Ethical Guidelines


For Authors
1. An author's primary obligation is to present an accurate account of the research performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance.

2. An author should identify the source of all information quoted or offered, except that which is considered common knowledge.

3. An author should cite those publications that have been influential in the determining the nature of the reported work and that will guide the reader quickly to the earlier work that is essential for understanding the present investigation.

4. Information obtained privately through conversation, correspondence, etc. with third parties should NOT be used or reported in the author,s work without explicit permission from the person with whom the information originated.

5. Co-authors should be those persons who made significant scientific contributions to the work reported. They share in the responsibility and the accountability for the results. The submitting author should send each co-author a draft copy of the manuscript and obtain their consent before submission.

For Reviewers
1. A reviewer who does not feel qualified to review a particular manuscript should return it with a note to the editor.

2. A reviewer should judge objectively the quality of the manuscript.

3. A reviewer should treat a manuscript sent for review as a confidential document. It should not be shown to nor discussed with others, except in special cases where specific advice is sought – in those cases the identities of those consulted should be disclosed to the editor.

4. Reviewers should explain and support their judgments so that the editors and authors will understand and address them.

5. Personal criticism of the author is not appropriate.