Ethics and malpractice statements of Mathematical Sciences and Applications E-Notes (MSAEN) are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. For all parties involved in the process of publishing (Authors, Editorial Board, and Reviewers), it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior.
The journal may use plagiarism detection service to screen the submissions.
In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work.
Editor should make decision on which the manuscripts submitted to the journal will be published and without interference from the journal owner/publisher. Editors´ decision to accept or reject a manuscript for publication should be based only on the paper´s importance, originality and clarity, and the study´s relevance to the aim of journal.
The editor will evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy.
Editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher. Editors will ensure that material submitted remains confidential while under review.
Editors should have systems to ensure that peer reviewers’ identities are protected unless they use an open review system that is declared to authors and reviewers.
The editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher.
Editors should provide guidance to authors and reviewers on everything that is expected of them.
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.
Reviewers must objectively evaluate the manuscripts based only on their originality, significance and relevance to the domains of the journal. Review of submitted manuscripts must be done objectively and the reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Reviewers must bring to the attention of the Editor Board any information that may be a reason to reject publication of a manuscript.
In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the editor, so that the manuscript could be sent to an alternative reviewer.
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. Any kind of similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or with any other published paper of which reviewer has personal knowledge must be immediately brought to the editor's notice.
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating 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 submission.
The authors must ensure that they have written entirely an original work, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
Authors may submit only their own original research, which has not been previously published in any other journal. Authors may not submit work that is currently under consideration for publication in any other journal. Submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-authors.
If at any point of time, the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in submitted manuscript, then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the editor.
The COPE Codes of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines can be read at the link below.