Business Ethics and Leadership (BEL)


The Journal of Business Ethics and Leadership aims at promoting economic knowledge, international dissemination of theoretical and empirical research, and the best global practices regarding ethical standards and leadership in business, trade, management, marketing, public communications, finance, public administration and international economic relations.

The journal publishes the fundamental and applied research results, conceptual and empirical articles, analytical thematic studies and critical reviews.

Key topics:

  • Modern international and national paradigms for the formation of business ethics and leadership in society, intercultural and transnational aspects of business ethics and leadership;
  • Honesty, transparency, standards, trust, reputation, fairness and ethics in business, trade, management, marketing, public communications, finance, public administration and international economic relations;
  • Leadership and innovation in business, trade, management, marketing, public communications, finance, public administration and international economic relations;
  • Corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship;
  • Introduction of ethical standards and modern democratic practices in socio-economic processes to ensure social justice, gender and social equality, protection of corporate and personal rights and freedoms;
  • Behavioral economics, harmonization of interests of stakeholders, public-private and intersectoral business partnership;
  • Effective and ethical business communications and public relations, social and ethical marketing;
  • Professional ethics and standards of financial institutions and regulators, trust and reputation in financial relations, behavioral finance, non-financial corporate reporting, transparency of finance, accounting and taxation, international experience and standards to prevent unethical, unfair and non-transparent financial relations;
  • Management of human resources, management, leadership psychology, organizational culture, motivation, professional ethics;
  • Client-oriented business management, quality of services, protection of consumer interests.

When the article passes the double-blind peer review process, it will be accepted for publication. Each article is tested for plagiarism using StrikePlagiarism software before it is accepted for publication.

Each article is assigned an international digital identifier DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

The editorial policy of the journal is implemented within the activity of the ARMG Publishing Center of Sumy State University.

The Academic Council of Sumy State University gives recommendations at the Editor-in-Chief’s request to publish the journal.

The acceptance rate of submitted papers is about 25-30%.


In this section, the authors will be able to find the detailed information that is necessary before sending the article for possible publication in the “Business Ethics and Leadership” journal. Before submitting the manuscript, we strongly recommend the authors to study the article submission guidelines and comply with these requirements.

To be published in the journal applicants should use the following template

Articles should be from 3000 words in length.

All submissions should be formatted in the following way: typewritten in 11 Times New Roman, double-spaced, no page numbers, no page breaks, and with no tables or figures included within the text. Article files should be provided in Microsoft Word format.

When submitting an article for consideration, it is suggested to arrange it in several separate files: 1 ‒ Title page, 2 ‒ Main text of the paper, 3 – duplicate all graphic and illustrative materials and formulas in formats that can be edited (for example, Excel).

File 1. Title Page

The paper organization is the following:

Article Title

The title of the article should consist of at least ten words. The title should present the study.

Author Details

  • Full name of all authors of the article.
  • Place of work/study (in full) of all authors of the article, country.
  • Position of all authors of the article.
  • Scientific degree of all authors of the article.
  • Academic rank of all authors of the article.
  • The working address of the corresponding author.
  • The working telephone of the corresponding author.
  • Address for correspondence.
  • Contact number.
  • E-mail of the corresponding author.
  • ORCID of all authors of the article (one can register here:

An Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID iD) is a unique and persistent digital identifier used to disambiguate researchers from one another. Created by ORCID, this iD helps ensure that work is properly attributed and that you receive credit for everything you do. It integrates with other identifiers (e.g., ResearcherID, Scopus and LinkedIn) and databases (e.g., Crossref) to centralize your research outputs and professional profiles. The author’s ORCID iD remains the same no matter whether he or she changes his/her name, institution, country or field of research and provides a unique and permanent marker of the scholarly contributions.

All information must be complete and accurate.


The abstract should not be less than 2000 signs. The text must be concise, clear, free of background information and with clear and objective view of the main concepts in the paper. It should not contain results that are not presented and not substantiated in the main text. The abstract should not contain abbreviations and citations. The abstract should specify the purpose of the article, briefly describe the author’s contribution to the solution of the research problem, the scientific novelty and the practical significance of the results obtained, the main conclusions of the research.

