Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Editors of SAAC will do their best to counteract bad practices in scholarly writing, making all possible efforts to disclose cases of academic dishonesty concerning fraud authorship, plagiarism, as well as ghostwriting and guest authorship. The papers where research misconduct has occurred will be also disclosed. Such cases, if documented, will be passed on to the authors’ authorities as well as scientific societies and publishers. Authors are therefore asked to provide necessary details of contributions made to their papers, as well as inform the Editors of sources of the publication's financing, if applicable. Moreover, authors must ensure that they have written original works and that the manuscript has not been issued elsewhere. Any work or words of other authors, contributors or sources should be appropriately credited and referenced. All articles not in accordance with these standards will be removed from the publication if malpractice is discovered at any time even after the publication. Authors submitting the m anuscripts to the journal for publication as original articles confirm that their works represent authors’ contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other publications without clear citing. All authors should disclose financial or other conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript (financial support for the project should be disclosed). If an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is his/her obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

The Editorial Board is always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed. The Editorial Board ensures a fair double-blind peer-review of the submitted manuscripts. It strives to prevent any potential conflict of interests between the author, editors and referees. The Editorial Board also ensures all the information related to the submitted manuscripts to be kept as confidential prior to publishing.

The reviewers evaluate manuscripts based on their content regardless of ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious believes or political philosophy of the authors. They must ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept confidential and must report to the Editor-in-Chief if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s side. They must evaluate the submitted works objectively as well as present their opinions in a clear way in the review form. A reviewer, who feels unqualified to evaluate the manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible, should notify the Editor-in-Chief and excuse himself from the review process.