Code of Ethics for Author

  1. Originality:

When an Author submits a manuscript to SeSTeR, the manuscript must be an original work. Authors must not submit the same work, in whole or in part, to two places of publication at the same time, or at any time while the manuscript is under review at SeSTeR. It is also improper for an Author to submit a manuscript describing essentially the same research to more than one place of publication. Thus, an Author may not submit to SeSTeR a work that is in whole or in part under review elsewhere, nor submit to another publication outlet a work that is in whole or in part under review at SeSTeR.

The manuscript must not have been previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere, either in whole or in part, whether in English or another language.

If the manuscript contains materials that overlap with work that is previously published, or that is under consideration for publication elsewhere, the Author must cite this work in the manuscript. The Author must also inform the SeSTeR of the related work and, if requested, send the manuscript to the Editor.

  1. Plagiarism:

All work in the manuscript should be free of any plagiarism or falsification.

Plagiarism takes many forms, from "passing off" another's paper as the Author's own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper without attribution, to claiming results from research conducted by others. Authors are expected to explicitly cite others' work and ideas, even if the work or ideas are not quoted verbatim or paraphrased. This standard applies whether the previous work is published, unpublished, or electronically available. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

  1. Double-Blind Review:

SeSTeR follows a double-blind review process, whereby Authors do not know Reviewers and vice versa. Authors should respect the confidentiality of the review process and should not reveal themselves to Reviewers, and vice versa. For example, the manuscript should not include any self-revealing information that would identify the Author to a Reviewer.

  1. Accuracy:

Authors have the ultimate responsibility for all materials included in a manuscript submitted to SeSTeR. Authors should report their findings fully and should not omit data that are relevant within the context of the research question(s). Results should be reported whether they support or contradict expected outcomes.

  1. Copyright Laws:

Authors should check their manuscripts for possible breaches of copyright law (e.g., where permissions are needed for quotations, artwork or tables taken from other publications) and secure the necessary permissions before submission.

  1. Timeliness:

Authors should be prompt with their manuscript revisions. If an Author cannot meet the deadline given, the Author should contact the SeSTeR Editor as soon as possible to determine whether a longer time period or withdrawal from the review process should be chosen.

  1. Post Publication:

SeSTeR holds the copyright to all published articles.