Publication in a peer-reviewed journal presents itself as a means of scientific communication and contributes a lot to the development of the respective studies. Therefore, it is important to set a standard for the future ethical conduct of all the parties involved in the publishing process: members of the Editorial Board, authors and peer reviewers. All the parties are responsible for the publication and dissemination of the scientific findings.
The principal provisions of the Publication Ethics of ‘Historia provinciae – the journal of local history’ were drawn up based on the ethical standards devised by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The Editorial Board does its best to prevent the research misconduct and any violation of the said policy.
1.Publication Ethics: Editors
1.1 The Editorial Team of the journal adheres to the principles of scientific integrity and reliability, fair, unbiased and professional behaviour.
1.2 The Editorial Board ensures that all the manuscripts submitted for publication are reviewed. It also makes fair, unbiased objective decisions on a Without Prejudice basis to the authors, their nationality, religious affiliation or commercial consideration and ensures a fair and appropriate peer review process based on respect to the authors’ personal and intellectual property rights.
1.3 The Editorial Board pursues a policy to ensure high quality of the manuscripts published in the journal and their relevance to the readership, whilst trying to accommodate the authors’ needs as well. They provide important contribution to the development of the respective area of science in Russia and abroad.
1.4 The Editorial Board guards the integrity of the published manuscripts by issuing corrections and rejections (retractions when needed) to the authors whose manuscripts fail to meet research and publication ethics.
1.5 The Editorial Board guarantees that all the manuscripts or any other data published in the journal meet international standards and ethical principles.
1.6 The Editorial Board will maintain good public relations with their authors. In case of plagiarism or any other research or publication misconduct they reject, retract the manuscript or ban publication.
1.7 The Editorial Board decides to publish a paper (with revision if required) or to reject the publication considering recommendations provided by a reviewer who has the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment. The author is informed about the final decision and its motivation.
2. Publication Ethics: Authors
2.1 Author(s) submitting their manuscript for publication in ‘Historia provinciae – the journal of local history’ should ensure that:
• the manuscript (over 50% of the manuscript text) has not been published elsewhere except for reprint;
• all copyright material has been appropriately cited or quoted according to applicable copyright laws and conventions;
• the manuscript does not contain any call for extremism or terrorism, foul language, confidential data or national security information;
• the manuscript does not contain any data which is not permitted to be published in public sources under statutory acts currently in force.
2.2 Author(s) should ensure that the manuscript submitted for publication is not being submitted or considered for publication elsewhere, there are no conflicts of interest associated with authorship, existing copyright or any other rights violations.
2.3 Authorship should be limited to those who meet the criteria for authorship, i. e. has made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study.
2.4 Author(s) should ensure that personal information provided to the Editorial Board is correct; the manuscript does not contain any form of plagiarism or other types of unlawful borrowings.
2.5 All copyright sources both by authors and other researchers should be appropriately cited or quoted; reusing parts of previous works or rephrasing are acceptable only as a basis for novel conclusions to present a research at various stages of its evolution. Where the authors use texts, data, images or ideas from other sources they should be cited or quoted as well.
2.6 Authors should alert the editor promptly if they discover an error in any submitted, accepted or published work. Authors should cooperate with editors in issuing corrections or retractions when required.
2.7 Applicable copyright laws and conventions should be followed. Copyright material (e.g. tables, figures or extensive quotations) should be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement.
2.8 The author assigns full copyright of the manuscript (publishing, reproduction, representation, distribution and other online transmittal in all forms and media) to ‘Historia provinciae – the journal of regional history’ free of charge.
3. Publication Ethics: Peer reviewers
3.1 Peer reviewers should only agree to review the manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner.
3.2 A reviewer should notify the editor of ‘Historia provinciae – the journal of local history’ if he/she does not have the expertise to assess all aspects of the manuscript or cannot carry out a proper assessment in time. He/she should ask the editor to excuse himself/herself from the review process.
3.3 A reviewer should be objective, constructive and careful in their reviews, providing fair and unbiased evaluation.
3.4 The manuscript received for reviewing is considered confidential. It is not acceptable for reviewers to use information or ideas obtained through peer review for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage; to disadvantage or discredit others.
3.5 Reviewers identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation.