The CTM authors are expected to conform to basic standards of professional ethics and conduct. A paper submitted for publication must be original work and it was not published elsewhere. The author(s) also agrees not to submit the paper to another outlet during our review process.
Plagiarism. This involves reproducing text or other materials from published or unpublished documents without giving proper credit to the source. Such material is regarded as being plagiarized regardless of whether it is used verbatim or has been modified. Plagiarism represents a serious ethical breach, and may constitute legal breach of copyright. Figures and tables may be reproduced with permission and must be fully referenced at the bottom of each figure or table.
Citation. Papers published in CTM should include citations to existing published or unpublished papers which are directly relevant to the study that was conducted by the author(s). Negligence to give credit to prior work, while not regarded technically as constituting plagiarism, represents a comparable breach of professional ethics, and can result in rejection of a manuscript. However, an unintentional failure to cite a relevant paper, does not necessarily imply misconduct. Authors are expected to devote the same care to the literature citations as to the other components of the manuscript. Responsibility for updating references in a paper rests fully with the authors.
Conflicts of Interest. When a paper is submitted, authors may identify individuals who they believe are conflicted and should not serve as referees. Likewise, individuals who are asked to review a paper should identify any potential conflicts of interest, so the editor can determine whether these are substantive enough to disqualify that reviewer. Editors must guard against conflicts of interest and they are required to disqualify themselves whenever a real or perceived conflict exists.
Confidentiality. CTM and their editors will not reveal the identities of referees nor the contents of peer-review-related materials to individuals outside of the respective peer-review process. Referees are also bound by strict confidentiality; neither the manuscripts nor the contents of referee correspondence may be shared with other parties. Public dissemination by authors of the contents of referee reports and editorial correspondence is inappropriate.
Conduct. All participants in the publication process, including editors, authors, referees, and journal staff members, are expected to conform to basic standards of professional courtesy, and respect the basic rules and guidelines that govern the peer-review and publication process. Criticism and debate, even energetic debate, are normal parts of the intellectual process, but only when conducted with civility and professional respect for all parties. Personal attacks or verbal abuse, whether oral or written, are unacceptable under any circumstances, and the journals reserve the right to refuse submissions from individuals who repeatedly violate these guidelines or refuse to cooperate with editors and referees in the normal peer review and publication processes.
Misconduct. The integrity of CTM rests on the professionalism of its authors, referees, and editors. Alleged cases of unethical conduct will be investigated vigorously by the Editor. Editorial inquiries will be conducted with the maximum degree of confidentiality. CTM recognizes its obligation to protect their authors and referees against frivolous or unfounded allegations of misconduct. The leveling of unfounded allegations against others is no more acceptable than the alleged acts themselves