MSP aims to create products that further, inform, and inspire mathematical and scientific research. As such, we are committed to publishing only original, high-quality work. MSP protects and respects intellectual property, copyright, authorship and primacy.
All our journals are peer reviewed single-blind, under the guidance of our independent editorial boards. MSP and our editors champion freedom of expression and aim to maintain the integrity of the academic record. Our highly qualified editorial boards ensure the accuracy, completeness and originality of every published article, and strive for a fair and efficient decision process. Our editors are accountable for everything published in their journals, and aim to constantly improve them.
MSP fosters editorial independence. Business needs and commercial considerations are never allowed to compromise intellectual and ethical standards. MSP never interferes with the decision on which articles to publish. The decisions to accept or reject a submission is based only on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity. Errors and inaccurate or misleading statements are corrected promptly and with due prominence.
We condemn plagiarism, and believe that an author is entitled to receive credit for their own intellectual creation.
For major instances of plagiarism, MSP follows the COPE guidelines. Specifically, if an author is suspected of copying another’s work, editors are expected to first inform the author of the accusation, and solicit a response; if the author’s explanation is unsatisfactory, editors will then reject the offending paper, and also inform the author’s institution or employer as to the nature of the offense. If the paper was already published by MSP before the plagiarism was discovered, MSP will retract the article and publish a statement explaining the retraction for the benefit of future readers.
Less extensive instances of copying, in matters that are not crucial to the content or conclusions of the paper, may not necessarily be reported to an author’s institution; however, MSP exerts great efforts to avoid publishing papers in which this kind of copying has occurred. If a paper that has been submitted for consideration is found to have copied parts of its introduction or supporting results (for example) from another source, the paper will not be accepted for publication as-is. The paper may be rejected, or, at the discretion of the editor, the author may be required to rewrite, remove, or quote with attribution any copied material.
Extensive copying from one’s own works, though it does not constitute plagiarism, is similarly discouraged except to the extent necessary to help the reader. Publishing the same material in multiple venues is not good for the academic community.