Scientific.Net takes seriously all possible misconduct. All Scientific.Net journals follow the COPE guidelines to deal with cases of potential misconduct.
When/If an editor finds any reason(s) to consider submitted paper(s) as containing anything which might be treated as misconduct in studies, research methods, publication or professional/career performance, it becomes necessary to contact and share manuscripts with third parties, such as author’s institution(s) and ethics committee(s).
All research must be conducted in accordance with corresponding ethical guidelines (see our Policy and Ethics for further information). If the research is suspected of not having been carried out in accordance with corresponding ethical guidelines, the Editor may reject a manuscript and inform third parties, such as author(s)’ institution(s) and ethics committee(s).
Scientific.Net uses all the tools the market provides to guarantee the quality of our publications. All papers are checked through iThenticate anti-plagiarism software from CrossRef. If plagiarism is identified, the case is resolved following the COPE guidelines on plagiarism. The use of iThenticate allows Scientific.Net to strictly control plagiarism during the whole publishing process, prevent misconduct and meet high ethical standards of the scientific society.
According to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) “A journal shall have clear policies on handling potential conflicts of interest of editors, authors, and reviewers and the policies should be clearly stated.”
The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) states in its Guidelines on Good Publication Practice (2003) that “Conflicts of interest arise when authors, reviewers, or editors have interests that are not fully apparent and that may influence their judgments on what is published. They have been described as those which, when revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived.”
By conflicts of interest we imply the situation(s) in which our author(s), editor(s) or reviewer(s) may have financial, business, legal, professional relationship(s) with those organizations, or with those people working for them, which may potentially influence their judgment(s) or activities and may have an impact on their research and their studies as a result.
All those participating in our peer-review and publication processes are without any exception required to consider their conflict(s) of interest and we demand that they disclose all relationship(s) that can be regarded as possible conflict(s) of interest.
We request from all our Authors to state openly any current or potential future conflict(s) of interest, including but not limited to financial, business, personal, any other relationship(s), which may influence their scientific cooperation with us. They are required to indicate any conflict(s) of interest in our checklist in Editor´s Tool before submitting their papers.
Editors may have their personal, professional, or financial involvement. But they should refrain from making any editorial decision(s) if they have conflict(s) of interest, which may influence what they publish. Editors should manage conflicts of interest of their Editorial Board Members, reviewers and authors.
Reviewer(s) must refrain from considering manuscripts in which s/he has any conflict(s) of interest as a result of competitive, cooperation, business or any other relationship(s) or ties to any of our author(s), companies, or institution(s) as far as our papers are concerned. See our Policy and Ethics for further information.