The recommended template for writing the abstract. This paper summarizes the arguments and counterarguments within the scientific discussion on the issue…… The main purpose of the research is…. Systematization of the literary sources and approaches for solving the problem….. indicates that……. The relevance of this scientific problem decision is that ……….. Investigation of the topic… in the paper is carried out in the following logical sequence:………. Methodological tools of the research methods were……. years of research…… The object of research is the chosen company (countries, regions, universities, processes …….), because namely they……. The paper presents the results of an empirical analysis ……, which showed that … .. The research empirically confirms and theoretically proves that …… The results of the research can be useful for ….


The keywords are presented in the article to attract interested readers’ attention and simplify searching the manuscript through searchers. The number of keywords (phrases) should be from 5 to 10, given in alphabetical order.

JEL Classification

Our articles are classified according to the JEL classification codes (this is a system of codes for the topic of publications in economics, developed by the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) and available on the American Economic Association website. The article should contain from 1 to 5 JEL codes, each of which should consist of three characters (for example, D80, Z19). If the author has difficulties defining the JEL code, he or she can ask for help from the managing editor.

File 2. The main text of the paper


The introduction indicates the essence and purpose of the research, formulates the problem in general terms and its connection with other scientific or practical tasks, provides a detailed description of the current state of the problem under study. The purpose of the introduction is to give the reader the complete information about the issue and possible ways of its solution, summarize the relevance of the research, its scientific and practical significance.

Literature Review

This section analyzes research and publications, which starts solving this problem and forms the basis for the study of author/authors. The unresolved issues are distinguished, which denote a part of the general problem in the article.

Methodology and research methods (if necessary)

This section gives a brief description of the positive and negative methodological experience and determines the hypotheses that underlie the research, scientific theories, and schools within which this research is carried out. The methodological and empirical restrictions of the investigation continue the scientific provisions.

This section also describes the data collection methods and processing used in the study, the empirical bases of the study. If the article contains the results of sociological research, the organization or persons who conducted it should be noted. Besides, the type of research, the period and the range of the analyzed data, the sampling error, methods of data collection (for example, interviews, observations, experiments, analysis of the content etc.) should also be indicated. If the article contains the results of statistical analysis of data, this section describes the applied methods of data analysis, gives the characteristics of the adequacy and reliability of the obtained results, provides information on the sources of statistical information, databases, etc.

The methodology and methods should be described with sufficient details to allow the reader to verify the study results. If there are any restrictions on the disclosure of any information or access to data, it should be indicated.


This section presents the basic material of the research with the full justification of the received scientific results. The submitted material must be logically linked, clearly stated, and have the appropriate structure (if necessary, each part may have a name). During the presentation of the material, the scientific style should be followed.

Conclusions, Discussion and Recommendations

This section is a concise summary of the main findings of the study. The appropriate comment should describe the new phenomena and confirmed facts. The conclusions should be logically consistent with the title and purpose of the article, thorough, contain a comparison of the results with the analogues, recommendations for their implementation. It is advisable to give a clear vision of the prospects for further research in this area.

Acknowledgements and Research Funding (if necessary)

In this section, the authors provide information regarding the organization or individual who supports the study. It is also possible to mention other persons who participated in the research (technicians, laboratory assistants, etc.). It is obligatory to indicate the name of the fund, the name and number of the grant (research topic) when referring to the research funding source.

Author Contributions:

When submitting an article, the corresponding author should define the role of each author. Please get acquainted with Authorship and Contributorship (the roles of individual author’s contribution according to the CRediT – Contributor Roles Taxonomy. Authors make themselves mutually responsible for the role allocation and must confirm the assigned roles and Acknowledgements in the Cover Letter. Author individual contributions will be indicated in the article in the Author

Contributions section. Example:

Author Contributions

Conceptualization: He Shuquan, Sora Ju.

Data curation: He Shuquan.

Formal analysis: Sora Ju.

Investigation: He Shuquan, Sora Ju.

Methodology: He Shuquan.

Project administration: He Shuquan, Sora Ju.

