Excerpt from the General P.I.E. Guidelines – Journal owners and publishers

1.    Editors’ relationship with their publishers or journal owners must be always based on the principles of editorial independence.

2.    The decision on what subjects are of interest for the readers and which articles should be published has to be based on quality, accuracy and informative character and not on political, financial or other immediate gains that are in contradiction to the professional ethics.

3.    Misleading advertisements must be refused and the policies regarding advertising in relation to the content of the publication must also be declared public.

4.    Editors and publishers must take prompt action when they detect conflicts of interest. These conflicts have to be managed professionally whether they are by the authors, editors, publishers, the editorial team or the peer-reviewers.

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