Ethics of scientific publications

These norms are arranged on the basis of the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics, the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, the regulations of Chapter 70 “Copyright” of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, the international publishing standards.

Author (authors’ group) realizes that he (they) is responsible for the originality and reliability of scientific research results and should follow the principles:

Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if authors have used the work and/or words of others it should be appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms: from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as author’s own paper to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Author of papers should present reliable scientific results of his conducted research. The results should have scientific novelty. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have not made significant contributions to the research work should not be listed as co-authors.

Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is also unacceptable.

When author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his own published work, it is author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with editor to retract or correct the paper.

Reviewer exercises scientific examining of authors’ papers to determine a possibility to publish these papers in the journals of publishers. So reviewing should be unbiased and conducted according to the following principles:

Reviewing should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of author is inappropriate. Experts should express their views clearly and with supporting arguments.

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in reviewer’s own research without the express of written consent by author. Such materials must also be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Any manuscripts received for reviewing must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except authorized by the editorial board. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

The editorial Board prepares the materials for the publication and is responsible for the promulgation of authors’ works, that is why it should follow the given basic principles:

The editorial Board should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy of authors.

While making a decision about publication the scientific journal the editorial Board is guided by data presentation authenticity and scientific significance of the considered work.

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in editor’s own research or shared with other persons concerned without the express of written consent by author. Information or ideas received during editing and connected with possible advantages must be preserved confidential and must not be used for the purpose of self-profit.

The editorial Board should not accept a paper for publication if there is enough reason to believe that it is an object of plagiarism.