Obligations for Authors

Authorship & Article Submission

  • An author’s primary obligation is to present a concise, accurate account of the research performed, as well as an objective discussion of its significance.
  • A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to public sources of information to permit the author’s peers to replicate the work.
  • A paper should be as concise as possible but not at the expense of scientific accuracy and completeness. To promote scientific conciseness and completeness at the same time, the inclusion of a comprehensive abstract is encouraged.
  • Papers have to be written in English, and authors should pay attention to correct spelling and grammar.
  • An author should cite those publications that have been influential in determining the  nature of the reported work and that will quickly guide the reader to the initial work essential for understanding the present investigation. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, should not be used or reported in the author’s work without explicit permission from the investigator
    with whom the information originated. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, should be treated similarly.
  • Fragmentation of research papers should be avoided. A scientist who has done extensive work on a system or group of related systems should organize publication so that each paper gives a complete account of a particular aspect of the general study.
  • It is inappropriate for an author to submit manuscripts describing essentially the same research to more than one journal of primary publication.
  • To protect the integrity of authorship, only persons who have significantly contributed to the research and paper preparation should be listed as authors. The corresponding author attests to the fact that any others named as authors have seen the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. Deceased persons who meet the criterion for co-authorship should be included, with a footnote reporting date
    of death. No fictitious names should be listed as authors or co-authors. The author who submits a manuscript for publication accepts the responsibility of having included as co-authors all persons that are appropriate and none that are inappropriate. FUP considers all forms of guest, ghost and gift authorship unethical and works closely with editors against these malpractices.


Originality is a fundamental requirement for all the manuscripts submitted to our journals. FUP is experimenting a plagiarism-detection process to identify possible violations of this ethical principle. In accordance to this standard we expect that the references to another person or organization’s work will be appropriately credited and aknowledged along the manuscript. In the same way we require the authors to provide all the permissions to reproduce text, data, figures, images or video: the re-use of these contents without appropriate acknowledgment is considered plagiarism.


Freedom of expression is one of the pillar of FUP publishing ethics; anyway we avoid the publication of anything that could damage the reputation of an individual or organization. A criticism of a published paper may sometimes be justified. However, in no case a personal criticism or a direct defamation is considered to be appropriate.

Conflict of interest

An author should declare any potential conflicts of interest in a special section of the manuscript. FUP is devoted to complete transparency in cases of potential conflict of interest.
The full responsibility for any conflict of interest is upon the manuscript’s corresponding author, who must indicate:

  • All the sources of direct and indirect financial support.
  • The role of the research funders and/or sponsors.
  • Any relevant relationships that could influence the outcomes of the study or the results interpretation, as well as the opinion of the editors, reviewers, or readers.

When submitting a manuscript we encourage authors to consider all the possible potential conflict of interest taht may emerge.