Publication ethics

The editorial staff of the peer-reviewed scientific journal “Vestnik Voennogo Prava” (Military Law Reporter) (hereinafter – “the Journal”) is committed to upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process.

As such, the editorial staff of the Journal undertakes to abide by:

  • Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE));
  • Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles (European Association of Science Editors (EASE));
  • Declaration on the Ethical Principles of Scientific Publications (Association of Scientific Editors and Publishers (ASEP));
  • Chapter 70 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation;
  • Provisions adopted at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity Compliance (Singapore, July 22-24, 2010).

 

General Provisions

 

  • The Journal is meant for a wide range of authors-researchers of the military law and legal support for the defense and military security.
  • The main principles the editorial staff is guided by are reliability and importance of the published works.
  • The editorial staff adheres to neutrality regarding all challenging issues the authors of the articles touch upon.
  • The editorial staff guarantees consideration of all materials presented for publication, observance of editorial independence and conscientiousness when making the impartial decisions.
  • The reprint of Journal materials without prior editorial staff’s consent is prohibited.
  • When quoting the references to the Journal are mandatory.
  • All articles are published in the Journal free of charge.
  • A compensation (fee) for the published materials is not paid.

 

Publication Ethics for Authors

 

  • Authors shall ensure that the submitted materials are completely original. Every borrowed fragment or statement must be accompanied by a mandatory reference to the author and the original source.
  • Authors shall avoid manuscript duplication. If some elements of the manuscript have been previously published, the author shall refer to the earlier work and specify the differences.
  • Authors shall not submit the materials that have been submitted to another journal and are under consideration, as well as the materials already published in another journal.
  • 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.
  • The contribution of all persons who influenced the research shall be recognized. In particular, the manuscript shall contain references to works that significantly influenced the research.
  • Authors shall adhere to ethical principles, when criticizing or commenting a third-party research.
  • Authors shall submit and prepare their manuscripts in compliance with the “Rules of sending, reviewing and publishing scientific articles in the “Vestnik Voennongo Prava” journal”.
  • Authors shall disclose conflicts of interests that could affect the evaluation and interpretation of their manuscripts.
  • If the author finds significant errors or inaccuracies in the article under consideration or after its publication, they should immediately inform the editorial staff of the Journal.
  • Authors shall prove to the editorial staff of the Journal that their initial material is valid or correct substantial errors, if the editorial staff of the Journal has become aware of them from a third party.

 

Publication Ethics for Editors

 

  • Editors are responsible for all author works published in the Journal.
  • Editors’ decision on the article publication is based on the scientific significance of the article, its originality, clarity of presentation, reliability of the information contained therein, and does not depend on nationality, religion, social status or political views of its author (or group of authors).
  • Editors shall not admit publication of information not verified for plagiarism and correctness of the data used.
  • Editors shall provide fair, impartial and timely review of articles proposed for publication.
  • Editors shall guarantee confidentiality of the information obtained in the course of research, editing and other professional activities; unpublished data received from materials submitted for consideration cannot be used for personal purposes or transferred to third parties without the written consent of the author.
  • Editors shall take the necessary steps to resolve the conflict situations and to restore the violated rights of authors, reviewers and Editorial Board members.

 

Publication Ethics for Reviewers

 

  • All Reviewers’ actions shall be impartial.
  • Reviewers shall give an objective and reasoned evaluation of the research results, as well as clearly justified recommendations.
  • Reviewers shall admit that the materials they receive are the intellectual property of authors and are not to be disclosed or passed for discussion or examination to a third party. Confidentiality may only be breached if the reviewer declares unreliability or falsification of the information in the manuscript.
  • Reviewers shall inform the Editor-in-Chief about any substantial or partial similarity of the manuscript under consideration and any other work, as well as the absence of references to statements, conclusions or arguments which have been previously published in the papers of this or another author.
  • Reviewers are not allowed to make copies of the manuscripts for personal use.
  • Reviewers are not allowed to take advantage of their awareness of the manuscript content until its publication.
  • Reviewers shall request the editorial staff of the Journal to exclude them from the reviewing process of a particular material in case they do not possess the required expertise, or cannot be objective, as in case of competing interests with an author or institution.

 

Violations

 

In case publication ethics is breached by an author, editor or reviewer, a mandatory investigation is required. This applies to both published and unpublished materials. The editorial staff of the Journal shall seek clarification, without involving those who may have a conflict of interest with any of the parties.

If the material containing significant inaccuracies has been published, it shall be immediately modified in a way accessible to readers and indexing systems.