Supervision: He Shuquan, Sora Ju.

Validation: He Shuquan, Sora Ju.

Visualization: He Shuquan, Sora Ju.

Writing – original draft: He Shuquan.

Writing – review & editing: He Shuquan.

List of Abbreviations (if necessary)

If there are abbreviations in the text, the definition should be given in the text for the first time. A list of abbreviations should be provided in alphabetical order.


The correct link to a source in the text, listed in the reference list at the end of the article, should be:

  • for one author’s work – to indicate the author’s last name (Adams, 2006);

  • for two authors’ work – to indicate the last names of the two authors (Adams and Brown, 2006) or the name of the first author followed by “et al.”;

  • for several authors’ works – to indicate the last name of the first author followed by “et al.” (Adams et al., 2006).

In alphabetical order, references should be listed with the author’s last name in the first place at the end of the article. References to other publications must be checked for completeness and accuracy.

Each source from the list should have DOI or electronic link.

For example:

Journal article

Author, A.A., Author, B.B., Author, C.C., Author D.D. (2005). Title of article. Title of Journal, Vol. (Issue.), 49-53. DOI

Article by DOI

Slifka, M.K., & Whitton, J.L. (2000). Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. Journal of Molecular Medicine, doi:10.1007/s001090000086.


Timoshenko S.P., Young D.H., Weaver W. (1974). Vibration problems in engineering. 4th ed. New York, Wiley. 521 p.

Online document

Abou-Allaban, Y., Dell, M. L., Greenberg, W., Lomax, J., Peteet, J., Torres, M., & Cowell, V. (2006). Religious/spiritual commitments and psychiatric practice.

Resource document. American Psychiatric Association. Accessed 25 June 2007.


If there are Appendixes in the article, they appear on a new page after the figures. Multiple appendixes are labeled with letters (Appendix A, Appendix B).


All figures (diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots and photo images) should be submitted in electronic form. Submit figures as separate high-resolution (300 dpi) JPEG, PDF or PNG images. All figures should be of high quality and clear. They should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals under their position in the text. The text of the article should refer to all the figures. Diagrams and drawings can be black-and-white or colored. Each figure should have a name that is placed beneath symmetrically to the text. Explanations to the figures should be concise, meaningful, reveal the symbols and abbreviations used in them.


Tables should be typed and included in a separate file to the main part of the article. The text of tables should be written using Times New Roman 10pt. The position of each table should be clearly stated in the text of the article. Do not submit tables as non-editable images. All tables should be numbered consecutively in their order in the text. Each of them should contain a link in the text of the article. The title of the table should be short and reveal the table content. If it is necessary to provide a note to the text of the table explaining the abbreviation, or possible error in the calculations given in the table and so on, then it should be listed below the table.


All formulas in the article should be numbered sequentially, beginning with (1) to the end of the article, including attachments. The number should be given in parentheses to the right of the formula in the same line with it. This number should be used when referencing it later in the text of the article (for example, equation (1)). Formulas and equations must be created in Microsoft Equation or Math Type editors in MS Word. They must be editable; all characters must be clearly identified (upper and lower case letters, other symbols, upper and lower indices, avoidance of confusion, for example, between zero and the letter “o” etc.). All the characters and units in which they are measured should be explained below the formulas.


All papers are published in English.

File 3. Graphic and illustrative materials

In this file, we ask authors to present all the graphical and illustrative materials and formulas given in the main text of the article, in formats that can be edited (for example, Excel).


  • Editor(s)-in-Chief

  • Tetyana Vasilyeva orcid publons Scopus researchGate

    Head of the Editorial Board, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Director of the Academic and Scientific Institute of Business, Economics and Management, Head of Centre “ARMG Publishing”, Sumy State University, Ukraine.

    Research Interests: Investment, Innovation, Management, Education, Finance.


  • Khurshid Djalilov orcid publons Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Bournemouth University, UK.

    Research Interests: Emerging Markets Strategy, Transition Economies, Corporate Social Responsibility.


  • John Tsalikis Scopus

    PhD, BMI Professor of Marketing, Department of Marketing, Florida International University, USA.

