Editorial board policy is based on the international practice concerning the copyright guarantee, on ethical principles, supported by the community of leading publishers of scientific periodicals Committee on Publication Ethics(COPE).
The given regulations are a set of ethic rules to be followed by the editorial office in the course of its activity.
The editorial office commits itself to meet the needs of readers and authors respecting their rights and legitimate interests.
In its everyday work the editorial office closely collaborates with authors, readers, reviewers, willingly implementing new approaches and readily adapting new promising working methods. The office regularly analyzes the efficiency of its activity.
Intellectual labour of scientists is considered as the greatest value, all the decisions are made in terms of the necessity of assisting the authors to improve their research works. The editorial office bears responsibility for the quality of scientific articles published, as well as supports the initiatives aimed at decreasing the number of incorrect actions of researchers and violations of ethic norms.
The procedures of admitting, reviewing and publishing of a scientific article are open. The editorial office promptly informs the authors and other specialists concerned about all the changes of the existing rules. Persons involved in the process are to explain any departures from the set procedure.
The editorial office accepts for consideration the articles having the following features: strict correspondence to the scientific area of the issue, typography according to the set rules, presence of necessary accompanying documents. The lack of any of the above-mentioned requirements will be considered as the ground for refusal of accepting the material. The author shall not receive a refusal on any other basis.
The decision of the editorial office on whether to publish an article or decline it is based solely on qualitative characteristics of the scientific material. The policy of the issue rules out the possibility of commercially influencing the results of expert judgment of manuscripts, as well as forwarding the decision of scientific article publication.
The editorial office provides high quality of the published material by means of a multistep system of reviewing, by checking the lack of the articles in the issue which have not passed the reviewing or received a negative expert evaluation mark.
Journal editorial office actively attracts the scientists from various scientific institutions to become reviewers. Such activity is caused by the necessity of understanding the importance of reviewing as a part of the scientific process.
Membership of the editorial board is regularly renewed and expanded by means of attracting scientists-experts in very specific fields of science. The expansion of the editorial board is carried out not only on the basis of professional liaisons of the issue managers, but as well on the basis of bibliography analysis and authors’ suggestions.
The editorial office provides reviewers with all the necessary information on their rights and duties, as well as on the procedure of reviewing and requirements to a review. Reviewers are informed in a timely manner about any changes in the journal’s policy and tasking.
The reviewers are selected taking into consideration the possibility of receiving high quality expert evaluation of scientific material. In order to provide impartiality of scientific work quality assessment the editorial office assigns reviewers with no personal interest in publishing of a certain article or in its declining. In case of presence of personal interest or other disqualifying factors the expert is to notify the editorial office about it and refuse to review a manuscript.
The editorial office demands from reviewers to check manuscripts for plagiarism and false data, as well as to notify about any ethic violations from the authors. Reviewers also monitor the research, the results of which are described in articles, to be conducted in accordance with International scientific society principles.
The editorial office strives for the expert review to be just, impartial and timely. The office reserves the right cease collaboration with reviewers carrying out their duties with low quality, incorrectly or behind deadlines.
The editorial office is responsible for personal information privacy of authors and reviewers, as well as for non-disclosure of other information received in the course of professional collaboration.
For the purpose of preventing violations of the intellectual property laws, all the materials submitted for reviewing are subject to plagiarism check. In case of necessity, the editorial office renders assistance to authors, whose property rights are infringed.
The editorial office acts firmly in case of revealing the violation facts from authors. This relates to both published and unpublished materials. In the stated cases the editorial office declines publishing of the material, demands response from the violator and undertakes all the necessary activities to provide the proper investigation of the incident.
Obtainment of negative results of research by authors does not impede its publishing in the journal. The editorial office encourages scientific discussions and experience exchange on the pages of the issue.
The editorial office is ready to consider constructive criticism regarding the articles published in the journal. In case of critical response to the published materials, the author has the right to respond to the opponent.
The editorial office reacts to the constructive remarks from readers, authors and reviewers on timely basis, taking into account their wishes in order to improve the office’s activity.