Publishing ethics

Disclosure of competing interests

Avoiding Plagiarism

Errors and ethics misconduct in the published article correction. Article retraction


Corresponding Member of the RAS
Boris W. Levin

Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Leonid M. Bogomolov

Editorial Office
Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics of FEB RAS
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Nauki str. 1B
Tel/fax: +7 (4242) 791-517
Aleksandr S. Prytkov

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Publishing ethics

Editorial policy and publishing ethics (for details see the file) of the "Geosystems of Transition Zones" Journal are based on the requirements of modern law copyright, on the traditional ethical principles of Russian and international scientific periodicals formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and is based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, in terms of the Sarajevo Declaration on Integrity and Visibility of Scholarly Publications.

The requirements of publication ethics compliance when the Journal preparing and publishing concern all participants in the editorial and publishing process Ц the founder and publisher, authors, editors, reviewers, and members of the editorial board.

Editorial board and editors should:
Х ensure confidentiality of material received from the authors; not to use unpublished data obtained from submitted manuscripts for personal research or for other purposes without the authorsТ explicit written permission;
Х timely and objectively consider the material submitted to the Journal based only on their academic merit and novelty, regardless of the personality of the author, his citizenship, racial, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religious and political beliefs in taking a decision on admission to the publication;
Х not admit to publication material with established signs of plagiarism, copyright and ethics violations;
Х not publish material that do not correspond to the scope of the Journal, do not contain new results and new information in comparison with previously published works;
Х comply with the policy of disclosure of conflict of interest on the part of all participants in the publication process;
Х ensure an honest and efficient peer-review process;
Х respond adequately (right up to retraction of the article) in case of ethical claims concerning submitted or published material;
Х publish the corrections to this article as soon as possible or retract the work, if significant errors are found in the published manuscript.

Peer-reviewer, agreeing to review the material, should:
Х decline to review if there is an obvious conflict of interest affecting the perception and interpretation of the manuscript material;
Х inform the editor about the violations of ethical norms of scientific work in the reviewed material;
Х give an objective and reasoned assessment of the manuscript submitted for review without discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate;
Х protect the confidentiality of any material under review; not discuss them with colleagues; not use the information obtained from the article for personal and commercial advantage;
Х notify the editors of the discovered substantial similarity or coincidence between the manuscript and another published work in the area of scientific competence of the reviewer; draw the author attention to significant published works corresponding to the scope of the article and are not included in the bibliography of the manuscript.

The author, submitting the material to the editors, should:
Х be fully responsible for the accuracy of the facts stated in published material, accurate citation of scientific works used in the research and article writing, the presence of correct links and the appropriate permissions to use borrowed elements (illustrations, text, or primary data).
Х not to concurrently submit the material to different publications. Publishing a manuscript largely devoted to the same study in more than one journal is unethical behavior and unacceptable;
Х not to allow copying or paraphrasing of essential parts of other people's works (without giving a reference), as well as republishing of their own articles, book chapters, scientific conference reports (including those posted in electronic publications), sections from published scientific reports, etc. Doctoral and candidate theses presented in databases or scientific archives are not considered prior publications. If this manuscript uses elements from another publication, the authors should indicate the significant difference between the works and identify a connection with the research results presented in the previous work. The editors may accept for consideration an unpublished work posted on the website, or previously published as a whole or partially in another language, provided that the author informs the editors that such material exists;
Х disclose and specify any potential conflict of interest that, in the author's opinion, may directly or indirectly influence the publication process;
Х indicate all people who have made a significant contribution to obtaining the research results presented in the submitted material as coauthors; the help of other persons in the article preparing should be acknowledged in the "Acknowledgements" section;
Х indicate in the manuscript all sources of financial support for the conducted research, on the results of which the submitted material is based;
Х clearly and unambiguously describe the methodology for performing the work (if we are talking about an experiment) so that its results can be confirmed by other researchers;
Х accurately indicate information about the used literature sources in the reference list;
Х cooperate with the editor and publisher, shortening, expanding and correcting the article, if necessary, based on the comments and recommendations of reviewers and the Editorial Board;
Х provide open access to additional data related to the manuscript upon request of the editor; in any case, keep this data for 3Ц5 years after publication;
Х take part in the process of reviewing of the articles by other authors in this Journal;
Х if significant errors or inaccuracies are found in published material, promptly notify the editors about this to make a joint resolution on the form of presentation of objective information. If the editors or publisher learn from a third party that a published work contains significant errors, the author, if he does not provide evidence to the journal editors of the correctness of the paper, is obliged to promptly correct or retract the paper.

Founder and Publisher:

is responsible for the proper presentation of research results to the public, especially in terms of the ethical aspects of the publications set out in this document;

adheres to the principles and procedures to facilitate performing of professional and ethical responsibilities by the authors, Editorial Board, editors and reviewers of the "Geosystems of Transition Zones" Journal in accordance with these requirements;

Provides material and technical support and equipment for publishing activities, arranges the provision of services in the field of advertising, legal assistance, etc.; bears all costs related to publishing and distributing the Journal.

Promotes advanced training of editorial staff, helps the Editorial Office to interact with other organizations to ensure the functioning and development of the Journal.