The activities of the Editorial Board of the scientific journal Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur are guided by the international ethic regulations accepted for scientific publications. These include the concepts of trustfulness, honesty, privacy, supervision of publications, averting possible conflicts over disputable problems, etc. In turn, the Editorial Board correlates its activity with the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). All the participants of the editorial-publishing process observe the ethic rules guiding the procedure of scientific publications and thus aid to securing the authors’ copyright ( the right of intellectual property), improving the quality of published matter and preventing illegal use of authors’ materials in somebody else’s interest.
Presented below are the rules governing the ethic behavior of people involved in the process of publication of papers.
The Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board
- The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for taking a decision whether to publish or decline the papers submitted. In this case the Editor-in-Chief is guided by the policy of the Journal and holds to the legal bases preventing possible plagiarism and copyright violation.
- The Editor-in-Chief appraises the paper submitted judging only by its scientific value irrespective of the author’s/authors’ race, sex, religious belief, nationality, citizenship, origin, social or political views.
- The Editor-in-Chief, the workers of the editorial-publishing group and the members of the Editorial Board of the Journal are not expected to give forth the information about the article to anybody except for the author/authors and appointed or potential reviewers.
- The Editor-in-Chief, the workers of the Editorial Office and the reviewing-publishing group or the members of the Editorial Board are not allowed to use (without an author’s written permission) the unpublished data of the papers that were not accepted for publication to their or somebody else’s benefit.
The Editorial Board insists that the authors should keep strictly to the following principles:
- the paper reports original results;
- the reported results are authentic and reliable;
- the paper presents an objective/unbiased data analysis;
- the data presentation is correct and accurate;
- all the contributors to the research must be acknowledged throughout the text and in a compulsory list of references;
- everybody who participated in and contributed to the research significantly should be included as a co-author the final version of the paper must be approved by all the co-authors and have their consensus on its publication;
- significant errors inaccuracies, if detected, must be reported and promptly corrected, even through withdrawing the publication.
The Editorial Board shares the opinion that a reviewer of a journal commits himself/herself to adhere to the following ethic principles:
- to be objective and unbiased in estimating the quality of the paper under reviewing and its correspondence to scientific, literary and ethic standards;
- the reviewer should inform the Editorial Board on being uncertain that his/her qualification corresponds to the level and the trend of the research discussed in the paper;
- the reviewer is not expected to use the information presented in the paper to his own benefit before the paper is published;
- the reviewed paper is a confidential document and cannot be transferred to any other person for reading or discussing; a possible conflicting situation should be reported to the Editorial Board;
- the reviewer can address the author directly only after getting a preliminary permission from the Editorial Board;
- the Editorial Board insists on strict discipline of a reviewer who is expected to performs paper reviewing in the due time and to show high respect for the authors;
- the reviewer should inform the Editorial Board if there is any doubt concerning the possibility of plagiarism, authorship or data forgery.