Ethics and malpractice statement
The Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement in European Journal of Public Procurement Markets is based, in large part, on the guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) available in Guidelines | COPE: Committee on Publication Ethics
The relevant duties and expectations of authors, reviewers, and editors of the journal are set out below.
Responsibilities of Authors
By submitting a paper to European Journal of Public Procurement Markets, the author(s) assure that is their own original work and has not been previously published or currently being considered for publication elsewhere. They also guarantee that the sources of any ideas and/or words in the manuscript that are not their own have been properly attributed through appropriate citations and/or quotations.
The authors shouldn´t submit papers describing essentially the same research to multiple journals. Such redundant publication is generally considered an unethical publication behavior, and if detected may lead to rejection of a manuscript under consideration, or withdrawal of a published article.
Authors of manuscripts reporting on original research should present an accurate account of the work performed, accompanied by an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. The manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. The fabrication of results and the making of fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and may be cause for rejection or retraction of a manuscript or published article.
When the paper is dealing with commercial software, hardware, or other products, authors should include a statement that there is no conflict of interest or describe the nature of any potential conflict. All sources of financial support for the research should also be disclosed in the manuscript.
The authors grant the publisher the right of first publishing (unrestricted copyright retained by the authors).
The author(s) of a paper agree(s) that if is accepted for publication in this journal, will be copyrighted using a Creative Commons “Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives” license (type CC BY-NC-ND). This license allows reusers to copy and to distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, for non-commercial purposes only, and only if attribution is given to the creator. You can check this information in: Licensing and Copyright – European journal of Public Procurement Markets.
Authors’ names should be listed in the article in order of their contribution to the article, and all authors take responsibility for their own contributions. Only individuals who have made a substantive contribution should be listed as authors; those whose contributions are indirect (e.g., colleagues or supervisors who have reviewed drafts of the paper or assisted in review, and heads of research institutes/centers/laboratories) should be named in an “Acknowledgments” section at the end of the paper, immediately before the Reference List. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the article, and that all listed co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the article and agreed to its publication.
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in an article of his or her own that has been published in European Journal of Public Procurement Markets, he or she has an obligation to promptly notify the editors and cooperate with them to correct the article or withdraw it, as applicable.
Responsibilities of Reviewers
Privileged information or ideas obtained by reviewers through the peer review process must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents, and must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the Journal Editors.
When conducting their reviews, reviewers are asked to do so as objectively as possible, refraining from engaging in personal criticism of the author(s). They are encouraged to express their views clearly, explaining and justifying all recommendations made. They should always attempt to provide detailed and constructive feedback to assist the author(s) in improving their work, even if the manuscript is, in their opinion, not publishable.
Reviewers should identify in their reviews relevant published work that has not been cited by the author(s), together with any instances in which proper attribution of sources has not been provided. They should call to the responsible editor’s attention any major resemblances between a manuscript under consideration and other published articles or papers of which they are aware, as well as any concerns they might have in relation to the ethical acceptability of the research reported in the manuscript.
European Journal of Public Procurement Markets reviewers conduct review work for the journal on a volunteer basis. Since most of these individuals are employed full-time, their reviewing activities for the Journal should not be their main priority. Reviewers are free to decline requests to review certain papers at their convenience, for example, if their current employment workload and/or other commitments make it prohibitive for them to complete a review within the available time frame. They shouldn´t also agree to accept paper review assignments for which they feel unqualified.
Reviewers who have accepted paper assignments should submit their reviews within three weeks. They should decline the work if, at any stage, it becomes apparent that they do not have the expertise to perform the review, or that they may have a potential conflict of interest in performing the review (e.g., a conflict arising from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, institutions, or companies associated with the manuscript).
Insider information or ideas obtained by reviewers through the peer review process should be kept confidential and should not be used for personal advantage. Any manuscripts received for review should be treated as confidential documents, and should not be shown or discussed with others except as authorized by the Editor of the Journal.
In performing their reviews, reviewers are asked to do so as objectively as possible, refraining from making personal criticisms of the author(s). They are encouraged to clearly express their views, explaining and justifying all recommendations made. They should always try to provide detailed and constructive feedback to help the author(s) improve their work, even if the paper is not, in their opinion, publishable.
Responsibilities of Editors
The Editor of European Journal of Public Procurement Markets has the responsibility for determining whether a submitted paper to the journal should be published, and in doing so is guided by the policies of the journal as determined by the editorial board and limited by the legal requirements that will then be in place regarding defamation, copyright infringement, and Plagiarism. The Editor may consult with the Associate Editor and other members of the editorial team, as well as reviewers, in making publication decisions.
The editors will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s). They will not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than the author(s), reviewers and potential reviewers, and, in some cases, to European Journal of Public Procurement Markets editorial board members, as appropriate. In addition, editors will make every effort to ensure the integrity of the blind review process by not revealing the identity of the author(s) of a manuscript to reviewers of that manuscript, and vice versa.
In reviewing a paper for publication, in addition to considering standard criteria regarding the rigor of the manuscript, the quality of its presentation, and its contribution to the body of knowledge of humankind, editors will also seek evidence that ethical damage has been minimized in the conduct of the reported research. They will question whether the benefits outweigh the damages in the specific case of the study. Since European Journal of Public Procurement Markets welcomes manuscript submissions from any country, it must be recognized that laws and regulations regarding research ethics and ethical approval differ. As such, editors may need to seek clarification in this regard from the author(s) and request that they provide a letter from the relevant institutional ethics committee or board that approved the research.
Editors will be guided by the CORE Guidelines for Retraction of Articles when considering retraction, issuing expressions of concern, and issuing corrections regarding papers that have been published in European Journal of Public Procurement Markets. They are committed to working close with research institutions in line with COPE’s advice on Cooperation between Research Institutions and Journals on Research Integrity Cases.
There is no policy of advertising and no direct solicitation.
The editors of this journal are committed to respect the COPE Practices as it is detailed in the following link:
Core practices | COPE: Committee on Publication Ethics