The publication ethics and malpractice statement
Sports science bulletin is scientific peer reviewed journal in sports science. Its goal is to promote
scientific knowledge dissemination in the field of sports and physical training. Articles submitted can include reviews, objective descriptions, research reports, or any other type of clear and well supported writing that it believes is of value to science and human well-being.
All manuscripts submitted will be peer reviewed by specialists in relevant field and only articles deemed valuable will be considered for the publication.
Sports science Bulletin is dedicated to follow the best practices on ethical matters, errors, retractions and to deliver the highest standards of publication ethics. We take all possible measures against publication malpractices. All articles not in accordance with publication ethics and malpractice statement standards will be removed from the publication if malpractice is discovered at any time even after the publication. We are checking all articles in a single – or double-blind peer review process.
The editorial board is responsible for, among the other, for deciding which of the research articles submitted to the journal should be published and preventing publication malpractice. Unethical behavior is unacceptable.
1. Editors’ Responsibilities
Publication Decisions: Editors are accountable for everything published in the journals and strive to meet the needs of readers and authors. Editors’decisions to accept or reject an article for publication are based on the peer-review result, editorial boards’ reviews and articles’ importance.
Review of Manuscripts: The editors ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor, who may make use of appropriate means, to examine the originality of the contents of the manuscript and ensure the quality of the material they publish, recognizing section within journals appropriate for publication.
Fair Review: Editors will strive to ensure that peer review at their journal is fair, unbiased and timely. The editor ensures that each manuscript received is evaluated on its intellectual contents without regard to authors’ gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc.
Confidentiality: The editors and editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscripts to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers and the publisher. The editor must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential until publicaton. In final printed version, only essential contact information will be published.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: Editors will require reviewers to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.
2. Reviewers’ Responsibilities
Confidentiality: Manuscript reviewers, editors and editorial staff must not disclose any information regarding submitted manuscripts. All submitted manuscripts are to be treated as privileged information.
Editors should provide guidance to reviewers on everything that is expected of them including the need to handle submitted material in confidence.
Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editors’ attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published article of which they have personal knowledge.
Standards of Objectivity: Review of submitted manuscripts should be conducted objectively. The reviewers will express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.
Promptness: If a reviewer believes that it is not possible for him/her to review the manuscript within the designated guidelines or within stipulated time, he/she should notify the editors, so that the accurate and timely review can be ensured.
Conflict of Interest: All reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding bodies.
3. Authors’ Responsibilities
Reporting Standards: Authors should precisely present their original research, as well as objectively discuss its significance. Manuscripts are to be edited in accordance to the submission guidelines of the journal.
Originality: Authors must certify that their work is entirely unique and original, except for review articles. If the case of plagiarism is reported or suspected by editorial board/reviewers, publication will be checked using appropriate literature databases and Antiplagiat online service.
Redundancy: Authors should not concurrently submit articles describing essentially the same research. Submitting the same article to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have influenced their research.
Authorship of the Article: Authorship should be limited only to those who have made a significant contribution to conceiving, designing, executing and/or interpreting the submitted study. All those who have significantly contributed to the study should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author should also ensure that all the authors and co-authors have seen and approved the final submitted version of the manuscript and their inclusion as co-authors.
Data Access and Retention: Authors should retain raw data related to their submitted articles, and must provide it for editorial review, upon request of the editors.
Fundamental Errors in Published Works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her submitted manuscript, the author must immediately notify the editors.
4. Change or Modification of Published Article, Withdrawal: The published articles will be withdrawn if the author(s) noticed significant errors. Before processing the withdrawal request, the editorial board will talk with the author(s) sufficiently. If the article is agreed to be withdrawn, the following should follow: The article in journal database should be removed; The link in online publication site should be removed; Withdraw announce will be shown in this article online location.
Replacement: The articles published can be replaced if the author(s) send an updated article. Before accepting the replacement request, the editorial board should talk with author(s) sufficiently, and at least 1 reviewer should check the changes. After an update, the old version should be kept separately, and if someone wants to check the old version, the editor can send all the information and files to him/her.
Removal: The published articles will be removed if reviewers, readers, librarians, publishers or other subjects noticed a significant errors or plagiarism. Before removing an article, editorial board should talk with authors sufficiently, and should provide enough time to have authors’ explanation. If the article is removed, then it follows: The article in journal database should be removed; The link in online publication site should be removed; The announce will be shown in this article online location.
Double Publication: If double publication is found or noticed from other sources, editorial board should check the status. If the double publication is confirmed as intentional thing, then the article will be removed according Removal procedure described above. All authors’ name will be marked as black list, and these authors cannot ever submit any article to Sports Science Bulletin.
Plagiarism: If plagiarism is found or noticed from other sources, editorial board should check the status. If the plagiarism is confirmed as intentional thing, then the article will be removed according Removal procedure described above. All authors’ name will be marked as black list, and these authors cannot ever submit any article to Sports Science Bulletin.
Redundancy: If manuscript was concurrently sent in several journals, authors must remove it from all but one editorial boards after acceptance by our board. If concurrent sending leads to the double publication, then the article will be removed according Removal procedure described above. All authors’ name will be marked as black list, and these authors cannot ever submit any article to Sports Science Bulletin.
Based on common guidelines from The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): http://publicationethics.org