Research and publication ethics

Research ethics

For studies based on surveys, questionnaires, social media research (non-interventional studies), all participants must be fully informed if the anonymity is assured, why the research is being conducted, how their data will be used and if there are any risks associated. For the research focusing on vulnerable groups, it must provide adequate safeguards to protect the rights and welfare of subjects who are likely to be vulnerable.

Forum geografic does not charge any fees for the process of reviewing, publishing or posting online articles.

Publication ethics statement

The editors of Forum geografic enforce a rigorous peer-review process and strict ethical policies and standards in order to publish high quality scientific works. When cases of plagiarism, inappropriate authorship credit and the like do arise, the editors of Forum geografic have a zero-tolerance policy for these issues.

Authors wishing to publish their papers in Forum geografic must comply with the following:

  • Any suspicion as a possible conflict of interest of the author(s) must be disclosed in the paper prior to submission.
  • Authors should accurately present their research findings and include an objective discussion of their findings. Data and methods used in the research need to be presented in sufficient detail in the paper, so that other researchers can replicate the work.
  • The submitted paper is original, unpublished and not simultaneously submitted to another journal. The manuscript does not contain any information that has already been published. If it includes already published figures or images, please obtain the necessary permission from the copyright holder to publish under the CC-BY license and cite the reference accordingly.
  • Plagiarism (copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from author’s own publications, without giving any credit to the original source) is not accepted. If plagiarism is detected during the review process, the manuscript will be rejected, with no possibility for later resubmission.
  • Authors are fully responsible for the correctness of information and cited data in their paper and absolve Forum geografic of any issues related to the paper.

Forum geografic editors will investigate any allegations of publication misconduct and will contact the authors’ institutions or funders if necessary. If evidence of misconduct is found, appropriate action will be taken to correct or retract the publication. Authors are expected to comply with the best ethical publication practices when publishing in Forum geografic.

Citation policy

Authors should only cite references that were read in order to inform for the current research.

Declaration of Authorship and Publishing Agreement

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete and sign the Declaration of Authorship and Publishing Agreement, by which the authors provide the publisher with the license to publish their paper in both the electronic and printed versions of Forum geografic, to distribute and disseminate it via third parties, i.e., the cooperating publishing companies and bibliographic databases.

Publication of papers in Forum geografic is free of charge and without honorarium for authors.