Publication Ethics and Policies

At Communications on Number Theory and Combinatorial Theory (CONTACT), we are committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and preventing malpractice in research. To this end, we have established the following policies:

  1. Authorship: All authors listed on a manuscript must have made a significant contribution to the research and agree to the submission and publication of the manuscript. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript before submission.
  2. Originality: Manuscripts submitted to CONTACT must be original research, and should not have been published previously or currently under review elsewhere. Authors are responsible for ensuring that their work does not infringe on any copyright, plagiarism or other intellectual property rights of others.
  3. Data and Results: All data and results presented in a manuscript must be accurate and verifiable. Authors are responsible for retaining original data and results, and for providing access to this information upon request.
  4. Conflicts of Interest: Authors must declare any conflicts of interest that could be perceived as influencing the research, such as financial interests, personal relationships or professional connections.
  5. Peer Review: The peer review process at CONTACT is conducted using a double-blind system, where the identities of both the authors and reviewers are kept anonymous. This ensures that the evaluation of the manuscript is based solely on its scientific merit, and eliminates potential biases related to the authors' or reviewers' identities or affiliations. Reviewers are selected based on their expertise in the relevant field, and provide constructive feedback to the authors to help improve the quality of the research.
  6. Corrections and Retractions: If errors or inaccuracies are identified in published articles, CONTACT will work with authors to correct or retract the article, as appropriate.
  7. Plagiarism and Misconduct: CONTACT takes allegations of plagiarism and research misconduct seriously. If such allegations arise, we will investigate thoroughly and take appropriate action, which may include retraction of published articles, sanctions against authors or reviewers, or referral to external authorities.

By adhering to these policies, CONTACT aims to ensure the integrity and quality of the research we publish, and to maintain the trust of our readers and the scientific community.