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Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

We Mediterranean Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and its Publisher, follow the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in addressing all aspects of publication ethics and in particular, how to handle research cases and publication aberrations. Editors, authors, and reviewers are expected to be aware and refer to COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (COPE).

Publication decisions: The editor of the Mediterranean Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the Journal should be published. The submitted manuscripts are scanned by the Editor for their originality and importance to the journal readers. Those not responding to these conditions or those who are subject to plagiarism are automatically rejected. The manuscripts accepted for review are sent to Editors who assign them to at least two referees. Once the reviews are achieved, Editorial comments are sent to the author who is expected to reply by performing the adequate corrections within two weeks. The final decision by the editorial board to accept or reject the manuscript depends on the answers provided by the authors to reviewer comments and the established corrections in the revised manuscript.

Fair play: Direct submissions are accepted from all researchers. Authors do not need to have any connection with the editorial members to publish in our journal. The Editors are due to treat all authors with fairness, objectivity, honesty and transparency without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality: Any manuscript received for revision should be treated as a confidential document and must not be discussed with else than the editor and the corresponding reviewers.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Editors and reviewers should not use the information disclosed in a submitted work for their own interest without the author's authorization.

Retraction guidelines: editors consider retracting a publication according to retraction guidelines

Duties of Reviewers

Promptness: Reviewers should not accept a revision if the submitted manuscript discusses a theme that does not belong to their field of interest or if they cannot perform the revision in due time. Reviewers should notify the editor and excuse themselves from the review process.


Standards of Objectivity: Reviewers must be objective in their revision, with constructive and not personal criticism. They should express their points clearly to help the authors in their mission to improve their work.

Acknowledgment of Sources, Originality, and Plagiarism: Reviewers must identify works not cited and recommend them to the authors. They should also mention the presence of any plagiarism, overlap or conflict of interest. The manuscript should remain secret and can be spread with other persons neither used for personal interest. Reviewers should notify the editor of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.


Duties of Authors

Originality and Plagiarism: Authors should show novelty in their works, data should be presented accurately with sufficient details and should be referenced for other researchers to replicate them. The objective and significance of the paper must be discussed. Authors should be prepared at any time to provide public access to their data if practicable and retain them for a reasonable time after publication. They should avoid plagiarism and repetition in describing the essential information. They should write in clear English.


Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication: Authors are not allowed to submit manuscripts describing the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Authors warrant that the submitted manuscript has neither been published previously nor is currently being considered for publication elsewhere.

Authorship of the paper: All the subjects who contributed significantly to the paper be it in the design, conception or interpretation must be acknowledged and must agree to the final version of the manuscript before its submission and publication.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Authors should mention any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might influence their results or interpretation of their manuscript.


Fundamental errors in published works: Any significant error or inaccuracy in an already published work must be notified once discovered by the author who should cooperate with the editor to rectify and correct the paper.

Human & Animal Rights, and Informed Consent: The submitted articles must comply with the guidelines for human and animal welfare rules. The authors must state that the individuals have participated in the study with informed consent and the study protocol has been approved by the Animal & Human Research Committee of the institute.

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