Editorial Board and the editorial staff of the Journal recognize great importance of compliance with the Editorial Code of Ethics. In our work we follow the Code of Ethics of scientific publications developed by the Committee on the Ethics of Scientific Publications (http://publicet.org)
Principles of the professional ethics in the work of an editor and a publisher
In his/her work, an editor is responsible for the publication of works with copyright, which requires strict adherence to these fundamental principles:
- When making a decision about publishing the editor of the scientific journal is guided by the reliability of data and scientific importance of the work.
- The editor should evaluate the intellectual content of the manuscripts, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, origin, nationality, social status or political affiliation of the authors.
- Unpublished data acquired from the submitted manuscripts should not be used for personal purposes or passed on to third parties without the author’s written consent. Information or ideas obtained in the course of editing and related to potential benefits must be kept confidential and not used for the purpose of personal gain.
- The editor should not allow publication of the information if there is sufficient reason to believe that it has been plagiarised.
- The editor together with the publisher should not leave unanswered complaints concerning the considered manuscripts or published materials; in case of a conflict they should take all necessary measures to redress the violated rights.
Ethical principles of the reviewer’s work
A reviewer provides scientific expertise of copyright material; therefore his/her actions should be impartial and unbiased. It involves following these principles:
- A manuscript received for review should be treated as a confidential document, which cannot be passed on for review or discussion to those third parties who do not have full rights from the editors.
- The reviewer is obliged to give an objective and reasoned assessment of the research findings.
- Personal criticism of the author is not acceptable.
- Unpublished data from the manuscripts submitted for review should not be used by the reviewer for personal purposes.
- The reviewer who, in his/her opinion, isn’t qualified to review the manuscript, or cannot be objective, for example, in case of a conflict of interest with the author or organization, should inform the editor with a request to exclude him/her from reviewing of this manuscript.
Guiding principles for authors of scientific publications
The author (or group of authors) is aware that they bear primary responsibility for the novelty and validity of the results of scientific research, which involves following these principles:
- The authors should provide reliable research results. Intentionally false or fraudulent statements are unacceptable.
- Authors must ensure that the research findings, outlined in the submitted manuscript, are completely original. Extracts or statements taken from an external source must be presented with a clear reference to the author and the source. Excessive citations and plagiarism in any form, including unregistered quotes, paraphrasing or assignment of rights to the results of other people's research is unethical and unacceptable.
- It is necessary to recognize the contribution of all those who in one way or another influenced the course of the research. Thus, the author of the article should clearly present the references to other works that influenced the research.
- Authors should not submit the manuscript which has already been submitted for publication to another journal and is currently under consideration, as well as an article already published in another journal.
- The list of co-authors of the article should include all those who have made a significant contribution to the research. It is unacceptable to include people who did not take part in the research as co-authors.
- If the author finds significant errors or inaccuracies in the article on the stage of the revision of the article or after its publication, he/she must notify the editor as soon as possible.