Publication ethics

The following section is based on the guidelines of the International Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The editorial office of the Historical Ethnology journal in its work is guided by the provisions of Chapter 70 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation “Copyright”. It adheres to the international standards of publication ethics developed and approved by the Committee on Publication Ethics — COPE) and takes into account the experience of reputable international journals and publishers.

The editorial office of the journal is committed to abide by ethical standards adopted by the international academic community and to prevent any violations of those standards both in their work and when interacting with all parties involved in the process of publishing a manuscript: authors, reviewers, editors, publishers, distributors, and readers.


Ethical Principles of Editorial Policy

The editorial board of the journal applies the principles of scientific relevance, objectivity, professionalism, and impartiality. It constantly conducts work aimed at improving the quality and validity of published materials.

Editor-in-chief of the Historical Ethnology journal is solely and independently responsible for making a decision on which manuscripts will be published, though often in cooperation with the relevant academic community, in particular, the editorial board. The decision to publish the paper shall be based solely on the validity of the manuscript under consideration and its scientific significance.

The editor ensures fair, unbiased and timely review of the manuscripts submitted for publication. Read more: “Article reviewing guidelines”. Names of reviewers are not disclosed. Reviews are intended for internal use only.

The editorial board and the editor-in-chief make a decision on accepting the manuscript for publication, or on sending it for a follow-up revision, or on rejecting a publication on the grounds of reviewers’ recommendations within two months since the manuscript was registered..

The editor evaluates the intellectual content of the submitted manuscripts with no regard for personal characteristics and the status of the author. Editors should recuse themselves from considering manuscripts if there is a conflict of interests due to interactions and relations with the author or other persons or institutions which could interfere with objective evaluation of the manuscript.

Unpublished data from the materials submitted for consideration cannot be used for personal advantage or passed on to third parties without written consent of the author.

The editorial board has the right not to allow the information to be published if there are sufficient grounds to believe that it has been plagiarized.

The editor assures that he will follow the process of manuscript evaluation, maintain communication with the author, and provide a generalized response in case of rejection.

The published materials may not reflect the views of the editorial staff, the editorial board, reviewers and the founders.

If any erroneous data is detected in a paper, the editor must present convincing evidence and inform the editorial board (and/or the relevant academic community) to promote a prompt notification about introducing changes, retracting the article or expressing concern, or other situationally suitable claims.

If any complaints of ethical nature regarding the submitted manuscripts or published papers occur, the editor and the editorial board seek to take reasonably responsive measures. Such measures may include contacting the author and communication with the relevant organisations or research institutions.


 Ethical principles of reviewer’s work

Peer-review is an important tool which assists the editor in making a decision on publishing a manuscript and through editorial communication may also assist the author in improving the quality of the paper.

Reviewers can agree for peer-review only of those manuscripts which are within their area of expertise and competence and evaluation of which they are able to accomplish in due time.

A manuscript received for peer-review must be treated as a confidential document which cannot be passed on for reference or discussion to third parties who are not authorised to do that by the editorial board.

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer-review must be kept confidential. Unpublished materials from the manuscripts submitted for consideration must not be used by the reviewer for personal advantage.

The reviewer must disclose any information regarding any possible competing interest before agreeing to conduct peer-review.

The reviewer assures he will write a review in an unbiased and constructive manner, refraining from hostile and personal remarks.

The reviewer shall comment on the degree of authenticity of the evaluated manuscript and take notice of the possibility of duplicate content and plagiarism.

The reviewer should identify relevant published work that has not been included in the manuscript references. Any statement (observation, conclusion, or argument) that had been previously published, should be accompanied by a relevant citation in the manuscript.


Guidelines for Scientific Publication Authors

Authors take responsibility for their work and the content of the publication. Researchers shall check their publication with diligence at all stages to guarantee that all of their methods and results have been presented accurately. Authors shall carefully check all their calculations, presented data, documentation, and evidence. Authors shall present the results fairly without fabrication, falsification or unscrupulous manipulation of data. Fraudulent or knowingly false statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Authors should not generally publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal as an original paper. By submitting a manuscript to the editorial office, authors assume the obligation not to publish it in other media. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical behavior and is unacceptable.

Authors shall guarantee that the research results outlined in the submitted manuscript are completely authentic and have not been translated (published in other languages). Borrowed fragments or statements are to be presented properly with mandatory indication of the author and the source. Bibliography lists should contain only the publications and materials which are referred to in the article text.

Excessive citations as well as plagiarism of any form, including non-formalized quotations, paraphrasing, or assuming rights to the results of someone else’s research, translation of a text from another language without using quotation marks, are considered unethical and unacceptable.

Continuous, over a half of a journal page long citations fall outside the fair use principle scope  and must be accompanied by a permission from the author of the quoted text.

Self-plagiarism as word-for-word copying of the author’s publications and paraphrasing them are unacceptable; they can be used only as a basis for new conclusions.

Formal citation and citation for the sake of upgrading academic rankings is considered unethical.

Reports on the studies shall be presented fully. They shall not omit information regarding inexplicable facts, controversial data, and data that contradict the theories and hypotheses of the study authors or outsourcers.

Only the persons who made considerable contribution to pursuing the study can be listed as co-authors of the article. The persons who did not participate in the research and/or writing the manuscript must not be listed as co-authors. In other cases the research participants who significantly influenced a particular substantive aspect of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

The author maintaining correspondence about the submission is responsible for distributing the information regarding the procedure of the manuscript consideration in the journal to all other co-authors, approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission for publication.

Authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other current conflicts of interests that might be construed to influence the results or conclusions presented in the submitted paper. Potential conflicts of interests which should be disclosed by all means include the following: employment, consulting, stock ownership, receiving honorariums, paid expert testimony, patent application or patent registration, grants, and other funding. Potential conflicts of interests shall be disclosed at the earliest stage.

Authors shall immediately notify the editor in case of discovering a mistake in their paper which has been submitted for publication, accepted for publication, or has already been published. Authors must retract the paper or correct inaccuracies at their earliest opportunity.

The author can withdraw a submission from consideration at any stage before signing a license agreement and is obliged to notify the editorial office about it.

The author must comply with the requirements for the article style. Read more: Article Style Guidelines.

Authors should bear in mind that publication of illustrations (photos, maps, document reprints, etc.) requires a written permission of the copyright owner or its current holder. The privacy rights must always be observed. Read more:  Article Style Guidelines.

All sources of research funding, including direct and indirect financial assistance, shall be specified in a special footnote.

The journal reserves the right to reject a manuscript submitted for publication if it is not in compliance with the principles listed above.