General approach to ethics
The Journal "Regional Formation and Development Studies" (RFDS) works to ensure ethical practices and procedures in the review and publication of its manuscripts. All research activities must respect fundamental ethics principles, including those reflected in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Ethical standards for publication exist to ensure high-quality scientific publications, public trust in scientific findings, and that people receive credit for their ideas.
Data fabrication and falsification:
Data fabrication means the researcher did not actually do the study but faked the data. Data falsification means the researcher did the experiment, but then changed some of the data.
Taking the ideas and work of other scientists without giving them credit is unfair and dishonest. Authors must not use the words, figures, or ideas of others without attribution. All sources must be cited at the point they are used, and reuse of wording must be limited and be attributed or quoted in the text. Copying even one sentence from someone else’s manuscript, or even one of your own that has previously been published, without proper citation is considered plagiarism—use your own words instead.
Regional Formation and Development Studies Journal uses Similarity Check to detect submissions that overlap with published and submitted manuscripts.
Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will be rejected and the authors may incur sanctions. Any published articles may need to be corrected or retracted.
It is unethical to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time. Doing this wastes the time of editors and peer reviewers, and can damage the reputation of the authors and the journals if published in more than one journal as the later publication will have to be retracted.
Authorship and acknowledgments:
All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript and approved all its claims. Don’t forget to list everyone who made a significant scientific contribution, including students and laboratory technicians. Do not “gift” authorship to those who did not contribute to the paper. Many journals have tools and processes in place to identify researchers that engage in unethical behavior. If you are caught your manuscript may be rejected without review and your institution informed.
Manuscripts are judged on their scientific merit, regardless of the authors' race, gender, religious beliefs, origin, nationality, political opinion, personal or institutional connection, or current position.
Qualification and time control
Every effort must be made to complete the review within the specified time. If it is not possible to prepare a review in time, the reviewer must immediately refuse to review or apply for a solution to the problem
All information (and ideas) in the manuscript relating to the authors, the content of the manuscript, the recommendations of the editors and reviewers, or the final decision to publish the manuscript is confidential.
Respecting the intellectual independence of the authors, the reviewers provide the authors with feedback in an objective and constructive way so that it helps to improve the manuscript.
Pay attention to any indications of possible breaches of research ethics.
Not be held responsible for the accuracy of data and results in the manuscript.
adhere to the following general principles: equal treatment, conflict of interest management, confidentiality.