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Publication ethics of the "Social aspects of population health" journal

Ethical norms of the editorial staff

The editorial staff of the journal is guided by the principle of scientific value, objectivity, professional significance, and equity.

Responsibility for ethical norms compliance

The authors, editorial staff, reviewers, and editorial board have ethical obligations concerning the publications and propagation of scientific research results.

Editorial policy of the journal

The editorial policy of "Social aspects of population health" journal is formed considering the ethical norms of editors' and publishers' work stated in the following documents:

In the process of publication activity, the editorial board is guided by the international rules of copyright protection, norms of current legislation of the Russian Federation, and international publication standards.

Receiving the articles for publication in the "Social aspects of population health" journal, the editorial board assumes the responsibility that all participants of the process comply with the ethical norms and do not allow unfair publication practice. The following principles are stated:

  • equal approach to all articles (authors) by the editorial board and reviewers;
  • objective assessment;
  • plagiarism and unfair practices are unacceptable;
  • reliability of data presented and original content of the articles;
  • no conflicts of interest;
  • confidentiality - not to disclose information about the manuscript to anyone except the editorial staff.

Principle of professional ethics in editorial activity

In its activity, the editorial board is responsible for promulgation of authors' works and complies with the following basic principles and procedures:

  • provide the performing of ethical responsibilities by the editorial staff, editorial board, reviewers, and authors in accordance with the requirements given;
  • ensure the confidentiality of the article and any other information received from the author before its publication;
  • be prepared to publish corrections, explanations, refutation, and apologizes when it is necessary;
  • exclude articles containing plagiarism and unreliable data.

The editorial board has the right not to accept the manuscript or ask the author to improve the text in case it is not complying with the rules adopted in the journal "Social aspects of population health".

If the article is accepted for publication, it is available on website in open access; authors' copyrights are reserved.

When detecting content, grammar, stylistic, and other errors, the editorial board will take all measures to eliminate them.

The editorial board coordinates with the author the corrections of the article.

The editorial board does not delay the release of the journal.

Responsibility of the members of the editorial board and editorial staff

The editorial board and editorial staff are responsible for making decisions on the articles submitted for publication. Scientific significance of the article is the only reason for editorial board's decision to publish the article or to refuse. Editorial board and editorial staff estimate the articles submitted for publication by their scientific content regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship, and political views of authors.

The editorial board admits for consideration previously unpublished articles, which represent original scientific research, and extended reviews corresponding general topics of the journal. In case of detecting early published document, which contains the information similar to that presented in the article considered for publication by more than 50%, the editorial board of the journal reserves the right to refuse the author in publishing his article.

The members of the editorial board should thoroughly study the original information contained in the articles presented for publication but they have no right to use it in their own researches or for private purposes. The use of such information is allowed only after official publication of the article in the journal if correct citation according to generally accepted requirements is made.

The editorial board should not impose on the authors citing the articles published in the journal "Social aspects of population health" with the aim to improve scientometric indicators of the journal.

The editorial staff must control accuracy and correctness of citation in the article scheduled for publication.

The editorial board of the "Social aspects of population health" journal ensures performing of the following rules:

  • ethics of copyright of scientific publications;
  • ethics of reviewing scientific publications;
  • ethics of editing scientific publications;
  • ethics of issuing scientific publications.

The basic terms used in this document

Ethics of scientific publications is a system of rules for professional conduct to provide interaction between authors, reviewers, editors, publishers and readers in the process of formation, propagation, and usage of scientific publications.

Author is a person or group of persons (authors' team) which participates in publication of the results of scientific research.

Reader is any person who studies the material published.

Editor-in-chief is a person who heads the editorial board and makes the final decision about the formation and release of the journal.

Publisher is a legal entity or an individual providing the release of scientific publication.

Editor is a representative of scientific journal or publishing house who prepares materials for publication and communicates with the authors and readers.

Editorial board is an advisory body consisted of authoritative persons who assist the editor-in-chief in selection, preparation, and assessment of materials for publication.

