The editorial collegium ensures a compliance with the ethics of publication, authorship, reviewing and editing concerning scientific publications.

Ethics of Scientific Publications’ Releasing

Publisher must adhere to ethical principles and to encourage members of the editorial collegium and reviewers of the journal to follow these principles.


– defines the relationship between the publisher, the editorial collegium, editors and other participants contractual relationship;

– respects the confidentiality and privacy of personal information (e.g., concerning research participants, authors, reviewers);

– protects intellectual property and copyright;

– contributes to ensuring the independence of the editorial collegium;

– formsin a conjunction with the editorial council and the editorial collegium of the journal an effective policy and mechanisms for its implementation;

– ensures dissemination of information concerning the policies of the journal (e.g. intended for authors, readers, reviewers);

– follows principles of academic honesty;

– undertakes to publish corrections, clarifications, and to revoke unfairarticle;

– ensures timely release of the journal issues.

The Ethics of Authorship of Scientific Publications

The authors should:

– provide for the publication aworthwhile research;

– present the research results honestly and without fabrication, falsification or unfair manipulation of facts, quotations, sociological, criminological, statistical data and other information;

– avoid the use of data not intended for the open press;

– notify the editorial collegium in case of any errors in their opus submitted for publication either accepted for publication or already published;

– collaborate with the editorial collegium and reviewers, in case of a need in making changes or reduction of opus;

– precisely and accurately issue quotes, and links to other work;

– include in the article links only to those other publications with which they were acquainted;

– present new results in the context of previous research;

– reflect the worksby other scientists properly in the most complete, balanced manner;

– include data regardless of whether, they support one’s hypothesis and interpretation of the author of the publication or not;

– comply with publication requirements regarding that the submitted work is to be original and never been previously published anywhere in any language or sent simultaneously to several publications, except in cases when publishers agree to a joint publication. Papers, posted earlier by the authors on their private or public sites that are not related to other publishing houses are allowed for consideration;

– abide by the international norms and the Russian legislation in relation to copyright. Copyrighted materials may be reproduced only with the permission of their owners;

– no distortion is allowed in case of referring to any previous worksrelating to the publication either by other researchers or by the author. Whenever possible, provide a link to the source. Direct quotes from the works of other researchers should be isolated by means of inverted commas and a corresponding link;

– inform publishers if they propose to publish any data previously published elsewhere or if any interpretation of these data are sent to other publishers. In this case, authors must provide copies of such publications or works submitted to other journals;

– specify all sources of research funding, including direct and indirect financial support, provision of equipment or materials, or other types of support (e.g. expert help on statistical processing of data);

– follow the requirements and standards of the journal and the institution;

– ensure that the opus complies with ethical principles and norms;

– reply appropriately to comments after the publication,to published correspondence, and to questions from reviewers, and to provide necessary clarifications and additional information, if needed.

Ethics of Reviewing Scientific Publications

Reviewers should:

– respond promptly to an offer to write a review;

– incase they lack a sufficient knowledge of the research’ssubject they shouldplainly declare it;

– declare all possible conflicts of interests (regarding, for example, personal, financial, intellectual, professional, political or religious interests);

– abandon the preparation of a review, if they feel that they will not be able to make an impartial and fair evaluation;

– bring someone to conduct a review, including their assistants, except with the consent of the editorial collegium of the journal;

– promptly notify the journal if in the workerrors are detected, if there are doubts about the ethicality of work, if there is a similarity between the manuscript and other document, or if there is a suspicion that during the study or sending the manuscript to the journal any unscrupulous behaviortook place;

– carry out the review process within a reasonable time;

– contact authors directly only with a prior permission of the editorial collegium of the journal;

– prepare an objective and constructive review, which can help authors to improve their manuscript;

– refrain from any derogatory personal comments or unfounded accusations;

– be specific in their criticism and validate overall conclusionswith hard evidences and appropriate references;

– at the request of the editorial collegium review changesmade to the manuscript or a new version of the manuscript.

Ethics of Editing Scientific Publications

Editorial collegium:

– bears its responsibility for all published materials and adopts measures to ensure high quality and reliability of published materials;

– in case of detection of many unscrupulous borrowings the editorial collegium acts in accordance with the rules of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE);

– informs the organization (institution) with which the author is in labor relations at the main place of the author’s work about re-publications by the author of the text of the article fully or partially in the same or in different scientific journals;

– makes decisions only on the basis of the scientific qualities of the articles and takes a full responsibility for own decisions;

– ensures that reviewing of materials was exclusively on scientific grounds, and that authors were not pressured for citations of specific publications for non-scientific reasons;

– undertakes to maintain confidentiality of reviewers. However, if reviewers wish to disclose their names, for them this is not prohibited;

– provides the prohibition of personal use of data obtained from the submitted manuscripts, without a written consent of the author;

– pursues a policy of openness of information about financial and non-financial conflicts of interest and requires that authors included in their article a mention, at least, of those of them that may affect the perception of the content by the reader;

– aspires to ensure compliance of the journal with the general standards adopted in the scientific literature;

– encourages holding scientific debateson pages of the journal.