Requirements for observing publication ethics in the preparation and publication of the journal "Science Governance and Scientometrics" apply to all parties involved in editing and publishing the journal — authors, editors, the Editorial Board, reviewers and the publisher. The journal's Editorial Board monitors compliance with the ethical requirements and observance of guidelines prepared by foreign specialised organisations, associations and publishing houses, as well as the Association of Scientific Editors and Publishers.
The journal's editorial staff relies on several key documents developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics at Elsevier Publishing House (Netherlands) and other foreign Editorial associations and information systems, as well as the Declaration of Ethical Principles of Scientific Publications adopted by ASEP.
Responsibility of the Editor
- The Editor of the journal is responsible to the authors, reviewers, readers, the scientific community, founder, publisher and the general audience for the content of the materials published and acknowledges this responsibility.
- The Editor makes objective decisions regardless of commercial considerations and guarantees an honest and efficient peer review process.
- The Editor evaluates the content of the manuscripts regardless of authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, origin, citizenship or political preferences.
- The Editor recuses themselves from working with articles in which there is a conflict of interest.
- The Editor observes the principle of non-disclosure of personal information, including the double-blind review process involving authors and reviewers.
- The Editor facilitates anonymous communication between authors and reviewers (via editorial mail) if these parties must engage in dialogue.
- The Editor makes every effort to resolve conflict situations that arise in the course of their work.
- The Editor publishes information about corrections, refutations and retractions of articles, if necessary.
- The Editor does not publish the final version of the article without its agreement with the authors.
- The Editor promptly informs the authors about all decisions made in relation to the article and promptly responds to all letters and questions from the author.
Responsibility of the Reviewer
- The Reviewer assesses their workload before agreeing to examine the manuscript. The reviewer should only agree to review the manuscript if they possess sufficient time for a quality assessment and are able to keep within review deadlines.
- The Reviewer warns the editorial office about conflict of interest (if any) before starting their work with the article; they must also immediately inform the editorial office about any ethical violations observed.
- The Reviewer does not transfer information about the article and the data it contains to third parties.
- The Reviewer does not use the information obtained from the article for personal or commercial purposes.
- The Reviewer observes the rules of common decency in their expressions and explanations in relation to the article and does not attack the author(s) personally.
Responsibilities of the Author
- When the Author submits an article for consideration, they are responsible for making sure that its materials have not been previously published. If the article is based on previously published materials of a non-article nature, or its materials are available online (for example, posted on a preprint server), the Author must notify the Editorial Board of the journal.
- The Author does not submit the same article for consideration to different journals.
- All co-authors must agree to submit the article to the journal.
- The Author must notify the editorial office of a potential conflict of interest.
- The Author must correctly cite the sources they used, including their own earlier works; they must avoid self-plagiarism in the manuscript and must not artificially increase the number of publications or the volume of the article.
- The list of authors must include all persons who have made a significant contribution to the research—and only these persons. Attribution of work to unrelated individuals is not allowed.
- The correspondent author must notify their co-authors about any changes and suggestions made by the journal's Editorial Board; they cannot make decisions regarding the article alone. Consent of all co-authors is required to introduce these changes.
- The Author must observe common decency in their correspondence with the reviewer through the editorial office and respond to comments and remarks, if any.
- The Author must cooperate with the editorial office, answer letters from the editor and any questions that may arise; if necessary, the author must make adjustments to the text of the submitted article.
Reponsibilities of the Editorial Board
- The Editorial Board carries out the journal's academic and organisational management: it approves the journal's thematic plans; makes decisions pertaining to the acceptance or rejection of articles; and it is responsible for the quality of the scientific content and the journal's thematic focus.
- The Editorial Board evaluates the content of the manuscripts regardless of authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, origin, citizenship or political preferences.
- The Editorial Board develops an editorial policy ensuring maximum transparency and accountability to the authors.
- The Editorial Board supplies the publication with new materials and invites external authors to publish their materials in the journal.
- The Editorial Board makes and enacts joint decisions pertaining to the journal's development and optimises the publishing process.
Responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief
- The Editor-in-Chief directs the Editorial Board and the editor's office.
- The Editor-in-Chief clears the journal issues for publication.
- The Editor-in-Chief represents the editorial board before government authorities, government bodies and social organisations.
- If necessary, the Editor-in-Chief establishes contractual relations based on the norms and provisions of copyright law with organisations and authors.
- The Editor-in-Chief appoints and conducts meetings of the Editorial Board.
Responsibilities of the Publisher
- The Publisher supports scientific communications and invests in this process; the publisher is responsible for compliance with all modern recommendations for the published work.
- The Publisher must remain impartial to the journal's editorial policy.
- The Publisher provides legal aid to the editor's office of the journal (if necessary).
- The Publisher ensures that every issue of the journal is published in a timely manner.
- The Publisher is responsible for printing edits and clarifications; the Publisher must also retract articles containing ethical violations or serious errors.