Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
(based on Elsevier recommendations and COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors)
Revista GAMA is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles.
Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is expected of Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.
On submitting a manuscript, the author(s) ensure that the manuscript is their own original work. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors on the manuscript submission for publication. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
Editors should evaluate manuscripts for their academic merit without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The editor is responsible for the final decision of which of the papers submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision. The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper. The authors' opinion may not always be supported by the editorial board.
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. Any manuscripts received for review are treated confidentially. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must not be used for personal advantage and be kept confidential. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by reviewer without the express written consent of the author. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments. Any referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers. Peer reviewers' identities are protected in the double blind peer review process.