Misconduct and malpractice

Authors must publish their research findings and their interpretations in a reliable, transparent and detailed way, so that it is possible for other researchers to repeat or to verify the study. Articles must be original and cannot include borrowings from other works. Related studies should be correctly quoted.

The authorship of a publication must be based exclusively on the creative and substantial contribution to the research. The substantial intellectual contribution of other persons to the published research should be duly noted.

Ghost-writing (not disclosing the names of authors with substantial contribution), and guest authorship (disclosing someone as author who did not contribute to the paper) are not allowed.

Each author should reveal potential conflicts of interest at an early stage.


Journal policies

When submitting their work, authors need to make a clear statement about 1) obeying the ethical requirements regarding authorship, ghost-writing, intellectual property rights; 2) author contribution (including the share, and the parts of the study done by the different authors); 3) sources of funding.

TMP uses anti-plagiarism software provided by the University of Miskolc (iThenticate by Turnitin) to check for any plagiarism issues. Papers with a higher similarity index than 25% (with references), or 15% (without references) are automatically rejected.

The Editor-in-Chief, the Editor, and the members of the Editorial Board evaluating the submission must reveal if they know of any misconduct or malpractice.

All accepted are proofread before publishing. Our English Proof-reader acts as another firewall for detecting author malpractice.


Allegations of misconduct

If the suspicion of misconduct arises, a detailed description of the misconduct should be sent to the Editor, and the Editor-in-Chief. An Ethical Committee consisting of at least 3 people is assigned by the Editor-in-Chief to evaluate the claims within 30 days. The Ethical Committee should include members from the Editorial Board, and at least one representative of the publisher.


Policy when misconduct was detected

All forms of misconduct or malpractice are documented by the Editor, and such cases are be reported to the employer of the authors and to the relevant public and government institutions.