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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Ethics and malpractice statements are based on the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Additional information can be found: https://publicationethics.org

Editors’ Duties and Responsibilities

The Editor is responsible for deciding on accepting, rejecting or requesting modifications to the submitted manuscript. The Editor may require multiple reviews and modifications to a given paper.  The Editor reserves the right to edit or clarify the manuscript based on the paper’s importance, originality and its relevance to Multinational Finance Journal. The Editor shall be guided by the policies of the journal’s Editorial Board.

Fair Play: The Editor must ensure that each manuscript submitted to Multinational Finance Journal is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to the author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy. The Editors’  decision to accept or reject a paper will be based on the paper’s importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the journal’s scope.

Protecting Individual Data:
The Editor and editorial staff may not disclose any  information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors other than the corresponding reviewers, Editorial advisers and publisher. Manuscript information is kept confidential.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest:
The Editor, editorial staff and members of the Editorial Board of MFJ shall not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his/her own research without the author’s explicit written consent. Ideas obtained through peer review or any other privileged information shall be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Authors’ Duties and Responsibilites

Authors must follow the submission guidelines of the journal.

Originality, Plagiarism and Acknowledgement:
Authors must ensure and acknowledge that the work they submit to MFJ is entirely original and has not previously been published elsewhere. Authors will appropriately cite the work of others. Plagiarism in all its forms („passing off‟ another´s paper as the author´s own or paraphrasing substantial parts of another´s paper) constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Authorship of the Paper: All authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research and creation of a manuscript. The author submitting the manuscript to the journal ensures that all contributing, appropriate co- authors are included in the author list. Non-contributing co-authors will not be listed in the manuscript.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest: Authors must notify the Editor of any conflicts of interest (financial or other substantive) that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of a manuscript.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works: Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes upon discovery of a significant error or inaccuracy in submitted manuscript.

Reviewers’ Duties and Responsibilities


Referees must keep all manuscripts received confidential. Reviewers must ensure that authors have properly cited all published work referred to in the paper. Reviewers are responsible to bring to the Editor’s attention any substantial similarity between the manuscript submitted and any other published paper they might be familiar with.

Promptness: Any selected referee who feels that it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript or the he/she is unqualified to review the submitted paper (within the stipulated time), should notify the Editor in a timely manner and withdraw from the review process.

Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer's own research without the written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not review 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 associated with the paper(s).

Peer Review Process

Multinational Finance Journal follows the high standards of peer review as set out in the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.
All submitted research manuscripts and articles are subjected to rigorous peer-review process (usually a minimum of two external referees). After initial Editors’ screening for suitability in the journal, the Editor will invite appropriate referees with subject matter expertise. The Editors’ decision is made based on these reviewers’ feedback, which is made available to the authors upon accept/reject (or other) decision of submitted manuscript.

Statement of Publication Ethics


Since its establishment in 1997, the Multinational Finance Journal (MFJ) has been committed to publishing the highest quality, peer-reviewed manuscripts. MFJ also follows a review process that adheres to the strictest ethical standards. Our publication guidelines conform to those set forth by the Coalition on Publication Ethics (COPE). The MFJ's contents are reviewed and approved on regular basis by the MFJ’s Editorial Board which is charged with oversight of the publication of the Multinational Finance Journal.

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