Publication ethics and prevention of unfair practices in publishing activities
The Editorial Board of the journal “Bulletin of Archaeology, Anthropology and Ethnography” 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).
Responsibilities of the Editorial Board
The Editor-in-Chief is accountable for fulfilling the requirements imposed by legislative acts of the Russian Federation concerning activities of mass media.
When carrying out their activities, the Editorial Board members are committed to respect the rights for the works used, including copyright, publisher's intellectual property rights, as well as to conduct an appropriate policy regarding regulation of editorial conflicts of interest.
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.
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 and with the current copyright law, and on a desire to avoid possible plagiarism.
Unpublished data stated in the manuscript cannot be used for personal purposes or passed on to third parties without a written permission of the authors of the manuscript.
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.
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.
Reviewers are notified that a manuscript is an object of intellectual property of the author. It is not allowed to divulge or otherwise use the contents of the article before its publication, or to make copies for personal use.
In case a reviewer does not consider him- or herself to be sufficiently qualified as to review a manuscript or thinks that s/he cannot be objective evaluating the manuscript (conflict of interests with the author or other reason), s/he should abandon the further review, immediately notifying the Editorial Board about it. It is not allowed to pass on the article to another reviewer without a permission of the Editor-in-Chief or the Executive Editor of the online media.
The peer review process is anonymous. Information about the reviewers is not revealed to the authors.
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. S/he notifies the Editorial Board in case the submitted manuscript duplicates any other publication known to her/him.
Responsibilities of the authors
The author guarantees that the submitted manuscript is an original work which includes only reliable research results, that it is not redundant, and is not at the same time under consideration elsewhere.
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.
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.
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. 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. If errors are found, the authors should immediately notify the Editorial Board, so that they are timely corrected or the publication is removed.
The author(s) should disclose sources of funding (if any) and possible competing interests associated with them.