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EDITORIAL ETHICS OF «CHELYABINSK STATE UNIVERSITY BULLETIN» SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL

(the document is compiled based on samples of the recommended Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the official website http://publicationethics.org/​, source: Preparation and publication of a scientific journal. International practice of editing reviewing, publishing and authorship of scientific publications ethics: Compendium of translations / comp. by O.V. Kirillov. M.: Financial University, 2013. 140 p.)

 

1. General duties and responsibilities of the editors

1.1. Chief Editor, editors and members of Editorial Board of "Chelyabinsk State University Bulletin" (hereinafter - the editors) are responsible for everything that is published in the journal.

1.2. The responsibility is expressed in:

1.2.1. striving to meet the needs of readers and writers in obtaining relevant information about the forefront of research in the relevant scientific field;

1.2.2. striving to continuously improve the "Chelyabinsk State University Bulletin", monitoring best publishing practices and implementing new standards and practices in the journal;

1.2.3. application procedures and regulations to ensure the quality of published materials in the workflow;

1.2.4. protection of freedom of expression and academic freedom;

1.2.5. maintaining loyalty to the principles of scientific integrity;

1.2.6. clear understanding of priorities of intellectual and ethical standards over commercial;

1.2.7. readiness to publish corrections, clarifications, refutations (up to revocation of articles) and apologies when necessary.

 

2. Relationship with readers

2.1. Readers of "Chelyabinsk State University Bulletin" are necessarily informed about who funded the study or any other research work, as well as whether the sponsors played a role in study and publication of its results and if so, what was this role.

 

3. Relationship with authors

3.1. Editors' decisions about acceptance or rejection of the publication are based on significance of the article, its creativity, clearness of presentment, reliability of information contained therein and its proximity to journal topics.

3.2. Editors do not cancel the decision on the publication of articles, unless serious problems are found in connection with their publication.

3.3. New editors do not have a right to cancel the decision to publish articles made by the previous editors, unless serious problems are found in connection with their publication.

3.4. The procedure of reviewing the articles by other researchers is fixed by a special paper "Instructions for reviewing',  and thus the editors can justify any significant deviation from the described procedure.

3.5. "Chelyabinsk State University Bulletin" has a well-defined mechanism to appeal editors' decisions by the authors:

3.5.1. Disagreeing with the decision of the Editorial Board, the author submits an application to the article evaluation by independent experts.

3.5.2. The Editorial Board organizes evaluation of the article by independent experts (not participating in the review), and sends the author the protocol of discussion.

3.5.3. If that opinion does not satisfy the author, the Editorial Board assists to establish contact with the COPE.

3.5.4. If the COPE Commission contacts the Editorial Board with justified criticism of the decision, the Editorial Board is ready to publish the article and to bring the author of the article an apology.

3.6. Editorial Board guides its work by approved and placed on the website "Publication requirements". This document is updated regularly, including research ethics (with quoting COPE website).

3.7. In determining authorship of the article the Editorial Board guides by the criteria applied in determining who can be considered the author of the article, and who is the person who made a contribution to it, in accordance with the standards adopted in the relevant field.

 

4. Relationship with reviewers

4.1. Review of articles is conducted based on "Instructions for reviewers", including the requirement to keep confidential peer-reviewed material (with quoting COPE website).

4.2. Reviewers are notified well in advance of the obligation to warn the Editorial Board of any potential conflict of interest before giving its consent to the review.

4.3. Editorial Board of the "Chelyabinsk State University Bulletin" uses procedures to protect the anonymity of reviewers.


5. Relationship with members of the Editorial Board

5.1. Each new member of the Editorial Board receives instructions about their functions and ethical principles of the Editorial Board.

5.2. Editors promptly notify the existing members of the Editorial Boards of all changes in approaches and procedures used.

