The editorial policy of the academic journal "Education and Self-development" conforms to the norms of research ethics. By research ethics we mean the body of moral standards followed by scientists and researchers in their work which maintain the science. Moral and ethical standards are an integral part of the Journal publication ethics. Furthermore, “Education and Self-development” is a peer reviewed Journal, recommended by Russian State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles for publishing research results and it makes the editorial board follow the certain ethical principles and norms.
For "Education and Self-development" editorial board the right of authorship of the submitted manuscripts is based on observing several conditions:
The authors should ensure that the manuscripts:
- have not been published previously;
- are not under consideration for publication elsewhere and any possible conflicts of interests (concerning authorship and publication) are settled;
- do not violate any of the rights of authorship, in this connection guarantee the Editors against loss in case of revealed violation;
- as a matter of convenience of spreading and providing the realization of policy of materials use, the authors transfer their copyright to the journal unless otherwise stated.
The following may be considered as academic ethics violation:
- data falsification by means of its irrelevance or denying unwanted results, tampering pictures;
- false information in application form or cover letter (including false statement about publications and accepted manuscripts);
- violation of intellectual property rights of other authors' works which are protected by copyright, considerable scientific discoveries, hypotheses, theories or research methods:
- unauthorized use, including plagiarism;
- misappropriation, according to experts opinion, of research methods and ideas;
- usurpation of patents, authorship or coauthorship;
- contents falsification;
- unauthorized publication and allowing third parties access unpublished works, ideas, discoveries, hypotheses, theories or scientific methods;
- claim for (co)authorship without the author's consent;
- research work sabotage (including prejudice, destruction or false representation of research facility, equipment, documents, facilities, software, chemicals or other things necessary for the performance of the experiment);
joint responsibility can result from: 1) active participation in violation of academic ethics, committed by other people;
2) awareness of falsification, committed by other people; 3) coauthorship in falsified publications; 4) flagrant disregard of responsibility to control.
In accordance with the editorial policy of "Education and Self-development" Journal it is not permitted:
- verbatim copying other author's work without naming the author, reference to the source and using quotation marks;
- inappropriate rephrasing other person's work, altering more than one sentence in a paragraph or text section, or changing the order of the sentences without reference to the source. Considerable inappropriate rephrasing without reference to the source is equivalent to verbatim copying;
- using any elements of other author's work without naming the author, for example, pictures, tables or paragraphs, without vote of thanks, reference to the source or using quotation marks. Authors must obtain a permit from copyright holder to use the elements of his/her work;
- self-plagiarism: authors must notice that the work is published for the first time ever. If any part of the article had been published before, including articles in "Education and Self-development" Journal or international publications included in any of the bibliographic database Web of Science, Scopus, Web of Knowledge, Astrophysics, PubMed, Mathematics, Chemical Abstracts, Springer, Agris, GeoRef, then the authors must refer to the previous article. The author must specify the essential difference of the new work from the previous one and elicit its connection with the results of research and conclusions of the previous article. Verbatim copying or verbatim translation of own articles without naming the source or their rephrasing is unacceptable.
The acts common to research processes and not fabricated (nonconscious) research errors, data conflicts, differing explanation and interpretation obtained results and experimental development are not violation of ethics .
The Journal Editors adhere to the academic ethical standards, protect authors reputation and do not tolerate suspected cases of plagiarism, believe that plagiarism negatively affects researchers' professional life. When these grounds arise a system of procedures of reacting to the plagiarism blame can be used. In order to provide objectivity Editors make careful examination of each case and consider the reasons of every concerned party. Before taking any further actions Editors are ready and willing to receive accurate information from the authors of the disputable publication or the copyright owner and to study it.
At the same time Editors reserve the right not to respond to the plagiarism charge if the accuser doesn't provide reliable personal information (for example, gives false name) or act illegally, in unethical or threatening mode. Editors are not obliged to discuss a case of plagiarism with any irrelevant party.
Academic articles publication ethics
The Editor guarantees considering all the presented materials, maintaining impartiality and fair practices in making fair decision without any prejudice to authors in terms of their national or religious identity, employment status, commercial interests and connection with the Journal Founder, basing its policy on respect of authors' personal rights and intellectual property rights.
The Editor aims at ensuring and improving the quality of published articles, contributing to native and international science; makes provisions for improving the quality of the published materials; aims to satisfy readers' and authors' needs by means of open access to the Journal.
The guidelines of the editorial activity are: relevancy, reliability, clarity and validity of the published research works.
The basic principles of high qualification of the published scientific and research works are: thoroughness, fairness, unambiguity, completeness of the submitted materials, deliberateness, originality and clarity of research articles.
The Editor aims at inviting qualified and experienced members of Editorial board explicitly promoting to the Journal development.
Editor guarantee taking steps to make the published materials correspond to copyright law and publication ethics, checking manuscripts for plagiarism (using relevant software), duplicate or excess publication.
Manuscripts submitted to "Education and Self-development" Journal must not duplicate any materials been published in English in the media included into any database (Web of Science, Scopus, Web of Knowledge, Astrophysics, PubMed, Mathematics, Chemical Abstracts, Springer, Agris or GeoRef).
The editor makes the decision either to accept or reject a manuscript on grounds of all reviewers' recommendations. The authors are informed about final decision and its reasoning.
Manuscripts reviewing ethics
Editor guarantees independent peer-review, which ensures fair and neutral opinion about scientific value of manuscripts.
Editors invite independent reviewers having suitable experience in the academic field of the manuscripts and having no conflict of interests.
In case reviewers doubt about data reliability or worthwhileness of publishing a manuscript, Editor offers the author an opportunity to answer the question. Editor ensures confidentiality of materials to be reviewed and reminds the reviewers about the necessity for confidentiality preservation. Editors don't disclose the status of manuscripts in the Journal to anyone except the authors. Editors hold the reviewers' personal data confidential.
Reviewers must consider the international context of a research: manuscripts submitted to "Education and Self-development" Journal must not duplicate any materials been published in other languages in the media included into any database (Web of Science, Scopus, Web of Knowledge, Astrophysics, PubMed, Mathematics, Chemical Abstracts, Springer, Agris or GeoRef).
Editors reserve the right to reject a manuscript without reviewing in case they consider it to be of poor quality and inappropriate for the Journal readers. This decision is taken fairly and objectively with respect to the Journal's editorial policy.
Academic articles editorial ethics
Editors take a decision on accepting or rejecting manuscripts which claims fairness and objectivity of the process and its compliance with scientific view of the Journal.
All the editorial procedures are listed in information materials for Authors: instructions for Authors, character of published materials.
Editors shall react to every claim or doubt in appropriateness of the research or publication from readers, reviewers or other editors.
Editors work in accordance with identity system. Editors accept information on detected problems and decide on accepting or rejecting manuscripts.
Editors’ conflicts of interests are in public notice. Editors do not take a decision about materials in case they have any conflict of interests.