Editorial Policies


GPPS expects authors to use the ICMJE’s criteria for authorship. All authors should meet these requirements, and all contributors who meet these requirements should be listed as authors. The criteria are:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributors who do not meet all four criteria for authorship should be mentioned in the acknowledgements.

Submitting author responsibilities

The submitting author is the publisher's primary contact before and after publication. He/she is responsible for liaising with the co-authors, for ensuring they meet the above authorship criteria and for submitting their details, declarations of interest, funding sources etc. accurately.

The submitting author is also responsible for making choices throughout the publication process, e.g., the review mode, on behalf of all authors, and for communicating these choices to all of the authors. The submitting author will also agree to our publishing agreement on behalf of all of the authors.

Redundant publications

GPPS will not consider studies that have already been published in peer-reviewed literature or that are under consideration for publication elsewhere.   We welcome the submission of manuscripts available on preprint repositories and of papers presented at conferences.

Research integrity and publishing ethics

GPPS adheres to the COPE recommendations and upholds the highest standards in publication ethics and research integrity. We do not tolerate data or figure manipulation, plagiarism, redundant publication, inaccurate or incomplete declarations of interest, or other irregularities. We will deal with allegations of misconduct following COPE’s guidelines, and issue corrections or retractions of articles as necessary. For further details see Wager E. & Kleinert S. (2011). Responsible research publication: international standards for authors, in: Mayer T. & Steneck N. (eds) Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment. Imperial College Press / World Scientific Publishing, Singapore (pp 309-16).

Data and material sharing

To promote the transparency and reproducibility of research, GPPS requests that, where applicable, authors make the data, method, or materials underlying their paper available to readers following best practice in their discipline (e.g., through deposition in public repositories). Research data is commonly defined as “ data that is collected, observed or created, for analysis purposes to produce original research results.” Relevant DOI, accession, or reference numbers should be provided in the manuscript. When no suitable repository is available, authors can upload supporting material to our platform. See our policies page for details.

Declaration of competing interest

Authors must disclose any potential conflict of interest as part of the submission. A conflict of interest, or competing interest is anything that may, or may be perceived to, influence the authors’ work. Conflicts of interest typically stem from financial, personal, or professional relationships, but may have other sources as well. The declaration of interest is published with each article.

Editors and reviewers are also required to declare any competing interest that may influence their evaluation of the manuscript and, where appropriate, recuse themselves.


The Acknowledgements will appear in a separate section at the end of the article before the declaration of interest and references. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Disclosure of funding sources

All funding sources for the research submitted should be acknowledged separately from the declaration of interest and acknowledgment sections. The funding statement should contain, when applicable, the funding organization, grant number, and recipients, and will be included in the published article.

Single-blind review

GPPS operates a single-blind review: reviewers are anonymous to the authors at all times. Reviewers should ensure that no identifying information, such as names, institution, etc., is present in their reviews (including the file metadata).

Open Access

Articles are published under the Open Access model. Published articles are free to download, reuse and adapt under an appropriate Creative Commons license (see below).

Article processing charge

GPPS makes no charge for the processing of papers that have already been peer-reviewed and presented at a GPPS technical conference. For papers that have not been presented in this way, GPPS charges authors (or their institution or funding organisation) a fee (see here for current fees) for the processing of such papers. An invoice will be issued by GPPS only after the Editor-in-Chief has accepted the paper for publication. Payment is a condition of publication.

Copyright and publishing licences

If the copyright belongs to the authors, the article, if editorially accepted for publication, shall be published by GPPS and shall be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. However, if the authors wish to prevent commercial use, then they may use the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license 4.0. Commercial use is primarily intended for commercial advantage or monetary compensation.

If the copyright belongs to the employer of one or more authors, in addition the submitting author will obtain the agreement of the said employer, by way of a signed copy of the employer licence agreement, to license the article, if accepted for publication, under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 or Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial license 4.0.

If the law requires that the article be published in the public domain, the submitting author will notify GPPS at the time of submission, and GPPS shall publish the article, if accepted, under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication waiver.

Third-party material

Authors who reproduce non-original material in their manuscript should ensure it is appropriately attributed to the original authors and sources. The rights holder may have specific instructions on how to credit the source. If that material is under copyright, it can only be reproduced with the rights holder's permission. Authors are responsible for obtaining such permissions and will be required to provide them to us before publication.  

When requesting permission to reuse content, such as figures, tables, text, etc., the authors should make sure they clearly stipulate the intended use for that content. See our policies page or contact our editorial office for further guidance.

In general, the rights holder is either the author or the publisher. Many publishers process permissions through Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Locate the source content you’d like to reuse on their website or on the publisher’s website and follow the steps to request permission. If the content you want to use is not available through CCC, you should send a request by email to the rights holder. Permissions can be uploaded under the submission system at any time during the editorial process.


Authors who deem that an unfair and inappropriate decision has been made on their manuscript can appeal to the publisher by contacting the Editor in Chief. At his/her discretion, the Editor-in-Chief may appoint a new Associate Editor and/or reviewers to adjudicate.

Copyright infringement

We committed to protecting the intellectual property of its users and that of third parties and takes any claims of copyright infringement very seriously.

If you believe that there has been an infringement of your rights, or the rights of a third party, by any of the content on the GPPS journal then please contact us immediately on editorjournal@gpps.global, quoting the following information:

- Name and Surname
- Address
- The GPPS Username
- URL of claimed infringement
- Details of the infringement

A member of the GPPS staff will investigate the claim and respond appropriately. In the event of a claimed infringement, it is the GPPS policy to remove the publication from the journal website until such a time as a full investigation has taken place.

Users of the GPPS are required to comply with the Terms & Conditions of the site and the GPPS takes no responsibility for any infringement of copyright that occurs within content posted on the site by one of our users.