Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Scientific periodical specialized publication "Multiversum. Philosophical almanac"  is a peer-reviewed journal committed to ensuring the highest standards of publication ethics. All parties involved in the act of publishing (editors, authors, reviewers and the publisher) have to agree upon standards of ethical behavior. We state the principles of Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE (available at http://publicationethics.org), as well as ethical standards Cambridge University Ethical standards.

The editorial team of "Multiversum. Philosophical almanac" are responsible for:

  • providing guidance to editors, authors and reviewers on everything that is expected of them and also a description of peer review processes;
  • evaluating manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic and intellectual merit, without regard to the author(s)’ race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin, religious belief, citizenship, political orientation or social class;
  • ensuring a fair and unbiased double-blind peer review of the manuscripts and that all information related to them is kept confidential. They also ensure that both authors’ and peer reviewers’ identities are protected;
  • ensuring that unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript are not used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

 EDITORS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

 Editors are responsible for:

  • defining the subject matter and role of every article in a thematic issue;
  • providing clear guidelines to authors regarding the topic and boundaries of their contributions and the overall design of the issue;
  • ensuring, in collaboration with the editorial board, that appropriate reviewers are selected for all the articles ;
  • establishing a timeline for draft paper submission, peer review, revision and final paper submission with the editorial board, and ensuring that all deadlines are met.

 REVIEWERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Peer review assists the editor a in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript;
  • Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript should immediately notify the editord;
  • Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents;
  • information obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage;
  • Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper;
  • Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

 AUTHORS’ RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Authors must ensure that they have written original works and that any work or words of others authors, contributors or sources have been appropriately credited and referenced;
  • Authors should not submit the same manuscript simultaneously to more than one publication at a time. This constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. Authors must ensure that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere;
  • Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable;
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, execution, or interpretation of the study;
  • When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editors and cooperate with them to retract or correct the manuscrip.

 PUBLISHER’S RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • The publisher provides practical support to the editor and the editorial board so that they can follow the ethical code of the publication;
  • protects intellectual property and copyright;
  • ensures the autonomy of editorial decisions.

 References

Committeeon Publication Ethics(COPE). (2011, March 7). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.  Retrieved from  http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf

Research Publishing Ethics Guidelines of the Cambridge University. Retrieved from https://www.cambridge.org/core/about/ethical-standards