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Hungarian Statistical Review - Publication ethics and publication malpractice statements

Duties of the editors and the editorial board

Publishing decision making: The editor-in-chief of the Hungarian Statistical Review accepts out of the received manuscripts fitting into the profile of the publication those which comply with the requested standards. During this decision making process, the editor-in-chief consults with the editorial board and the reviewers. He or she fulfils his or her duties according the guidance of the editorial board, complying with the legislation in effect, with particular regard to questions involving libel, copyright and plagiarism suspicions.
The final decision regarding publishing is taken by the publisher.

Fair play: The editorial staff evaluates the intellectual content of the received manuscripts regardless of the authors’ identity.

Confidentiality: It is not permitted to the editor-in-chief and the editorial members to provide any information to anyone regarding the submitted manuscripts except to the co-authors, the publisher, the (possible) reviewers, and other consultants..

Duties of the reviewer

Contribution to the publishing process: The reviewer proposes the acceptance or rejection of the study, thus assisting the editor-in-chief in the publication related decision making. Helps the author – if necessary – in rising the scientific standards of the study.

Speed: The reviewer declares within a reasonable timeframe if accepts the proposal. In case he or she considers that he or she is not adequately familiar with the scientific field of the study, or is aware that he or she cannot perform a speedy reviewing, indicates this fact to the editor-in-chief and requests his release from the reviewing.

Confidentiality: The reviewer must handle the manuscript to be reviewed with confidentiality. It is forbidden to consult with others about the manuscripts.

Objectivity: The reviewer must evaluate the manuscript impartially, his or her opinion must be expressed unequivocally, well-reasoned. Criticism regarding the author’s identity is not allowed.

Publication and incompatibility: The reviewer must handle the information obtained during the evaluation of the manuscript with confidentiality, it is prohibited to use these for his or her own advantage. The reviewer cannot review the manuscripts of authors he or she is in competition, in cooperation or other relation (or with the authors’ institution for that matter) and as a result incompatibility may arise.

Duties of the authors

Basic principles of publication: The research record of the author must describe exactly the original research and its background data in a way to comply with the debate it may generate. It must publish the research connected data and references in such detail that will allow the research to be replicated by others, based on the study.

Originality and plagiarism: The author must ensure that the whole study prepared by him or her is an original work, and in case others’ work or words have been used, these must be properly quoted and cited. Any form of plagiarism is considered an unethical way of publication and it is unacceptable.

Multiple publications: The publication of the same study in different papers is unethical and unacceptable. The unchanged re-publication of papers from a conference-volume is also not acceptable, but in this case the study may be handed in with minor changes to the journal.

Authorship: Authorship of publications must comprise those who contributed in merit to the conception, planning, carrying out or interpretation of the study. All those who significantly contributed to the creation of the study have to be presented as co-authors. Those who participated in significant sub-tasks of the research involved must be named as contributors. The first listed author must ensure that every co-author is listed in the manuscript, must also ensure that all of them see and accept the final version of the manuscript to be published.

Basic errors in the published study: In case the author notices a significant error or inaccuracy in the published work, he or she is obliged to immediately notify the editor-in-chief and to cooperate in the rectification of the error.