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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Ethical standards

Gastroenterology and Hepatology is a scientific peer-reviewed journal, which is subject to an independent review process. The principles of ethical behaviour of all those involved in the publishing process are therefore very important.
Authors who send an article for publication (or enter an article in the Open Journal System (OJS) state that it concerns the results of original and previously unpublished work and that the work has not been submitted for publication in another journal or medium. Furthermore, the authors acknowledge that it is their own work, which was not copied or plagiarised, either partially or in its entirety; they also confirm that all the specific or potential conflicts of interest or benefits related to their work have been stated.

• Misleading or knowingly inaccurate claims constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.
• Authors are fully responsible for ensuring that their written contributions are entirely original; if other work and/or statements have been used, these must be correctly cited.
• As a general principle, manuscripts describing the same research problem shall not be submitted for publication in more than one periodical or publication. Simultaneously submitting the same manuscript for publication in more than one journal represents unethical behaviour and is unacceptable.
• Publication of an abstract or posters is not considered to be a duplicate publication, but this should be stated in the cover letter accompanying the submitted manuscript.
• Only those workers who have significantly contributed to the conception, layout, design and interpretation of the results of the studies presented are identified as the authors. Everyone who also contributed significantly to processing the communication are identified as co-authors, this fact is confirmed when entering the article into the OJS.
• In the manuscript every author announces every financial conflict of interest that could lead to a valid assumption that it influences the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. A complete list of sources of financing the project will also be given.
• If an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their work, it is their duty to immediately notify the editor or publisher of the journal and work with them to correct it or withdraw it from publication.
• For articles concerning experiments on human subjects, it is necessary to indicate whether the procedures used are in accordance with the ethical standards of the relevant commission for performing experiments on humans (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. Authors do not mention the names of patients, their initials or hospital numbers, especially if it concerns illustrative materials. In articles about animal experiments, it is necessary to state that the procedure was in accordance with the relevant institutional or national guideline, or in accordance with any law of the country in question concerning the care of laboratory animals and their use.

The editorial board’s OBLIGATIONS
• The editorial board and editor in chief are responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles will be published.
• Papers submitted for publication are sent to two reviewers via OJS. They are given a blind peer review - the authors don’t know the names of the reviewers and vice versa.
• The accountable editor, editorial board members and staff members cannot pass on any information in the submitted manuscripts to third parties (other than the corresponding author, reviewers and potential reviewers, the publisher and any of the editor’s potential advisors).

• If any reviewer concludes that it is impossible for them to carry out a review of the manuscript by the agreed time, they must inform the editor of this so that the manuscript can be sent for to another reviewer for examination.
• Information about the manuscripts submitted is considered confidential and must be treated thus.
• Reviews should be conducted objectively. Any personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. Reviewers should clearly express their opinion and support it with specific arguments.
• If the reviewer finds significant similarity or overlap between the submitted manuscript and any other published work known to the reviewer, they are obliged to immediately inform the editor of this.
• Reviewers may not assess manuscripts for which a conflict of interest may arise for them.

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