The editorial team of the “Medical Library Forum” journal undertakes to uphold the highest standards of scientific credibility in terms of the published content. Considering diligence and honesty to be the elementary values of academia, it strongly opposes any misconduct concerning the publication of academic papers. “Medical Library Forum” disallows any plagiarism, such as copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even the author’s own publication, without stating its source of origin. The quoted item must be appropriately marked and its original source stated in a footnote.
The editorial team follows the guidelines established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) -- an international organization assembling publishers and editors of academic journals. These guidelines include a detailed description of the course of action in case of suspected unethical activity in terms of publishing.
COPE diagrams also present the recommended course of action in case of a request to introduce changes to the authors’ list, as well as in case of a suspected presence of a ghost author or a guest author. COPE diagrams are available here: [LINK].
The editorial team relies on the recommendations by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) -- a committee assembling the editors of reputable journals, such as “Nature Medicine”, “New England Journal of Medicine”, and “The Lancet”. These recommendations aim to support editors, authors, and reviewers in upholding the highest ethical standards on each stage of the publishing process. Our editorial team expects everyone cooperating with the journal to follow ICMJE’s guidelines, which are available here: [LINK].