The editorial board of the scientific journal “Science without Borders” is guided in its work by the international ethical rules of scientific publications, including the rules of decency, confidentiality, supervision of publications, consideration of possible conflicts of interest, etc. In its activities, the editorial board follows the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (Committee on Publication Ethics), and also draws on the valuable experience of reputable international journals and publishers.
The ethics of scientific publications is a system of norms of professional behavior in the relationship of authors, reviewers, editors, publishers and readers in the process of creating, distributing and using scientific publications.
Compliance with the rules of ethics of scientific publications by all participants in this process contributes to ensuring the rights of authors to intellectual property, improving the quality of publication and excluding the possibility of unlawful use of copyright materials in the interests of individuals.
The editorial board of the international scientific journal “Science without Borders” is guided in its work by the international ethical rules of scientific publications, including the rules of decency, confidentiality, supervision of publications, consideration of possible conflicts of interest, etc. In its activities, the editorial board follows the recommendations of the Committee on the Ethics of Scientific Publications (Committee on Publication Ethics), and also draws on the valuable experience of reputable international journals and publishers.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE JOURNAL EDITORIAL
- Privacy issues
The editor-in-chief and editorial staff have no right to use unpublished scientific materials in their own research without written consent of the author or transfer them to third parties. It is forbidden to disclose information about the works provided to unauthorized persons, except for reviewers, other editorial consultants who are directly involved in the process of publishing the article.
- Making a decision on publication / rejection of an article.
Articles published in the journal “Science without Borders” are placed in the public domain with copyright reserved for authors of the materials. Each article that was submitted for consideration to the editorial board by the author or the group of authors undergoes mandatory reviewing and verification for borrowing research materials from other authors. Reviewing is carried out according to a “double-blind” scheme, when both the reviewer and the author do not know each other, which ensures the objectivity of the expert opinion. In this case, experts can freely comment on the reviewed manuscript (novelty, presentation style, structure, reliability of scientific research), not be afraid of pressure from the authors or their leadership. The recommendations of reviewers are the basis for making the final decision on publication or refusal to publish the article. The editorial staff of the journal is fully responsible for the decision to publish. Editorial staff make this decision on the basis of the journal’s policy, current copyright legislation, draws conclusions solely about the scientific content of the manuscript, without considering race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, citizenship and political views of the authors.
- Conflict of interest and resolution of ethical conflicts on mutually beneficial terms.
Conflict of interest resolution involves the publication of appropriate corrections, denials, or apologies. The editorial board of the journal should ask all participants in the publication process to disclose existing competing interests for their competent resolution. When filing an ethical complaint about submitted manuscript or published article, the editor-in-chief should take a clear response, in consultation with the publisher. Any report of the fact of unethical behavior should be considered, even if it came several years after the publication of the article. If a competition of interests was identified after the publication of the article, the editorial board is obliged to ensure the publication of the amendments.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF AUTHORS OF SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS IN THE JOURNAL
- Originality of the materials provided
Authors are obliged to submit to the editorial office only their own research materials. If the text of the article contains data borrowed from other literary sources, then these fragments should be marked with bibliographic references. Written permissions from other authors for the use of their materials and data are also accepted. Otherwise, the article does not pass the plagiarism check and will not be published due to the unethical behavior of the authors.
- Confirmation of information sources
Authors are obliged to indicate the contribution of others to the writing of the article or the conduct of scientific research, to compile a high-quality bibliographic list with links to other scientific works. If the information for the article was received as a result of consultation with colleagues (oral, written), then the use of this kind of data must be confirmed by written permission from the consultant.
- Authorship of scientific materials
Authors and co-authors of the article are indicated at the beginning of the text in order of importance of the work done. The authorship of the research material belongs to those who have made significant contributions to the concept, design, execution or interpretation of the claimed research. Colleagues who consulted or participated in the creation of certain parts of the project should be indicated in the list of project participants. Authors and co-authors of a scientific article must be informed definitely with full test of the article in its final form, agree to its publication and be aware of the comments from the reviewer, if any.
- Publication standards
Authors undertake to provide reliable, significant and original results of research activities to the editorial office of the journal, which are clearly stated in writing. The article should contain sufficient information for verification and repeating of experiments by other researchers. Knowingly false content amounts to unethical behavior and is unacceptable. The identification of such violations leads to the refusal of publication of the submitted manuscript.
- Repeated and competing publications
The journal publishes research results that have not previously been published in scientific journals. It is not allowed to simultaneously submit a manuscript for printing to several journals, this is regarded as unethical behavior of the authors. Verbatim copying of one’s own works and their paraphrasing is unacceptable; they can only be used as a basis for new conclusions. If the article or its constituent parts have already been published earlier, then the authors must provide a link to this article and argue for the fundamental difference between the new publication and the previously known one.
- Access to source materials
Authors are obliged to preserve the original research materials after the publication of the article, upon request, they should provide open access to the original data, if possible. Such a need may arise in the formation of an editorial review.
- Errors in the published article
After accepting an article for publication or publishing a manuscript, a significant error (not accuracy, typo) may be found in the text. The author is obliged to inform the editorial board about this and help to correct the detected error. If third parties indicate an error, then in this case the author is obliged to eliminate it or provide reasoned evidence for the correctness of the manuscript materials presented.
- Disclosures and conflicts of interest
All sources of funding for the project must be disclosed. Authors should not withhold in their work information about any financial or other significant conflicts of interest that may affect the research results or their interpretation.
- The principles of humane treatment of animals
Authors must adhere to the principles of humane treatment of animals when examining living objects.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF JOURNAL REVIEWERS
- Contribution to editorial decision
Conducting a peer review of the manuscript, the reviewer provides information for the editorial board of the journal about the level of the submitted manuscript, thereby helping the editor in making editorial decisions and, through the cooperation of the editor and the author, can help the author to improve his work.
- Efficiency and confidentiality
The reviewer who was assigned to study this article is obliged to notify the editorial board about the impossibility of completing this task. The reason may be a lack of awareness of this issue or a lack of willingness to complete a peer review within a clearly established time frame. In this case, the editorial board appoints another expert. The manuscript that came to the reviewer for study should not fall into the hands of third parties, the information contained in it cannot be used or disclosed.
- Confirmation of sources
During the peer review fragments of the article that have not been cited by the authors may be identified. Any statements, conclusions or arguments that have already been used previously in any publications should be properly formatted as citations. The reviewer is obliged to draw the attention of the editor and indicate this information in the review if significant or partial similarity was noticed with any other work with which the reviewer is directly familiar.
- Disclosures and conflicts of interest
The reviewer studies the materials of the submitted manuscript only within the framework of its peer review. Reviewers should not take part in the review and evaluation of manuscripts in which they are personally interested. The reviewer is prohibited from using this data for personal interests. The use of received knowledge or further cooperation is possible only with mutual agreement of the parties. Non-public information or ideas obtained during peer review must remain confidential and not be used for personal gain.