Ethical standards of the publication process

The ethics of scientific publications is a system of norms of professional behavior in the relations between authors, reviewers, editors and readers in the process of creating, distributing and using scientific publications.

The ethical rules and norms correspond to those adopted by the leading international scientific publishers.

Journal Ethics

1) The journal does not accept for publication previously published material, including partially;

2) The Journal undertakes to select the materials of the publication according to the review provided and based on the criteria accepted in the Journal that meet the norms of scientific ethics, as well as legal requirements: prevention of libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism;

3) The journal undertakes to evaluate the materials submitted for publication based on the principle of an unbiased attitude to the race, gender, ethnic origin, citizenship, political and religious views of the author;

4) The journal undertakes to check the materials received in the publication in the system of checking the borrowed material (Anti-plagiarism);

5) The journal undertakes to review and make a decision on the publication, rejection or submission for revision of the material within three months from the date of its receipt;

6) The journal undertakes to notify the author of the expected release dates of the issue from the printing house, in case of a decision to reject it and send it for revision, to provide sufficient justification for this decision.;

7) in the case of a negative review, the Journal undertakes to provide a copy of the review without specifying its authorship at the request of the author of the rejected material;

8) The Journal undertakes to take measures in case of receipt of justified complaints of an ethical nature in relation to submitted or previously published materials: consideration, discussion of the complaint with the management bodies of the Journal, publication of a correction, refutation or a corresponding statement;

9) The Editorial Board reserves the right to conduct the procedure of retraction of articles. Retraction refers to the withdrawal of materials submitted to the Journal in the following cases: identification of facts of fabrication or falsification of the data presented in the article; detection of unjustified (neither in essence nor in volume) borrowings (plagiarism) in it. Retraction can be made both in the process of editorial work on the article, and after the publication of the manuscript (if the facts listed above became known later). In this case, the article is retracted both from the Journal and its official website, and from the Repository of the Academy, where the article was uploaded. The relevant information is published by the Journal in the next issue after the retraction procedure;

10) The journal undertakes not to disclose information about the submitted materials to anyone else, except for the author, reviewer;

11) The journal undertakes not to use the materials submitted for publication in its own work of editors, reviewers and other employees involved in the work with the manuscript;

12) The journal undertakes to refuse to review the materials submitted for publication in the presence of a conflict of interest, as well as to require the author to provide information about the presence of a conflict of interest;

13) The journal undertakes not to cancel the decision of the previous Editorial Board on the publication of the material when changing the composition of the Editorial Board.

The ethics of the author

The author (team of authors), when submitting materials to the Journal, is aware that he is personally responsible for the novelty and reliability of the results of scientific research, which implies compliance with the following principles:

1) the author of the materials submitted for publication in the Journal must justify the relevance of their research and guarantee the accuracy of the data provided in the material, confirming the results achieved, and the objectivity of the research;

2) the author must guarantee the originality of the submitted materials by making citations of other authors in accordance with the requirements accepted by the Journal;

3) the author must guarantee that the submitted materials do not contain any forms of scientific plagiarism. Borrowed fragments or statements must be made with the obligatory indication of the author and the original source. Excessive borrowing, as well as plagiarism in any form, including unformulated quotations, paraphrasing or assigning rights to the results of other people’s research, is unethical and unacceptable;

4) authors should not submit to the Journal a manuscript that has been sent to another journal and is under consideration, as well as an article that has already been published in another journal;

5) if the submitted article was partially published in another periodical or book that holds the copyright for this publication, the authors are responsible for obtaining the appropriate permission for a new publication in a timely manner. Also, if some part of the manuscript has already been published, the author must indicate the earlier work and name the differences between the new work and the previously published one;

6) the author must comply with ethical standards when criticizing or commenting on the research of third parties;

7) it is necessary to recognize the contribution of all persons who influenced the course of the study, in particular, the article should contain references to works that were important during the study;

