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Publication ethics

The editorial staff and employees of the Scientific Journals Publishing House are guided by the ethics of international scientific publications, based on the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). This Regulation complies with the policy of journals and is one of the main components of reviewing articles, as well as publishing issues of periodicals. Compliance with the standards of publication ethics is required from all parties involved in the process: authors, editors, reviewers, the publisher, and the institution.

The main principles of the editorial policy are as follows: objectivity, professionalism, and impartiality upon reviewing scientific papers. The received materials are evaluated regardless of the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, citizenship, and political views of the authors. The decision to publish the material is based on the scientific significance of the research, relevance, originality, compliance with the scientific areas and goals of the journal, as well as considering the current legislation concerning libel, copyright, and plagiarism.

The subject matter of the manuscripts submitted for printing should correspond to the scientific areas and goals of the journal. Articles should not have the nature of direct or indirect advertising (subvertising). The editorial board reserves the right to edit the submitted manuscripts to ensure the compliance of the texts with grammatical, spelling, stylistic norms and rules while maintaining the essential details of the research.

By submitting the manuscript to the editorial office for publishing, the author automatically confirms that the submitted paper is being submitted for publishing for the first time, is the result of their own research, and any use of scientific papers of other persons or information from external sources is designed in accordance with the current requirements of the legislation of Ukraine and international practices. In cases of plagiarism detection, the responsibility for the materials submitted shall rest with the author.

The intellectual property rights to the results of scientific research submitted in the form of a manuscript to the editorial office of a periodical belongs to the authors of the paper. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the information in their papers, the accuracy of the names, surnames, and citations.

The editorial board of the journal is guided by the following rules for supporting publication ethics:

  • compliance with the basic principles of the journal: scientific rigour, objectivity, professionalism, information support for the essential and innovative research;
  • unconditional loyalty to all subjects involved in the creative process in the creation of the journal;
  • extensive reliance on "double-blind" reviewing, involvement of objective competent reviewers in the process;
  • implementation of constant consulting work with authors aimed at meeting the requirements of international databases for the design and content of materials provided for publication.

PRIVACY POLICY

All received manuscripts are treated by the editor and the staff of the Publishing House as confidential documents. Information about the authors, topics and/or content of scientific articles shall not be disclosed prior to the publication of the paper to persons who are not involved in the publication process. Such information becomes available to an indefinite circle of people after the scientific papers are published on the official website of the journal, to which the authors give their consent by signing the corresponding covering documents indicating full information about themselves.

By submitting their manuscript for consideration, the authors consent to the processing and storage of their personal data. The author's data (full name, academic title, academic degree, name of an affiliated organisation, and its address) is disclosed in the interests of the author to ensure full and correct record of their publications, their citation by the appropriate bibliometric databases, and to ensure the author's broad outreach with the global scientific community. The personal information provided by the authors shall be used exclusively for communicating with them in the process of preparing the manuscript for publication.

CONFLICT OF INTERESTS

A conflict of interests in the publication process may arise if the author, reviewer, or editorial board of the journal, have special personal or financial conditions under which they can influence the decision on publishing the submitted manuscript. To prevent such situations, the editor and the staff of the Publishing House demand that the authors indicate all sources of research funding in the corresponding structural sections of their manuscripts, as well as refrain from placing elements of direct or indirect advertising (subvertising) in the main content of the manuscript. The authors undertake to timely warn the editorial board regarding potential conflicts of interest at the stage of submitting the manuscript for consideration.

The Editorial Board undertakes to take adequate response measures in case of conflict situations and claims concerning the reviewed manuscripts or published materials.

ORIGINALITY AND PLAGIARISM

All articles submitted to the Editorial Board are necessarily verified for originality and correctness of citations at the initial stage of submission. In case of reasonable suspicions of plagiarism (self-plagiarism) to an unacceptably large extent or the discovery of techniques that allow concealing its presence or lowering the percentage of borrowings, the articles are not accepted for further consideration. The authors are sent a notice on the refusal to consider in connection with the suspicion of plagiarism. If plagiarism is detected in an already published article, such an article shall be retracted from the journal without the possibility of restoration. If there is an incorrect borrowing in the submitted manuscipt, all cases of such borrowing shall be considered individually.

