1.1. The present guidance specifies the rules of ethical conduct for the parties involved in the process of publication: authors, editorial boards, reviewers, publisher, including rules of decency, confidentiality, supervision of publications, taking into account potential conflict of interests.
1.2 Editorial council of the journal “Business. Education. Law” and the editorial board establish the ethical norms accepted by the international scientific community, as well as do their best for preventing any violation of such norms.
In their efforts they follow provisions of Chapter 70 “Copyright” of the RF Civil Code.
The guidance is based on recommendations and standards developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Declaration of the Association of scientific editors and publishers “Ethical principles of scientific publications” [http://rasep.ru/sovet-po-etike/deklaratsiya], which include ethical norms imposed on the authors, reviewers and editors.
1.3. The authors, editorial board and reviewers bear ethical obligations relative to the publication and distribution of results of the scientific research.
1.4. Interaction with the author is based on the principles of fairness, courtesy, credibility, honesty and transparency.
1.5. The entire content of the journal, except for the reference and information materials, opinions, comments etc., shall subject to the double blind review by independent experts.
1.6. The journal “Business. Education. Law” guarantees free access to publications at its site: http://vestnik.volbi.ru/webarchive/numbers and provides for materials storage at the leading libraries (National electronic library, Volgograd regional library named after M. Gorky) and repositories of the country scientific information (Book-service agency, National digital asset Rucont).
2. Ethical principles of the publication authors
2.1. The author shall submit the original materials (data) of the research upon requirement of the editorial board and shall be ready to provide free access to them. The author shall keep this data for at least five years after publication for their potential reproduction and inspection.
2.2. Sending the manuscript to the journal “Business. Education. Law”, the author or authors shall guarantee that this is their own original manuscript and that it has never been published and is not currently being prepared for publication. If the author(s) use other works in their article or include fragments (quotations) from the other works, such use shall be properly executed by means of indication of the original source in the list of references attached to the article. Plagiarism, as well as auto-plagiarism, in any form is an unethical and unacceptable way of conduct.
2.3. The authors shall submit reliable results of the conducted research. Scientific results shall be presented in a correct and objective way. Knowingly erroneous or false statements are unacceptable.
2.4. The author submits to the editorial board the manuscript of the article that has never been published or submitted to the editorial boards of the other journals. Simultaneous submission of the article to several journals is unethical and unacceptable. This refers to translation of the article in the foreign languages.
2.5. The author undertakes to correctly state the scientific and other sources in the list of references, which were used by him in the research and which had significant impact on the research results.
2.6. The authorship of the article shall be limited by the persons made considerable input in the concept, planning, fulfillment and interpretation of the described research. All persons made input in the published work shall be indicated as the co-authors. If any person participated in the major part of the project, such person shall be acknowledged or shall be named as the person made significant input in the research. The author undertakes to name all co-authors complying with the requirements and do not name the co-authors who do not meet the requirements, as well as guarantee that final version of the article and its presentation for publication was approved by all co-authors.
2.7. All authors provide their consent for presentation the manuscript for publication and shall disclose any potential conflict of interests, whether professional or financial, which can be interpreted as affecting the results of the manuscript assessment. The conflict of interests shall be stated in the article with explanations of the issue by the authors. All sources of financial support of the project shall be disclosed and stated in the manuscript.
2.8. If the author finds significant error or inaccuracy in his publication he shall immediately inform the journal editor or publisher and shall cooperate with the editor for publishing refutation or correction of the article. If the editorial board gets information about an error from the third parties, then the author shall immediately correct such error or provide evidences of its absence.
3. Ethical principles of reviewers
3.1. Expert assessment of the manuscript presented by the reviewer support making editorial decisions, as well as assists the author to improve his manuscript. Decision regarding publication of the manuscript, giving it back to the author for further development, or rejection of the manuscript shall be made by the editorial board based on the review results.
3.2. Reviewer shall have sufficient qualification for assessment of the manuscript. Reviewer considering himself non-competent in the issues under evaluation shall refuse the review.
3.3. Reviewer shall present his review report at the date specified by the editorial board. It is assumed that reviewers can present results of their work within two weeks. If timely review of manuscript and preparation of the review report is not possible, then reviewer shall inform about impossibility of review of the manuscript.
3.4. Confidential information or ideas taken by reviewers from the reviewed manuscript shall not be disclosed and used for their personal purposes. Any manuscript received for review shall be considered as a confidential document.
3.5. Opinions shall be objective. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. Reviewers shall clearly state their opinion and support it with appropriate justifications and references to the outstanding sources.
3.6. Reviewers shall indicate valuable published articles complying with the subject-matter not included in the list of references attached to the manuscript and shall underline those fragments of the manuscript, which lack references to the original sources. Reviewers shall draw attention of the editor to detection of significant similarity or match of the manuscript under consideration and any other known published article. They shall also inform the editor about any doubts regarding ethical acceptability of the research presented in the manuscript.
3.7. Reviewer shall refuse to review the manuscript in case of the conflict of interests (for example, as a result of competitive, joint or any other interactions and relations with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected with the submitted article).
4. Ethical principles of the editorial board
4.1. Editor-in-chief of the journal “Business. Education. Law” is responsible for making decision about what articles submitted to the journal editorial board shall be published or rejected. He makes decisions based on the results of inspection of the requirements fulfillment, as well as the results of review. The work is allowed for publication based on its scientific value. When making decision about publication of the article he also follows the journal policy and does not allow publication of the articles with the indications of defamation, offence, plagiarism, or violation of the copyright.
4.2. Editorial board evaluates only intellectual content of manuscript regardless of the race, nationality, origin, citizenship (allegiance), gender, occupation, place of work, and place of residence of the author, as well as of his political, philosophic, religious, and other points of view.
4.3. Members of the editorial board shall not disclose information about the submitted manuscript to anybody else, except for the author, reviewers, potential reviewers, advisors of the editorial council, and the publisher. Besides, all efforts shall be taken to ensure anonymous review, which means that the names of the article reviewers shall not be provided to the authors.
4.4. Editorial board guarantees that the manuscript rejected for publication will not be used in the works of the members of the editorial board without written consent of the author.
Editor-in-chief shall require the information about conflict of interests from all authors and shall publish corrections if any conflicts are detected after publication. If required he may take other actions such as publication of refutation or expression of concern.
4.5. Editorial board shall not force the authors for citation of any works stating this as prerequisite of the article publication. Any recommendations regarding citation shall be based on their scientific value and shall contribute to improvement of the submitted material. Members of the editorial board may recommend the sources to the authors within the review procedure; however, such recommendations may not be limited by the procedure of mandatory citation.