Publication ethics principles of a scientific and technical journal “Monitoring system of the environment”

General provisions

The Editorial Board of the scientific and technical journal “Monitoring System of the environment” (hereinafter-MSOE) adheres to publication ethics principles accepted by by the international community,as reflected in the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics(COPE), taking into account the experience of international journals and publishers. Compliance with these rules is mandatory for Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and Publishers of MSOE.

To avoid unfair practices in publishing activities (plagiarism, presenting false information, etc.), in order to ensure high quality scientific publications, public recognition of the obtained research results, each member of the Editorial Board, Author, Reviewer and Publisher involved in the publishing process, are required to comply with ethical standards, rules and regulations and take all reasonable steps to prevent violations. Compliance with the rules of ethics of scientific publications by all participants in this process contributes to ensuring the Authors ‘ intellectual property rights and improving the quality of the publication.

Main terms used in this provision:

Ethics of scientific publications is a system of standards of professional behavior in the relationship between Authors, Reviewers, Editors, Publishers and Readers in the process of creating, distributing and using scientific publications.

 Author is a person or a group of people (a team of authors) involved in the creation of the publication of the results of a scientific research.

The Editor-in-Chief is a person who heads the Editorial Office and makes the final decisions regarding the production and release of the journal.

Publisher is a legal entity or individual who issues a scientific publication.

 Publishing HOUSE is an institution that publishes print products.

  Scientific article is a completed and published author’s work.

Plagiarism is the deliberate attribution of authorship to someone else’s work of science or art, or to someone else’s ideas or inventions. Plagiarism can be a violation of copyright and patent laws and as such may entail legal liability.

Editor – a representative of a scientific journal or publishing house who prepares materials for publication, as well as maintains communication with the authors and readers of scientific publications.

The Editorial Board is an advisory body consisting of a group of authoritative persons that assists the Editor-in-Chief  in selecting, preparing and evaluating works for publication.

Reviewer is an expert acting on behalf of a scientific journal or publishing house and conducting a scientific expertise of Author’s materials in order to evaluate the possibility of their publication.

 Manuscript is an Author’s work submitted for publication to the editor, but not published.

Reader is any person who has read the published materials.

1. Responsibility of Publisher, Editorial Board and Editor

In their activities, Publisher, Editorial Board and Editor are responsible for the publication of copyrighted works, which entails the need to comply with the following fundamental principles and procedures:

1.1. Facilitate the performance of ethical responsibilities by the Editorial Board, Editorial and Publishing group, Reviewers and Authors in accordance with generally accepted standards.

1.2. Provide support to the MSOE Editorial Board in reviewing ethical concerns about published materials and help interact with other journals and/or publishers, if this contributes to fulfilling the duties of Editors.1.3.

1.3. Ensure the confidentiality of the information received from Authors of the manuscript and any other information until its publication.

1.4. Realize that MSOE activities are not a commercial project and are not aimed at profit-making.

1.5. Be always ready to publish corrections, clarifications, rebuttals and apologies when necessary.

1.6. Provide the MSOE Editorial Board with the ability to reject publications containing plagiarism and inaccurate data.

1.7. The Editorial Board or Editor has the right to reject the manuscript or request the author to revise it if it is drawn up in violation of the rules adopted in the SCOS

1.8. The manuscript, if accepted for publication, is placed in the public domain, and the copyright is reserved for the Authors.

1.9. Post information about financial support for research, if the Author provides such information to the manuscript.

1.10. If any content, grammatical, stylistic or other errors are found, the Editorial Board takes all measures to eliminate them.

1.11. Agree with the Author on the editorial proofreading introduced in the article.

1.12 Do not to delay the release of the journal.

2. Responsibility of Authors

Author (or a group of authors), when submitting a manuscript to the MSOE, bears the initial responsibility for the novelty and reliability of the research results, which implies compliance with the following principles:

2.1. Authors of the manuscript must provide reliable results of the conducted research, wittingly erroneous or falsified statements are unacceptable.

2.2. Authors must present original results in the submitted manuscript. Borrowed excerpts or statements must be accompanied by the mandatory indication of the authorship and the original source. Excessive borrowing, as well as plagiarism in any form, including unmarked quotations, paraphrasing or assigning rights to the results of other workers’ research is unethical and unacceptable. Borrowings without a reference will be considered plagiarism by the Editorial Board. Forged elevation of the citation indices, excessive self-citation and friendly citation, irrelevant references mislead readers and are treated by the Editorial Board of MSOE as fraudulence.

2.3. Authors must provide only true facts and data in the manuscript; provide sufficient information for other researchers to verify and make similar experiments; they shall not use information obtained privately without open written permission; they must not let data fabrication and falsification.

2.4. Authors must not let duplication of publications. If certain elements of the manuscript were previously published, the author must refer to an earlier work and indicate the differences between the new work and the previous one.

2.5. Authors must not submit to the journal a manuscript that has been sent to another journal and is currently being considered for publication, or it has been previously published in another journal.

2.6. The contribution of all persons who participated in the work or influenced it should be acknowledged in the publication. Authors should provide references to publications that were important for the formation and completing of the work.

2.7. Authors must comply with ethical standards when criticizing or commenting on a third-party research.

2.8. The co-authors of the article must be persons who have made a significant contribution to the study. It is unacceptable to include persons who did not participate in the work in Authors list.

2.9. Authors should respect the work of the Editorial Board and Reviewers and must eliminate the indicated shortcomings or submit a well-reasoned rebuttal to the points of the reviews.

2.10. Authors must prepare and submit the manuscripts in accordance with the rules adopted in the journal.

2.11. If Author finds significant errors or inaccuracies in his article at the stage of its consideration or after its publication, he must immediately report to the Editorial Board of the MSOE.

2.12. Authors must provide the Editorial Board or Publisher with proof of the correctness of the original article or correct significant errors, if the Editorial Board or Publisher has become aware of them from third parties.

3. Responsibility of the Reviewer

The reviewer performs scientific expertise of copyright materials, so that his actions should be unbiased, which implies compliance with the following principles:

3.1. The Reviewer shall not disclose to outsiders the information about manuscripts he/she received for review as it should be considered as a confidential document, which cannot be transferred for review or discussion to third parties who do not have the authority of the Editorial Board.

3.2. Reviewers must be aware that the manuscripts sent to them are the intellectual property of the Authors and relate to the information that cannot be disclosed.

3.3. The Reviewer should draw the editor-in-chief attention to the essential or partial similarity of the reviewed manuscript, as well as the lack of references to statements, conclusions, or arguments previously published in other works of this or other authors.

3.4. The Reviewer must give an objective and reasoned assessment of the stated research results and clearly substantiated recommendations. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable.

3.5. The Reviewer’s comments and suggestions should be objective and principled, aiming at improving the scientific level of the manuscript.

3.6. The Reviewer must make a decision based on specific facts and substantiate his/her decision.

3.7. Reviewers have no right to make copies of manuscripts for their own needs.

3.8. Reviewers shall not use the information reported in the article for personal purposes until its publication.

3.9. The Reviewer who, in his opinion, does not have sufficient competence to evaluate the manuscript or cannot be objective, for example, in the event of a conflict of interests with the Author or organization, must notify the Editorial Board with a request to exclude him from reviewing this manuscript.

3.10. Reviewing is confidential. The Authors are not informed of the personal data of the Reviewers. The surname, name and patronymic of the Reviewer prior to the review of the material by the Editorial Board are known only by the responsible member of the Editorial Board appointed by the Editorial Board to select the Reviewer, the Editor and the Editor-in-Chief of MSOE. The information must not be disclosed.

4. Responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief

The Editor-in-Chief in his/her activity bears responsibility for publishing copyrighted works, complying with the following fundamental principles:

4.1. The Editor-in-Chief of MSOE, when making a decision on a publication, is guided by principles of reliability of the results obtained and scientific significance of the work submitted for publication

4.2. The Editor-in-Chief should evaluate articles solely on their scientific content regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, social status and political views of Authors.

4.3. Unpublished data obtained from the manuscripts submitted for publication should not be used for personal purposes or transferred to third parties without the Author’s written consent. Information or ideas obtained during editing must be kept confidential and not used for personal gain.

4.4. When reviewing the manuscript of the article, the Editor-in-Chief can organize the verification of the material for plagiarism using the Antiplagiat or a similar system. In case of finding out numerous incorrect adoptions, the Editor-in-Chief has the right to reject the manuscript if there are sufficient grounds to believe that it is plagiarism.

4.5. The Editor-in Chief in his/her activity shall:

–  strive constantly to improve the journal;

– follow the principle of freedom of opinion;

– strive to meet the needs of Readers and Authors of the journal;

– exclude the influence of interests of business or politics on the decision to publish submitted manuscripts;

– make a decision on accepting or rejecting a manuscript guided by the following main evaluation criteria:

  • compliance of the manuscript with the subject of MSOE;
  • relevance, novelty and scientific significance of the submitted manuscript;
  • clarity of presentation;
  • reliability of results obtained and completeness of conclusions made. The quality of the research and its relevance are the main criteria for the decision to accept the manuscript for publication;

– take all reasonable measures to ensure the high quality of published materials and protect the confidentiality of personal information;

– take into account the recommendations of Reviewers when taking the final decision on the publication of the article, which is discussed and approved by the Editorial Board of the MSOE;

– justify the decision in case of acceptance or rejection of the manuscript;

– provide the Author of the peer-reviewed material with the opportunity to substantiate his/her research position;

– when changing the composition of the Editorial Board, the previous decision to publish the manuscript must not be canceled.

4.6. The Editor-in-Chief, together with the Publisher, should not leave unanswered claims regarding the reviewed manuscripts or published materials, and if a conflict situation is identified, they must take all necessary measures to restore the violated rights.