Ethics & Malpractice

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

The books published by the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) follow a standard for ethics and publication malpractice adapted from the standards by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In this context it is of fundamental importance for us to take the responsibility of publishing very serious as it is our duty to protect the rights of our authors. We affirm that the published content has been reviewed by reasonably qualified reviewers. Furthermore we guarantee that reprint, advertising and other commercial proceeds have no impact on editorial decisions. The research papers are written by academics and scientists and are published after fundamental and in-depth analysis. We aim to protect the rights of use by avoiding plagiarism, copyright infringement, misuse and malpractice by the conference papers. We take it for granted that our authors review their papers for written falsification and state that they submit only unique and scientific content for publication.

Compliance with the standards of ethical behavior is expected of all parties involved: Authors, Reviewers, Editor, and the Publisher.

Copyright and licensing

The articles published in the HICL proceedings are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, PO Box 1866, Mountain View, CA 94042, USA.

Editor's responsibilities

Publication decisions

The editor of the book is responsible for deciding which of the submitted papers will be published. At any time the editor will accept or reject the manuscripts for publication without regard to the author´s race, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. Therefore the decision is only based on the intellectual content, importance, originality of the paper and relevance to the book´s remit.


The editor must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper must not be used by the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the explicit written consent of the author.

Author's responsibilities

Reporting standards

Authors should present their original research in an accurate way and discuss its significance objectively. Manuscripts are edited in compliance with the submission guidelines of the proceedings.


Authors must ensure that they submit only original work as it is their duty to cite or quote the work of others appropriately.

Multiple, redundant, or concurrent publications

Authors should not concurrently submit papers including mainly the same research content to other journals or conference proceedings. Redundant manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere or which have already been accepted for publication must not be submitted.

Authorship of the paper

Authorship should be limited only to those who have significantly contributed to the study, conception, interpretation or design of the manuscript. All those who have made significant contributions should be named as co-authors. The corresponding author should guarantee that only involved persons are included in the author list.

Disclosure of financial support

All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Data access and retention

Authors should retain the raw data related to their submitted paper and, if necessary, provide it for editorial review. Moreover accessibility of such data to other professionals should be ensured.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author notices a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, the author must immediately notify the editor.

Reviewer's responsibilities


Any selected referee feeling unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript within the designated guidelines or knowing that its prompt review will not be possible within stipulated time should inform the editor and excuse himself/herself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential and privileged documents and must not be entrusted to or discussed with others except authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively as personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers of manuscripts must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. If there is any similarity or overlap between the considered manuscript or any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge must be immediately notified to the editor.

Conflict of interest

Confidential information or ideas obtained by the review process must be kept confidential and not used for personal interest. All reviewers must not have any conflict of interest with respect to the research and the authors.