This journal is committed to ethics and the quality of publications. It respects the standards of behavior expected by all parties involved in the editorial process. We do not accept plagiarism and other unethical behavior, in accordance with the recommendations of Elsevier and the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).
Decision about publication: the editor-in-chief of the journal is responsible for deciding which submitted texts will be published, guided by the criteria of quality of work, thematic relevance, proper formatting and respect for the ethical guidelines of the journal's policies. The editor-in-chief may consult the editorial staff and reviewers in the decision-making process.
Fairplay: submitted texts will be analyzed only for their intellectual content, without considering issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, religiosity, ethnic origin, citizenship or political beliefs.
Confidentiality: all manuscripts will be treated as confidential documents, and it is forbidden to discuss their content with third parties. The authorship of the submitted text will be kept confidential until publication, being hidden from reviewers, potential reviewers and editorial consultants.
Conflicts of interest: the editor-in-chief must refuse the use of unpublished information in his own research and without the author's consent and that may result from conflicts of interest with authors, organizations and institutions linked to the texts. Reviewers must refuse to review texts that in any way indicate authorship.
Cooperation in research: the editor-in-chief must adopt measures of responsibility when manuscripts or published texts are denounced about possible non-authorship of a text.
Contribution to the editorial decision: reviewers help the editor in the decision-making process regarding publication through suggestions for improving the text.
Review denial: any reviewer who feels unqualified to carry out the review must inform the editor that it is not possible to proceed with this step.
Objectivity: the reviewers' opinions will be produced objectively and the reviewers must express their points of view based on arguments.
Acknowledgment of the source: reviewers must report the absence of important publications not cited in the text and the similarity with other texts that deal with the same topic.
Originality and Plagiarism: the author guarantees that the written text is original. Plagiarism, in all its forms, constitutes unethical behavior and is unacceptable. The journal can use programs and other technological tools to identify and ensure that the texts are published without plagiarism.
Authorship: should be limited to those who effectively made significant contributions to the production, formatting, execution and writing of the text. Manuscripts must not have any identification of authorship when submitted.