Code of Ethics

PHRG is an open access journal that publishes original peer-reviewed research articles, practitioner papers and policy papers.

The ethic statements of PHRG concerning the duties of the Editors are based on the 2011 version of the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Duties of Editors

The Editors actively work to improve the quality of PHRG and are responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted should be published or not, evaluating manuscripts for their intellectual/scientific content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political orientation of the Authors.

PHRG follows a double-blind review process, whereby Authors do not know reviewers and vice versa. The Editors are responsible for securing timely, independent, and anonymous peer review from suitably qualified reviewers who have no disqualifying competing interests, of all manuscripts submitted to the journal. The Editors are responsible for ensuring that the journal has access to an adequate number of competent reviewers.

The Editors and the Editorial board must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding Author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other Editorial advisors, and the publisher. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by Editors without the express written consent of the Author.

Duties of Authors

Authors must ensure that no part of their work is copied from any other work, either authored by themselves or others, and that the work is original and has not previously been published in whole or substantial part. The Author should not submit concurrent manuscripts (or manuscripts essentially describing the same subject matter) to multiple journals.

If applicable, the Authors must demonstrate that their manuscript have met fundamental ethical issues (including informed consent for interviews, and permission from third-party materials).

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contribution must be listed as co-Authors. The Author should ensure that all co-Authors have affirmed the final version of the paper and have agreed on its final publication.

All work in the manuscript should be free of any plagiarism, falsification, fabrications, or omission of significant material. Plagiarism and self-plagiarism constitute unethical publishing behaviour and are unacceptable. PHRG reserves the right to evaluate issues of plagiarism and redundancy on a case-by-case basis.

The Author should indicate explicitly all sources that have supported the research and declare any conflict(s) of interest, should this apply.

Authors should be prompt with their manuscript revisions and strictly commit to the journal form and style guidelines. If an Author cannot meet the deadline given, the Author should contact the PHRG Managing Editor as soon as possible to determine whether a longer time period or withdrawal from the review process should be chosen.

The Author should promptly inform the Editor/Guest Editor(s) of any obvious/significant error(s) in his or her published paper and cooperate earnestly with the Editor-in-chief in retraction or correction of the paper. If the Editor-in-chief is notified by any party other than the Author that the published paper contains an obvious error, the Author should write a retraction or make the correction based on the medium of publication.


PHRG allows Authors to hold the copyright retain publishing rights and readers to read, download, copy, print articles.