Co-founder of the scientific journal «Information Science and Control Systems» states that all member of the publication process (author, reviewer and editor) must ensure adherence to publication ethics standards, suggested by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Ethics for AUTHORS
Following the publication style. Authors of an article should provide an authentic description of the conducted research as well as an objective appraisal of its significance. Key data should be precise. An article should contain facts and reference information sufficient for simulation of a presented research. Delivering false or deliberately inaccurate information can be considered as unethical behavior and is unacceptable.
Authorization and access to the information. Along with manuscripts authors may also provide their raw data that should be ready for open publication (as reported by the regulations of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers according to the data and databases). Authors are invited to maintain initial information for their researches within a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and plagiarism. Authors should guarantee that their works are original and marked with appropriate citations if original wordings or findings belong to other researchers.
Multiple or paralleled publications. Manuscripts being reported simultaneously in two or more journals pertain to unethical behavior, which is unacceptable.
Necessity to use citations. All materials originated by other researchers should be properly cited. Authors should reference to the primary researches that set direction and nature of a current work.
Authorship of articles. List of authors should be limited by those who significantly contributed to a concept, realization and content of work. Those who made less substantial contributions should be listed as co-authors. Those who significantly contributed to particular stages of work should be mentioned in acknowledgement section. Representative of a group of authors should demonstrate a final version of an article to all authors and get their acknowledgement of their contribution to the whole work.
Information disclosure and conflict of interests. All authors shouldn’t reveal finance information or any other conflicts in their manuscripts that can affect the interpretation of their survey results.
Fundamental mistakes in published works. If an author discovers a substantial error in his published work, he should promptly alert the editor or the publisher about this and help to correct or delete an article.
Ethics for REVIEWERS
Contribution to publication conventions. Expert evaluations of reviewers help editors to consider any given materials for publication. Editorial cooperation with authors helps enhance the quality of manuscripts.
Efficiency. Any reviewer who has lack of competence for peer review of the research in the form of manuscripts or knows that he can’t write a review in short term, should inform an editor about this and refuse reviewing a manuscript.
Confidentiality. Any submitted manuscripts should be considered as confidential documents. They can be presented to third persons and discussed with them only with the permission of the editor.
Objectivity. Reviewing must be fair and impersonal. Personal criticism is inappropriate. Reviewers must clearly express their opinion and give arguments.
Necessity of references. Reviewers must determine relevant works that were not mentioned by an author. Any statement of previous observation, conclusion or argument made in literature, should be accompanied with updated references. Reviewer must also inform an author about similarities or overlapping between the submitted and other published work, familiar to the reviewer.
Information disclosure and conflict of interests. Confidential data or ideas arisen from the expert evaluation must not be revealed or used for personal goals. Reviewers must not evaluate manuscripts content of which is in conflict with their activity due to competitive, partnership or other relations with at least one author, company or organization, relevant to the manuscript.
Ethics for EDITORS
Making decision on publication. Editor of the journal makes a decision on which manuscripts should be published. The editor must adhere to the policy of the journal editorial board, legal acts, slander issues, copyright abuse or plagiarism. To make a decision, the editor can have consultations with other editors and reviewers.
Honesty. Editor must evaluate only content of works without regard to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, nationality and political views of the author.
Confidentiality. Depending on the situation, editor and editorial board members should not reveal information about the submitted manuscript to anyone except its author, potential reviewers, editorial consultants and publisher.
Information disclosure and conflict of interests. Information from the unpublished manuscripts should not be used in editor’s works without the written permission of the author.