The journal “Reproductive Medicine” is published in accordance with the principles of publication ethics adopted by the international scientific community, developed and approved by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In case of a suspicion that any principles are violated, the editorial board of the journal will follow the COPE instructions (http://publicationethics.org).
The publishers consider and take into account the experience of leading international scientific journals.
The editor-in-chief, the editorial board, the editorial staff of the journal aim for elimination of unfair practices in the journal publishing activities (plagiarism, false information statement, etc.).
In order to ensure the high quality of scientific publications and to achieve public recognition of the scientific results obtained by the author, all members of the editorial board, authors, reviewers, publisher must comply with ethical standards and rules.
Their task is ensuring the authors’ intellectual property rights and excluding the possibility of unlawful use of copyright materials.
The editors reserve the right to reject an article in case, in the opinion of the members of the editorial board, it does not correspond to the remit of the journal, if it is not framed in accordance with the “Guidelines for Articles Formatting “, if it violates the ethical rules of publication in any way.
Everyone taking part in preparing materials for publication in the journal: authors, members of the editorial board, reviewers – must follow the standards of publication ethics described below.
The decision to publish articles is made by the editor-in-chief.
The editor-in-chief is guided by the policies of the editorial board, but may be limited by applicable law.
When making a decision, the journal’s editor-in-chief can consult with editorial board members and reviewers.
The editor-in-chief evaluates the intellectual content of submissions, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political views of the author.
The editor-in-chief and editorial staff must not provide information about the received submission to anyone except the author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial consultants and the publisher.
Unpublished materials used in the provided manuscript must not be used in the editor’s own research without the written consent of the author.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE REVIEWERS
Peer review helps the editor-in-chief to make editorial decisions.
Reviewers can be specialists and scientists recognized in the field that corresponds to the topic of the article, having a scientific degree and experience in the relevant field of medicine.
Confidentiality must be respected for all submissions provided for peer review. The submission itself and its materials must not be shown to anyone, except for persons whom the editor-in-chief authorized to work with. It is also forbidden to discuss the submission and its materials with anyone other than those participating in the publication process.
Reviews must be objective, clear and reasoned.
Reviewers must identify relevant published works that have not been cited by the author. Any statement, observation, conclusion or argument must be accompanied by an appropriate reference. The reviewer must also draw the attention of the editor-in-chief to any significant similarities or coincidences between the manuscript in question and any other published work.
Confidential information or ideas obtained during the review process must be kept confidential and not to be used for personal interests.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE AUTHORS
The authors of original studies should provide an accurate report on the work performed, as well as an objective discussion of its significance. The source data must be clearly stated in writing. The article must contain enough details to ensure verifiability of the work.
The authors must provide source research data for editorial commentary, and must be prepared to provide open access to such kind of data, if it is reasonably practical, and in any case must be prepared to retain this data for 5 years after publication.
The authors of the article must provide the original work, in case of using the work and/or quotes from other authors, bibliographic references or excerpts are mandatory.
The author must not publish works that describe essentially the same study in more than one journal or primary publication. Provision of the same submission to more than one journal is not permissible.
Relevant references to works of other authors that have been used or have influenced the article are mandatory.
Authorship should be limited to those who have made significant contribution to the concept, development, execution, or interpretation of the research presented. All those who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-authors. If there are other participants who have contributed to the work, they must be listed as participants. The author must guarantee the objective availability of co-authors, as well as that all co-authors have studied and approved the final version of the article and agreed to submit it for publication.
When the author discovers a material error or inaccuracy in his published work, the author must inform the editor-in-chief of the journal or publisher about it and collaborate with the editor-in-chief to withdraw or correct the article.