Editorial ethics

The publication ethics policy is based on the COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors .
The decision to publish. The journal editor decides which manuscripts should be published. The editor may be guided by the policy of the editorial board of the journal, legislation, libel, violation of copyright and plagiarism. The editor may consult with other editors or reviewers for a decision.
Fair game. The editor always evaluates the manuscripts solely for their content without regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship or political beliefs of the author.
Confidentiality. The editor and the entire editorial board do not disclose information about the submitted manuscript to anyone except the author, potential reviewers, editorial consultants and publisher, depending on the circumstances.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest. Non-public information or ideas received during the peer review process should not be disclosed or used for personal purposes. Reviewers should not evaluate manuscripts whose contents are in conflict with their activities as a result of competitive, partnership or other relations with at least one author, company or organization related to the manuscript.

Contribution to the editorial decision. Expert evaluations of reviewers help the editor in making decisions on the publication of a material. Editorial interaction with the author can also improve the quality of the manuscript.
Efficiency. Any reviewer who feels the inadequacy of his own qualifications for reviewing a study presented in manuscript, or knows that he will not be able to write a review in a short time, should notify the editor and refuse to review it.
Confidentiality. Any manuscripts received for review should be treated as confidential documents. They should be shown or discussed with outsiders only with the permission of the editor.
Standards of objectivity. Peer review must be objective. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. Reviewers should clearly express their opinions and arguments.

Compliance with the style of the article. The authors of the article should provide a reliable description of the completed research, as well as an objective assessment of its significance. Basic data must be accurately presented in the work. The article should contain factual and reference information in a volume sufficient for the submitted study to be reproduced. Providing false or knowingly inaccurate information is considered unethical behavior and is unacceptable.
Providing access and reuse of information. For review, authors may be required to submit, together with the manuscript, source data that should be prepared, if possible, for open publication (in accordance with the Regulations of the Association of Scientific and Professional Publishing Societies for Data and Databases). Authors are encouraged to retain baseline information for their research for a reasonable period after publication.
Originality and plagiarism. The authors undertake to guarantee the originality of their own work and, in the event that the author cites someone else's assertions or research results, these works are cited.
Multiple or parallel publications. The author should not publish the result of work in more than one journal. Simultaneous submission of a manuscript to two or more journals is considered unethical behavior and is unacceptable.
Required links. All borrowed materials in the manuscript should contain references to the authors. The authors undertake to provide references to studies that have determined the direction and nature of their work.
Authorship of articles. The list of authors should be limited to those who have made significant contributions to the concept, implementation and content of the work. Contributors should be listed as contributors. If there are individuals who have made a significant contribution to individual stages of work, they should be mentioned as contributors. The representative of the group of authors is obliged to demonstrate the final version of the article to all participants of its creation and to receive their agreement with the assessment of their contribution to the work.
Disclosure and conflict of interest. All authors should hide in the manuscript information relating to financial or any other conflicts that could affect the interpretation of the results of their research. All sources of financial support for the work should be hidden.
Fundamental errors in published works. If an author finds a significant mistake in his published work, he should notify the editor or publisher of the journal as soon as possible and help the editor to correct or delete the article.
In order to ensure the quality of published materials and respect for copyright, all articles submitted to the editors of the journal are tested for plagiarism (borrowing) through the Antiplagiat system and only after that are sent for review.
The position of the journal in relation to plagiarism, information on checking articles for the presence of borrowings and on measures taken by the editors in the event of their discovery is set out in the “Anti-plagiarism Policy”. The editors ask all authors who wish to publish their articles in the journal, to familiarize themselves with this information.

From the point of view of the editorial board, plagiarism is:

  • use (literal quotation) of any materials in any volume without specifying the source;
  • the use of images, drawings, photographs, tables, graphs, charts and any other forms of graphical representation of information without specifying the source;
  • the use of images, drawings, photographs, tables, graphs, charts and any other forms of graphical representation of information published in scientific and popular publications without the consent of the copyright holder;
  • use without written permission of materials whose authors or copyright holders prohibit the use of their materials without special approval.

Articles containing less than 80% of a unique text are not published in the journal. The editors do not welcome the excessive number of citations, even decorated properly. The allowable volume of citations set by the editors is no more than 30% of the total volume of the article. Reviews and other articles that, for objective reasons, require a greater number of citations, are considered by the editors individually.
The editors do not welcome the publication of articles whose content is fully consistent with other scientific materials of the author (dissertation, abstract, monograph).
Check the materials for the presence of borrowing. All articles published in the journal are tested in the Antiplagiat system for the presence of texts on the Internet (through search engines). In the event that the editorial staff has grounds for more detailed verification, additional tools are used to search for borrowing. Texts in foreign languages ​​are checked by the CrossCheck system and other similar tools.
Authors can check their articles for plagiarism using the systems: