“Bionika” publishes a number of medias, including medical and pharmaceutical journals. Most of these journals are on behalf of scientific societies and other similar organizations. As part of this objective, the Press itself adopts a neutral position on issues treated within its Journals. Those Journals serve to further academic discussions of topics, irrespective of their nature – whether religious, gender-based, environmental, ethical, political or other potentially or topically contentious subjects.
Publication of an article in an academic peer-reviewed journal serves several functions, one of which is to validate and preserve the “minutes” of research. It is therefore of immense importance that these “minutes” are accurate and trustworthy. The act of publishing involves many parties, each of which plays an important role in achieving these aims. It therefore follows that the author, the journal editor, the peer-reviewer, the publisher and the owner of Society-owned journals have responsibilities to meet expected ethical standards at all stages in their involvement from submission to publication of an article.
“Bionika” is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME), World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and The European Association of Science Editors (EASE), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements.
Editor and publisher adhere to Editorial Policy Statements, developed by The Council of Science Editors (CSE), that cover the responsibilities and rights of editors of peer-reviewed journals.
Below is a summary of our key expectations of editors, peer-reviewers and authors.
1. ETHICAL EXPECTATIONS
Publisher or Society responsibilities
“Bionika” publisher and Farmateca guarantee that all published materials compliant with standards above.
2. PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR
Identification of unethical behaviour
Minor misconduct might be dealt with without the need to consult more widely. In any event, the author should be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.
Serious misconduct might require that the employers of the accused be notified. The editor, in consultation with the publisher or Society as appropriate, should make the decision whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence themselves or by further consultation with a limited number of experts.
Outcomes (in increasing order of severity; may be applied separately or in conjunction)
3. BUSINESS MODEL. FEE FOR PUBLICATIONS
The publisher of the Journal – Bionika Media Publishing House – incurs all the expenses for production and publishing of the Journal, which includes organizing expert review, internet hosting and archiving. The authors are not charged for publication. PUBLICATION OF ARTICLES in the Journal is FREE! Reviewing is not paid.
4. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST POLICY
Potential conflicts of interest arise when there are financial, personal or professional conditions, which can influence the scientific judgments of a reviewer or editor and, as a consequence, on the decision of the Editorial Board concerning the publication of the article.
The Journal presumes that by submitting a paper the author states that:
Otherwise, the author should make an explicit declaration of possible conflicting interests in a cover letter that accompanies the manuscript.
If there is a conflict of interests, authors may also suggest excluding any specific editors or reviewers from the peer review of their article.
Editors and reviewers should declare whether they have any conflicts of interests that may influence the judgment of the editorial board.
If there is a conflict of interest an editor or reviewer from the author of the article, the article should be transferred to another editor or reviewer, respectively.
If the editor or reviewer has conflicts of interest with any of the authors, the article should be transmitted to another editor or reviewer correspondingly.
Articles should be evaluated fairly and will not necessarily be rejected when any conflicting interests are declared by any participant of the consideration and reviewing process, because the most important criterion of manuscript evaluation is its scientific quality.
5. PRIVACY STATEMENT
Information about the authors (surname, name, patronymic, affiliation, e-mail, contact number), which is provided by them for publication in the Journal, is becoming available for indefinite range of persons, for which the authors give their written permission by signing the corresponding Letter Of Agreement as a part of Author's Questionnaire, provided within the list of items to accompany the manuscript (questionnaire form is available on the site).
The above mentioned data is published for the convenience of the authors with the aim of the full and correct account of publications and their citation by the corresponding bibliography companies and providing the possibility of contacting the authors and the scientific community.
Personal information provided by the authors in addition to the referred above, include additional e-mails and phone numbers. These will be used exclusively for contacting the authors in the process of preparing the publication and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.