PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT
Pulse: the Journal of Science and Culture adheres to the ethical Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing of the COPE, DOAJ and OASPA organisations. The main principles are listed below, while the detailed COPE guidelines can be found at https://publicationethics.org/core-practices.
AUTHORSHIP AND CONTRIBUTORSHIP
The corresponding author is responsible for the completeness of the authorship list, appropriate credit attribution, and agreement of all authors to the journal’s open access, ethical, and data sharing policies. Significant contributions to the article in the form of ideas or otherwise (which do not constitute authorship) should be properly acknowledged.
All articles and reviews published in Pulse must be original work, and while under consideration for Pulse, they cannot be submitted for publication elsewhere.
SUBMISSIONS AND PEER REVIEW
All the submissions are given equal consideration by the journal editors. If the editors find the piece to have potential for publication, they send the piece for external peer-reviews. The peer-review process is double-blind, and consists of two reviews. The peer-reviewers give their comments on the piece and offer their decision as to whether the article is to be accepted with major revisions, minor revisions, or rejected. If upon initial submission the editors jointly decide the article is not ready to be progressed to the peer-review stage, the author will be notified and given feedback towards a potential resubmission where appropriate.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND COPYRIGHT
Authors who use data in their manuscripts obtained from human participants in the research should confirm to the journal that they have previously received participants' written consent to publish these data. Authors are also responsible for obtaining copyright permissions for any visual material they use in the article (pictures, images, film stills, tables etc.).
DATA SHARING AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Pulse is an open access journal. The copyright of the content of all articles and reviews remains with the designated author. Authors are allowed to publish their contributions in other publications with prior notice and approval of Pulse. The journal operates under the Creative Commons License, which allows for the reproduction of material, free of charge, for non-commercial use only, and with the appropriate citation information.
ARCHIVING AND INDEXING
All content published in Pulse is permanently archived in CEEOL - Central and Eastern European Online Library. The journal is also indexed by Google Scholar. The editors of Pulse are continually working on increasing the visibility and accessibility of all journal content through indexing and digital archives.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE JOURNAL
Complaints about the decisions and actions of the editors, or reviews and evaluations of individual contributions, should be made to the editorial board directly, while breaches of publication ethics should be reported to the journal’s funding bodies, institutions affiliated to the editors, or repositories and citation databases. While making a formal complaint, please provide all relevant evidence and information.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND DISCLOSURES
The journal’s editors and peer-reviewers might potentially find themselves with competing interests, due to financial or personal relationships, in regard to the author’s work. To avoid undermining the credibility of the journal and the authors due to any perceived conflicts of interests, such possibility (resulting from any financial or personal relationships of the authors, editors, reviewers) should be disclosed as soon as possible to the journal in the submission process. The failure to do so constitutes a breach of publication ethics and will have consequences.
PLAGIARISM AND FRAUD
If plagiarism or research fabrication is determined, it will require contacting the author’s institution and possibly funding agencies. If plagiarism or fabrication is determined post-publication, a formal Notice of Retraction will be attached to the article on the Pulse website and related bibliographic databases.