Neural Press is an open-access Australian publisher of neuroscience periodicals. Its objective of excellence is to advance neuroscience by contributing to more efficient and effective dissemination and exchange of neuroscientific research.
Neural Press adheres to Codes of Conduct and Best Practice (COPE) Guidelines for Journal Editors and Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers. Neural Press aims to comply the principles of transparency and supports the COPE’s primary objectives, ensuring ethical practices become part of publishing culture, promotion, for the public benefit, of ethical standards of conduct in research and ethical standards in the publication of academic journals.” It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the authors, the journal editors, the peer reviewers, the publisher and the society.
COPE encourages key groups in the scholarly publishing process to share their knowledge and ideas to ensure ethical practices become part of the culture itself. These guidelines are designed specifically for primary research journals, but may also be relevant for review and other professional publications as well.
In respect of the COPE principles, Neural Press exposes the following statements of ethical practice in publishing; a manuscript publication is made only after the ethical review is completed by one or two different reviewers, who evaluated the work scientifically and must consider at least the following aspects:
The avoidance of the risk of plagiarism and respect for intellectual property;
Respect for the rights of human subjects in research;
The identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct;
The identification of and dealing with manipulations of citations;
The disclosure of any conflicts of interest;
Withdrawal from the distribution of publications.
For all these reasons and more, it is important to laydown standards of expected ethical behaviour by all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society for society-owned or sponsored journals. This includes all parties treating each other with respect and dignity and without discrimination, harassment, bullying or retaliation. Also the opinion of the Research Ethics Committee is needed – where applicable.