    Research Interests: Business Ethics Index, Consumer Perceptions of Business Ethical Behavior.


  • Section Editors

  • Bahaudin G. Mujtaba orcid Scopus researchGate

    D.B.A., Professor of Management Department, Nova Southeastern University, USA.

    Research Interests: Pedagogy and Management, Leadership, Human Resources, International Management.


  • Rajesh Srivastava orcid Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Associate Professor, Management and Marketing Department, Jennings A. Jones College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University, USA.

    Research Interests: Marketing and Management.


  • Olena Chygryn orcid publons Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Marketing, Deputy Director of brand management at Oleg Balatskyi Academic and Research Institute of Finance, Economics and Management, Sumy State University, Ukraine.

    Research Interests: Marketing and Management of “Green” Production, Resource Saving, Corporate Management.


  • Roland Bardy publons Scopus researchGate
    PhD, Executive Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University (USA), Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics (Member of the Board of the German Association and of the American Foundation).

    Research Interests: Leadership, Business Ethics, Knowledge Management, Sustainable Development, Management and Accounting.


  • Mara Del Baldo orcid publons Scopus researchGate
    Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and of Financial Accounting at the University of Urbino, Italy. She obtained the national scientific qualification as an ordinary Professor in 2017.

    Research Interests: Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses; Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Business Ethics; SMEs and Networking Strategies; Financial and Integrated Reporting; Ethical, Social and Environmental Accounting (SEAR) and Gender (Pink) Accounting.


  • Victor Oltra orcid publons Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Associate Professor of Management at University of Valencia, Spain.

    Research Interests: Human Resources Management, Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation and Creativity in Organizations, Globalization Challenges, Entrepreneurship.


  • Editorial Board

  • Elizabeth Chell orcid publons Scopus researchGate
    PhD, Professor of Entrepreneurial Behavior Department, Research Consultant of the Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University, UK.

    Research Interests: Entrepreneurial Personality, Social Enterprise, Innovative Characteristics of Young People, Gender Issues and Entrepreneurship, Networking and Entrepreneurship.


  • Arne Nygaard Scopus researchGate

    Doctor of Economics, Professor of Marketing, Kristiania University College, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.

    Research Interests: Vertical/Horizontal Integration, Industrial Organization, Economic Contracts and Incentives, Sustainability and Green Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Research Strategy.


  • Arthur John Cockfield Scopus

    Doctor of Juridical Science, Professor, Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Kingston, Canada.

    Research Interests: Legal Ethics, Protection of Personal Rights and Freedoms, Standards and Reputation in Jurisprudence, Privacy Rights, Tax Law.


  • Alexandru Trifu orcid Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Professor, Faculty of Economics, University “Petre Andrei” of Iasi, Romania.

    Research Interests: Democratic Practices in the Economy, Globalization, Organization Management, International Marketing, Tourism Management.


  • Saif Siddiqui orcid Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Assistant Professor, Centre for Management Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia-Central University, New Delhi, India.

    Research Interests: Entrepreneurship, Leadership Efficiency, Market Efficiency, Islamic Economy and Management.


  • Lukman Ayinde Olorogun orcid publons Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Department of Economics and Finance, Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, Istanbul Gelisim University, Avcilar/Istanbul, Turkey.

    Research Interests: Education, Risk Management, Accounting.


  • Aloysius H. Sequeira orcid publons Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Professor, School of management, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India.

    Research Interests: Human Resources Management, Marketing, Accounting, Management, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship.


  • Azra Sućeska orcidresearchGate

    Doctor of economics, Assistant Professor of Belgrade Banking Academy, Faculty for Banking, Finance and Insurance, Belgrade (Serbia).

    Research interests: Human Resource Management, Business Ethics and Management.


  • Elena Stavrova orcid publons researchGate

    PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Bulgaria.

    Research Interests: Business Ethics, Behavioral and Financial Economics, Econometrics.


  • Ruchi Tewari orcid Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Associate Professor, MICA-The School of Idea, Shela, Ahmedabad, India.

    Research Interests: Management and Communication, Сorporate Communication, Corporate Responsibility.


  • Maik Huettinger orcid Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Associate Professor of Economics and Ethics Department, ISM–University of Management and Economics, Lithuania.

