Open Access Statement
- Open Access is a publishing model that provides immediate, worldwide access to the full text of research articles without requiring a subscription to the journal. Accordingly, readers are allowed to copy, use, distribute and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship.
- In this model, the publication costs are usually covered by the author's institution or research funds. These Open Access charges replace subscription charges and allow the publishers to make the published material freely available to all interested online readers. At the same time, authors who publish in Open Access journals retain the copyright of their article.
- In this context, we follow guidelines laid down by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Major Guidelines of COPE are listed below.
- Institutions are responsible for the conduct of their researchers and for encouraging a healthy research environment. Journals are responsible for the conduct of their editors, for safeguarding the research record, and for ensuring the reliability of everything they publish. It is therefore important for institutions and journals to communicate and collaborate effectively on cases relating to research integrity. To achieve this, we make the following recommendations.
- Have a research integrity officer (or office) and publish their contact details prominently;
- Inform journals about cases of proven misconduct that affect the reliability or attribution of work that they have published;
- Respond to journals if they request information about issues, such as disputed authorship, misleading reporting, Competing interests, or other factors, including honest errors, that could affect the reliability of published work;
- Initiate inquiries into allegations of research misconduct or unacceptable publication practice raised by journals;
- Have policies supporting responsible research conduct and systems in place for investigating suspected research misconduct.
- Publish the contact details of their Editor-In-Chief who should act as the point of contact for questions relating to research and publication integrity;
- Inform institutions if they suspect misconduct by their researchers, and provide evidence to support these concerns;
- Cooperate with investigations and respond to institutions' questions about misconduct allegations;
- Be prepared to issue retractions or corrections (according to the COPE guidelines on retractions) when provided with findings of misconduct arising from investigations;
- Have policies for responding to institutions and other organizations that investigate cases of research misconduct.