"Transactions of Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University"
1 General information
Editorial policy and ethics of the scholarly journal Transactions of Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University is grounded on the recommendations of Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE), best practice of Ukrainian and international academic societies, institutions and editorial boards of scientific periodicals, and also on the Ethic Standards of Ukrainian Scientists.
All over the world ethic norms are based on the comprehension of a good practice in the scientific field, that conduces confidential and fruitful collaboration as within a scientific society itself, so between scientists and public community, and therefore become the integral part of scientific development. Scientists should be confident of reliability and soundness of their own researches and their colleagues’, as well. Unfortunately, this situation has not been flawless recently, as now and then one can face the ethics violations, which in an undermining factor for people’ trust to science and those of the academic world. To prevent such a situation in Ukraine, every researcher should be wholly concern to follow the ethic requirements and be fully aware of the public opinion forming he is responsible for.
2 Ethic responsibilities of editorial office and reviewers of the journal
2.1. The journal publishes only the articles after the double-blind peer-review procedure, which contain the original experimental and research materials on the problems of scientific, educational and industrial development, new technique and results implementation in the fields of engineering, natural, and economic sciences, arts and humanities.
2.2. The editor, who takes all the responsibility for papers acceptance or rejection, should deliver a decision attentively and using a balance approach, with taking into account peer-review results. Peer-reviewers are the academic fellows having the doctor of sciences degree or its equivalent in the correspondent scientific area. They make recommendations as for quality and originality of the submitted papers. If editor regards the paper submitted does not meet the journal criteria, the paper can be rejected before peer-review.
2.3. Editors, editorial board and international editorial committee should disclose information of the submitted papers to no one but those professionally evaluate the paper. After the positive peer-review result has been granted, the article is accepted to be published in the journal and all the relevant electronic resources.
2.4. In accordance with the international legal practice in copyright protection for electronic informational resources, materials of web-sites, e-journals or e-projects cannot be duplicated, edited or the format transferred (in whole or in part) without the written permission of copyright holder (author and editorial board). These materials can only be copied in the context of other documents with reference to the primary resource, which is mandatory.
2.5. To prevent cases of “ghostwriting” (a situation where a person contributes significantly to a publication and is not disclosed as one of the authors or named in the acknowledgments) and “guest authorship” (or “honorary authorship”, a situation where an author's contribution is insignificant or non existent and he is still listed as author/co-author of a publication) the editorial office can require authors to disclose contribution of individual authors to preparation of a publication (with a list of their affiliations) in detail, i.e. provide information on who is the author of concept, premises, methods, protocol etc. used in the publication. Main responsibility to disclose full information remains on author submitting manuscript. If the case of misuse of original materials by the authors is revealed, the corresponding academic and research institutions will be informed by the editorial office.
2.6. Reviews should make their judgments in time clearly recommending one of the following: 1) accept, with or without editorial revisions; 2) invite the authors to revise their manuscript to address specific concerns before a final decision is reached; 3) reject, but indicate to the authors that further work might be justify a resubmission; 4) reject outright, typically on grounds of specialist interest, lack of novelty, insufficient conceptual advance or major technical and/or interpretational problems.
3 Ethic responsibilities of authors
3.1 The manuscripts submitted should contain the original research outcomes on the issues of science, education, and industry development, and implementation of the results obtained in fundamental and applied research in Engineering, Natural and Economic Sciences, and Humanities, and should follow the paper preparation guidelines of the journal as well as the National Standards of Ukraine 7152:2010 and Decree of State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of Ukraine for specialized editions ¹ 7-05/1.
3.2. Main motivations of a researcher’s activity should lie in striving to enrich one’s knowledge and scientific world with new achievements. The highest academic award to every scientist is an insight into the truth and acknowledgement scientific. A scientist has the right and obligation to protect his research priority. Nevertheless, publishing of incorrect or inconclusive scientific results are inexcusable.
3.3. A scientist follows domestic and international copyright legislation and can represent any information from other resources providing the reference to the primary source. Also, clear distinction between the borrowed results and outcomes of his own is a must.
3.4. If a group of researchers have the authorship of a manuscript, all of them should be listed as co-authors, with individual contribution specified (if necessary).
3.5. Authors should avoid “ghostwriting” (a situation where a person contributes significantly to a publication and is not disclosed as one of the authors or named in the acknowledgments) and “guest authorship” (or “honorary authorship”, a situation where an author's contribution is insignificant or non existent and he is still listed as author/co-author of a publication). Main responsibility to disclose full information of individual authors’ contribution remains on author submitting manuscript.
3.6. A manuscript submitted should not be published before in any other resource. If this is necessary for scientific achievements advocacy, then author should inform the editorial office about this fact.
3.7. Unbiased estimation of self-progress is a critical factor for every scientist. Mass-media can be used for propagation of scientific developments but not the author himself.