Publication Ethics Guidelines

The Editorial Board of the scientific-theoretical journal «Vestnik of Ulyanovsk state agricultural academy» commits to the internationally accepted principles of publication ethics expressed in the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Elsevier Publishing Ethics Resource Kit and the Ethical Code of Academic Periodicals.

The Ethical Code of Academic Periodicals integrates and declares the general principles and rules that should govern the relations of participants in the process of academic publishing: authors, reviewers, editors, publishers, distributors and readers. The Code was developed and approved by the Committee on Ethics of Academic Periodicals.

The Code of Conduct for Editors-in-Chief and Publishers

In carrying out their activities, editors are responsible for the publication of authors’ works, which implies that the Editor-in-Chief shall:

1. When deciding on publication, the Editor-in-Chief shall be guided by the validity and scientific significance of the manuscript.

2. The Editor-in-Chief shall evaluate the intellectual content of the manuscript regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, origin, citizenship, social status or political preferences of the author.

3. Unpublished data from the submitted manuscripts shall not be used in personal interests or passed to a third party without the author’s written consent. The information or ideas obtained in the course of editing and related to possible advantages shall stay confidential and not be used for personal benefit.

4. The Editor-in-Chief shall not allow the information to be published if there are sufficient grounds to believe that it is plagiarism.

5. The Editor-in-Chief, together with the Publisher, shall not leave unanswered the complaints regarding the peer-reviewed manuscripts or published materials; they also shall detect conflicts and take all necessary measures to restore the rights that have been infringed.

The Code of Conduct for Reviewers

Reviewers provide scientific expertise of the authors’ material, hence, all their actions shall be impartial, and the following principles shall be adhered to:

1. The manuscript received for reviewing shall be treated as a confidential document which cannot be passed for discussion or examination to a third party unless authorized by the Editorial Board.

2. Reviewers shall give an objective and reasoned evaluation of the research results, as well as clearly justified recommendations. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.

3. Reviewers cannot take advantage of their awareness of the manuscript content until its publication.

4. Reviewers shall request the Editor to exclude them from the reviewing process in case they do not possess the required expertise, or cannot be objective, as in case of competing interests with any of the authors or institutions.

The Code of Conduct for Authors

When submitting to  authors (groups of authors) are aware that they bear primary responsibility for the novelty and validity of scientific results, which implies adhering to the following principles:

1. Authors shall provide reliable research results. Deliberately false or fraudulent statements are not acceptable.

2. Authors shall ensure that research results are completely original. Every borrowed fragment or statement must be accompanied by a mandatory reference to the author and the original source. Excessive borrowing and any form of plagiarism including non-documented citations, paraphrasing or appropriating another person’s research results are non-ethical and unacceptable.

3. It is important to recognize the contribution of all persons who, in one way or another, participated in the research; in particular, the manuscript should contain references to works that significantly influenced the research.

4. Authors shall not submit the manuscript that has been submitted to another journal and is under consideration, as well as the manuscript already published in another journal.

5. All those who have made significant contributions are to be described as co-authors. It is not acceptable to list persons who did not take part in the research.

6. If the author finds significant errors or inaccuracies in the manuscript under consideration or after its publication, they should immediately inform the Editorial Board.