 

6. Relationship with the owners and publishers of the journal

6.1. "Chelyabinsk State University Bulletin" is published on the basis of uniform principles of significance of the scientific articles, and the decision of the article inclusion can not be based on the intervention of the founder of the journal.

 

7. The process of editing and reviewing

7.1. Editors provide fair, impartial and timely review of articles offered for publication.

7.2. Editors use procedures to ensure the confidentiality of materials submitted to the journal during the reviewing.


8. Quality assurance

8.1. Editors take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the published material, taking into account the fact that sections within "Chelyabinsk State University Bulletin" can have different goals and standards.

 

9. Protection of personal data

9.1. Editors in their activities are subject to the Federal Law "On personal data» (№ 152-FZ from 27.07.2006). In addition, in any case, they always protect confidentiality of personal information obtained in the course of research and other professional activities. Editorial Board supervises that while publishing any situations, pictures, people who might recognize themselves or to be recognized by others, gave written consent to the publication.

 

10. Promotion of ethical research (for example, in studies involving humans, minors).

10.1. Editors make efforts to ensure that the research report which they publish was conducted in accordance with internationally accepted ethical standards.

10.2. Editors seek confirmation that the published studies have been approved by the appropriate authority (eg. the Committee for ethical research or the supervisory board of the institution), if one exists. Nevertheless, the editors realize that such approval does not guarantee that the research is ethical.

 

11. Actions in the event of misconduct suspicion

11.1. Editors take certain measures when they suspect the presence of unfair behavior or learn of the charges of misconduct. This obligation is applied to both published and unpublished materials.

11.2. Editors can not simply refuse to publish articles in the event of suspicion of possible misconduct. Ethically, they are obliged to respond to such situations and to justify their decision.

11.3. In such cases, according to this document, editors follow COPE schemes.

11.4. First of all, the editors ask for clarification from the authors of such articles. When receiving an unsatisfactory response, they turn to their employer or to the relevant organization (possibly the regulatory body) to conduct an investigation.

11.5. Editors take all reasonable measures to ensure the proper conduct of the investigation; if this fails, the editors do their best to solve the problem.

 

12. Providing scientific credibility in publications

12.1. Mistakes or misleading statements are promptly corrected with notification of the general audience.

12.2. Editors base on the following COPE scheme when recalling articles.

 

13. Intellectual property

13.1. Editors are guided by the current legislation in matters relating to intellectual property, and interact with the publisher in the settlement of cases of possible violations of laws and agreements on intellectual property protection.


14. Debate encourage

14.1. Editors are encouraged and willing to consider justified criticism of works published in the "Chelyabinsk State University Bulletin".

14.2. The authors of criticized materials are given the opportunity to respond to criticism.

14.3. The work reporting only negative results may also be published.

 

15. Complaints

15.1. Authors who are not satisfied with the work and decisions of the Editorial Board may apply to the editor, or executive secretary of the "Bulletin" a complaint and a request for further consideration of the article.

15.2. The complaint is submitted through the CSU Office.

15.3. Concerning to the complaint, a commission of independent experts - specialists in the articles subject is summoned considering individual cases. The Commission consists from CSU PhD's and Doctors, not being a part of the Editorial Board, at the invitation of the chief editor or executive secretary.

15.4. Terms of complaint may not exceed six calendar months from the date of registration of the complaint in CSU Office.

15.5. The Editorial Board in further actions in relation to the article is guided by the decision of the independent commission.

 

16. Commercial considerations

16.1. Editors of "Chelyabinsk State University Bulletin" base on the principle that commercial considerations do not influence the editorial decisions.

16.2. "Chelyabinsk State University Bulletin" does not publish advertisements.

 

17. Conflicts of interest

17.1. Editors in resolving their own conflicts of interests as well as conflicts of interest of their staff, authors, reviewers and Editorial Board members, base on approved regulations (COPE website).

17.2. Articles submitted to the journal by members of the Editorial Boards, pass the same strict and impartial review procedure as other publications.  ​

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