    Research Interests: Critical Thinking in Economics, Cross-Cultural Studies, Post-autistic Economics, International Management, Management in the Aviation Industry.


  • Artem Artyukhov orcid Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Associate Professor, Academic Integrity Group, coordinator of the Project “Strengthening Academic Integrity in Ukraine” at Sumy State University, Head of the subcommittee “Academic Integrity”, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, member of the “Scientific Integrity” working group of the European Organization EURODOC, Ukraine.

    Research Interests: Academic Integrity, Ethics in Education and Science, Transparency of Education, Professional Ethics of a Scientist


  • Christophe Feltus orcid Scopus

    Doctor of Computer Science, R&T Associate at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, IT for Innovative Services Department, Luxembourg.

    Research Interests: IT Security, IT Governance, Enterprise Management Systems Modeling, Leadership and Innovation in Information Management.


  • Massimo Pollifroni orcid publons Scopus researchGate
    PhD, Full Professor of Business Economics at the Department of Management of the University of Turin, Italy.

    Research Interests: Business Economics, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Diversity Management, Eco-Management, Financial Accounting, History of Business Economics, Lean Management, Product Management, Public Management and Public Sector Accounting.


  • Paola Demartini orcid Scopus researchGate
    PhD, Full Professor of Accounting and Management at Roma Tre University, Italy.

    Research Interests: Intangibles, Intellectual Capital Management, Non-financial Information and Corporate Governance.

  • Andreescu Nicoleta Alina publons

    PhD, Faculty of Energy Engineering and Industrial Management, University of Oradea, Romania.

    Research Interests: Economics, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, E-learning, Marketing.


  • Evangelia Papaloi researchGate

    PhD, Tutor at the Hellenic Open University (Management of Educational Institutions), Greece.

    Research Interests: Organizational Behavior, Educational Leadership, Adult Education.


  • Robert Rogowski researchGate

    PhD, Senior lecturer, Institute of Economics, State Higher Vocational School in Nowy Sacz, Poland.

    Research Interests: Economic Ethics, Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Economic Sociology, Methodology of Economics and Sociology.


  • Yuriy Petrushenko orcid publons Scopus

    Doctor of Economics, Professor, Head of the Department of International Economic Relations, Sumy State University, Ukraine.

    Research Interests: Social and Public Finance, Economic Theory of Social Communications, Theory of Transformative Learning.


  • Svetlana Komissarouk orcid Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow Researcher at Higgins lab and at Morris lab, Columbia University, USA.

    Research Interests: Cross-Cultural Communication, Motivation and Cognition, Prosocial Behavior, Judgment and Decision Making, Social Communication, Social Psychology.


  • Aleksandra Pejatović researchGate

    PhD, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

    Research Interests: Value Orientations of Adults, Educational Needs of Adults, Vocational Adult Education and Training, Quality of Life, Education Management, Quality of Education, Career Counselling and Guidance.


  • Krisztina Szegedi orcid publons Scopus researchGate

    Dr Habil., Associate Professor, Faculty of International Management and Business, Budapest Business School; Project Expert, University of Miskolc, Hungary.

    Research Interests: Business Ethics, Corporate Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Consulting Ethics, Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Strategy, Global Corporate Strategy and Business.


  • Iuliia Myroshnychenko orcid publons Scopus researchGate

    Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Management, Sumy State University, Ukraine.

    Research Interests: Environmental Awareness, Institutional Analysis, Corruption, Investment Strategies, Modeling of Macro- and Microeconomic Processes.


  • Sorin-George Toma orcid Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Professor, Faculty of Administration and Business, University of Bucharest, Romania.

    Research Interests: Economy, Management, Marketing, Strategy, Leadership.


  • Gergely Tóth orcid publons researchGate

    Dr Habil., Assosiate Professor of the Department of Economics and Finance, Kaposvár University, Hungary.

    Research Interests: Finance, Entrepreneurship, Risk Management, Business Ethics in Finance.


  • Mehmet Ferhat Özbek publons Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Human Resources Management, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Science, Gümüşhane University, Turkey.

