The ethics rules are formalizes fairness principles for scientific research with respect to publishing of obtained results.
Submitting an article to the journal, authors confirm compliance to following principles.
Đonscientiousness. The authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of being published results. Propositions and the results should be considered on all sides, without hiding possible shortcomings, inconsistencies, etc.
Originality. Authors guarantee that the work is original, and has not been published previously or submitted for publication elsewhere, or in any other language. Previously published reports or conference proceedings and be published in extended form only in agreement with the editorial board. In this case, the fact should be explicitly indicated in the article.
Fairness. Plagiarism (including incorrect borrowing), reference manipulation, falsification of data, results, pictures or charts are strictly prohibited. In case of detection of such events in the published articles editors reserve the right to take appropriate action, up to article retraction (revocation).
Repeatability. The article must clearly and accurately describe the course and methods for the verification and replication of obtained result. In particular it concerns the origin of source materials and datasets.
Authorship. In author list should be included only those persons who met common authorship criteria, i.e. made significant contribution to the research work. It is prohibited to enlist guest, gift or ghost authors, as well as exclude persons who made significant contribution (e.g. performing simulations).
- "invited" authors Ś those persons who do not met common authorship criteria, but rather listed in author's list due to their position, reputation or expected impact,
- "gift" authors Ś persons who do not met common authorship criteria ÓÔ˛ţ˝˛ÔÓ, but listed due to personal service or for the charge,
- "ghost" authors Ś persons who do met common authorship criteria, but were omitted from the author list.
Proper citation. Recent results have to be described in the context of previous studies. Authors should carefully and completely cite works related to the article, as their own as well as other authors, keeping balance.
Reviewers should follow principles of objectivity.
Transparent review. A reviewer should clearly set out his view of the work, with reasoned conclusions and references. It is unacceptable to use criticism of the author's personality.
Conflict of interest. The reviewers must notify the editor of the existing conflicts of any nature that may affect the review. If a reviewer cooperating or competing with the authors (at least one) or associated with them otherwise, he/she should refuse to review.
Confidentiality. Reviewers must respect the confidentiality of the materials; information from unpublished articles cannot be discussed or used.
Monitoring. Reviewers are checking articles for signs of plagiarism and excessive self-citation (a text and reference), as well as signs of falsification of results and report it to associated editor.
In addition, the editorial board expects:
- collective responsibility of each of the authors for the correctness and accuracy of the results, as well as for compliance with the foregoing ethical principles;
- the absence of excessive self-citation in the reference lists, because it introduce undesirable bias of the journal article and journal itself;
- correct acknolegments to persons contributing to obtaining results, but does not meet the criteria for authorship; as well as an indication of sources of support for the work: grants, projects and so on.
- scrutiny of authors' calculations and proofs, as well as proofreading;
- that authors have to immediately notify the editor of the detected inaccuracies and typographical errors in the sent or printed work;
- that article does not contain allegations of violations of copyright, private and secret materials, and does not threaten the safety of the public and does not contain other materials that are prohibited by law.
The ethics guide was prepared in accordance with modern recommendations on Publication Ethics Committee (http://publicationethics.org), the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity (http://www.singaporestatement.org) and the The European Association of science editors (EASE, http://www.ease.org.uk) in 2015. We thank NEICON company for seminars held in 2014-2015, which are greatly influenced the document.