Statement on the Ethics of Publications
Main selection principle for publications — availability of publication review. To be sure in the quality of paper assessment, the review process should be transparent, systemic and just. All stages of this process are based on ethical principles and justified decisions. Editorial Board should protect intellectual property and copyright and should not allow such ethic violations as plagiarism and paraphrasing of papers earlier published by other mass media, should prevent the influence of vast financial and intellectual interests on the way of such policy implementation.
Ethical standards. Authors’ responsibilities
Standards of reporting documents submission
The paper should contain the information and references sufficient for others to use it. Fraud or certainly inadequate information is unethical and unacceptable.
Originality and plagiarism
Authors should ensure that they wrote absolutely original papers and, in case when they used the work and/or statements of other authors, to ensure that they were cited adequately. The plagiarism in all its forms is unethical and unacceptable.
Republications, replicated or simultaneous publications
Simultaneous submission of one and the same paper to more than on journal unethical and unacceptable.
The author should guarantee that all co-authors are indicated in the paper and that they are familiarized with and approved the final version of the document and agreed on its submission for publication.
Fundamental errors in published papers
When an author finds a significant error or uncertainties in his/her published paper, he/she should immediately inform the editorial board of the journal on it in order to correct the document. If the editor or publisher learns from a third party that published paper contains significant error, the author should immediately correct the document or submit to the editorial office the evidences of original paper correctness.
Reviewer responsibilities. Contribution to the editorial decision
An independent and impartial conclusion on the quality of submitted paper (publication) contributes to the approval by the editorial board of the objective decision to publish such paper in the journal. The scientists who volunteered to perform the role of the reviewers should carefully study and evaluate the paper (publication).
The submitted publication reviews should be impartial, objective and based solely on a comprehensive assessment of the content and results of the performed study. The criticism of the author's personality is unacceptable. The review should be understandable and reasoned.
The reviewers are required to identify in the reviewed material the relevant published papers that were not cited by the authors. Any statements, conclusions or arguments that have already been used in any publications earlier should be properly drawn up as citation. Also, the reviewer is required to draw the chief editor’s attention to significant or partial similarity to any other paper with which the reviewer is directly familiar.
Editor responsibilities. Publication decision
The decision of the editors to accept or refuse the manuscript for publishing is based on the importance, originality and clarity of the paper as well as on research substantiation and its compliance with journal subject matter.
Editors decide on that what papers are to be published depending on the quality and topicality for the journal. The decision on publication is made considering the copyright legislation and opinion of other editors or reviewers.
The papers undergo just evaluation considering their scientific and practical significance. All papers are evaluated irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious commitments, ethnic origin, citizenship or political commitments of the author.
Information disclosure and conflict of interest
The editorial board should avoid a conflict of interest, that is cases when the author (or author’s institution), reviewer or editor are in such financial or personal relations that negatively affect the objectivity and impartiality of the editorial board work and scientific perceptibility of submitted paper.
The chief editor has the right to demand from all process participants the information about the conflict of interest before or after publication of the paper and make corresponding denials, modifications or disclosures.
Research participation and cooperation
If the author claims with regard to his/her publication in the journal, the editorial board takes appropriate adequate measures. Such measures are of the nature of negotiations of the editorial board with the author. The facts of violation of ethical norms are considered by the editorial board irrespective of publication limitation period. If the arguments and claims proved to be reasonable, the editorial board is obliged to make corresponding denials, modifications or disclosures.