STATEMENT ON ETHICS OF SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS
An editorial staff of the scientific journal «Nuclear Power and the Environment» seeks to follow high standards of publication ethic.
An editorial staff and an editorial board of the journal take all necessary measures to prevent any violations of ethics when deciding to publish an article, at the stage of preparation for publication and after publication. In their activities they are guided by accepted international scientific recommendations in particular the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) standards.
Principles of ethical behavior presented below are mandatory for all the sides involved into a scientific article review and publication process: authors, reviewers, editorial staff, editorial board of the journal.
Adherence to publication ethics principles by all the participants of the process contributes to ensuring intellectual property authorship rights, increasing journal publications quality in world scientific community opinion and excluding possible illegal use of copyright materials to benefit certain people.
Editorial board and editorial staff ethical principles
The editorial board and editorial staff of the scientific journal are responsible for author works promulgation; this causes a necessity to adhere following principles:
- decision on publication should be based on the principles of reliability of provided data and scientific significance of reviewed work;
- intellectual content of manuscripts should be assessed objectively regardless of previous merits of author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, nationality, social status or political affiliation;
- information, which can be considered as plagiarism, not allowed for publication;
- claims relating to manuscripts or published materials shouldn`t be unanswered; in case of conflict situation all necessary measures for remedy should be taken;
- it is not allowed to provide anyone beside the author with content of negative review of author`s work;
- in case of receiving ethical claim against presented manuscript or published article an editor-in-chief should take appropriate measures, in particular, to inform an author, discuss the claim by giving an opportunity for the author reply to the claim, and if necessary to publish corrections.
Reviewer ethical principles
Reviewer should impartially assess author’s materials according to such principles:
- a manuscript submitted for review should be considered as confidential document that should not be referred to the third party for sensitize or discussion without appropriate editorial authority;
- the reviewer is obliged to give an impartial and argued assessment of performed research results. Personal criticism of an Author is unacceptable;
- unpublished data from a manuscript submitted for review should not be used for private profit by the reviewer;
- the reviewer, who does not possess, in his opinion, sufficient qualification to assess a manuscript or can`t be impartial, for example in case of conflict of interests with an Author or an organization, should inform the editorial staff of that asking to exclude him from a review process.
Author ethical principles
The Author (or group of authors) realizes that he is responsible for novelty and credibility of scientific research results according to the following principles:
- authors of an article should provide reliable results of conducted research. Knowingly false or falsified approvals are unacceptable;
- authors should ensure the results represented in provided manuscript are wholly original. Borrowed abstracts or statements required to be referred with obligatory indication of an author or primary source. Excessive borrowings and plagiarism in whichever form including unprocessed quotations, a paraphrase or an appropriation of rights on research results of another person are unethical and unacceptable;
- it is necessary to recognize a contribution of those who anyhow influenced on a course of research, in particular references to significant works, which were used in the research, should be submitted;
- authors should not submit manuscript to the journal that was submitted into other journal or in consideration as well as an article that already published in other journal;
- all the persons who have made a significant contribution into the research should be indicated as co-authors of an article. It is unacceptable to indicate among the co-authors those who were not involved into a research;
- if the author exposed significant mistakes or inaccuracies in an article at the stage of its consideration or after its publication, he should immediately inform the editorial staff;
- authors should conscientiously and within specified time limit eliminate all the remarks concerning an article made by the editorial board and/or reviewers;
- persons who were exposed in plagiarism should be deprived of publication possibility in the journal. Editorial staff of the journal can make cases of plagiarism public in its pages.
Conflict of interests
Parties involved in the review and publication of the scientific article (authors, reviewers, an editorial staff and an editorial board of the journal) should adhere to the following principles:
- unpublished materials presented in the work shouldn`t be used in any other research of an editor-in-chief, member of an editorial board, reviewer or someone else informed person without written consent of the author;
- privileged information or arguments received as a result of an expert examination should be maintained confidential and can not be used for personal gain of for gain of the third party;
- an editor and a member of an editorial board should be released from duty to consider a manuscript when conflict of interests appears as a result of common competitive or other links or links with any other author, company of organization related to the manuscript;
- an editor should require from all participants of consideration and publication of the article to inform on the conflict of interests;
- all authors should inform on any financial or other substantive conflict of interests which can be qualified as influence on results or their interpretation; all sources of financial support should be exposed;
- in case of interests’ conflict after publication, all corrections should be published.