The EPPM-Journal follows the guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in maintaining academic integrity. Ethics violators will be reported to their organizations and blacklisted. Standard operations for suspect issues include (but not limited to): redundant (duplicate) publication, suspect plagiarism, suspect fabricated data, changes in authorship before publication, suspect ghost/guest/gift authorships, suspect undisclosed conflict of interest, suspect ethical problems, suspect appropriated ideas or data, and response to whistle blowers.

Publication and Authorship

Proper citations are required for all submissions.

Authors are requested to identify financial support, if any, used in the execution of the research and preparation of the article.

Publisher permission must be acquired prior to submission to republish previously-published work.

Data fabrication or falsification is a violation of publication ethics, including the manipulation of images.

Papers submitted to the EPPM-Journal for possible publication should not be published previously, and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Accepted papers may not be published elsewhere in any other language without the consent of the EPPM-Journal.

Author’s Responsibilities

The corresponding author is responsible for the paper during submission and peer review.

Authors are required to summarize a list of changes or a rebuttal against each point raised by reviewers during revision.

All authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research and approved the content.

Statements using real and authentic data should be addressed in the article.

Authors are obliged to provide retractions and corrections of mistakes.

Reviewer’s Responsibilities

Reviewers should objectively judge the quality of the manuscript and show appropriate respect for the authors.

Reviewers should have no conflicts of interests with the article, authors, or funding institutions.

Reviewers should point out relevant references that have not been cited.

Reviewers should treat all submissions in confidence.

Editor’s Responsibilities

Editors have the responsibility and authority to reject or accept any article.

Editors should have no conflicts of interests with the articles, authors, or funding institutions.

Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based only on the paper’s importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the journal.

Editors should publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, or apologies when errors are found.

Editors should preserve a double-blind review that authors and reviewers are not aware of each other's identity.

Editors should require reviewers to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.

Editor should request reviewers not to disclose manuscript contents.

Editors should strive to ensure that peer review process is fair, unbiased and timely.

Editors must obey laws on confidentiality of protecting individual data in their own jurisdiction.

Editors should be alert to intellectual property issues and work with their publisher to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions.

Editors should encourage and be willing to consider cogent criticisms of work published in the EPPM-Journal.

Editors should respond promptly to complaints and should ensure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to take complaints further.

Publishing Ethics

Publishing ethics is monitored by the editors and the editorial board.

Publications found by the journal editor to be seriously flawed, misleading, redundant, or plagiarized will be retracted.

To maintain academic integrity, plagiarism software is used to check the originality of all papers before publication.

Business concerns will not be allowed to compromise intellectual and ethical standards.

Editors should publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies as needed.


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