The progress of science and dissemination of knowledge requires the common efforts of Authors, Editors, Reviewers and Publishers. It is important that all parties involved follow ethical standards. At Bon View Press, all ethical cases are assessed and handled based on the guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
1. Ethical Standards for Authors
1.1 Multiple journal submissions or Concurrent Publication
Authors must not submit manuscripts of the same research to or published in more than one journal. Such conduct is a huge waste of the efforts made by the journals, reviewers, the editor, and everyone involved in article publishing and does not promote the development of science.
Authors are responsible to ensure the originality and quality of submitted manuscripts. Any act of plagiarism is unacceptable, for example claiming others’ research results as the Author’s own and copying or paraphrasing substantial contents of others’ paper without permission or proper acknowledgment.
1.3 Research Data Manipulation
Falsifying research results by changing, adding or omitting data points, and manipulating images by obscuring, enhancing, removing and/or adding new elements to an image are prohibited. Making up data and/or add data, interpretations or classifications that are never gathered in the research are prohibited.
Authors who have made a substantial contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study have the right to claim authorship. All those who have contributed substantially must be listed as co-Authors. For those who have contributed to certain aspects of the study must be recognized in the acknowledgments section.
The corresponding Author takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal throughout the submission, peer-review and publication process.
1.5 Notification of Errors
Authors should notify the Editor or Publisher if they found significant errors or inaccuracy in their works and retract or correct the paper if this is deemed necessary by the Editor.
1.6 Conflicts of Interests
Authors shall disclose any conflicts of interest in their manuscript which may influence their work at the earliest possible stage.
1.7 Sign a copyright agreement
2. Ethical Standards for Editors
2.1 Ensuring Fairness
The Editor should ensure fairness when evaluating manuscripts without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy of the Authors.
2.2 Peer Review
The Editor should ensure a fair, unbiased and timely peer-review process. Manuscripts must be reviewed by at least two reviewers whose research areas fit with the manuscripts. The Editor should consider potential conflicts of interest when assigning reviewers.
2.3 Conflicts of Interest
The Editor shall not review or make any decision on the manuscripts written by himself/herself or his/her families and colleagues, this information shall be disclosed to the Publisher to avoid conflicts of interest.
2.4 Detecting Misconduct
The Editor should detect, assess and report to the publisher suspected misconduct. The editor can contact the involved party to correct such misconduct, if such misconduct can not be corrected and may cause serious consequences, the Editor should coordinate with the Publisher to communicate with the party involved.
The Editor shall not disclose any information regarding to submitted materials including but not limited to manuscripts, reviewers’ remarks and decisions and communication details. Unpublished articles shall not be used in an Editor’s own research without the written consent of the Author. When there is a suspect a research misconduct, the Editor may share limited information with Editors of other journals if it is necessary to investigate the matter, but only with the consent of the Publisher.
3. Ethical Standards for Reviewers
3.1 Ensuring Fairness
Reviewers should carefully examine personal schedules and research areas before accepting to review to make sure reviewing process can be conducted efficiently and timely. In addition, reviewers should give unbiased remarks on the manuscripts without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy of the Authors.
3.2 Conflicts of Interest
Reviewers must consult the Editor before agreeing to review manuscripts for which they have potential conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the Authors, companies or institutions connected to this paper. While waiting for a response, refrain from looking at the manuscript and associated material in case the request to review is rescinded.
3.3 Detecting Misconduct
If reviewers have noticed substantial similarity between the manuscript and a concurrent submission to another journal or a published article, reviewers should contact the Editor immediately.
Reviewers should not disclose any information obtained during the peer-review process, or use the unpublished materials in their own research without the written consent of the Author.
4. Ethical Standards for Publishers
The publisher has the responsibility to safeguard editorial independence and ensure the ethical duties are performed by Editors, Reviewers and Authors. The publisher should take effective measures to handle misconduct and strive to identify and prevent the occurrence of unethical conduct.