Publication Ethics

TMP follows the core practices of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). Our Publication Ethics Statement may be downloaded by clicking this link.

Some key highlights of the ethics statement are the following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Each author should reveal potential conflicts of interest at an early stage.
  5. Publishing the same article (or its significant part) in more than one journal is acceptable on condition that their editors consent to it; the reference to the first publication should always be included.


Authors’ Statement

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.


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. 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.


Conflicts of interest / Competing interests

Each author is obliged to disclose any financial or other material conflicts of interest in the manuscript that may influence its results or interpretation. All funding sources of the project should be made public.

If there is a conflict of interest with the Editor, another editor is asked to handle the manuscript. The editors are not allowed to use the unpublished material of the submitted manuscript for their own research without the author's prior written consent.

Those invited to review may not evaluate the manuscript if there is a conflict of interest with the authors, firms, or institutions associated with the study due to a competitive, collaborative or other relationship that may bias the evaluation. The editors should be informed if any author of the manuscript is: a past or current co-author or intended future co-author; a current colleague; a former student; a former advisor; a close personal friend; or a family member. The reviewer must inform the editors if he/she has a financial relationship or a current or past conflict with any of the authors. In addition, if the reviewer’s current research competes with that in the manuscript or if the manuscript contradicts or corrects the reviewer’s research, then the editors should be notified.


Data and reproducibility

Authors should disclose the source of the data they used, the circumstances in which the data was collected in case of primary research, as well as the methods and syntaxes used to come to the findings of the research.


Ethical oversight

The editors always evaluate the intellectual content of manuscripts regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, nationality, institutional affiliation or political views of the authors.

The evaluation shall be carried out objectively. Criticism of the author(s) is not appropriate. The reviewers shall express their views in a straightforward and constructive manner.

Authors shall guarantee that the study is their own, original intellectual work and that when the work and/or words of others are used, they are cited appropriately.


Intellectual property

TMP publishes all papers with a CC-BY license.

Authors' Rights: Authors retain copyright to their own work. They may deposit their work in repositories.

Papers can be submitted free of charge. No article processing fees are charged to the authors.


Post-publication discussions and corrections

Readers may start a debate about the contents of the published studies. The debate may be started by sending an email to the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief invites the author and the members of the Editorial Board, to join the debate, and articles may be corrected, revised, or retracted as a result. If an article is revised or retracted, an announcement is made public on the journal website.