The publication ethics
The publication ethics and publication malpractice statement    based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors  The decision to publish and the duties of the editorial office  The managing director, the editor in chief and the other members of the editorial board of the journal  are responsible for the decision to publish articles submitted for publication. The editors are bound by  the provisions of the law in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editorial  board has support from reviewers, who are selected among the members of the scientific advisory  board or other reviewers, in making this decisions, according to a double-blind peer review procedure.   The members of the editorial board guarantee that all intellectual work submitted for publication will be  discussed from a strictly scientific point of view, no matter the race, sex, sexual orientation, religion,  ethnic origin, citizenship, political or academic stance of the authors. The editorial board may give  information about the manuscript content only to the author, reviewers, potential reviewers, publisher  or other editorial advisers. In case of unpublished materials this should not be used by the members of  the editorial board in their benefit without the written consent of the author. If the editor finds or  receives signaling of a significant problem regarding errors or inaccuracies, conflict of interest or  plagiarism in an article published, it shall promptly inform the author and the publisher and take the  necessary steps to clarify the matter and, if necessary, withdraw the article or publish a retraction or an  errata corrige.   Duties of reviewers  Reviewers assist the editorial board in making editorial decisions and through the editorial  communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. Any selected  referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt  review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Any  manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents and must not be shown to  or discussed with others except those authorized by the editor. Reviews should be conducted  objectively. Referees should express their views clearly and with supporting arguments. It is also their  role to indicate the sources or bibliography that would be relevant for the article under scrutiny. Any  kind of similarity between the manuscript and other published paper, must be immediately brought in to  notice to the editorial board. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept  confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which  they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or  connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.  Duties of authors  The authors must guarantee that their works are original and if they use the work or the words of  others that there is no fabrication, that credit is given and the other authors are mentioned explicitly.  Authors should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the  reported work.   Authors of reports of original research 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 behavior and are unacceptable.   Manuscripts submitted to the journal must not have been published as copyrighted material in other  publications. The manuscripts under review by the journal should not be submitted at the same time to  other journals. By submitting a manuscript, the author or authors agree that, once accepted, their work  will be published under a creative commons license. The authors remain the sole owners of the  publishing rights.   The literary paternity of a manuscript is limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the  conception, design, execution or interpretation of the study. All those who have made significant  contributions to the manuscript must be listed as co-authors. When there are others who have  participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or  listed as contributors. The corresponding author should guarantee that all of its co-authors are included on the paper, that  they have seen and approved the final version and that they have agreed on its submission for  publication.  Authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of  interest that may influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial  support for the project should be indicated. When an author discover a significant error or inaccuracy in  the published manuscript, it is his duty to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate  with them in order to  correct the manuscript. The exposure of clinical material should be done in a way  that makes it impossible to identify the patient. If there is even the slightest doubt that the absolute  anonymity of the patient mentioned in the paper is not … achieved it is necessary to obtain the  informed consent. In this case, it should be written in the paper that the informed consent has been  obtained. However, it is also necessary that the patients commit themselves not to tell anyone that the  paper refers to him or her (this would mean breaking the professional secret, and the responsibility for  this would lie with the author of the paper). The author has therefore he obligation to ask the patient to  commit to this. In case of human experiments, authors must state that the procedures followed are in  accordance with the current regulations and with the Declaration of Helsinki (1975). In case animal  experiments are reported, the authors should state that the procedures followed are in accordance with  the regulations in force in Italy, and with those in force abroad if they were carried out not in Italy.   Conflict of interest  A conflict of interest may exist when an author (or the author’s institution), a referee or a member of the  editorial office has personal or economic relationships that may inappropriately influence their  behaviour. Potential conflict of interest is applied even when the authors are confident that their  judgments have not been influenced in the manuscript. It is up to the editors to manage as best as  possible such conflicts, and the authors may be requested to submit a statement on this issue.
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