    Research Interests: Human Resources Management, Business Management, Labor Law.


  • Bogdan Ekstowicz orcid

    Assistant Professor & Management Expert, University of Humanities and Economics in Łódź, Poland.

    Research Interests: Project Management, Organization and Management in International Region, European Integration, Issue of Globalization, Political Science, History, International Relations, Diplomacy.


  • Gayane Tovmasyan orcid researchGate

    PhD, Researcher at “AMBERD” Research Center, Armenian State University of Economics, Yerevan, Armenia.

    Research Interests: Business Economic Research, Regional Management.


  • Marco Taliento orcid Scopus

    PhD, Professor of Business Economics & Accounting Department, University of Foggia, Italy

    Research Interests: Combinatorial Business Management Strategies, Intangible Assets, Corporate Valuation and Value, Governance, Management and Performance, Business Ethics.


  • Narine Vardanyan orcid

    PhD, Associate Professor at International Scientific – Educational Center of National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Armenia

    Research Interests: Marketing and Management of “Green” Production, Resource Saving, Corporate Management.


  • Hafiz Imtiaz AHMAD orcid publons Scopus

    PhD, CVA, MAFF, Assistant Professor and Director of Professional Enrichment, Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates.

    Research Interests: Risk Management, Value-Oriented Management, Business Growth, Efficiency, Market Value of Companies, Growing Markets.


  • David P. Schmidt Scopus

    PhD, Director of the Center for Applied Ethics, Fairfield University, USA.

    Research Interests: Business Ethics, Ethical Reasoning, Academic Integrity.


  • Konstantin Kyrychenko orcid publons

    Assistant Professor of the Department of Management, Head of International Affairs Office, Sumy State University, Ukraine.

    Research Interests: Ethics and Leadership in Education, Transparency of the Education Quality Assessment System, Interrelationship of Economic, Social and Political Processes.


  • Kathryn A. Nantz Scopus

    PhD, Professor, Roger M. Lynch Chair of Economics, Department Chairperson, Fairfield University, USA.

    Research Interests: Labor Economics, Comparative Economic Systems, Economic Education.


  • Denys Smolennikov orcid publons Scopus researchGate

    PhD, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Management, Deputy Director for educational and humanitarian issues at Oleg Balatskyi Academic and Research Institute of Finance, Economics and Management, Sumy State University, Ukraine.

    Research Interests: Social and Environmental Responsibility, Sustainable Development, Education for Sustainable Development, Managerial Decision Making.


  • Dr Lu Liu

    PhD, Senior Lecturer of Business and Management, Bath Business School, Bath Spa University, United Kingdom.

    Research interests: International Business, Knowledge Management, Operations Management, Information Management, Business Ethics.


  • Dr Ernest Ezeani orcid publons researchGate

    PhD, Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance, De Montfort University, UK.

    Research Interests: Capital Structure, Corporate Governance, Earnings management.


  • Technical Editor – Inna Tiutiunyk, PhD
  • Managing Editor – Lushchyk Kateryna, PhD Candidate
  • Editorial Board has the following structure: 1. Editor-in-Chief is looking after the Journal, determines the strategy of its development, specifies goals and scope, makes final contradictory decisions. The list of his duties also includes editorial meetings holding, the journal’s promotion abroad and within the country. 2. Managing Editor verifies manuscripts at the outset, maintains management of the peer review process, assists authors and editors, organizes final documents for the publishing process, and controls timelines. 3. Section Editors manage the process of reviewing manuscripts appointed to them by the Editor-in-Chief. 4. Editorial Board Members peer-review, involve independent reviewers, work at the Journal’s promotion, and formulate the Journal’s strategy.
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The scientific articles reviewing process is an essential stage in the publication process. It helps the Editor-in-Chief make decisions on the publication of the article, and the author – on the manuscript improvement.

Journal “Business Ethics and Leadership” has a system of double-blind peer review. It means that reviewers and authors remain anonymous.

The main criteria for articles selection include the authenticity of scientific ideas and proposals, the innovation of the scientific approach, significance of scientific results in its scientific field, the theoretical basis of the article, quality and completeness of the review of existing research and publications, clarity of the research methodology, literacy and adherence to editorial requirements.

