ETHICS FOR EDITORS
The editorial board of “OphthaTherapy. Therapies in Ophthalmology” implements standards of ethical conduct at all stages of the publishing process in order to ensure the highest scientific quality, and to counteract dishonest practices, including plagiarism and ghostwriting. Our actions are based on the guidelines of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) as well as on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), constituting a best-practice model for contemporary medical editors.
Editors shall select reviewers who have suitable expertise in the relevant field and shall follow best practice in avoiding the selection of fraudulent peer reviewers. The editor shall review all disclosures of potential conflicts of interest and suggestions for self-citation made by reviewers in order to determine whether there is any potential for bias.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITY OF EDITORS
Members of the editorial team (hereinafter referred to as “Editors”) take decisions on the acceptance and date of publication of a given manuscript. Their decisions are based on the submitted reviews. They act in a sustainable, objective and fair manner, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnicity or geographic origin of the authors involved.
None of the Editors may disclose information on the submitted works to any other person but the authors, reviewers, potential reviewers and other editorial consultants.
Editors are entrusted with the task of ensuring ethical conduct on the part of all persons involved in the preparation of the journal. The editor must not be involved in decisions about papers which s/he has written him/herself or have been written by family members or colleagues or which relate to products or services in which the editor has an interest.
The principles listed below are binding for all members of the Editorial Board as well as Guest Editors.
Editors must protect the confidentiality of all material submitted to the journal and all communications with reviewers, unless otherwise agreed with the relevant authors and reviewers.
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used.