Principles of Transparency Checklist
Peer review process
All journal content is clearly marked as whether peer-reviewed or not. Final article PDFs contain a description of the peer-review process (internal or external) and provenance (commissioned or non commissioned) for that article. Peer review is single-blind within the journal. Every original article is peer-reviewed by a minimum of two external experts and one member of the editorial board. In all cases, the manuscript is also reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief. Letters to the Editor and Editorials are peer-reviewed internally. All journal content is clearly marked as to whether peer-reviewed or not (internally vs. externally peer-reviewed). All articles have a specific provenance and peer review tab (commissioned vs. non commissioned).

Authors may suggest external reviewers that are qualified to peer review the manuscript, provided that they have not collaborated closely in the near past and that they are not from the same institution. Authors may also note peer reviewers who they would not prefer to review this paper. While the authors suggestions are taken into account, the Editorial Office reserves the right to handle single-blind peer review at its discretion. Any manuscripts received for review will be treated as confidential documents.

External peer reviewers are requested to report on the ethical aspects of the manuscript they are allocated to review and are requested to report also on the novelty, the impact, the statistical analysis, references and potential conflicts of interest. A specific peer review form is provided with closed and open based questions so as to rate the manuscript and provide comments.
Reviewers are also requested to consider the following, should they proceed with a review for the journal:
  • According to COPE, reviewers are strictly suggested not to contact the authors directly without the permission of the journal.
  • In case of active collaboration with the authors of a manuscript, reviewers are suggested to not proceed with a review as this raises concerns on potential conflict of interest and journal credibility may be at stake.
  • Discrimination based on non-scientific criteria is clearly unacceptable (e.g. gender or nationality).

Governing Body
Our journal has an editorial board whose members are recognized leading experts in the area of health-related to respiratory medicine, at a regional and international level. The full names and affiliations of the journal's editors are provided from the "Editorial Board" page. The editorial board is the final governing body of the journal.

Editorial team/contact information
We provide the full names and affiliations of the journal's editors as well as full address and contact information for the editorial office, the secretariat of the Hellenic Thoracic Society and the publisher, European Publishing.

Author fees
Τhere are no fees or charges that are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing material in the journal.

Copyright is clearly described on the journal's website, and licensing terms are indicated on all published PDFs.
Authors submitting their work to Pneumon retain the copyright of their work under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC-BY-NC 4.0). Authors affiliated with an industry (i.e. Pharmaceutical industry) submitting their work to Pneumon are able to retain the copyright of their work for commercial purposes under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). In all cases, authors retain the copyright of their work without restrictions.
Each article abstract and summary, as available on the website, has a dedicated “license” tab with a direct link to the licensing requirements of that article.

Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct
Both the publishers and the Editors of the journal take affirmative action to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. All authors are requested to complete and upload ICMJE conflict of interest forms. All manuscripts undergo Ithenticate plagiarism detection after each round of peer review. In the event that the journal's publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal - COPE's guidelines will be followed when dealing with allegations.

Ownership and management
The journal is operated and managed by European Publishing, in close collaboration with the Hellenic Thoracic Society. All content is published under CC BY-NC 4.0 or CC BY 4.0 licenses, which means that in both cases authors retain ownership of the content of their manuscript.

Web site
Our journal's website has been developed with care so as to ensure high ethical and professional standards. Constant updating is performed to enhance website utility, ease navigation and maintain the information available as the most recent.

The Name of journal
The Journal name, Pneumon is unique and can not be confused with any of the other journals in the field. It has been published continuously since 1987 under the name Pneumon (previously in Greek as "Πνεύμων").

Conflicts of interest
We have clear policies on handling potential conflicts of interest of editors, authors, and reviewers - all are requested to either complete ICMJE forms or declare no conflict of interest. The "Authorship & COI" Tab provides further information.

Pneumon is freely available to readers with no subscription or pay per view fees. The number of direct downloads for each article are noted next to the article's abstract.

Revenue sources
There are no Article Processing Charges or any related subscriptions or costs.

Our journal accepts selected advertisements. The aim of this policy is to ensure that the content of advertising in the “PNEUMON” journal serves the best interests of the readers.
1) Advertisements must be legal, decent and accurate and must comply with the relevant laws and regulations.
2) Readers should immediately be able to distinguish between advertising and editorial content.
3) The journal accepts advertising for products and services that are of interest to users in their personal, as well as professional lives.
4) In line with the spirit of the policy on tobacco and non-pharmaceutical nicotine-containing products, the journal does not accept advertising relating to tobacco products or to products and services from tobacco companies, their foundations, or their subsidiaries.
5) The journal does not allow advertising to influence editorial decisions.
6) Advertising is subject to strict editorial oversight. Advertising may be refused if it is judged by editors to be in perceived or potential breach of any of the above points.

Publishing schedule
The publishing schedule for our journal is quarterly, however, manuscripts are published online first, until they are assigned in an issue.

To ensure digital preservation for the future, our electronic publications are archived with Portico. Portico is a third-party preservation service supported by both libraries and publishers to ensure that scholarly content published in electronic form will remain accessible for the long term.

Direct marketing
We do not engage in email solicitation of articles and will never email potential authors to attract submissions. We believe that this "spamming" practice is unethical and unprofessional. To us, the best promotion of a journal is through the maintenance of high standards, quality manuscripts and vigorous peer review. In cases of very prominent researchers in the field, the journal does send one-to-one personal invitations for commissioned manuscripts or guest editorials. In this event, the manuscript/editorial will be noted as "commissioned" in the footnote of the pdf and in HTML format.