Ethics and Malpractice Statement
Ethic code for authors
- The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation. IMEKO fully endorses the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki for experiments involving humans (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html). All investigations involving animal experimentation must be conducted in accordance with the EU Directive 2010/63/EU (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/legislation_en.htm). The privacy of humans involved should not be infringed. If any doubt exists, informed consent should be obtained before submission.
- Researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
- Researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
- The submitted work must be original and not plagiarized. It must not have been published or accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract, as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint), in the same or different language.
- Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work. The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting. A detailed declaration of individual contribution is welcome, but not compulsory. Any change in authorship after submission (including reordering of the authors) should be agreed upon by all the involved authors, including any who have been removed from the list.
- Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed in the accompanying letter to the submission, and in the final, published version of the manuscript.
The detailed code of conduct follows the COPE recommendations, available at the following link: