Publication ethics

Ethics of scientific publications

Members of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Recent Contributions to Physics" in its professional activities adheres to the principles and norms of" Publishing Ethics for Scientific Journals of Al-Farabi KazNU "(hereinafter - Publication Ethics). The publication ethics was developed in accordance with the international publication ethical standard of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), as well as the Ethical Principles for the publication of Scopus (Elsevier) journals, the Code of Ethics of the Scientist of Al-Farabi KazNU.

Publication ethics establish the norms, principles and standards of ethical behavior for editors, reviewers and authors, measures to identify conflicts of interest, unethical behavior, instructions for the withdrawal (retraction), correction and refutation of the article.

All participants in the publication process, namely, each author, scientific editor, reviewer, executive secretary, members of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Recent Contributions to Physics” must unconditionally adhere to the principles, norms and standards of publication ethics. Compliance with ethical principles is important both to ensure and maintain the quality of a scientific journal, as well as to create trust and respect between the participants in the publication process.

The actions of authors, editors or publishers, in the case of an independent submission of a review of their own articles, in the case of contractual and false review, in the conditions of resorting to agency services to publish the results of scientific research, false authorship, falsification and fabrication of research results, publication of unreliable pseudo-scientific texts, transferring manuscripts of articles to other publications without the permission of the authors, transferring materials of authors to third parties, conditions when copyright and confidentiality principles of editorial processes are violated, in case of manipulation with citation, plagiarism is considered unethical behavior.

Principles of Publication Ethics for Editorial Board Members

Members of the editorial board of the journal “Recent Contributions to Physics" are responsible for the development, improvement of the journal, for the advancement of the journal in international databases, must follow the principles of freedom of opinion, satisfy the scientific and professional needs of the authors and readers of the journal, do not allow the commercial interests of the author, reviewer and publisher of the journal to influence decisions on publication materials should also take all possible measures to improve the quality of scientific publications, protect the confidentiality of information at all stages of the publication process.

Equality of all authors. The members of the editorial board are responsible for deciding whether to publish materials submitted by the authors in the journal. Editorial board members are expected to rate manuscripts for their intellectual content, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnicity, citizenship, authors' political views, or commercial considerations.

Making a decision to publish the manuscript. The decision on which of the articles submitted to the editorial office should be published is made by the editorial board of the journal, based on the results of checks for compliance with the requirements for formatting, plagiarism, and based on the results of scientific review. The editorial board is guided by the journal's policy and publication ethics, does not allow publication of articles with signs of plagiarism, violations of the principles, standards and norms of scientific ethics and copyright infringement when deciding to publish a manuscript.

The members of the editorial board are responsible for the publication of articles with known signs of unethical behavior, plagiarism, self-plagiarism, excessive self-citation by authors, conflicts of interest.

If the principles of publication and / or scientific ethics have been violated, the scientific editor of the journal, based on the decision of the editorial board, must retraction the publication. Articles can be withdrawn by the author (s) or the editors of the journal. The editorial board carries out the withdrawal (retraction) of published articles in case of violation of publication and / or scientific ethics, based on the recommendations of COPE. An article is withdrawn / withdrawn (retracted) in the event of:

- if there is clear evidence that the data obtained is unreliable or obtained as a result of illegal actions, for example, data falsification;

- discovery of the fact of publication of the manuscript in another edition before its publication in the journal “Recent Contributions to Physics";

- detection of plagiarism in the article, including the borrowing of figures, graphs, tables, etc.

- the presence in the article of gross errors that can negatively affect other scientists and their research, for example, a miscalculation or an experimental error;

- the appearance of claims about copyright for the article or its individual parts by third parties;

- the presence in the article of information that contradicts the principles, standards and norms of publication and / or scientific ethics.

In such cases above, the editorial board of the journal conducts a check, according to the results of which the article can be withdrawn / withdrawn (retracted) from publication. For this, an act of retraction of the article from publication is drawn up, which is confirmed and signed by the scientific editor. A copy of the act is sent to the author for correspondence of the article.

