Publication Ethics

Regulations on the ethics of scientific publications in scientific “Ukrainian society”

The Editorial Board of the scientific journal “Ukrainian Society” in its work is guided by ethics of international scientific publications, including the concepts of integrity, confidentiality, oversight of publications and prevention of possible conflicts of interest etc.

Editors, in turn, is follows the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics, and, in particular, the Publishing Ethics Resource Kit by publisher Elsevie, and based on the experience of reputable international publishers.

Compliance with the rules of publications ethics of the all parties of the publishing process helps to ensure the intellectual property rights of creators, improvement of publication quality and prevention of possible misuse of copyrighted material for the benefit of individuals.

This Regulation meets the policy of the journal and is one of the main components of article review and journal publishing.

Principles of professional ethics in editorial group

  1. All materials (except for reviews and communications of an informational nature) are subject to a two-way “blind” external review (neither the reviewer nor the author is aware of each other) performed by specialists in the relevant field (at least 3 reviewers).
  2. In the case of a negative review, a discrepancy between the material of the profile and the policy of the magazine, the requirements for the design or the existence of substantial remarks, the article may be rejected (as the author is informed in a letter) or returned to the author for revision. The article, revised by the author, is reviewed again.
  3. After proper revision and positive reviews, the article is considered at the meeting of the editorial board, where final approval is made by open voting.
  4. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit, reduce the materials accepted for publication (without distorting the position of the author).
  5. Editors, authors, and reviewers should report on their interests that may affect their objectivity in editing and reviewing article materials (case of conflict of interest). Such may be the interests of the intellectual matter or financial, personal, political and religious.
  6. After approval of the article for publication, each author signs License Agreement. Copyrights are kept by the author.
  7. The contents of the journal with the title of the article, the abstract and the keywords to it are posted on the website of the Ukrainian Society magazine immediately after the publication of the printed version of the magazine, and the full text of the work – as the author noted (immediately after the publication of the printed version, not earlier than three months after the publication of the printed version, not earlier than six months after the publication of the printed version).
  8. The editor-in-chief and editorial staff do not provide other persons with information related to the contents of the article under consideration, except for persons involved in the professional evaluation of this manuscript (reviewers).
  9. The editor-in-chief, together with the publisher, should not make unanswered claims regarding the articles or published articles in question. In the event of a conflict situation, they must take all necessary measures to restore the infringed rights, and in the event of errors, to promote the publication of corrections or refutations.
  10. Editor and editorial staff should ensure the confidentiality of names and other information pertaining to reviewers. If necessary, when deciding on the involvement of a new reviewer, the latter may be informed about the names of previous reviewers.

Principles of professional ethics in the work of the editorial board

  1. The editorial board (including editor-in-chief) is responsible for the scientific level of the publication.
  2. When making a decision on publication, the editorial board (including the editor-in-chief) of the scientific journal is guided by the reliability of the submitted data and the scientific significance of the article.
  3. The editorial board reserves the right to reject the article (if it does not meet the profile and policy of the magazine or requirements for registration) or return it for revision.
  4. The editorial board shall, without prejudice, consider all manuscripts submitted for publication, evaluating each article properly, regardless of racу, religion, nationality, citizenship, gender, as well as the place of work, position, academic degree, academic title of the author(s).
  5. The editorial board adopts fair and impartial decisions that are independent of commercial or other interests and ensures an honest review process.
  6. The editorial board of the magazine opposes falsification, plagiarism, sending of one work in several journals, copying the contents of the article in different works repeatedly, misleading the public about the real Contribution of authors to publication.
  7. The editorial board has the right to remove even a published article, in case of finding out the violation of someone’s rights or generally accepted norms of scientific ethics.
  8. The editorial board informs the author who provided the article about this fact. Members of the editorial board should provide true personal data (last name, name in Ukrainian, Russian and English, place of work, position, contact information, etc.), and if they change, inform the editorial board about it.

