PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT
A publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is composed based on the international standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
1. PUBLICATION AND AUTHORSHIP
Authors should submit a package of documents to the Editorial Board:
- A manuscript prepared in accordance with “Manuscript Preparation Guidelines”;
- An external review of the article;
- Research adviser’s reference letter (for postgraduate students working towards the Candidate of Sciences degree);
- Service agreement.
2. EDITORIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- The editors of the journal take all possible measures against any publication malpractices.
A submitted manuscript should be an entirely original research work. The authors should not publish the same research in more than one journal. All manuscripts will be checked for plagiarism.
- The Editorial Board assesses all submitted material. The submitted manuscript is reviewed by one of the members of the Editorial Board who is a specialist in the relevant field. Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject or accept an article.
- Within a month, the Editorial Board decides whether to accept the article for publication.
- If the decision is positive, the article is published according to the schedule. The Editorial Board doesn’t undertake a commitment on publishing period.
- Based on the findings of the reviewers, the journal’s editorial policy and copyright legislation, the Editorial Board will decide whether the manuscript is to be published.
- If the decision is negative, the Board sends a motivated refusal to the author. Reviews are provided at the author’s request.
- The editors do not engage in theoretical discussions with the authors. They do not have conflict of interests with respect to articles they reject or accept.
- Authors cannot earn money by publishing their papers in the journal.
- If requested, the Executive Secretary sends the electronic version of the published article to the author’s / authors’ specified e-mail.
3. AUTHOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES
- The authors should submit entirely original works. They should indicate that their article is published for the first time and state that all data in the article are real and authentic. Word-for-word reproduction of one's own copyrighted works is not allowed, it can be used only as a base for new conclusions (the primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication). Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal is unacceptable.
- Authors should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Fraudulent and inaccurate statements are unacceptable.
- Proper acknowledgement of the works of others must be given. Authors should appropriately cite or quote publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
- The author should ensure that all co-authors and those who have made a significant contribution to the conception are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission and publication.
- If there are significant errors and inaccuracies in the published work, all authors are obliged to provide retractions and corrections of mistakes.
4. PEER REVIEW AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE REVIEWERS
- Double-blind peer review: the reviewers of the paper won’t get to know the identity of the authors, and the authors won’t get to know the identity of the reviewer. Everyone should get a similar and unbiased review.
- Reviewers’ recommendations are important for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
- All reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the authors is inappropriate. The Editorial Board evaluates the manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to social and political philosophy and views of the authors.
- Reviewers should point out relevant published work which has not been yet cited.
- Information or ideas obtained through peer review must not be used for personal advantage.
- Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others as authorized by the editor.
5. PUBLISHING ETHICS ISSUES
- There is a continuous monitoring and safeguarding ethics by the Editorial Board.
- The Editorial Board doesn’t accept the manuscripts which have been submitted to more than one printing or electronic (on-line) journal. All manuscripts are checked for plagiarism and fraudulent and incorrect data by the Editorial Board. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable.
- The Editorial Board precludes business needs form intellectual and ethical standards. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. All participants of the peer-review process and authors should disclose any conflict of interest.
- All facts of unethical behavior will be examined. The Editorial Board is always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
- When the article is accepted for publication, the title offers open access to its full-content. All rights are reserved by the author.