The editorial ethics of the journal “The LAU Bulletin”

  1. General provisions
    1. The activities of the Editorial Board are guided by the current legislation of the Russian Federation and by guidelines developed by The Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE. We support the Code of Ethics for Scientific Publications developed by the Committee on the Ethics of Scientific Publications (Russia, Moscow). The ASEP Declaration “Ethical Principles of Scientific Publications” adopted on 20 May, 2016.
    2. In order to ensure the high quality of scientific publications, all participants in the editorial- publishing process should follow the ethical standards adopted by the international scientific community and undertake steps to prevent any violations of these standards.
  2. Basic Principles for the Editorial Board’s Work
    1. The activities of the Editorial Board aim to achieve a high quality of materials published in the Journal. The Editorial Board ensures a fair, objective and impartial review of all submissions.
    2. In dealing with articles under consideration, the editorial board primarily focuses on the interests of readers and authors, and promotes the free expression of opinion in the pages of the Journal.
    3. When deciding whether to publish an article, the Editorial Board will follow the Journal’s publishing ethics and will not publish articles with evidence of libel, slander, plagiarism and/or copyright infringement. The ultimate decision to accept a manuscript is made by the editorial board of the Journal.
    4. The Editorial Board guarantees that the rejected materials will not be used in the works of the Editorial Board’s members without a written consent of the author.
    5. The Editorial Board considers complaints of unethical behaviour by authors of submitted or published material. The Editorial Board reserves the right to refuse to publish the submitted material and to terminate further collaboration with the author as a result of considering such appeals. If justified claims are made against published articles, the Editorial Board will publish a statement and take other necessary steps according to applicable law.
    6. The Editorial Board’s members have a duty of impartiality and objectivity towards all parties involved in the editorial and publication procedures.
    7. In cases of confirmed violations the Editorial Board may decide to retract an article (withdraw the material from publication). The Editorial Board will use the following criteria when deciding to retract an article:
      • the submission (publication) of material which is inaccurate in terms of borrowings;
      • the submitted (published) material is a duplicate (in whole or in substantial part) of material previously published (including in other publications);
      • the material presented (published) contains serious errors questioning its scientific value;
      • incorrect authorship (e.g. authors who were not involved in the preparation of the study; individual authors of the study are not listed, etc.);
      • the author (co-author) has a hidden conflict of interest, or there are other violations of publication ethics.
  3. Basic Ethical Principles for the Authors of Submissions
    1. The Editorial Board of the Journal assumes that, in submitting material for publication in the Journal, each author agrees to abide by the rules of this Editorial Code of Ethics as well as the text formatting requirements of the material.
    2. The author shall ensure that the material is prepared in accordance with the requirements set by the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board reserves the right to disregard material that does not meet these requirements, with appropriate notification to the author.
    3. Materials for publication are sent to the editorial office of the journal only by the author or co-author, with the consent of all authors concerned. All authors of the submitted material bear equal responsibility for the content of a manuscript or published article.
    4. By submitting material for publication in the Journal, the author guarantees that the submitted manuscript is original research, has not been previously published and is not currently being considered by any other journal.
    5. The use of work or parts of work (quotes) of others in the submission will be allowed, but such use must be duly formalized by citing the original source in the reference list of the paper. It is unethical and unacceptable for an author to plagiarize in any form.
    6. The Editorial Board has the right to reject a paper if the originality of the paper is less than 75% in accordance with the anti-plagiarism system.
    7. Abuse of citation in any form (inappropriate or excessive citation, including for the purpose of increasing the citation of individual authors, colleagues, etc.), including self-citation, is not permitted. No more than 10% of the submission may contain references to the author’s work.
    8. It is the responsibility of the authors to indicate all sources of financial support for the project (grants, government programmes, projects, etc.) in the material submitted for publication. Authors are responsible for disclosing potential conflicts of interest when submitting and/or publishing to the journal.
    9. The author must inform the editorial board of any significant errors or inaccuracies in the material at any stage of the editorial and publication cycle, including after it has been published in the journal.
  4. Basic reviewing principles
    1. The Editorial Board of the Journal ensures an objective and unbiased review of all submissions based on the principle of double-blind reviewing. Manuscripts are submitted to the reviewers without any information about the author.
    2. The Editorial Board of the Journal ensures the high quality of the reviews by attracting leading experts in the field relevant to the material in question, including members of the Editorial Board, the Journal Editorial Board, and external Russian and foreign experts as reviewers.
    3. The aim of the reviewer is to express his/her own opinion on the validity, novelty and relevance of the results obtained.
    4. Manuscripts submitted for peer reviewing are treated as confidential material and are not to be used for personal purposes or disclosed to third parties not authorized by the editorial staff of the journal outside the editorial process of preparation, peer review and publication.
    5. The opinion of the reviewer should be clear, reasoned and unbiased. A discrepancy between the scientific positions of the author and the reviewer is a matter for scientific discussion, but is not in itself a sufficient basis for refusing to publish the article. No personal critique of the author is permitted.
    6. In the review process, no conflicts of interest are permitted. Scientific advisors, supervisors of authors (heads of department, etc.), co-authors of submissions, etc. are not eligible to be reviewers.