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Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Below one may find the ethical behaviour standards which all parties involved in publishing in the journal Managerial Economics (i.e. the author(s), the journal editor and editorial board, the peer reviewer(s)) should respect and follow. All the guidelines are based on Elsevier’s policies and COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (for more information on publication ethics see:

Duties of the editor and editorial board:

  1. Publication decisions. The editor-in-chief of Managerial Economics is responsible for selecting the articles to be published. The final decision regarding the publication is made upon the acceptance of the Editorial Board. When making the decision the legal requirements (e.g. copyright infringement and plagiarism) as well as the suggestions of the reviewers must be taken into account.
  2. Fair play: The editor(s) evaluate manuscripts focusing solely on the scientific content - race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors does not have any impact on the evaluation process.
  3. Confidentiality: None of the members of the Editorial Board is allowed to disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher (if  appropriate).

Duties of Reviewers:

  1. Contribution to Editorial Decisions: Double blind peer review process supports the Editorial Board in making the decisions on submissions. In addition, thanks to the editor-moderated communication this process may also assist the author(s) in improving the paper.
  2. Promptness: A referee who feels unable to review the content of the submission due to lack of sufficient qualification/expertise or impossibility of facing the promptness of the process of reviewing should notify the editor and reject the review invitation.
  3. Confidentiality: Each manuscript received for review must be treated as a confidential document. They must not be shown to or discussed with other parties.
  4. Standards of Objectivity: The Editorial Board request the reviews to be conducted according to general standards of objectivity. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. The referee reports should clearly express the views of the reviewers based on supporting arguments.
  5. Disclosure and Conflict of Interest: The new information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and cannot be used for personal advantage by the referees. When there is a conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions related to the submission the reviewers should not accept the invitation to evaluate the manuscripts.

Duties of Authors:

  1. Reporting standards: The authors of original research should present an accurate account of the work undertaken as well as an objective discussion of its importance and significance. The underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to allow others to replicate the results presented in the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.
  2. Originality and Plagiarism: The authors are responsible to ensure that the submission constitutes original work. If some previously published results have also been used the authors must ensure the appropriate citation and quotation. All forms of plagiarism (e.g. ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper, copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper without attribution; claiming results from research conducted by others) constitute unethical publishing behaviour and are unacceptable.
  3. Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication: In general, it is inappropriate  to publish several manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. In addition submitting one manuscript to more than one journal at the same time also constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
  4. Acknowledgement of Sources: It is requested to properly acknowledge the work of others. The authors should refer to the research that have been influential in determining the nature of the submission. Without an explicit, written permission from the source the information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported. In addition, the information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.
  5. Authorship of the Paper: The authorship should be limited only to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the study, i.e. all those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Those who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are listed as the authors of the paper, and that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission.
  6. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: Each of the authors should disclose in the manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might have an influence on the interpretation of the submission. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
  7. Fundamental errors in published works: When an author finds a significant error or inaccuracy in the published work, it is the author’s duty to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


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