Actual Problems of
Economics and Law




Editorial ethics

Interest conflict. Before forwarding the article to the Journal, all the authors must sign a statement of the existence of financial or any other significant interest conflicts, which can be regarded as those which had influenced the research results or their interpretation. All sources of financing of the above work must be listed. All forms of the outside financing (grants, subsidies, donations) must be listed. In case of the absence of interest conflicts, the authors must state: “The authors state the absence of commercial interest in any product or concept discussed in this article”.

Reviewing. Rules of reviewing the articles submitted for publication in “Actual Problems of Economics and Law” Journal.
The Editorial Board adheres to the pattern of double-blind peer reviewing. Each article submitted to the Journal for publication is reviewed by two independent reviewers. All reviewers are experts in the field of the reviewed materials and have publications in that field during the 3 preceding years. The reviews are stored in the office of the Journal during 5 years. The article is forwarded to the reviewers without the authors’ names and contact information. The reviewers work with the article as with confidential information, strictly observing the author’s right for non-disclosure of the data contained in the article prior to its publishing.
The reviewers’ comments are forwarded to the author(s) without the reviewers’ names or contact information. The decision on publishing (or rejecting) the article is made by the Editorial Board after receiving the reviews and the author’s comments. The Editorial Board of the Journal forwards the copies of reviews or the justified refusal to the author(s).

All articles are checked with “ANTIPLAGIAT” system by the following databases: eLibrary.ru collection (РИНЦ - RISC), collection of dissertations of the Russian State Library.

The policy of the “Actual Problems of Economics and Law” Journal complies with the recommendations of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE http://publicationethics.org/).

The manuscripts are accepted for consideration if the article and its key words have not been submitted to other publishing houses for publication, have not been published, and will not be published in print or on the Internet before or after their publication in “Actual Problems of Economics and Law” Journal.

The decision on publishing the article is made exclusively on the basis of the reviewing, and the evaluation of the scientific significance of the research.

Upon receiving a complaint referring to ethics or in a conflict situation referring to a submitted manuscript of a published article, the Editorial Board takes all possible measures for solving the disputable problem lawfully.

The authors are obliged to submit original works only. When mentioning the works of other authors, one must cite the text and the source accurately. The publications which had significantly influenced the research or had determined its format must also be mentioned.

In case of revealing the facts of plagiarism, fraud, or other facts of inacceptable behavior and violation of the publication ethics, the editors of the Journal may impose the following sanctions upon the authors:

  • reject the publication of the submitted manuscript;
  • prohibit publishing the article in the Journal during a certain period;
  • if occasionally any violations of the publication ethics, improper borrowings, duplicate publications or other cases of unethical behavior are discovered after an article has been published, the Journal’s Editorial Board may retract the publication

Publishing ethics of the “Actual problems of Economics and Law” journal (further referred to as Journal) is elaborated on the basis of the following documents:

  1. Code of conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors – Committee on Publication Ethics.
  2. Publishing Ethics, Publishing Ethics Resource Kit – Elsevier.
  3. Declaration of the Association of Scientific Editors and Publishers “Ethic principles of scientific publications”.

The editorial boards of the Journal observe the publishing ethics and maintain integrity in processing materials. The publishing ethics is the set of rules of conduct of the editorial staff in relation to each other, reviewers and authors on the issues connected with publishing scientific materials in the Journal. All the above-mentioned persons take the obligations listed below and strongly adhere to them in their work. All disputable cases concerning the mentioned obligations are contemplated by the Editor-in-Chief (Vice Editor-in-Chief), or the publisher.

The editorial staff are obliged:

Under no conditions to voluntarily change the author’s text; after editing to reconcile the final variant with the author.
To treat the author and their work respectfully, to strive to penetrate into their ideas, requirements and wishes, to support their creative work and scientific search, not to dictate any conditions to the author.
To contact with the authors with goodwill and sympathy.
Not to allow any preferences to the authors due to their race, gender and other circumstances which do not refer to the reliability of the submitted materials and scientific value of the work.
Not to allow publication of works which give sufficient evidence of containing plagiarism, not having scientific value, not relevant to the Journal’s remit and the declared publishing policy.
To provide participation of unbiased competent reviewers, to substitute them when necessary.
To keep the editorial privacy, i.e. not to reveal without the author’s written consent the procedure of working at the article and its content, not to submit it for reading by anyone, except the reviewers, without the author’s permission.

The reviewers are obliged:

To treat the reviewed manuscript as a confidential document, not to submit it to other persons.
To give unbiased and argumentative evaluation of the research results.
Not to use the data from the manuscripts.
To inform the editorial board about their insufficient competence for the correct evaluation of a manuscript and about the circumstances which bar such evaluation.

The authors are obliged:

To realize that they are primarily responsible for the novelty and reliability of the research results.
To provide the novelty and reliability of the research results, to bar the knowingly erroneous and false statements.
To provide that the research results, stated in the submitted manuscript, are original, and all used materials of other authors are cited with the exact notation of these authors and sources.
Not to allow excess citation and plagiarism in any forms.
To take into account all works which are relevant to the carried out research, and provide references to them.
To include as co-authors all persons who sufficiently contributed to carrying out the research, and to exclude those who did not make such a contribution.
To guarantee that the article is published for the first time and was not previously published or submitted to another journal.
To inform the editorial board about essential errors or flaws in the article at the stage of its reviewing or after publication.