After that, on the journal's website, the article is marked as tragic, indicating the reasons. The editorial board publishes information about the withdrawal (retraction) of the article on the main page of the journal's website and places the information, after the procedure of withdrawal (retraction) of the article, in the subsequent issue of the journal.

Editorial office of the journal “Recent Contributions to Physics” responsibly, objectively and carefully examines all substantiated appeals regarding violations found in published issues.

The editors consider it the responsibility and obligation of the authors and reviewers to inform the editors as quickly as possible about the errors and violations that they have identified after the publication of the material.

Confidentiality principle. At the stage of reviewing the manuscript (before its publication), editors and members of the editorial board should not disclose information about it to anyone except the authors, appointed reviewers and the publisher. Any manuscript received for review should be treated as confidential material. Manuscripts should not be displayed or discussed with third parties without the permission of the scientific editor. Editorial board members ensure that rejected manuscripts will not be used in their own research by members of the editorial board without the written consent of the authors.

Consideration of claims of unethical behavior. The members of the editorial board must individually consider each complaint about unethical behavior of the author (s) of the manuscript and published in the journal “Recent Contributions to Physics” articles, regardless of the time of its receipt. Members of the editorial board must take objective and adequate action in relation to such claims. The members of the editorial board have the right to refuse to publish the manuscript and stop further cooperation with the author for correspondence, publish the corresponding refutation, and also take other measures to further suppress the unethical behavior of the author (s) if the arguments of the claim are confirmed. 

* Editorial Board, their duties and responsibilities

Responsibilities and responsibilities of the scientific editor of the journal “Recent Contributions to Physics", the executive secretary, the members of the editorial board are indicated in the corresponding approved job descriptions. 

Principles of author publication ethics

One-time publication. The author (s) guarantee that the manuscript of the article submitted to the editor has not been submitted for review in other publications. Submitting a manuscript at a time in several journals / publications is unacceptable and is a gross violation of the principles, standards and norms of publication ethics.

Authorship of the manuscript. The person who made the greatest intellectual contribution to the preparation of the manuscript (with two or more co-authors) is indicated first in the list of authors. For each article, an author must be appointed for correspondence, who is responsible for the preparation of the final version of the article, communication with the editorial board, must ensure the inclusion of all research participants (if the number of authors is more than one) who have made a sufficient contribution to it in the authors' list, and also get approval the final version of the manuscript from all authors for submission to the editors for publication. All authors mentioned in the manuscript / article are responsible for the content of the work.

The principle of originality. The author (s) guarantees that the research results presented in the manuscript represent an original independent work, and do not contain incorrect borrowings and plagiarism, which may be detected during the process of checking the manuscript through the plagiarism checker system.

The authors are responsible for the publication of articles with signs of unethical behavior, plagiarism, self-plagiarism, self-citation, falsification, fabrication, data distortion, false authorship, duplication, conflicts of interest and deception.

The principle of confirmation of sources. The author (s) undertakes to correctly indicate the scientific and other sources that he (s) used (s) in the course of the research. Bibliographic references indicating the author (s) of the original source should be indicated in the case of using any parts of someone else's work and / or borrowing statements from another author (s). Information obtained from questionable sources should not be used in the preparation of the manuscript.

If the reviewers, scientific editor, member (s) of the editorial board of the journal have doubts about the authenticity and reliability of the research results, the author (s) must provide additional materials to confirm the results or facts presented in the manuscript.

Correction of errors in the publishing process. The authors undertake to urgently inform the scientific editor in case of errors and inaccuracies in the work at any stage of the publication process and provide assistance in eliminating or correcting the error for publication on the journal's website of the corresponding correction (Erratum or Corrigendum) with comments. If gross errors are found that cannot be corrected, the author (s) must withdraw the manuscript / article.

Publication Ethics Principle. Authors are required to comply with ethical standards related to criticism or comments regarding research, as well as in relation to interaction with the editorial board regarding peer review and publication. Failure to comply with ethical principles by the authors is regarded as a gross violation of publication ethics and gives rise to the removal of the manuscript from review and / or publication.

Principles of Publication Ethics for Reviewers

The principle of objectivity of peer review. Reviewer (s) of the journal “Recent Contributions to Physics" undertakes (are) to carry out an expert assessment of the manuscript objectively. Personal criticism of the author (s) of the manuscript is unacceptable. The reviewer must give reasons for his comments and justify his decision to accept the manuscript or to reject it.

Nationality, religious affiliation, political or other views of the author (s) should not be taken into account or taken into account in the process of reviewing the manuscript by the reviewer (s).

Reviewer contributions to editorial decisions. The peer review provided by the reviewer (s) facilitates editorial decisions about publication, and also helps the author (s) improve the manuscript. The decision to accept the manuscript for publication, return the work to the author for modification or revision, or the decision to reject the publication is made by the editorial board based on the results of the review.

The principle of timeliness of peer review. The reviewer is obliged to provide a review within the time period determined by the editors, but no later than two months from the date of receipt of the manuscript for review. If consideration of the article and preparation of a review within the prescribed timeframe is not possible, then the reviewer must immediately notify the scientific editor of this.

A reviewer who believes that his qualifications do not correspond or are insufficient to make a decision when reviewing the submitted manuscript must immediately inform the scientific editor about this and refuse to review the manuscript.

The principle of confidentiality on the part of the reviewer. The manuscript provided to the peer reviewer should be considered confidential material. The reviewer has the right to demonstrate it and / or discuss it with other persons only after receiving written permission from the scientific editor of the journal and / or author (s).

The information and ideas of scientific work obtained during the peer review and the support of the publication process should not be used by the reviewer (s) for personal gain.

The principle of confirmation of sources. The reviewer should indicate research papers that would have influenced the research results of the manuscript in question, but were not cited by the author (s). Also, the reviewer is obliged to draw the attention of the scientific editor to significant similarities or coincidences between the manuscript in question and a previously published work that he knows about.

If the reviewer has sufficient grounds to believe that the manuscript contains plagiarism, incorrect borrowing, false and fabricated materials or research results, then he should not allow the manuscript to be published and inform the scientific editor of the journal about the revealed violations of the principles, standards and norms of publication and scientific ethics. 

Conflicts of interest

A conflict of interest, as defined by the Publication Ethics Committee (COPE), is conflict situations in which authors, reviewers, or editorial board members have implicit interests that can influence their judgments regarding published material. A conflict of interest arises when there are financial, personal, or professional conditions that can affect the scientific judgment of the reviewer and editorial board members, and, as a result, the editorial board's decision regarding the publication of a manuscript.

The executive editor of the journal should require all participants in the manuscript publication process to disclose conflicts of interest.

The academic editor, editorial board member, and reviewers must disclose potential conflicts of interest that could somehow influence the editorial board's decision. Members of the editorial board should refuse to consider the manuscript if they are in any competitive relationship related to the research results of the author (s) of the manuscript, or if there is another conflict of interest.

The author (s) declares that the content of the manuscript indicates all sources of funding for the study, and also indicate what commercial, financial, personal or professional factors may create a conflict of interest in relation to the submitted manuscript.

The author (s), in the cover letter, if there is a conflict of interest, may indicate scientists who, in their opinion, will not be able to objectively evaluate their manuscript.

The reviewer should not consider manuscripts that may cause a conflict of interest arising from competition, collaboration, or other relationship with any of the authors related to the manuscript.

The executive editor must notify the scientific editor of this, after which the scientific editor delegates the verification and review of the manuscript to another editor / reviewer in case of a conflict of interest with the content of the manuscript.

The existence of a conflict of interest between the participants during the review and review process does not mean that the manuscript will be rejected.

All interested parties should avoid creating a conflict of interest in any variation at all stages of the publication to the extent possible. In the event of any conflict of interest, the person who discovered this conflict must immediately notify the editorial board of this. The same applies to any other violation of the principles, standards and norms of publication and scientific ethics.