Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Global Media Journal – German Edition (GMJ-DE) is committed to uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior and editorial integrity in its publication practices. The following Code of Ethics and Malpractice Statement is based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. GMJ-DE expects all individuals involved in its publishing process, including authors, editors, and reviewers to conform to the most stringent ethical standards.

1. Editors’ Responsibilities

The editors of GMJ - DE are responsible for ensuring the quality and integrity of all published articles. Each submission is evaluated by the editorial team. All manuscripts submitted as “peer-reviewed articles” will be additionally evaluated based on a double-blind peer review process. It is mandatory for the editors to uphold the confidentiality of the authors' work and respect their intellectual property rights. Therefore, they must not disclose any information regarding the submitted manuscripts to any third party, nor utilize any part of the content for personal gain. They should consider all manuscripts for publication without discrimination based on the authors' gender, ethnicity, religion, political orientation, or nationality. Any financial or personal associations that may affect their editorial judgment must be declared.

2. Reviewers’ Responsibilities

Reviewers are responsible for conducting GMJ-DE’s double-blind peer review process objectively and timely by providing constructive feedback with supporting arguments to the author. They must disclose any conflicts of interest and decline to review any manuscripts where such conflicts exist. Reviewers should treat all manuscripts as confidential and respect the authors' intellectual property rights. They should notify the editor of any ethical concerns or suspected malpractice.

3. Authors’ Responsibilities

Authors are responsible for ensuring that their work is original and has not been previously published elsewhere or is at the time being considered elsewhere. All and only individuals who have made significant contributions to the reported findings should be credited as authors. They should acknowledge all sources and cite them appropriately. Authors must disclose any conflicts of interest or funding sources that may have influenced the research or findings. They should ensure that their work does not contain any plagiarism, falsification, or fabrication of data. If errors or inaccuracies are discovered after submission, authors should promptly inform the journal editors.

4. Violations of Good Scientific Practice

In cases in which the rules of good scientific practice are suspected to have been violated, the editor-in-chief will contact the reviewer and request an examination of whether the criticism be substantiated or rephrased in a more appropriate manner. If necessary, unlawful remarks will be deleted before the editor forwards the (anonymized) report. In case plagiarism should be detected only after publication, GMJ-DE will immediately take down the relevant article from their website until the case has been cleared.