The Ethical Aspects and Legal Basis of the Editorial Policy of the Journal
The editorial board bears the responsibility and has the right for making the decisions about publishing or rejecting the articles submitted to the editorial board.
The decision of publishing shall be made with the consideration of the authenticity, the scholarly significance, the topicality of the examined work and its correspondence with the journal’s predilections of subject matter.
The editorial policy of the journal is based on the current legal requirements in respect of the copyright law, stated in the Russian legislation, and the ethical principles supported by the community of the leading publishers of scholarly periodicals.
Abidance by ethical norms and rules is mandatory for all participants of the process of publication of scholarly materials: authors, reviewers, members of the editorial board, editors and employees of the publishing house.
Upon elaboration upon the principles of publication ethics, the editorial board of the journal has been guided by the recommendations of:
The Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors;
The Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers and Principles of Transparency and Best Practice of Scholarly Journals;
The COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers
Guidelines for retracting articles
International standards for editors, authors and other participants of the process of publication elaborated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE);
Recommendations of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE).
All the participants of the process of publication of scholarly materials (authors, reviewers, members of the editorial board, publishers) must abide by the ethical principles set down below.
In case of arousal of suspicion of breaking ethical principles set out below, the editorial board shall be guided in accordance with the Guidelines of COPE.
1. The editor-in-chief shall maintain general guidance over the edition and bear responsibility on the basis of the Statute of the Founders and the conception of the journal for making decisions about publishing articles with the consideration of their novelty, quality of the submitted materials and their correspondence to the profile of the edition and scholarly specialization.
2. The editor-in-chief shall regulate the order of submission of the authors’ manuscripts to the editors for consideration for publication in correspondence with the annually established quota. Articles by authors not represented by any of the co-founders shall be published in the general order of their submission on the usual terms. Publication of manuscripts by authors affiliated with the founding institutions shall take priority over all others.
3. The decision of publication shall be made according to the results of scholarly reviewing and with consideration of the opinions of the members of the editorial board. When making a decision of publication, the editorial board and editor-in-chief shall be guided by the scholarly significance of the examined work, the quality of exposition of the material, as well as the correspondence of the article to the scholarly specialization, style, format and profile of publication.
4. Editorial ethics stipulates a fair and objective process of reviewing, independent of commercial interests or conjuncture-related needs.
5. Upon making the decision of publication, no type of discrimination of the authors’ rights on the basis of sex, race, sexual orientation, ethnic background, religious beliefs, citizenship or political views shall be tolerated.
6. The editor-in-chief authorizes the acceptance or rejection of any manuscript for publication. The editor-in-chief reserves the right not to accept works carried out with deviations from the present established rules or violating the requirements exerted upon authors of articles (see “Author Guidelines”).
7. A manuscript may be rejected by the editor at any stage prior to the peer reviewing, if there are solid grounds for it:
- If the expounded material does not correspond to the academic specialization of the author;
- If the article was previously published in another journal;
- If the manuscript contains substantial mistakes;
- If the principles of editorial ethics are violated by the author(s) of the article.
All submitted manuscripts not rejected in accordance with the above-mentioned reasons at the first stage of the consideration, the editor shall send for reviewing (see “Peer Review Process”).
8. The editor shall accept the work in correspondence with “Requirements of the Journal”. The editors must guarantee the correspondence of the published materials to the international standards of scholarly and editorial ethics.
9. The editors are bear the responsibility for the high quality of the published materials and their scholarly significance, and they must also publish corrections, explanations, or apologies when this becomes necessary.
10. Upon the emergence of a conflict of interests of the editor with the author of the manuscript, the article must be given to another editor (see “Conflict Situations”).
11. Upon the detection of plagiarism the editorial board shall be guided by the rules of withdrawal of manuscript (see “Plagiarism and Tactics of Editorial Board”).
Ethical Principles in Terms of Repeated or Double Publications
1. Publication of original works presents a priority for the journal. Multifold (repeated) publications in the journal are prohibited.
2. Upon the submission of an article to the journal’s editorial board the authors should communicate the editor-in-chief about previously published works or materials contained in the submitted articles (abstracts of theses, texts for conferences, presentations of previously published works, chapters of books). Copies of such materials must be enclosed to the submitted article, which would help the editorial board in deciding whether the submitted article may be counted as a multifold (repeated) publication.
3. The publisher reserves the right to carry out inspection in regard to publication of other articles by the authors in international databases. If it is determined that authors are attempting to submit a repeated or double publication without notification, the editorial board has the right of rejecting the opportunity of examining the manuscript. In the case when after publication of an article in a journal it would be determined that an analogous article has been published in other editions and the author had not informed the editorial office about this, the subsequent issue of the journal will contain a notice that the present publication is disavowed.
4. Repeated publications are carried out in strict correspondence with international copyright laws and ethical norms at the discretion of the editorial board.
 A multifold (repeated) publication means a publication of an article the content of which in many ways coincides with the content of a work already published in a print or internet publication.
 A double publication is a repeated publication of a previously published article.