Responsibilities of Authors

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The corresponding author is responsible to ensure that the co-authors have provided significant contribution to the preparation of the manuscript. No uninvolved individual shall be listed among the co-authors of the manuscript.
  4. Before submission of the article, the corresponding author ensures that it is well-structured, easily readable, proofread and formatted according to the Manuscript guidelines. 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. 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.
  5. Authors ensure that there is no evidence of plagiarism in the submitted manuscript, for example, plagiarism based on uncredited translation, uncredited references to someone else's unpublished work, or ideas borrowed from others. Authors should also acknowledge anyone who has contributed to the article. Authors have credited their advisors and other authors and documented their data with verifiable source references. In order to prevent malpractice, all submissions are screened by the Turnitin™ software.
  6. Authors should consider the inclusion in the article any image (figure, table, etc.) which is protected by copyright. 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. Only if authors make substantial changes to it, it might not need any permission.
  7. 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.
  8. All sources of financial support should be disclosed in the Acknowledgements section.
  9. Authors are expected to report any errors that could not have been verified by reviewers and/or editors to the editor. The corresponding author is responsible for providing corrections of mistakes in case of detection them.
  10. 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. All authors agree that articles are available in open access under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 (CC BY NC 4.0) license.