Publication Ethics

All journals published with Heyttu committed to maintaining high standards through a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies. Any infringements of professional ethical codes, such as plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, bogus claims of authorship, should be taken very seriously by the editors with zero tolerance. The journals published with Heyttu also follows the standard of COPE.

1. Submission

Manuscripts should only be submitted by the corresponding author. The submitted journal manuscript or monograph, or any translation of it, must neither be published, nor be submitted for publication elsewhere. Violations of these rules will normally result in an immediate rejection of the submission without further review.

When a new submission is received, a couple of checks will be done at the publisher’s office:

  • Initial check of format and completeness
  • Initial check for the publication status
  • Initial check for Plagiarism
  • Check for machine produced manuscript
  • Initial check of author’s background

2. Plagiarism

Papers submitted to Heyttu journals and monographs must contain original material. An Initial Plagiarism Check is carried out for every manuscript submitted to Heyttu journals or monographs. We employ Google Scholar, Baidu Xueshu, and CrossCheck to check plagiarism. All its papers will be added to the CrossCheck database.

3. Data Fabrication and Falsification

The authors of submitted manuscripts or published articles that are found to have fabricated or falsified the results, including the manipulation of images, may incur sanctions, and published articles may be retracted.

4. Conflicts of Interest

4.1 Authors

Conflicts of interest (COIs, also known as ‘competing interests’) occur when issues outside research could be reasonably perceived to affect the neutrality or objectivity of the work or its assessment Authors should concern a possible Conflict of Interest. In such a case authors can still take responsibility for the accuracy of their paper, but must inform the reader with an appropriate statement in the Acknowledgements. The Conflicts of Interest covers 1) Financial: funding and other payments, goods and services received or expected by the authors relating to the subject of the work or from an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work, 2) Affiliations: being employed by, on the advisory board for, or a member of an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work, 3) Intellectual property, patents or trademarks owned by someone or their organization, 4) Personal, friends, family, relationships, and other close personal connections, 5) Ideology—beliefs or activism, for example, political or religious, relevant to the work, and 6) Academic—competitors or someone whose work is critiqued. Declarment of conflicts of interest will always be considered by the editor and reviewers and included in the published article. For more information on COIs, see the guidance from the ICMJE and WAME.

4.2 Reviewers, Editors and Journal Staff

Reviewers should be recalled at the time they are asked to critique a manuscript if they have conflicts of interest that could complicate their review. Reviewers are required to inform editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and should recuse themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if the potential for bias exists. Reviewers and editors are not allowed to use information of the manuscript they’re reviewing before its publication to further their own interests. Editors who make final decisions about manuscripts should recuse themselves from editorial decisions if they have conflicts of interest or relationships that pose potential conflicts related to articles under consideration. Other editorial staff members who participate in editorial decisions must provide editors with a current description of their financial interests or other conflicts (as they might relate to editorial judgments) and recuse themselves from any decisions in which a conflict of interest exists. Editors should publish regular disclosure statements about potential conflicts of interests related to their own commitments and those of their journal staff. Guest editors should follow these same procedures.

4.3 Corrections and Retractions

When errors are found in published articles and monographs, the publisher will consider what action is required and may consult the editors and the authors’ institution(s). Errors by the authors may be corrected by publishing an corrigendum and erratum.

If significantly errors and misconduct are identified, this may require an publication of retraction or an expression of concern following the COPE Retraction Guidelines.

All authors will be asked to agree to the content of the notice.