Editorial Policy Ethics
Ethical Principles in the Editorial Activity
The editorial policy is based on the contemporary legal requirements to the copyright, legitimacy, plagiarism, and slander, stated in the Ukrainian legislation, as well as on the ethical principles, supported by the community of the leading publishers of the scientific periodicals.
The editorial staff decides whether to publish the submitted articles. Its decision is made by engaging the highly qualified specialists in the role of peer reviewers and cooperating with appropriate scientific communities in the role of collective experts.
The publication decision is based on the trustworthiness, scientific importance, and relevance of the article.
The intellectual content of the manuscripts is evaluated regardless of race, sex, religious views, origin, nationality, social status, and political preferences of the authors.
Ethical Principles in the Peer Reviewers’ Activity
The editorial staff considers reviewing as the most crucial part in the scientific information exchange and requires from the reviewers to adhere to confidentiality, objectiveness, impartiality, clearness, reasoned opinion, and the principle of the primary source recognition:
- a peer reviewer should not agree to perform a review in case his or her qualification and speciality do not correspond to the subject area of the article;
- a peer reviewer should not use any part of the reviewed materials for his or her research without the author’s permission;
- a peer reviewer should be free of any conflict of interests, professional or personal relations with the author or editor, which can influence his or her attitude to the article;
- a peer reviewer should avoid the influence of the manuscript origin, nationality, religious affiliation, political or other views of the authors, or commercial considerations on his or her review;
- a peer reviewer should make a review of the submitted materials independently, objectively, and covertly; it is inadmissible to criticize the author's personal qualities;
- a peer reviewer should provide constructive, comprehensive, and careful evaluation of the article quality and the rate of its scientific, literary, and ethical standards compliance;
- a peer reviewer should inform the editor about the articles containing plagiarism or unfair citing immediately and provide this accusation with the corresponding references.
Basic Principles for the Authors
The authors submitting their articles should follow such principles:
- adhering to the ethical and legal norms;
- providing authenticity of the research and fair discussion of its significance;
- providing reliable results of the performed research and clear statement of the applied methods;
- recognising other persons’ contribution and mandatory information sources referencing;
- mentioning all research contributors as co-authors; approving the final version of the article by all co-authors and giving their full consent to submit it for publication;
- submitting the original research only to one journal;
- disclosing the source of research financing and attendant potential conflict of interests;
- immediate reporting the revealed mistakes or uncertainties in the article; correcting mistakes or withdrawing publication; timely correcting the mistakes or uncertainties revealed by the reviewer or editor.
The editorial board assumes the responsibility of handling ethics principles violation by any participant in the publishing process.