Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The ChJS is committed to maintaining the highest level of quality in the published content, guaranteeing integrity during the review and editing processes and when publishing papers. For this reason, all actors involved in this process, such as authors, peer reviewers, members of the ChJS editorial team, are expected to fully adhere to our policy on publishing ethics and malpractices, and respect based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE: using the best practice guidelines for journal editors, according to the following statements:

Authors’ responsibilities

  1. The authors must declare that the submitted manuscript is original and it is not being published or submitted for publication elsewhere and write this in their cover letter.
  2. All authors must be aware of and agree to the contents of the submission.
  3. The authors should not post their submitted work online prior to or during the submission process.
  4. All authors must declare that contribute significantly to the development of the research in the cover letter.
  5. All authors must provide retractions or corrections of errors made.
  6. All authors must agree to the journal's copyright policy and open access policy.
  7. The authors must be available to participate in the journal's peer review process.

Peer-review process

  1. ChJS applies single-blind peer review, which means that reviewers remain anonymous by default.
  2. Authors can draw our attention to potential conflicts of interest by indicating the name of “opposed reviewers” during submission. Authors are required to explain (in detail) why they do not want this person to be invited to review their manuscript.

Publication ethics

  1. Authors are expected to contribute to their research field by publishing original and relevant results and data. The following elements are considered essential for an ethical publication: data integrity, sound presentation of methodologies, sources and techniques used, reproducibility of results, acknowledgement of contributors to data collection and research, acknowledgements of funding agencies and/or institutions where the work was carried out.
  2. The authors must cite appropriate and relevant literature in support of the results presented in their manuscript. Authors who already published papers on the same topic are expected to include citation of these papers when relevant, but at the same time to avoid excessive and inappropriate self-citation.
  3. Plagiarism is unacceptable, any suspicion of plagiarism will be investigated by the editorial team.
  4. Invention of data and malicious manipulation of data are clearly unacceptable. Authors are expected to keep accurate records of the data and to have a proactive and ethical attitude on data management, as well as avoid data omission and not transgress intentional manipulation of parts of the data set.
  5. Illustrations used to present data must not be manipulated.

The review process

Papers which conform the journal scope and style will be sent to at least two reviewers by a member of the editorial team, who will then act as the Associate editor.

Reviewers responsibilities

Reviewers are expected to objectively evaluate papers and inform the ChJS editors of any potential conflict of interest. Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of the manuscripts they are reviewing.

Editors responsibilities

At the end of the review process, the Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision of acceptance or rejection of submitted manuscript, based on the reviewers’ reports and the recommendation of the Associate Editor in charge of the review process. If there is any conflict of interest between an editor and an author, the editor in question will not be involved in the review and the decision processes.