Editorial staff is a group of persons headed by the editor-in-chief which prepares and issues the journal.

Reviewer is an expert acting on behalf of a scientific journal or publishing house and making scientific expertise of author's materials in order to determine the possibility of their publication.

Manuscript is the author's work submitted for publication to the editorial board but not published.

Scientific article is a completed and published author's work.

Plagiarism is intentional appropriation of the authorship on science and art works produced by another authors as well as the other's ideas and inventions. Plagiarism can be considered as a violation of copyright and patent legislation and may lead to legal responsibility.

Ethical standards for authors

Authors are fully responsible for the contents of the article. Articles should be based on original scientific data only. In case of citation appropriate references should be provided. Results outlined in the article should be replicable by other researchers. All methods of data processing as well as logics of their interpretation should be absolutely transparent.

Authors are fully responsible for any plagiary. Unauthorized adoption and reproduction of any elements of the article (text, graphics, source data, etc.) are absolutely unacceptable. The adopted elements reproduced with consent of the copyright holders must be presented in the correct form and equipped with appropriate references.

By submitting a manuscript to the Journal, the authors thereby confirm that this article is not under consideration by other journal's editors and has not been previously published.

Should the author find a significant error or inaccuracy in their already published article, they are to immediately notify the Journal's Editor or Publisher and cooperate with the Editor to recall or amend the publication. Should the Editor or Publisher come to know about a significant error in the published article from a third party and inform the author about such a mistake, the author is to promptly submit corrections or prove data validity to the Journal's editorial staff.

Authors are fully responsible for acknowledging sources of financial support to the project, the results of each are presented in the article submitted for consideration, as well as for specifying any contributors to the study implementation.

If some elements of a manuscript have been previously published, the author is to refer to the earlier work and indicate difference between the current article and the previous one.

Authors should be guided by ethical standards, criticizing or commenting on research of the third parties.

Authors should respect work of the Editorial Board and reviewers and eliminate any drawbacks or provide arguments to clarify their standpoint.

Authors should submit and register their manuscripts according to the Journal's rules.

Citation of sources

Authors are fully responsible for completeness and relevance of the cited sources, including their own publications. On the one hand, authors should refer to previously obtained and published results, even if those results were received long ago, or published in another language. On the other hand, authors should not include in the reference list their own publication or articles of other researchers that are not relevant to the study topic to improve their scientometric indicators or scientometric indicators of journals that published those articles.

Relations with the Journal editorial staff

If publication was turned down, all communication with the editorial staff, including the review is considered confidential and cannot be disclosed without consent of the editorial staff. However, authors can use information and advice provided by the reviewer to prepare future publications.

If the manuscript was sent for revision, the authors should meet the specified timeframes (4 weeks, unless otherwise specified). If the authors are delaying the manuscript they should inform the editor. If the authors refuse to revise the manuscript or submit the manuscript for publication in another journal, they should also inform the editor.

Upon receipt of the article, the authors guarantee that it will not be republished.

Ethical standards for reviewers

Reviewing articles, the reviewers should strive for maximum objectivity. The only evaluation criterion should be scientific significance of the article. Any decision based on personal preferences of the reviewer is not allowed. In case of conflict or beginning of conflict of interest in any form between the reviewer and the author, the reviewer should immediately notify the Journal's editorial staff and refrain from reviewing.

Reviewers should implement scientific reviews of the articles within the timeframes set by the Journal's editors (one month). If the reviewer fails to meet the timeframes they should immediately notify the editors.

Reviewers should not disclose to outside persons information about articles submitted for review.

"Social aspects of population health" Journal practices double-blind peer review. Authors do not know who reviews their articles; likewise reviewers do not know whose article they are reviewing.

Under no circumstances reviewers are allowed to use information from the reviewed materials for their own research or for other personal purposes prior to publication.

