Moscow University
Anthropology
Bulletin

Publication Ethics

The Editorial Board of the journal “Moscow University Anthropology Bulletin (Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta. Seria XXIII. Antropologia)” carries out its activities in accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of media and copyright, and relies on international principles of ethics of scientific publications and standards developed and recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and reflected in the recommendation of Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK) of Elsevier Publishers.

The Editor-in-Chief is accountable for fulfilling the requirements imposed by legislative acts of the Russian Federation concerning activities of mass media.

Publication of an article in an academic peer-reviewed journal consists of many stages, each playing an important role in the process of publication. It therefore follows that the author, the journal editor, the peer-reviewer, and the publisher of the journal - all do have responsibilities to meet expected ethical standards at all stages in their involvement from submission to publication of an article.

The editors and the board strictly adhere to the ethic norms in their own activities and in relations with all stakeholders: authors, reviewers, editors, publisher, distributors and readers. Below please find the list of ethical norms to be followed by the authors, reviewers and editors who are involved in publication of research findings.

1. Publication and authorship

1.1. List of references, financial support

The manuscript should contain all references to the authors and/or publications (materials) cited according to the current copyright legislation. The author of the manuscript is responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions for the results, facts and other borrowed content used in the manuscript, of which s/he is not the copyright holder.

The author(s) should disclose sources of funding (if any) and possible competing interests associated with them.

 

1.2. No plagiarism, no fraudulent data

The journal “Moscow University Anthropology Bulletin (Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta. Seria XXIII. Antropologia)”does not publish information about material which is suspected to be looted.

In accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation, it is considered unacceptable to include false or knowingly mistaken/incorrect statements or materials that are not subject to publication in public sources into the manuscript.

Too many borrowings and plagiarism of any form, including hidden quotes, paraphrases or appropriation of rights on others’ research shall be unethical and unacceptable.

 

1.3. Forbidden to publish same research in more than one journal

We accept only authentic manuscripts that have not been published elsewhere and/or have not been accepted for publication in other periodicals.

 

2. Author’s responsibilities

2.1. Authors obliged to participate in peer review process

The authors should take an active part in preparing the manuscript to be published, responding in a timely manner to the comments of the Editorial Board members and the reviewer. In case of disagreement, they should send reasoned objections to the Editorial Board. In case the author decides not to refine the manuscript or not to publish it, s/he is committed to notify the Editorial Board about such decision. The final version of the publication should be approved by all the authors.

 

2.2. All authors have significantly contributed to the research

The authors shall guarantee that the list of co-authors includes just the ones who made a substantial contribution to the research. The final version of the article and its submission for publication shall be approved by all co-authors.

All persons indicated in the list of authors should take sufficient part in conducting the research and preparing the manuscript which reflects its results in order to bear public responsibility for the relevant part of the content of the publication.

 

2.3. Statement that all data in article are real and authentic

The authors shall guarantee authenticity of research. All borrowed fragments or statements shall have the required references to the author and the source.

The authors are responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions for publication of the materials they use in their papers. The rights to use materials in publication shall be confirmed in the agreement with the author.

The authors shall inform the editors in case they have submitted their manuscripts for consideration in other periodicals, or a different version of the same article is in print elsewhere, as well as which periodicals earlier published the same materials. A confirmation of the fact that the materials have not been published elsewhere shall be set in the agreement with the author.

 

2.4. All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes

Should the author identify substantial errors or uncertainties in the article at the time of its review or after its publication, he/she shall immediately inform the editors and take joint steps to either eliminate them or withdraw the article.

 

3. Peer review / responsibility for the reviewers

3.1. Judgments should be objective

Any received manuscript should be reviewed in order to carry out an objective evaluation of the scientific work and the facts described therein. Personal criticism of the author is not allowed. Reviewer's opinion should be stated in a correct form, clearly and reasonably.

 

3.2. Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders

The reviewer who does not have, in his own judgment, sufficient qualifications to do the evaluation, or cannot be objective (for instance, when there is a conflict of interests with the author or his/her organization), shall inform the editor thereof and request not to assign him/her with reviewing of this manuscript.

 

3.3. Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited

The reviewer determines if the use of publications is correct, and if the rules of citation and use of results of other authors are observed in the work. Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.

 

3.4. Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially

Reviewing is anonymous. Reviewers receive anonymous manuscripts. Negative reviews are sent to the authors without signature and name of the reviewer, his/her function or place of work. Any breach of anonymity is only possible if the reviewer reports on falsification or fabrication of matters addressed in the manuscript, or in case of plagiarism.

 

4. Editorial responsibilities

4.1. Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article

A decision to publish or to reject a manuscript does not depend on race, ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs, citizenship or political convictions of the authors, it is based solely on reliability and scientific significance of the materials presented, on compliance with the journal's subject, its uniqueness, clarity and relevance of research, and its compliance with the current copyright law, and on a desire to avoid possible plagiarism.

Positive reviews are not a sufficient ground for publication. The final decision on feasibility of a publication shall be upon the editorial board.

 

4.2. Editors should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept

Editorial board members should take fair and impartial decisions irrespective of commercial considerations, and should ensure that the peer review process is fair and appropriate, that the materials submitted to the Editorial Board remain confidential, and all published records are integral. If necessary, they also should make reasonable comments and rejections, discouraging misconduct of reviewers and the Editorial Board.

The editors’ opinion may not always be consistent with the opinion of the authors.

We call all the authors to proceed correctly while criticizing their colleagues. Otherwise, the editors shall reserve the right to reject the manuscript or improve its style.

The editorial office guarantees full confidentiality in the process of submission, processing and reviewing of manuscripts. Non-published manuscripts cannot be used for personal purposes or transferred to any third party.

 

4.3. Only accept a paper when reasonably certain

The reviewer notifies the Editorial Board in case the submitted manuscript duplicates any other publication known to her/him.

 

4.4. When error are found, promote publication of correction or retraction. Always be willing to publish correction, clarification, retractions and apologies when needed

The Editorial Board should definitely negotiate with the authors of a manuscript the approval of all corrections made. If a complaint or a conflict situation occurs regarding consideration of a manuscript, the Editorial Board is committed to respond in a timely manner and to ensure restoration of violated rights. In case of errors, publication of corrections and apologies is guaranteed.

 

4.5. Preserve anonymity of reviewers

The peer review process is anonymous. Information about the reviewers is not revealed to the authors.

 

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