Journal’s editorial policy is based upon traditional ethical principles of Russian academic periodicals; it supports Academic Periodicals Ethical Codex, stated by Committee on Publication Ethics (Russia, Moscow) and it is formed in account of standards of ethics of editors’ and publishers’ work confirmed by Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers, developed by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
The obligations of the editorial board
1. A decision to accept the article for the submission.
1.1. The editorial board of the journal Vestnik of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod is responsible for the scientific contents of the journal. This decision is based on the peer-reviews of the manuscripts.
1.2. The editorial board follows the publication code of the journal and the copyright legal issues. The editor-in-chief may include additional editors during the decision-making process.
2.1. The members of the editorial office and reviewers are prohibited from disclaiming any information about the submitted paper and its content due to confidentiality (except the authors of the article, peer-reviewers, editorial members and publisher).
3. Disclosure and conflict of interests.
3.1. Non-published materials cannot be used by the editorial office or the reviewers for a private use or for a transmission to a third party without a written author`s permission.
The obligations of the peer-reviewers
The peer-reviewers support the scientific editor in decision-making and support the author in improving the paper.
1.1. The papers submitted to the editorial office are considered confidential matters. The submitted papers must not be disclosed to any third parties, except those confirmed by the editorial office.
2. Confirmation of information sources.
2.1 The papers published or to be published in other journals are not accepted. The description of any methods, scientific facts or discussions must be supported by the correct reference. The peer-reviewers are obliged to inform the editorial office about any plagiarism detected in the paper.
2.2 Peer-reviewers should identify non-referenced research work. Each earlier reported evidence should be accompanied by a reference. Peer-reviewer is obliged to report any plagiarism, multiple, excessive and competitive publications or double publications.
3. Disclosure and conflict of interests.
3.1. Any private information or ideas discussed during the peer-review are confidential and are matters of non-disclosure. The peer-reviewer is prohibited of reviewing the paper in case of any conflict of interest with any of the authors, industry or any other organizations related to the current paper.
The obligations of the authors:
1. Originality of the data and plagiarism.
1.1. The authors are obliged to guarantee the originality of the paper. The submitted work should not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity, and cannot be construed as plagiarizing any other published work, including their own previously published paper. Any data from the other papers or research works must be noted and referred to.
2. Access to data and its storage.
2.1. The authors are obliged to present the data related to the current paper if possible. The authors must store the data related to the current paper as long as possible after the publication.
3. Multiple, excessive and competitive publications
3.1. Authors are prohibited from publishing the same papers or the papers describing the same data in multiple journals.
3.2. The submission of the same paper to multiple journals is unethical and unacceptable.
4. Confirmation of references.
4.1 The authors are obliged to refer to the research papers they used during the preparation of the paper.
5.1 The authorship of the paper must be limited to the persons who made a significant input into the concept, project, creation or interpretation of the data. Any other person who made an input into some parts of the paper can be acknowledged.
5.2 The authors are obliged to guarantee that the list of the authors only contains people who made a significant input into the paper, and also that all the co-authors reviewed the paper, confirmed its final version and agreed to the publication.
6. Disclosure and conflict of interests.
6.1. All authors and co-authors are obliged to disclose any financial or other conflict of interests, which may interfere with the results of the investigation.
7. Errors in the published papers.
7.1 Authors are obliged to immediately address the editorial office in case of the detection of any errors or inaccuracies in the published paper.
Handling allegations of plagiarism
Editors of Vestnik of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod seek to uphold academic integrity and to protect authors' moral rights. We take all cases of plagiarism very seriously being aware of the potential impact an allegation of plagiarism can have on a researcher's career. Therefore, we have procedures in place to deal with alleged cases of plagiarism.
In order for us to take an unbiased approach, we investigate each case thoroughly, seeking clarification from all affected parties.
If we are approached by a third party with an allegation of plagiarism, we would always seek a response from the original author(s) or copyright holder(s) before we decide on a course of action. We will not be influenced by other parties and will form our decisions in an unbiased and objective manner.
Editors are not obliged to discuss individual cases of alleged plagiarism with third parties. We reserve the right not to proceed with a case if the complainant presents a false name or affiliation or acts in an inappropriate or threatening manner towards editorial staff.