8) all persons who have made a significant contribution to the research should be listed as co-authors of the article. Among the co-authors, it is unacceptable to indicate persons who did not participate in the study;

9) the author must guarantee the consent of all co-authors with the final version of the materials submitted for publication;

10) if the author finds significant errors or inaccuracies in the article at the stage of its review or after its publication, he must immediately notify the Editorial Board of the Journal;

11) when deciding on the publication of the manuscript, the author reserves the right to its text without any restrictions, and also agrees to transfer the right to its publication and distribution (in electronic and paper versions);

12) the author must respect the work of the Editorial Board, Editorial staff and reviewers and eliminate these shortcomings or explain them in a reasoned manner.

Ethics of editing scientific publications

In its activities, the Editorial Board of the Journal is responsible for the publication of copyrighted works, which imposes the need to follow the following fundamental principles::

1) when making a decision on publication, the Editorial Board is guided by the reliability of the submitted data and the scientific significance of the work under consideration;

2) respect the author’s right to intellectual property, information or ideas obtained in the course of editing and related to possible benefits should be kept confidential, and not used for personal gain;

3) The Editorial Board makes a decision on the publication of materials, guided by the following main criteria: compliance of the manuscript with the subject of the Journal, relevance, novelty and scientific significance of the submitted article, reliability of the results and completeness of the conclusions. The quality of the research and its relevance is the basis for the decision on publication; do not allow information to be published if there are sufficient grounds to believe that it is plagiarism;

4) The editorial board is obliged to take into account the recommendations of the reviewers when making a final decision on the publication of the article. The Editorial Board of the Journal is responsible for the decision on publication;

5) involve reputable scientists in the relevant field in reviewing articles;

6) not to leave unanswered claims concerning the reviewed manuscripts or published materials, as well as to take all necessary measures to restore the violated rights when a conflict situation is identified.

Reviewer ethics

The reviewer carries out a scientific examination of the author’s materials, as a result of which his actions must be unbiased, consisting in compliance with the following ethical principles:

1) any received manuscripts should be treated as confidential information, it is not allowed to discuss the work with other persons, except for persons authorized by the Editorial Board to work with the author’s manuscript;

2) provide motivated critical comments and be guided by the following objective scientific criteria for evaluating the article; compliance with the Journal’s profile, scientific novelty, completeness and reliability of the research results, relevance, significance, correctness, accuracy of definitions and formulations, style. Reviewers should be objective and formulate their conclusions clearly with arguments, so that the authors of the works can use them for further improvement of the material;

3) do not use the information obtained during the review for personal gain and do not make copies of the manuscripts for their own needs;

4) should draw the editor’s attention to the significant or partial similarity of the evaluated manuscript with any other work, as well as the fact that there are no references to the provisions previously published in other works of this or other authors;

5) must make objective and impartial decisions, give a reasoned assessment of the stated results of the study and clearly justified recommendations. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable;

6) a reviewer who, in his opinion, does not have sufficient qualifications to evaluate the manuscript or cannot be objective, for example, in the event of a conflict of interest with the author or organization, should inform the editor about this with a request to exclude him from the review process of this manuscript;

7) the result of the reviewer’s review of the article is the conclusion about the possibility of its publication — in the presented form, with revision, after processing (with re-consideration) or about its rejection. This conclusion is approved by the Editorial Board of the Journal.

A member of the Editorial Board must follow the following ethical principles:

1) to ensure the confidentiality of the information received from the authors of the publication and any information until the moment of its publication;

2) not to use for personal purposes or transfer to third parties without the written consent of the author unpublished data obtained from the submitted manuscripts;

3) do not allow information to be published if there is sufficient evidence that it is plagiarism;

4) justify their decision in case of acceptance or rejection of the article;

5) agree with the authors on the final version of the article before publication.

Conflict of interest

All participants in the publishing process should avoid conflicts of interest in any form and at any stage of the preparation of the manuscript for publication. In the event of a conflict of interest, the parties must take all necessary measures to restore the violated rights of the interested parties.