Publishing Policy

Statement on Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice

These Ethical Guidelines are based on COPE’s Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

What is CMBE’s position on publishing ethics?

Concurrently with the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings are indispensable instruments of knowledge transfer and a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors. It is therefore of the utmost importance to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of editing and publishing these conference proceedings. In order to maintain a very high quality, the number of standard presentations has always been limited, and the editors are hoping to maintain such a policy in the future, by introducing a more rigorous review process.

We welcome original research on a variety of topics, and are committed to ensuring that advertising, printing or any other commercial activity has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. CMBE has no publishing revenue and at all times, authors hold the copyrights of their presentations.

Instructions for Authors

Unless otherwise specified herein, manuscripts should conform to the templates provided on the conference website.

The authors may be asked to provide further information for editorial review; they should be prepared to provide public access to any relevant data, unless its content is restricted, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

The authors should ensure that their work is original, and acknowledge in an appropriate manner any work of other authors, contributors or sources (including online sources), correspondence and discussion with third parties. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Plagiarism constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Multiple, concurrent or redundant manuscript submission for publication constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their conclusion. All sources of financial support should be appropriately disclosed.


Instructions for Editors and Reviewers

Manuscripts will be evaluated for the quality and the originality of their content only, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. The editors' final decision to accept or reject an abstract for publishing is based on the reviewer's comments, and on the relevance of the abstract to the remit of these proceedings.

Reviewers assist the editors in making editorial decisions and may also assist the authors in improving their manuscripts. Reviews should be conducted objectively and personal criticism of the authors is inappropriate. The editors, any editorial staff and reviewers must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding authors, reviewers, and the publisher, as appropriate. The editors ensure that the peer review process is fair and unbiaised, and are ready to respond to any complaint.

Unpublished materials received via a manuscript submission must not be used in an editor's own research or in any editorial staff and reviewers’ own research, without the express written consent of the authors; and any information obtained through peer review must be kept confidential.

Editors should not themselves consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors or institutions connected to them.

Editors should take immediate responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented. If concerns are raised about a possible misconduct, and where applicable, the editors will follow COPE flowcharts and make all reasonable efforts to ensure that the proper enquiries are made.