The permissible volume of citations (correct borrowing of the text) shall not exceed 20% of the total volume of the manuscript. This requirement does not apply to reviews and other articles that require more citations for objective reasons. Such materials shall be considered by the Editorial Board on an individual basis. The authors should also avoid references to their own scientific articles (self-citation cannot exceed 10%).

AUTHORS' OBLIGATIONS

By submitting materials for publication to the academic journals of the Scientific Journals Publishing House, the authors shall be responsible for the submitted manuscript and must comply with the following principles:

  • provide accurate information in articles, exact titles, surnames and quotes;
  • in scientific work to submit the results of independent research. The use of fragments of other people's works should be accompanied by appropriate links to the cited source;
  • send only the original manuscript to the journal for publication. The article submitted by the author cannot be submitted for consideration to other journals or be previously published. Failure to comply with this principle is considered as a gross violation of publication ethics and gives rise to exclusion of the article from the review.

If significant errors or inaccuracies appear in the article at the stage of its review or immediately after publication, it is necessary to notify the editorial board of the journal about this in order to make a joint decision on their correction as soon as possible.

REVIEWERS’ OBLIGATIONS

The reviewer, as a specialist in the respective subject matter, conducts an independent examination of the manuscript provided to them in order to objectively assess the quality of the article, establish the relevance and value of the study for a wide circle of scientific society, determine the degree of its compliance with scientific, literary, and ethical standards. When considering a scientific article, an independent expert must adhere to the following principles:

  • to observe the period of reviewing established by the editorial board;
  • not to discuss the manuscripts received for review with other people, except for the above-mentioned persons;
  • not to use the information and ideas presented in the peer-reviewed article for personal purposes, adhering to the principle of confidentiality;
  • the reviewer cannot be the author or co-author of the article submitted for review;
  • an independent expert must be a leading scientist in the relevant field of scientific knowledge;
  • if the reviewer selected for the evaluation of the article believes that their qualifications are not enough to review the study, or knows that the speed of its consideration will be too low, it is necessary to inform the executive secretary of the editorial board about this and abandon the review process.

OBLIGATIONS OF THE MEMBERS OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD

The members of the editorial board are responsible for the publication of the submitted manuscript, observing the following fundamental principles:

  • the chief editor is responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles will be accepted for publication and which will be rejected. They should be guided by the journal's policy and adhere to the principles of the law, preventing copyright infringement and plagiarism;
  • making a decision on publication, the chief editor of a scientific journal is guided by the reliability of the data presented and the scientific significance of the reviewed article;
  • the editorial board and the publishing team should not share the information presented in the article with anyone other than the authors, appointed potential reviewers, another editorial office and (if necessary) the publisher;
  • the chief editor, editorial board, as well as members of the editorial and publishing group cannot use data from submitted manuscripts that have not been published for personal purposes and cannot be transfer these data to third parties (without written permission);
  • the editorial board is not responsible for the opinions, judgments, results, and conclusions made by the authors of the articles and published in the scientific journal, as well as for the correctness of links to Internet resources and literary sources that are contained in the text of the article;
  • the chief editor should not allow an article to be published if there is sufficient reason to believe that it is plagiarism;
  • the chief editor and publisher should not leave claims regarding peer-reviewed manuscripts or published materials unanswered. In case of a conflict situation, they must take all the necessary measures to restore the violated rights, and if errors are found, contribute to the correction of the publication;
  • the chief editor, the editorial staff, and the publishing and editorial group of the journal must ensure the confidentiality of names and other information related to reviewers.

PUBLISHER'S OBLIGATIONS

The publisher is responsible for the publication of scientific articles in accordance with the following basic principles and procedures:

  • facilitate the implementation of the ethical responsibilities of editors, editorial and publishing group, editorial board, reviewers, and authors in accordance with these requirements;
  • support the journal in considering complaints about ethical aspects of published materials;
  • facilitate the process of posting corrections, explanations, rebuttals, and apologies when necessary.