer review process is fair, unbiased, and timely;
- evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content only without regard to any irrelevant conditions;
- protects the confidentiality of all material submitted to the journal and all communications with reviewers, unless otherwise agreed with the relevant authors and reviewers;
- avoids any potential editorial conflicts of interest.
2. The Reviewers:
- should maintain confidentiality of the submitted manuscripts (must not share the review or information about the paper with anyone or contact the authors directly without permission from the editor).
- must not use in their own research the unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript, without the express written consent of the author;
- should be alert to potential ethical issues in the paper and should bring these to the attention of the editor, including any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which the reviewer has personal knowledge;
- should conduct their reviews objectively; should be aware of any personal bias they may have and take this into account when reviewing a paper; should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
2. The Authors:
- should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance; underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper; a paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work; fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable;
- should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted and permission has been obtained where necessary; plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable;
- should not submit for consideration a paper that has been published previously, except for substantial grounds (e.g. translating a paper published in other language);
- authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study; all those who have made substantial contributions should be listed as co-authors.