Ethical principles of the reviewer

  1. The reviewer provides scientific expertise of copyrighted material in order to objectively evaluate the quality of the submitted article and determine the level of its compliance with scientific, literary and ethical standards. In assessing the article the reviewer should be impartial.
  2. Expert evaluation should help the author improve the quality of the text and the editor-in-chief and editorial board to decide on publication.
  3. In the review, the reviewer covers the following questions: Does the content of the article correspond to the topic stated in the title; whether the article contains sufficient material for publication; Does it require shortening, refinement (text, figures, tables), whether there is satisfactory compliance with the requirements for presentation, and the processing of graphic material.
  4. The reasons for a negative review may be lack of novelty, insufficient evidence base, inability to draw conclusions (or their unfoundedness) and outline the prospect, incorrect use of the terminology and methodological apparatus, etc.
  5. The reviewer who does not consider themselves an expert in the subject of the article or know that they cannot submit a timely review of the article should notify the editor-in-chief and decline to review.
  6. The reviewer cannot be the author or co-author of the work presented for review.
  7. Any manuscripts received by an expert from the editors for review shall be a confidential document.
  8. The reviewer must be objective. It is unacceptable to make personal remarks towards the author and respect the intellectual independence of the authors.
  9. The reviewer must identify published articles related to the reviewed articles, not cited by the author. Any statement in the review that some observations, conclusions or arguments in the reviewed article have previously appeared in literature should be accompanied by an accurate bibliographic reference to the source. The reviewer should also draw the attention of the chief editor to significant overlap or similarity of a reviewed article with any other previously published.
  10. In the event of a reviewer suspecting plagiarism, authorship or falsification of data, they must contact the editorial board with a proposal for collective consideration of the author’s article (it can use software, in particular, Unicheck, “eTXT Antiplague”, “Advego Plagiatus”).
  11. The reviewer should not use the information and ideas presented for review in the article for personal gain, following the principle of confidentiality.
  12. The reviewer shall not accept for review manuscripts in cases of a conflict of interest caused by competition, cooperation, or other relationship with any authors or institutions associated with the article.
  13. In the case of interdisciplinary subjects, the reviewer may offer an additional reviewer.

Ethical principles of the author

  1. The authors are personally responsible for submitted to the journal manuscript.
  2. Authors should provide reliable results of the conducted research. False or fraudulent.
  3. Ensure that research results contained in the manuscript, are an independent and original work. When using fragments of others’ work and/or borrowing statements of other authors, the article should have appropriate references with the obligatory indication of the author and the source. Excessive borrowing and plagiarism in any form, including incomplete references, paraphrasing or appropriation of rights to the results of others’ research is unethical and unacceptable.
  4. Authors should not allow self-citation, except when the given material is a continuation of the cycle of articles.
  5. Authors should recognize the contribution of all persons who influenced in any way the course of the study or determined the nature of the presented scientific research. In particular, the article should have references to publications that had some significance for the study.
  6. Authors should present in the journal only the original manuscript. Do not submit to the journal articles that have been sent to another journal and are now pending review, as well as articles published previously in another journal. Failure to observe this principle is regarded as gross misconduct of publication ethics and gives reason for removing the article from the review. If elements of the manuscript were previously published in another article, the authors are obliged to refer to their earlier work and specify how the new work is significantly different from the previous one. Verbatim copying of own work and its paraphrasing is unacceptable, it can only be used as a basis for new conclusions.
  7. Authors should ensure the correct composition of the list of co-authors. The co-authors of the article should include all the persons who have made a significant intellectual contribution to its concept, structure and in the conduct or interpretation of results of the presented work. Other persons (or organizations) who participated in some aspect of the work must be expressed gratitude. The author must also ensure that all co-authors are familiar with the final version of the article, approve it and agree to its submission for publication. All of the authors of the article have to bear public responsibility for the content of the article. If the article is a multidisciplinary work, co-authors are responsible each for their own contribution, leaving a collective responsibility for the overall result. It is unacceptable to include persons in co-authors who were not involved in the research. Each author (co-author) signs a License Agreement for the use of the work.
  8. The authors should clearly indicate the sources of all quoted or submitted information and duly draw reference to the literary sources used in the work, according to the requirements of DSTU 8302: 2015 and for references – APA-2010.
  9. In case of revealing of material errors or inaccuracies in the article at the stage of its consideration or after publication, the author must immediately inform the editorial staff of the magazine and make a joint decision on recognition and/or correction of the error as soon as possible. If the editorial staff of the magazine becomes aware that the published work contains material errors, the author is obliged to immediately prepare for the publication in the journal of the relevant corrections or provide proof of correctness of the information provided.
  10. Authors should specify in their manuscripts all sources of financial support for the project, information about the employer, patent applications/registrations, grants and other types of funding.
  11. Disclose in their works about any information about significant conflicts of interest that could affect the results of the study or their interpretation. All potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.
  12. Authors should provide updated and true personal data (last name, name in Ukrainian, Russian and English, place of work, position, if available – reference to the scientific profile, in particular ORCID, contact information, etc.), and in case of their change (from the moment of submission articles before its publication) to inform the editorial office.

Principles of professional ethics in publisher activity

  1. The publisher is responsible for the publication of works.
  2. Facilitate implementation of ethical responsibilities of editors, editorial and publishing group, editorial board, reviewers and authors in accordance with these requirement.
  3. Support the journal in reviewing claims to the ethical aspects of published materials and help interact with other journals and/or publishers if it facilitates the duties of editors.
  4. Observe the position that the activity of the journal is not commercial and does not intend to obtain profit.
  5. Facilitate the process of publishing corrections, explanations, refutations and apologies when needed.
  6. Provide the journal an opportunity to recall publications containing plagiarism and inaccurate data.