HoPUE: Ethics

Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include:

Obligations of authors

  1. The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
  2. The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work (please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the hint of text-recycling (“self-plagiarism”)).
  3. Changes in authorship, or in the order of authors, are not accepted after the acceptance for publication of a manuscript.
  4. No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions
  5. No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (“plagiarism”). Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for verbatim copying of material.
  6. Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
  7. Upon request authors should be prepared to send relevant documentation or data in order to verify the validity of the results.


Obligations of the Editorial / Scientific Board and procedures for the publication of papers:

  1. Each paper needs to be sent to a member of the Editorial/Scientific Board;
  2. The member of the Editorial/Scientific Board gives an opinion and, in the case he/she considers the paper publishable, the member will send it to the Chief editor;
  3. The Chief editor has to ask the opinion to one or more anonymous reviewers (Referee) for peer review;
  4. The decision to publish is taken on the basis of the opinion of the proposer member and of the Referee/s. They shall compile an evaluation report (Referee Report) issued anonymously and stored in the data base of the Editorial Board;
  5. The peer review should be conducted in an objective manner, according to the contents of the Referee Report;
  6. Information on the paper proposed are to be considered confidential, not disclosed to persons other than the author, the referees and the Chief editor;
  7. The papers proposed for publication are evaluated based on their content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, nationality, political orientation of the authors, neither of their Academic membership;
  8. In case of dissenting among the reviewers, the decision to publish is entrusted to the Chief editor;


Declaration of interest

All the authors who submit a paper to be published in the journal admit implicitly that there are no real or potential conflicts of interest – including any financial, personal or other aspects – with people or organizations that could improperly influence the results or interpretation of their work.