Ethical statement and plagiarism policy

Ethical statement

By submitting a manuscript to Les/Wood, as an author you agree to comply with the following Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement, which are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Duties / Responsibilities of authors

  1. All manuscripts must be the original work of author(s). If the author(s) have used the work and/or words of others this has to be appropriately cited or quoted.
  2. Authorship of a manuscript should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors.
  3. All authors should disclose any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
  4. Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with manuscripts for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data if possible.
  5. All manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
  6. Authors of the articles published in journal Les/Wood retain copyrights and grant the journal the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND 4.0). Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their  websites) even prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.)

Duties / Responsibilities of editor in chief and editorial board members

  1. Editor in Chief or the assigned editorial board members are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. Editor in Chief may confer with other editors, editorial board members or reviewers in making this decision.
  2. Editor in Chief at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy of the authors.
  3. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Editor in Chief and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  4. The journal utilizes a single blind peer review process. The Editor in Chief and members of the Editorial board ensure the integrity of the publication review process.

Responsibility of reviewers

  1. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
  2. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and should not be used for personal advantage. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript may not be used in their own research without the expressed written consent of the authors.
  3. Reviews should be conducted objectively, without personal criticism of the author. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  4. Reviewers should complete their reviews in a reasonable time within the journal stipulated time frame.
  5. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Plagiarism policy

Plagiarism is immoral and against the profession ethics. All manuscripts submitted to Les/Wood journal will be subject of plagiarism detection. We use the Turnitin program to check plagiarism.

To avoid plagiarism, the authors confirm that:

  1. I/We understand plagiarism is immoral and against the profession ethics;
  2. No copyrighted materials have been used in the manuscript without permission;
  3. The manuscript is free from plagiarism and has not been published previously;
  4. I/We will take the full responsibility for the opinions expressed in the paper and for settling in all disputes arising from using any copyrighted materials in the manuscript without proper permission.

The authors will be required to clarify regarding the plagiarized manuscript within one week if it is found to be suspected of plagiarism during any stages, even after publication. Without a reasonable and timely explanation, the manuscript will be automatically rejected and removed from the system.