Publication ethics and malpractice statement


A scientific journal «Problems of nuclear power plants safety and of Chernobyl» seeks to follow high standards of publication ethics. An editorship, an editorial staff and a publisher of the journal adhere to ethical standards accepted by international scientific community and do the best to prevent any infringement of these standards.

An editorship, an editorial staff and a publisher of the journal in their activities are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) recommendations and standards and regard to valuable experi-ence of reputable international journals and publishing houses.

Principles of ethical behaviour stated below are required for all the sides involved into a scientific article review and a publication process: authors, reviewers, an editorship, an editorial team of the journal and a publisher.

Adhering to publication ethics principles by all the participants of this process contributes to ensur-ing of intellectual property authorship rights, increases journal publications quality for a world scientific community and excludes illegal use possibility for copyrighted publications .


The editor-in-chief of scientific journal in his professional occupations is responsible for author works proclaiming; this causes a necessity to adhere following principles:The editor-in-chief should ensure representation data authenticity and scientific significance of an examined paper at publication decision;The editor-in-chief should evaluate intellectual content of manuscripts without reference to Author’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, nationality, social status or political affiliation;Unpublished data from manuscripts obtained for approval, should not be used in personal interests or passed to the third party without the Author’ written consent. Information content or ideas, obtained dur-ing the editing process, that related with possible advantages should be kept in confidence and unshared for private profits;The editor-in-chief should not permit publication of information considered as plagiarism if there are sufficient evidences for that;The editor-in-chief together with the publisher should not leave claims unconsidered, concerning to reviewed manuscripts or published materials, and should take all the requisite measures for restitution of infringed rights in case of conflict situation;It is not allowed to inform anyone excepting the Author about a content of negative review;It is not allowed publishing of information considered as plagiarism in case of sufficient evidenc-es’ availability;In case of ethics complaint arriving on represented manuscript or published article the editor-in-chief should take reasonable measures in response. Those measures commonly include: notification to the Author, discussion of the complaint and, if necessary, the publication of emendations.


The reviewer provides a scientific peer-review of authors’ articles, therefore his activities should en-sure impartial character which performed in following principles:A manuscript submitted for review should be considered as confidential document that could not be referred to the third party for learn or discussion without appropriate editorial authority;The reviewer is obliged to give an impartial and argued assessment to research results performed. 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 cannot be impartial, for example in case of conflict of interests with an Author or an organization, should notify the editorial of that asking to exclude him from a review process for given manuscript.


The Author (or authors’ group) should realize that he bears initial responsibility for novelty and ade-quacy of scientific research results that involves the following principles:The Author of an article should provide reliable results of conducted research. Knowingly false or falsified approvals are unacceptable;The Author should ensure the results represented in provided manuscript are wholly original. Bor-rowed 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 para-phrase 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 upon a course of re-search, in particular there should be submitted links on signifying works, wich were considered during the research;The Author should not submit manuscript to journal that was submitted into other journal and in consideration as well as an article that already published in other journal;all the persons who have made a significant contribution into the conducted research should be in-dicated as co-authors of an article. It is unacceptable to indicate among the co-authors those who were not involved into a research;In case the Author has exposed significant mistakes or inaccuracies in an article at stage of its con-sideration or after its publication, he should immediately make informed the editorial staff;The Author should eliminate, conscientiously and in fixed terms, all the remarks concerning an ar-ticle made by the editorial staff and/or reviewers;Persons which were exposed in plagiarism should be deprived of publication possibility in the journal. Editorial staff of the journal can make public in its pages cases of plagiarism, that were exposed.

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