Policy on publishing integrity
Ethical Publication Practices
Parasite is committed to the standards of publishing integrity and academic honesty. Editors, reviewers and authors are encouraged to refer to The Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) and to follow its Code of conduct and guidelines.
Serious misconduct (for example, data fabrication, falsification or plagiarism) is taken seriously into consideration and is further investigated. When a suspicion of misconduct turns out to be confirmed, the available sanction is applied.
The journals make clear their aims and scope, editorial policy and manuscript requirements in terms of presentation and submissions.
- Journals' instructions are available to any contributor.
- Authors are expected to pursue objectiveness and rigour in all aspects of their work. Authors are obligated to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
- The list of authors should accurately reflect who did the work. Journals only consider work that has not been published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
- Editors, authors and peer reviewers are encouraged to disclose interests that might appear to affect their ability to present or review data objectively.
Editorial decisions and editorial processes are run by the editors of the journal.
- The editors are committed to ensuring the quality of the publication and that what is reported is ethical, accurate and relevant to the journal.
- They have full independence and are not dictated to or influenced by any factors (political, commercial, etc.). Their decision to accept or reject a paper for publication has been based only on the merits of the work and the relevance to the journal.
- When errors are found, the editors should promote publication of corrections or retraction.
All published articles are peer reviewed. Authors should use the electronic submission system powered by Editorial Manager (http://parasite.edmgr.com/).
- Journals' policy encourages the use of blinded peer review and, when it is possible, multiple reviewers.
- Reviews should be conducted by expert referees, who have been requested to provide unbiased and constructive comments aimed, whenever possible, at improving the work.
- Editors should take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the materials they publish.