Regulations on support of publication ethics principles of Proceedings of Higher Educational Institutions. Sociology. Economy. Policy Scientific Journal

Proceedings of Higher Educational Institutions. Sociology. Economics. Politics Journal is guided by the principles of publication ethics developed on the basis of the international standards (COPE, PERK, Elsevier). An article's publication in a peer-reviewed journal is an important element for evaluating the quality of the author's work. That's why it is important to agree upon the standards of expected ethical behavior.

Publication ethics consists in compliance with the following requirements:

For authors:

  • an article's authors should specify only the researchers who have made a significant intellectual contribution to the obtained results; It is supposed that all authors agree with the publication of an article and do not object to the specified order of authors in the article;
  • the author who is in correspondence with the editorial board is responsible for the accuracy of the obtained data and is obliged to exactly and timely inform the co-authors;
  • an author(s) of the article should provide only reliable research results as well as objective discussion of the research significance. The description of the materials and methods of the research should be so detailed that it was possible to exactly reproduce and obtain the relevant results. Knowingly erroneous or falsified statements are not allowed as it will be considered a gross violation of publication ethics. The manuscript will be rejected from publication;
  • the borrowed fragments that were used in the work should be provided with the original sources which are represented in the list of references;
  • an author(s) should not submit to the journal an article that is under consideration in the other journal or had been previously published;
  • to the editorial board of "Proceedings of Higher Educational Institutions. Sociology. Economy. Politics" Journal an author (s) should submit an article prepared in accordance with the guidelines for authors:
  • an author (s) can make changes to his article before its acceptance, if it is agreed with the editorial board;
  • an author(s) reserves the right to distribute his(their) article after the publication in "Proceedings of Higher Educational Institutions. Sociology. Economy. Politics" Journal, providing a link to the journal;
  • an author (authors) can place and archive the works on his website or institutional repository;
  • an author(s) has the right to cite his(their) article that was published in "Proceedings of Higher Educational Institutions. Sociology. Economy. Politics" Journal in subsequent works, providing a link to the journal;
  • an author(s) has the right to withdraw his article from publication;

For the journal's editorial board:

  • the journal's editorial board should consider each manuscript submitted for publication in the unbiased way;
  • on the journal's website there should be placed a list of necessary requirements for submission of articles;
  • editorial board should keep the review process confidential. It is forbidden to distribute, use the materials for personal purposes without the an author's consent;
  • the journal's editors, without the participation of reviewers, can reject the submitted manuscript if it goes beyond the goals and topics of the journal; it is of bad quility; in the submitted materials it was revealed a fundamental contradiction to the ethical principles the journal abides by;
  • editorial board should make every effort for processing the submitted materials in a timely manner;
  • the journal's editors should guarantee that the published materials comply with the international standards of scientific and publication ethics;
  • the journal's editorial board should bring into accordance with the author(s) editorial changes that should be made in the article;
  • editors should follow the principle of double-blind peer review;
  • editors should guarantee high quality of materials published in the journal;
  • editorial board reserves the right to ask for the original (not revised) research data from the authors including for providing them to the peer reviewers;
  • in case of arising disputes, the journal's editorial board should carefully study every case and consider the arguments of all interested parties. Before taking further action, the editorial board strives to obtain the most accurate information from all parties. The editorial board's decision should be objective and not be affected by third parties.

For peer reviewers:

  • a peer review process of the article lasts for 2 or 4 weeks if anything else is agreed with the editorial board;
  • a peer review process of articles should be objective. Biased attitude to the peer-reviewed material is not allowed. Recommendations of a peer reviewer should contribute to improving the quality of the article;
  • a peer reviewer has no right to spread the information on the peer review process to third parties, except the cases approved by the editor;
  • if there is a conflict of interest, a peer reviewer should notify the editor and not continue peer reviewing the work;
  • a peer reviewer who has no sufficient knowledge for evaluating the manuscript should inform the editor with a request to exclude him from the peer review process of the manuscript;
  • a peer reviewer is not forbidden to evaluate the submitted manuscript if he has personal or professional relations with the authors;
  • a peer reviewer is forbidden to distribute or use the materials for his personal purposes;
  • in case of the expert's decision on the necessity to make changes in the article, the author sends to the editorial board a revised version of the article which will be peer rereviewed.

Originality and plagiarism:

  • different forms of plagiarism can be providing someone else's work; copying (paraphrasing) essential text fragments from other works (without reference to the source); use of pictures, photographs, tables, graphs and other forms of graphical representation of information without specifying the source; use without a written permission of materials the authors or copyright holders of which prohibit the use of their materials without special consent; claiming one's own rights to other people's work. Any kind of plagiarism is unacceptable for publication in "Proceedings of Higher Educational Institutions. Sociology. Economy. Politics" Journal;
  • all articles that are submitted to the journal are subject to obligatory text verification for plagiarism through Antiplagiarism System. If necessary, the editorial board can use additional tools for searching for the borrowings. The articles with a low percentage of uniqueness (less than 75%) are not approved to publication;
  • the journal's editorial board does not allow the use of the techniques that will allow to increase the level of the article's uniqueness. The articles in which there were revealed the signs of technical modifications for the purpose of artificial increase of the text uniqueness will not be published in the journal even in case of revising.
  • surveys and other articles, which for objective reasons require more citations, are considered by the editorial board on the individual basis.

Plagiarism reveal is carried out within the framework of scientific peer review as well as after the publication of articles if there was an appeal of readers with the relevant statements. Illegal borrowing the results of other people's works contributes to the withdrawal of the article from publication even if it has already been published.

Disclosure of conflicts of interest:

The editorial board of "Proceedings of Higher Educational Institutions. Sociology. Economy. Politics" Journal encourages the authors to disclose financial or other potential conflicts of interest that can affect the results of the peer review process.

Potential conflicts of interest can be:

  • getting financial compensation for participation in writing an article;
  • any relations with organizations that have a direct interest in the subject of the research;
  • getting financial support for any stage of research or manuscript writing (including grants and other financial support);
  • competitive and other relations of editors and peer reviewers with any of the authors of the submitted work.

To prevent conflicts of interest and in accordance with the accepted ethical standards of the journal, each of the parties has the following responsibilities:

An editor should:

  • pass an article for consideration to another peer reviewer if there is a conflict of interest with a peer reviewer and an author;
  • ask the information on possible competitive interests from all participants of the article publication process;
  • ensure the publication of edits if information on the conflict of interest was obtained after an article's publication.

An author should:

  • specify known and potential sources of conflict of interest;
  • provide a place of work and a source of financing of the research;
  • prescribe the absence of conflict of interest, if it corresponds to reality.

A peer reviewer should:

  • inform the journal's editor-in-chief about the conflict of interest (dual obligations, competing interests) and refuse to peer review an article.

The information about conflicts of interest obtained from the authors of the manuscripts is not provided to peer reviewers and is available only to the editorial board when making a decision on the publication of the manuscript.

The editorial board members, authors and peer reviewers should keep confidentiality of all stages of the article publication process. No matter if the submitted manuscript is published, correspondence with the journal and the peer reviewers' reports should not be disclosed or used for personal purposes without the prior written consent of all parties. To avoid the cases of publication ethics violation, the conflict of interests of all parties involved in the article publication process should be excluded.