The reviewers of the journal receive manuscripts for review according to their scientific interests.

Reviewers give one of the following recommendations:

  • to accept the article for publishing in its original form;
  • the article requires minor corrections, which are indicated in the review;
  • a substantial review of the article content is needed; recommendations for the material improvement are indicated in the review;
  • to reject the article on the basis, stated in the review.

The authors receive review reports with comments.

Editorial Board makes the final decision about the submitted manuscripts.

The author receives comments and recommendations on improving the material submitted to the e-mail. The article review process takes up to 2 months

The ideas and offers stated in articles do not necessarily coincide with the opinion of the Editorial Board. The authors have responsibility for the reliability of the information in articles, accuracy of the titles, statistical data, names and citations.

Before publishing, each article is tested for plagiarism by StrikePlagiarism software products. In cases of plagiarism detection, the authors of the materials are responsible.

Materials submitted for publication in the journal “Business Ethics and Leadership” cannot be published in other scientific publications.

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The corresponding author must ensure that all the co-authors listed in the article have approved its final version, and also agreed to submit it to the publication. Article submission for publication in the journal provides that all authors (co-authors) approve its publication. All of them took part in the study and/or preparation of the article. When submitting an article to consider by the editorial board, the corresponding author should give accurate and reliable contact information. He or she will be fully responsible for all aspects related to ethical issues and the originality of the article’s content, acting as the primary contact in the case of any disputes and inquiries before or after the publication of the article. By submitting an article for publication, the authors (co-authors) should fully consider the requirements of the editorial board and the publisher on the content and quality of the original data presentation. The publication of the manuscript means that this article has not been previously published and is not considered for publication in other journals. It was approved by all co-authors and the institution where they carry out the study. The publisher is not legally responsible for any claims.

Step 3. Checking the article for originality. The editor checks the submitted materials for authenticity using the StrikePlagiarism software product to detect plagiarism. The managing editor must notify the corresponding author about the results of checking not later than in a week.

Step 4. Author’s agreement. The authors will receive an author’s agreement form for further filling. Each author must sign this agreement. The author’s agreement confirms that the content of the manuscript has not been published before and has not been posted for publication in another journal. All co-authors have no complaints about the placement of the article for subsequent publication.

Step 5. Reviewing the article. Two reviewers receive the article for double-blind peer review. The reviewer and the author are anonymous, that guarantees the fairness of the review process. Manuscripts for review are sent to the reviewers according to the field of their scientific interests. Reviewers give one of the following recommendations: 1) to accept the article for printing in its original form; 2) the article requires minor corrections, recommendations on which are indicated in the referee-report; 3) a substantial revision of the article content is needed, recommendations for improving the material are indicated in the referee-report; 4) to reject the article on the basis, noted in the referee-report. Reports of reviewers with comments and recommendations are sent to the corresponding author by e-mail. The article review process takes up to 2 months.

Step 6. Acceptance of the article for publication. If there are any recommendations in the reviewing process to make certain corrections to the manuscript, the corresponding author should send the revised article along with the file “Response to reviewers’ comments”, in which all experts’ comments should be answered. The editorial board takes the final decision on the recommendation of this article to publish.

Step 7. Article preparation for publication. A technical editor checks all manuscripts accepted for publication for stylistic and linguistic errors. If necessary, the managing editor coordinates all questions with the author by e-mail. The corresponding author receives the revised version of the article for approval. He or she makes appropriate corrections if necessary and sends the final version of the article to the editorial board. Significant changes in the article, such as new results, corrections of the meaning, changes in the title of the manuscript and authorship, will be permitted if the corresponding editor approves them.

Step 8. Journal’s release for open access on the Internet. At this stage, the final version of the article will be published in the journal web-site and is available on the Internet. Corresponding authors will be informed about it by e-mail. Authors cannot make any changes to the final electronic version downloaded from the journal official web site.

Step 9. Printing, circulation and distribution. Hard copies of the journal are sent to libraries and databases. It is necessary to contact the journal’s managing editor to order printed copies of the journal.