Scientific journal "Transactions of Kremenchuk

Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University"

Scientific journal "Transactions of Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University"

Ethics and safety of academic integrity

1 General information

In developing the provisions of the publishing policy of the journal Transactions of Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University, the editorial board was guided by the Laws of Ukraine: "On Education", "On Higher Education", "On Scientific and Scientific-Technical Activity", based on the recommendations of the Committee on Ethics on Publication Ethics (COPE), experience of Ukrainian and foreign scientific societies, organizations and editorial boards of scientific publications, as well as guided by the Code of Ethics of Ukrainian scientists.

All over the world ethic norms are based on the comprehension of a good practice in the scientific field, that conduces confidential and fruitful collaboration as within a scientific society itself, so between scientists and public community, and therefore become the integral part of scientific development. Scientists should be confident of reliability and soundness of their own researches and their colleagues’, as well. Unfortunately, this situation has not been flawless recently, as now and then one can face the ethics violations, which in an undermining factor for people’ trust to science and those of the academic world. To prevent such a situation in Ukraine, every researcher should be wholly concern to follow the ethic requirements and be fully aware of the public opinion forming he is responsible for.

2 Ethic responsibilities of editorial office and reviewers of the journal

2.1. After anonymous (blind) review by members of the editorial board and the international editorial board and verification of the article for plagiarism using computer software (online programs), the journal publishes articles containing research results on science, education and production, implementation of new results basic and applied research in the field of technical, natural, economic and human sciences.

2.2. All responsibility for accepting or rejecting a manuscript lies with the editor, who approaches these responsibilities carefully and attentively, taking into account the recommendations of the reviewer (Doctor of Science in the relevant field) regarding the quality and accuracy of the manuscript submitted to the editor. Manuscripts may also be rejected without review if the editor considers that they do not fit the journal's profile or contain violations of academic integrity (plagiarism, self-plagiarism, borrowing, etc.).

2.3. Editors, editorial board and international editorial committee should disclose information of the submitted papers to no one but those professionally evaluate the paper. After the positive peer-review result has been granted, the article is accepted to be published in the journal and all the relevant electronic resources.

2.4. In accordance with the international legal practice in copyright protection for electronic informational resources, materials of web-sites, e-journals or e-projects cannot be duplicated, edited or the format transferred (in whole or in part) without the written permission of copyright holder (author and editorial board). These materials can only be copied in the context of other documents with reference to the primary resource, which is mandatory.

2.5. To prevent cases of “ghostwriting” (a situation where a person contributes significantly to a publication and is not disclosed as one of the authors or named in the acknowledgments) and “guest authorship” (or “honorary authorship”, a situation where an author's contribution is insignificant or non existent and he is still listed as author/co-author of a publication) the editorial office can require authors to disclose contribution of individual authors to preparation of a publication (with a list of their affiliations) in detail, i.e. provide information on who is the author of concept, premises, methods, protocol etc. used in the publication. Main responsibility to disclose full information remains on author submitting manuscript. If the case of misuse of original materials by the authors is revealed, the corresponding academic and research institutions will be informed by the editorial office.

2.6. Reviews should make their judgments in time clearly recommending one of the following: 1) accept, with or without editorial revisions; 2) invite the authors to revise their manuscript to address specific concerns before a final decision is reached; 3) reject, but indicate to the authors that further work might be justify a resubmission; 4) reject outright, typically on grounds of specialist interest, lack of novelty, insufficient conceptual advance or major technical and/or interpretational problems.

3 Ethic responsibilities of authors

3.1 Articles submitted to the editorial office must be designed taking into account the policy of academic integrity and in accordance with the requirements of the journal and in accordance with DSTU 8302: 2015.

3.2. Main motivations of a researcher’s activity should lie in striving to enrich one’s knowledge and scientific world with new achievements. The highest academic award to every scientist is an insight into the truth and acknowledgement scientific. A scientist has the right and obligation to protect his research priority. Nevertheless, publishing of incorrect or inconclusive scientific results are inexcusable.

3.3. A scientist follows domestic and international copyright legislation and can represent any information from other resources providing the reference to the primary source. Also, clear distinction between the borrowed results and outcomes of his own is a must.

3.4. If a group of researchers have the authorship of a manuscript, all of them should be listed as co-authors, with individual contribution specified (if necessary).

3.5. Authors should avoid “ghostwriting” (a situation where a person contributes significantly to a publication and is not disclosed as one of the authors or named in the acknowledgments) and “guest authorship” (or “honorary authorship”, a situation where an author's contribution is insignificant or non existent and he is still listed as author/co-author of a publication). Main responsibility to disclose full information of individual authors’ contribution remains on author submitting manuscript.

3.6. A manuscript submitted should not be published before in any other resource. If this is necessary for scientific achievements advocacy, then author should inform the editorial office about this fact.

3.7. Unbiased estimation of self-progress is a critical factor for every scientist. Mass-media can be used for propagation of scientific developments but not the author himself.

4 Final provisions

To ensure academic integrity, the editorial board is guided by the following regulations:

1. Law of Ukraine "On Education".

2. Law of Ukraine "On Higher Education".

3. Law of Ukraine "On scientific and scientific-technical activity".

4. Letter of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine dated 15.08.2018 ¹ 1 / 11-8681 "Recommendations for the prevention of academic plagiarism and its detection in scientific papers".

5. Letter of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine dated 23.10.2018 ¹ 1 / 9-650 "Methodical recommendations for higher education institutions in support of the principles of academic integrity".

6. Letter of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine dated 20.05.2020 ¹ 1 / 9-263 "On the issue of avoiding problems and mistakes in the practices of ensuring academic integrity".
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