Ethics Statement
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Ethics and Malpractice Statement

EBA is a non-government organisation that publishes its journal The Socrates Almanac on a tri-yearly basis, this does not include the publication of special edition which can be published independently or in accordance with special EBA events. Our mission aims to turn achievements into recognition through our events, exchange of innovative ideas, business and education projects, professional networks (the International Club of Leaders and the Academic Union. The Socrates Almanac supports this mission by allowing the publication of supporting successful academic and business articles, the validation and biographical feature of educational institutes, profile of honourable businessmen and of noteworthy individuals. As part of the mission, we the editorial board hold an impartial position in relation to the publication of The Socrates Almanac’s featured articles in order to give equal-opportunity to those who may be put forward for publication or feature – whether it be religious, gender based, economical, ethical, political or in relation to other provocative subjects.

Publication of an article means the adherence to a peer-review editorial board in order to maintain a high standard of publication and ensure that the submitted articles are accurate and trustworthy. This results in a series of inclusive parties that help to regulate our own mission as well as ethical aims. It so follows that the publisher, editors, authors and owners of featured businesses as well as individuals have the accountability to meet these ethical aims at all stages of the publication process. All items submitted to the publication will remain confidential (unless otherwise stated) until the publishing date.

In relation to this, EBA has produced a serious of ethical and mismanagement guild lines in order to uphold our mission statement and aims during the publication process. At EBA we are building a world of successful people, and in order for this to be a fruitful and successful goal, it is imperative that we adhere to a rigorous code of ethics as outlined below.

‘The Socrates Almanac’ is an Open Access Journal in order to support further development in business, education and healthcare across the globe. ‘The Socrates Almanac’ covers a wide range of academic fields from an international pool of authors. This enables the sharing and collaboration between authors and readers in order to develop relationships between all those involve in ‘The Socrates Almanac’. Because of this, ‘The Socrates Almanac’ publishes all of its content online to allow a truly collaborative open access learning environment through the journal’s innovative content.

 

1. ETHICAL EXPECTATIONS

 

Editors’ duties

  • To act in an impartial manner while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
  • To handle submissions for sponsored supplements or special issues in the same way as other submissions remaining un-bias to the listed categories above.
  • To follow procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature, in accordance with the outlined policies, giving authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints. Documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.

 

Reviewers’ duties

  • To assist in improving the quality of the published paper in a timely manner through an un-bias viewpoint.
  • To maintain the confidentiality of authorship and publishable information at all times, indisputably. 
  • To alert the editor to any published or submitted content that has the possibility to infringe copyright or contain plagiaristic material.
  • To be aware of any potential ethical consequence (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the editor to these, if necessary removal from the publication.
  • To remain discrete and direct in their communications reducing the risk of confusing regarding manuscript articles.

 

Authors’ duties

  • To maintain accurate records of data and reference, providing correct access to this data, on request. 
  • To confirm that the article submitted for publication is not in use elsewhere and is an original. Where portions of the content overlap with published or submitted content, to acknowledge and cite those sources.  To provide the editor with a copy of any submitted manuscript that might contain overlapping or closely related content. 
  • To declare any potential conflicts of interest which may result in ethical issues or conflict.
  • To notify promptly the journal editor or publisher if an error in their publication is identified. To cooperate with the editor and publisher to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper if necessary.  

 

Publisher or Society duties

  • The EUROPE BUSINESS ASSMBLY and other associating parties, including authors and external institutions, declare to follow the good practice standards outlined above.

 

ALL DUTIES OUTLINED ABOVE MUST BE MET BY ALL PARTIES AT ALL STAGES OF THE PUBLICATION PROCESS.
FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE PERSON OR PARTIES ROLE
IN THE PUBLICATION WITH THE POSSIBILTY OF WITHDRAWL FROM THE PUBLICATION PROCESS.

 

2. PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR


Сlassifying unethical behaviour

  • Misconduct and unethical behaviour may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor and publisher at any time, by anyone.
  • Misconduct and unethical behaviour may include, but need not be limited to, examples as outlined above. 
  • Whoever informs the editor or publisher of such conduct should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated. All allegations should be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached.

 

Process for response to malpractice

  • An initial decision should be taken by the editor, who should consult with or seek advice from the publisher, or managing director where appropriate.
  • Evidence should be gathered, while avoiding spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know, maintaining confidentiality is key.  
  • Minor misconduct might be dealt with without the need to consult more widely.  The author will be given the opportunity to respond to any accusations.
  • Serious misconduct might require that the employers of the accused be notified. The editor, in consultation with the publisher or Society as appropriate, should make the decision whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence themselves or by further consultation with a limited number of experts.  

 

Outcomes (in increasing order of severity)

  • Informing or educating the author or reviewer where there appears to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.
  • A more strongly worded letter to the author or reviewer covering the misconduct and as a warning to future behaviour.
  • Publication of a formal notice detailing the misconduct.
  • Formal retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the journal.
  • A ban on an individual from publication for a defined period.
  • Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organisation or higher authority for further investigation and action.

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