The reviewer provides a scientific expert evaluation of the copyrighted materials, therefore, their actions should be unbiased and guided by the following principles:

  • Manuscript received for review should be considered as a confidential document that cannot be given for familiarization or discussion to third parties that are not authorized by the editors.
  • The reviewer must provide an objective and well-founded evaluation of the study results. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable.
  • Unpublished information from the submitted manuscripts must not be used for personal purposes of the reviewer.
  • The reviewer should inform the Journal if they have identified any conflict of interest or any other circumstances that prevent them from providing a fair and unbiased evaluation of the article.
  • The reviewers, not positioning themselves as an expert in issues considered by the article, or thinking that they can fail to provide their review on time should immediately inform the Editorial Board about inability to review the submitted paper.

The editorial staff holds personal information of the reviewers confidential.

The reviewer should direct the editor's attention to any substantial or partial similarity between the manuscript under review and any other articles, as well as lack of references to provisions, conclusions, or arguments previously published in other articles of this or other authors.

Comments and suggestions of the reviewer should be objective and critical, aimed at improving scientific level of the manuscript.

The reviewer should make decisions based on the specific facts and provide grounds for their decision.

The reviewer should be guided by the assumption that the authors tried to provide an honest piece of work and any drawbacks in the manuscript are made without intention. Therefore, if a manuscript cannot be published as it is submitted but contains original and significant results from the scientific point of view, the review should focus on indicating drawbacks to the authors to improve (and, if possible, suggesting solutions).

The reviewer should try to formulate all comments in the first review. If this is not possible due to the fact that the manuscript was substantially revised, the reviewer can provide objections only to the revised parts of the text. New objections to the already reviewed text during the second review are considered unethical.

Personal criticism of the author by the reviewer is unacceptable.

Based on the results of the peer review, the editorial staff makes a decision to accept the manuscript for publication, to return for revision or reject.

Ethical guidelines for editorial staff

Editorial staff publishes all necessary information for authors, reviewers and editors under the Journal section at: http://vestnik.mednet.ru/content/blogcategory/20/53/.

Editorial staff guarantees confidentiality of information submitted to the editors by authors, reviewers and others involved in discussion of the manuscripts.

Editors guarantee that manuscripts are not going to be used for benefit of members of the Editorial Board, reviewers and other people involved without written consent of the author.

Editors shall make objective and unbiased decisions on manuscripts submitted to the Journal. All relations with the authors are built upon the principles of equity, honesty and courtesy.

In case of errors or inaccuracies in the already published articles, the editors should make a timely correction, disclaimer or clarification.

Both the Journal and the Russian Scientific e-library publish all articles on open access under an open license, with the right to read, cite, copy and process information for educational and scientific purposes under condition of obligatory reference to the journal and authors of publications. Commercial use is possible only upon a special written permission of the Publisher.

Decision about publication

Decision to accept a manuscript for publication is the exclusive right of the Journal's Editorial Board.

Basic principles of releasing articles:

  • compliance with publishing ethics by the Editorial Board;
  • compliance with guiding principles to reject articles;
  • willingness to publish corrections, clarifications, rejections and apologies when needed;
  • prevention of plagiary or fraudulent data.
  • compliance with requirements to stick to the scientific style of the manuscript.
  • finalization of the article' text with the author.
  • layout of the Journal is guided by the following rules: each issue should not include two or more articles by one author.

Conflict of interest

A conflict of interest arises when the author, reviewer or member of the Editorial board have financial, scientific or personal relations which may influence their actions. Such a relationship is referred to as dual commitments, competing interests or competing allegiance.

To prevent conflict of interest and in line with the ethical rules of the Journal the editorial staff should:

  • send the manuscript for consideration to another member of the Editorial Board if the originally assigned reviewer has a conflict of interest with the author of the submitted manuscript;
  • make a decision to publish information specified in the author's letter concerning the conflict of scientific and/or financial interest if it is not confidential and cannot influence evaluation of the published article by the readership or scientific community;
  • ensure publication of corrections if information about conflict of interest was received after the article was published.
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