Our team follows world-recognised high standards of scholarly publishing. In our Code of Conduct we use the recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics. Being a publisher, we use such guidelines as Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing and Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers. Our editors use Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF AUTHORS
Editorial Board of the journal “SocioEconomic Challenges” follow the principles of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and expect all potential authors to read and understand the Ethics Policy before submitting manuscripts to the journals. For more information, please visit the COPE web-site: http://publicationethics.org.
Editorial Board of the journal “SocioEconomic Challenges” reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the guidelines indicated below.
The authors (co-authors) are responsible for inaccurate information or failure to comply with the following provisions.
Authorship and contributorship
We consider the author (co-author) of a research article as it is done by СОРЕ, that is the person who is the creator or originator of an idea (e.g., the author of the theory of relativity) or the individual or individuals who develop and bring to fruition the product that disseminates intellectual or creative works. The status of the article writer means that this person performed the research and did not infringe the copyright and other persons’ rights.
When defining authors and authorship, we also take into account and focus on Authorship and Authorship Responsibilities proposed by the Council of Science Editors (CSE) and Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors, determined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
We structure our relationship with the authors on trust and mutual respect. This means that the author, before sending an manuscript to the journal, has read and accepted the publication ethics principles, the “Publishing policies” and “Editorial policies”, as well as the article publication terms. This means, among other things, that the authors present the results of a truly original research in their article. This means that the authors do not borrow other people’s ideas and texts in the course of the article preparation, do not send their article to several journals simultaneously, do not use the scientific potential of the journal team and reviewers to improve the article for the purpose of its subsequent sending to another journal. It also means that the authors studied the issue of possible conflicts of interest availability and made sure that they were absent.
We support and adopt 4 ICMJE authorship criteria:
Contributors who meet fewer than all 4 of the above criteria for authorship should not be listed as authors, but they should be acknowledged”. The co-author must have an idea of all the work content, and not be responsible only for the part that he performed directly. Individuals who have not contributed significantly to the scientific results and the article preparation may be mentioned at the end of the article; the authors may express their gratitude with reference to how these persons contributed to this scientific work emergence.
We kindly hope that when you send an article to the editors of our journals, all those who have really contributed to its preparation will be taken into account and there will be no persons unrelated to its scientific content. We also hope that there will be no persons among the article writers who would like to claim authorship using authority over the true authors, who financed the results generation or sponsored АРС payment, who promised to include the true authors in their future article or made this earlier and claim now to compensation. If the results presented in the article were received with the someone’s financial support, then the authors should disclose funding sources directly by pointing them at the end of the article.
If the article has several authors, then they determine in dependently the corresponding author (they specify this in the Cover Letter who corresponds with the journal’s editors and controls for the article processing. It is the corresponding author who, on behalf of the whole team, announces certain decisions on the article (for example, a substantiated disagreement with the reviewers or the article recall). In order to avoid misunderstanding between the authors themselves or between the editorial staff and the authors, we send copies of the letters to all co-authors when maintaining correspondence to the corresponding author.
If, after the first article submission, changes are made in the composition of the coauthors’ team, then the persons who are excluded from the composition of the article writers’ team should send their consent to this to the journal staff. After this, a new Cover Letter will be issued and submitted to the editors with the signatures of all the co-authors.
If the article content (the research complexity and the scientific results obtained) is poorly correlated with the number of co-authors, the editorial staff may request information from the author’s team regarding the contribution of each of the co-authors to the research and the article preparation. Following the analysis of this information, co-authors may be offered to reduce their number and to mention the contribution of exempted persons in the text of the article.
Structure of the Paper and Manuscript Submission Guidelines, in the appropriate journal, recommends how to correctly specify the authors in the article.
Contributorship is the supporting process of article writers in obtaining scientific results. This concept is fully applicable to research articles and very rarely to articles of theoretical or observational nature. Contributorship may take various forms. For example, help or direct participation in a survey or scientific experiment. Participating individuals or institutions must be listed at the end of the article.
In all aspects of authorship and contributorship, we follow the СОРЕ principles and recommendations.
Editorial Board of the journal “SocioEconomic Challenges” seek to protect the reputation of the journals against abuses and scientific misconduct.
Scientific misconduct is the violation of the standard codes of scholarly conduct and ethical behavior in professional scientific research.
The main types of research misconduct are the following: fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism.
Fabrication is making up results and recording or reporting them. A more minor form of fabrication are references included in the text, which are actually fake.
Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit. One form is the appropriation of the ideas and results of others, and publishing as to make it appear the author had performed all the work under which the data was obtained.
Plagiarism-fabrication – the act of taking an unrelated figure from an unrelated publication and reproducing it exactly in a new publication.
Self-plagiarism – or multiple publication of the same content with different titles and/or in different journals.
Manuscripts should not contain plagiarism. The Editorial Board will reject the manuscripts if they contain any form of plagiarism – willful and/or negligent plagiarism. Self-plagiarism is also unacceptable.
The presence of plagiarism in the article testifies the unethical and unprofessional behavior of the author (co-authors) and is likely to undermine the reputation of the author (co-authors) and the publisher.
Before sending the article to the review, it will be checked for originality with duplication-checking software by using Unicheck and StrikePlagiarism.
Objectivity and transparency
In order to ensure the objectivity and transparency of the research in accordance with the accepted principles of ethical and professional behavior, authors should (if applicable) indicate in a separate section of the article entitled “Compliance with Ethical Standards” information on:
A conflict of interest may arise in the following cases:
When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors (co-authors) should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of the World Medical Association with all current revisions and amendments.
When reporting experiments on animals, authors (co-authors) should indicate whether the institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.
All authors (co-authors) are required to follow the requirements on informed consent from study participants. They must confirm that any participant in any research or experiment described in their article has given written consent to the inclusion of material pertaining to themselves, that they acknowledge that they cannot be identified via the paper and that you have fully anonymized them. The article should describe the way in which the informed consent was obtained.
The authors (co-authors) can count on transparency and respect from the pub-lisher and the editor while preparing the article for publication.
ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EDITORS-IN-CHIEF, SECTION EDITORS AND THE MEMBERS OF EDITORIAL BOARDS
The members of Editorial Board are qualified experts in their fields and experts in a variety of topics published in the journal. All members of the Board occupy the positions in educational and research institutions.
They adhere to the Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.
All Members are invited to Editorial Board by an Invitation letter.
Editor-in-chief and the members of editorial boards of scientific journals have responsibilities toward the authors who provide the content of the journals, the peer reviewers who comment on the suitability of manuscripts for publication, the journal’s readers and the scientific community, the owners/publishers of the journals, and the public as a whole.
Editor-in-Chief gets the responsibilities and duties across to the members of Editorial Board and keeps them updated on changes and developments concerning the process of publishing journals.
Editor-in-Chief should respect the opinions and suggestions from the Editorial Board regarding the improvement of the editorial policy of journals.
Guest editors play a vital role in ensuring the quality of special content publications, such as Special Issues. Guest editors overlook the process, from proposal to publication.
The Editorial Board is reviewed every two years, which means exclusion of inactive members and addition of the new ones.
We appreciate applications from the editorial candidates. To submit an application, please send an e-mail to a Managing Editor of the selected journal and attach a file with your CV (containing the current place of work, occupation, education, the scope of your scientific interest, types of activity, list of publications, list of the journals in which you occupy the positions of an editor or a reviewer, e-mail for contact and a link to personal page at you university).
Editor-in-Chief and the members of Editorial Board should:
Responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief and the members of Editorial Board of scientific journals towards authors:
Responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief and the members of Editorial Board of scientific journals towards reviewers:
Responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief and the members of Editorial Board of scientific journals towards to readers:
ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF REVIEWERS
Members of the Editorial Board, who are qualified experts in a variety of topics published in the journal or external reviewers with whom the journal cooperates, can be involved in the articles review.
The reviewers should:
Conflict-of-Interest Statement for publications
Editors, authors, and peer reviewers should disclose interests that might appear to affect their ability to present or review work objectively. These might include relevant financial interests (for example, patent ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, or speaker’s fees), or personal, political, or religious interests.
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors definition of conflicts of interest is as follows:
“A conflict of interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients’ welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain). Perceptions of conflict of interest are as important as actual conflicts of interest.”
Strict policies preventing people with conflicts of interest from publishing might encourage authors to conceal relevant interests, and might therefore be counterproductive.
Editors and journal staff as authors
Editors or board members should not be involved in editorial decisions about their own scholarly work. Journals should establish and publish mechanisms and clearly defined policies for handling submissions from editors, members of their editorial boards, and employees. We recommend that:
Some journals will not consider original research papers from editors or employees of the journal. Others have procedures in place for ensuring fair peer review.
FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER RELATIONS
The Publisher and the Founder are the same organizations; the relations do not need regulation.