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Publication ethics and malpractice statement

Publication ethics and malpractice statement

Mission statement

The mission, vision, aims and editorial policy of the Contemporary Military Challenges (CMC) are published in the Work Programme of the Editorial Board of the Contemporary Military Challenges discussed and adopted every year by the Editorial Board for the following twoyear period. The document is published on the publication’s website.

One of the CMC Editorial Board's tasks is to publish the publication in accordance with the agreed international standards and editorial strategy as well as to stimulate critical and innovative scientific and professional thought among members of the Slovenian Armed Forces as well as more broadly in Slovenia and internationally.

Papers, published in the Contemporary Military Challenges, do not reflect the official policy of the Slovenian Armed Forces nor the authors’ respective organisations.

Duties of the Editors and members of the Editorial Board

The editors are responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted will be published, based on the validation of their quality. The Editorial Board will reach the final decision about the publication of the papers.

Editors and the Editorial Board should follow the agreed standards, mission, vision, as well as goals and CMC’s editorial policy with the aim to achieve the highest standards in the field of preparation and publication of scientific and professional publications.

Duties of Editors

Editors work in conjunction with reviewers and Editorial Board members.

Fair play: Editors evaluate submitted manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, origin, citizenship or political philosophy.

Confidentiality: Editors and Editorial Board members will not disclose any information about authors or the contents of manuscripts for any other purpose and to anyone other than the persons directly involved in the publication procedures until the publication has been printed and available to public.

Duties of reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions: Peer review assists editors in making editorial decisions and, through editorial communications with authors, may assist authors in improving their manuscripts towards the best possible quality.

Promptness: Reviewers are to complete peer reviews within an agreed deadline. In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the editor. Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript should immediately notify the editors and decline the invitation to review.

Confidentiality: Any manuscripts received for review are confidential documents and must be treated as such; they must not be shown to, shared or discussed with others. This applies also to invited reviewers who decline the review invitation.

Standards of objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the authors is inappropriate. Observations and recommendations must be formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript.

Conflicts of interest: Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for the reviewer’s personal advantage or as reviewer’s own.

Referees who have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the manuscript and the work described therein should not conduct the review.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards: Authors of original research should present an accurate and objective account of the work performed and the results. The manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour.

Originality and plagiarism: Authors should thoroughly follow the selected international citation style and mark clearly in which parts they are citing or paraphrasing other authors and which their own findings, conclusions and suggestions. Where sources or authors of certain parts of manuscript cannot be referenced, because the work has not yet been published, other forms of sources must be referenced in a consistent manner. Additionally, authors should obtain statements by the persons or sources referenced agreeing with the publication of their statements, interviews or other forms of gathered information. The  bibliography should include only the works used in the paper. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Multiple publication: Papers describing essentially the same or very similar research in several publications will be considered as hyper production or selfplagiarism, which is unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Authorship of the manuscript: Only persons who have substantially contributed to the research and/or the production of the manuscript should be listed as authors. Prior to the submission of the article, the corresponding author should verify that all co-authors have seen and approved the manuscript and agreed to its submission for publication.

Conflicts of interest: Authors should disclose all sources of financial support for the project discussed in the paper and state who is the owner of the results of the project. They should submit the owner’s approval of the publication of results. It is important that the editors be notified about possible conflicts of interest that might have an important impact on the contents of the article, the findings or suggestions from the article or to other individuals, groups or bodies related to the contents of the paper.

Fundamental errors in published works: If authors discover significant errors or inaccuracies in their own published work, it is their obligation to promptly notify the editors and cooperate with them to either correct the paper or to appropriately react.