Code of Scientific Publications' Ethics


Code of Scientific Publications' Ethics

The legal basis for the Publishing Ethics consists of international standards: the provisions adopted by the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity Compliance (Singapore, July 22-24, 2010); regulations developed by The Committee on Publication Ethics - COPE and standards of Chapter 70 "Copyright" of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation. The Code of Ethics of scientific publications can be found here.

The Editorial Board of the journal "Theory and Practice of Physical Culture" guarantees the observance of ethics of scientific publications issuance, authorship of scientific publications and review of scientific publications.

Principles of professional ethics in the work of the editor and publisher

The Editorial Board of the Journal "Theory and Practice of Physical Culture":

1. Ensures consideration of all materials submitted for publication, compliance with editorial independence and integrity in making objective decisions, without prejudice to the authors on the basis of ethnic or religious affiliation, social status; regardless of commercial interests and relations with the Founder of the journal; basing its policy on respect for the individual rights of the author and intellectual property rights;

2. Implements the journal policy to ensure and enhance the quality of published materials, contribute significantly to the development of domestic and foreign science (field of study); strives to meet the needs of readers and authors; as the guiding principles of editorial activity establishes relevance, importance, clarity, accuracy, validity of published research material.

3. Implements policies on the systematic development of institutions for reviewing, editing, expert evaluation of publications, which guarantees the accuracy, completeness, clarity, fairness and timeliness of expert evaluation and research reports;

4. Ensures taking actions for compliance of published materials, inspects publications on the subject of image manipulation, plagiarism, duplicate or redundant publication.

5. Decides on the acceptance or rejection of an article for publication on the basis of comments of independent reviewers in general. Final editorial decision and the reasons for its adoption are reported to the authors.

6. Unpublished data from manuscripts submitted for consideration must not be used for personal purposes or passed on to third parties without the written consent of the author. Information or ideas obtained in the course of editing and related to possible benefits must be kept confidential and shall not be used for the purpose of personal gain.

7. Editor must not allow the information to be published, if there is sufficient reason to believe that it is plagiarism.

8. Editor together with the publisher should not leave unanswered complaints concerning the examination of manuscripts or published materials as well as the detection of a conflict to take all necessary measures to redress for a violated right.

Ethics of the authorship of scientific publications

Authors of publications:

- Must provide valid results of the research conducted. Knowingly false or fraudulent statements are unacceptable.

- Do not have to provide the manuscript to the journal, which was sent to another journal and is under consideration, as well as an article already published in another journal.

- Must ensure that the list of authors includes only those that meet the criteria of authorship (i.e. those who have made significant contribution to the work), and that merit authorship researchers are not excluded from the list of authors. Among the co-authors it is unacceptable to designate persons who did not participate in the study.

- Must work with editors or publishers for prompt revision of their works in case of detection errors or omissions after the publication;

- Shall immediately notify the Editorial Board in case of error found in any submitted by them for publication, accepted for publication or already published work;

- Are not permitted to copy from other publications references to the work with which they are not familiar;

- It is necessary to recognize the contribution of all persons somehow influenced the course of research, to specify authorship of data, text, images and ideas that the author received from other sources, they should not be presented as belonging to the author of the publication; direct quotations from the work of other researchers should be allocated by quotes and references; quotations and references to other works must be accurate and drawn up in accordance with the requirements.

- Must ensure that the results of studies outlined in manuscript provided are completely original. Borrowed fragments or statements must be filed with the obligatory indication of the author and the source. Excessive borrowing and plagiarism in any form, including unregistered quotes, paraphrasing or assignment of rights to the results of other people's research is unethical and unacceptable.

- Must comply with applicable laws on copyright protection; material protected by copyright (for example, tables, figures or large quotation) may be reproduced only with the permission of their respective owners.

- Must provide disclosures of potential conflicts of interest (employment, counseling, availability of stock ownership, receipt of fees, provision of expert advice, patent application or patent registration, grants and other financial support, i.e. facts that may be perceived as influenced on the results or conclusions presented in this paper);

Ethics of the review of scientific publications

1. Manuscript received for review should be considered as a confidential document, which cannot be transmitted for familiarization or discussion to third parties who do not have full powers from the editors. When the direction for reviewing of editorial material the Editorial Board provides privacy of authors and informs about the need to preserve such confidentiality of reviewers. The Editorial Board reports to no one on the status of the material in the journal, other than the authors.

2. The Editorial Board guarantees a provision of an independent review of materials in a manner allowing ensure the integrity and objectivity of statements about the scientific value of the proposed article for publication. The reviewer is obliged to give an objective and reasoned assessment of research results. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. In accordance with the policy of the journal the Editorial board establishes the procedure for the review of the materials submitted for publication.

3. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject material without reviewing if it is found to be of poor quality or inappropriate for the readers. This decision is made fairly and impartially based on the editorial policy of the journal.

4. The Editorial Board uses the services of independent reviewers for materials being considered for publication by selecting individuals who have sufficient experience and have no conflict of interest.

5. If the reviewer raised the questions as to accuracy of the data or appropriateness of the publication of scientific work, the Editorial Board provides the author an opportunity to answer these questions.

6. Reviewer who, in his opinion, is not qualified to assess the manuscript, or cannot be objective, for example, in case of a conflict of interest with the author or organization, should inform the Editorial Board with a request to exclude him from the review process of this manuscript.

7. Unpublished data from manuscripts submitted for consideration must not be used for personal purposes of the reviewer.

8. The Editorial Board maintains confidentiality of personal data of reviewers.