We welcome openness, honesty, pluralism, good-naturedness, sociability, hunger for knowledge, generosity, and ethics in our relationships with authors and readers. We do not accept dullness, rudeness, plagiarism, envy, arrogance, and mockery.
In accordance with the ethical principles and standards adopted by leading international academic publishers, the Editorial Staff has established ethical principles that are mandatory for all participants of the publication process: Authors, Reviewers, members of the Editorial Board, Senior Editors, and Publishers.
1. The Author’s responsibility
1.1. By submitting an article to the Editor’s Office, the Author confirms that the given article has neither been sent to another journal nor has been previously published in other journals.
1.2. The Author is held responsible for the content of their article. An article must contain only original scientific research and data. If the Author uses data obtained by other researchers, they must include a proper reference in the article. The author must not change the results of other authors’ research discussed in their article. All data processing methods and the logic of their interpretation must be absolutely clear and understandable.
1.3. The Author is held responsible for both deliberate and unintentional plagiarism. The unauthorized acquisition of any elements of an article (text, graphs, initial data, etc.) is unacceptable. Elements used with the consent of the rights holder must be submitted in a proper form and accompanied by an adequate reference.
1.4. The Author is held responsible for providing accurate information about the financial support of the project described in the article as well as the people who contributed to the research.
1.5. Private information (i.e., confidential information or information obtained during correspondence, conversation, or discussion with third parties) must be used or provided only if the Author has written permission signed by the person(s) who hold the rights to the information.
1.6. If the Author finds a serious mistake or inaccuracy in an article of theirs that has already been published, the Author must immediately inform the Journal Editor or Publisher and cooperate with the Editor in order to eliminate the mistake or make changes to the article. If the Editor or Publisher learns of a serious mistake in the Author’s article from third parties and notifies the Author about it, the Author must submit a new version of the article or provide proof to the Editor that the article contains correct data as soon as possible.
1.7. The Author has the right to initiate the publication of a previously published article in another language. Such cases are further reviewed by the Editorial Board, provided that all participants of the process follow ethical principles.
2. The Editor’s responsibility
2.1. The Editorial Board accepts articles that have never been published and contain original research or a broad survey of a topic answering the Journal’s fundamental goals. If the Editorial Board finds a previously published article with content matching 50% of the article submitted by the Author (as shown by the “Anti-Plagiarism Program”), the Editorial Board reserves the right to refuse to publish the article.
2.2. The Editor is held responsible for the decisions they make about submitted articles. The main basis for the Editorial Board to accept or reject an article is the scientific value of an article and its meaning for scientific progress and education.
2.3. The Editor and members of the Editorial Board cannot disclose information about submitted articles except to a narrow circle of persons directly involved in the publishing or peer-review process.
2.4. When assessing an article, the Editor must pay special attention to the original information contained therein. However, under no circumstances does the Editor have the right to use such information in their own research or for any other personal purpose. Such information can only be used after the article is officially published and only if there is a proper citation as required by generally accepted rules and standards.
2.5. Under no circumstances can the editor force the Author to cite articles published in the Journals or by the publisher in order to increase the scientometrics of the Journal.
2.6. The Editor must control the accuracy and adequacy of citations in the article approved for publication.
2.7. The Editor must assess the intellectual content of an article regardless of the Author’s race, sex, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic background, citizenship, and/or political views.
3. The Peer Reviewer’s responsibility
3.1. The peer review process is confidential and anonymous. The Author is not informed about the peer reviewer of their article in particular. However, the Author can be provided with the Peer Reviewer’s name if the Peer Reviewer agrees and provides written consent.
3.2. The Peer Reviewer must not disclose information about submitted articles to third parties.
3.3. Under no conditions does the Peer Reviewer have the right to use the data obtained in the process of the article review in their own research or for any other personal purpose before the article is published.
3.4. The Peer Reviewer must review the article within the time limits prescribed by the Journal Editorial Staff (not exceeding two weeks). If the peer review cannot be done in due time, the Peer Reviewer must immediately notify the Editorial Staff about the delay.
3.5. When carrying out the peer review, the Peer Reviewer must try to be as unbiased and fair as possible. The main criterion for assessing the article is its scientific and academic importance. No decisions based on the Peer Reviewer's personal preferences are allowed. If any conflict of interest arises between the Peer Reviewer and the Author, the Peer Reviewer must immediately inform the Editorial Staff.
4. Conflict of interest
All parties involved must try to avoid any form of conflict of interest at all stages of the submission, review, and publishing process. If a conflict of interest arises, the party discovering such conflict must immediately inform the Editorial Staff. The same rule applies to any violation of generally accepted ethical principles and standards.