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Editorial ethics

Ethical standards

With the view of copyright protection, activity of the Vesti Gazovoy Nauki editors bases both upon the principals of international practice and the legislation of Russian Federation (namely, The Law on Copyright and Related Rights, and the Chapter no. 70 of The Civil Code of the Russian Federation). The editorial staff strives for adherence of ethical norms related with authorship, reviewing, editing and publishing of scientific papers at every stage of journal production. Among others we follow guidance of The European Association of Science Editors (EASE), Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and the Singapore Statement approved by the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity (Singapore, July 22–24, 2010).

Ethics of authorship

Researchers should take responsibility for their contributions to all publications, funding applications, reports and other representations of their research. Only a researcher who made considerable intellectual contribution into a paper and is directly responsible for preparation and writing of at least one part of this paper can act in the capacity of its author. If some paper concerns with the results of a collective research work, the list of authors should include all those and only those who meet applicable authorship criteria. Every co-author should feel absolutely certain of professional skills and competences of other co-authors, should keep accurate and complete information about described studies, and should be able to present this information to the editors on demand. Naming as authors those persons who didn’t participate in creation of the paper is unaccrptable.

All co-authors are to pass written and signed consents to publication of the named paper in the Vesti Gazovoy Nauki journal to the editorial office.

Authors are initially responsible for novelty and reliability of presented research results and according to it they must:

  • provide trusted data. Deliberately wrong or false statements are inadmissible;
  • guarantee originality of revealed facts. Borrowings like direct and circumstantial citations should be accompanied with bibliographic references including obligatory indication of authors and original sources;
  • acknowledge impact of those persons who in any way have influenced the study. In particular, the paper should contain references to correspondent scientific works;
  • cooperate with an editor and the publisher during a whole editorial process correcting the paper when necessary;
  • observe the Copyright legislation. Copyrighted materials belonging to third parts could be reproduced only with permission of the owners;
  • disclose any conflicts of interests which can influence estimation and interpretation of the manuscript, as well as sources of project funding (namely: grants, state programs etc.) with their obligatory acknowledgement within the manuscript;
  • inform without delay the editors about all mistakes found in any own paper being suggested for publication, approved for publication or published. In case an error is revealed by third persons, authors must immediately correct it or prove its absence.

Suggested manuscripts must be formatted in accordance with rules listed here. Authors can’t simultaneously suggest one manuscript to several journals. Suggesting a manuscript the author must inform the editor about all previous presentations of this work including conferences and data bases. Repeated textual reproduction of previously published own works is unacceptable. Instead the author should only mention this work and give a correspondent bibliographic reference. In case the Vesti Gazovoy Nauki editorial staff discovers a fact of double publication, a correspondent report will be published in the next issue of the journal either with author’s explanations, or without them. Besides, this paper will be retracted from vesti-gas.ru and other sites aimed at indexing of publications.

Ethics of reviewing

The scientific-technical collected book “Vesti Gazovoy Nauki” is included into a Minobrnauki of Russia List of reviewed scientific journals where the main scientific results of candidate and doctor theses should be published in respect to the following groups of scientific specialties: terrestrial science, machine-building and theoretical engineering, power engineering, safety of human activities.

The editorial staff guarantees independent, fair, prompt, and closed single-blind reviewing of papers. See the procedure here. Reviewers provide confidentiality of information and respect its ownership and copyright. They must avoid public debating of unpublished manuscripts. Reviewers can’t copy received papers or their parts for own purposes, or pass them to third parties without permission of an editor.

Rejected manuscripts are not preserved and stored. Notes of reviewers are not published and not made public in any other way without permissions of paper authors, reviewers and editors.

First of all, a reviewer analyses if the suggested manuscript answers the subject and scope requirements of the journal, then scientific novelty, simplicity and literacy of interpretation, validity and cogency of experimental data, and completeness of bibliographic references are estimated. The reviewers must give honest and objective characteristic of the manuscript, clearly formulate their remarks. All conclusions of the reviewers should be well-reasoned and confirmed with trustworthy references.

If there are any scientific publications which have obviously influenced the discussed paper, but are not mentioned in it, the reviewer should point them out. Also he is to attract editor’s attention if there is any considerable similarity to another previously published article which the reviewer is aware of. In case the reviewers challenge validity of data or expediency of paper publishing, the author will have a chance to answer the risen questions.

Basing on the reviewer’s report, the editorial board either approves, or rejects the manuscript, or returns it to the author for revision. The editors reserve to themselves a right to reject a manuscript without independent reviewing when the editor in chief or the editorial board concern this manuscript to be of poor quality or unsuitable for the readers of the journal.

Criticism against personality of an author is unacceptable. If a reviewer finds out any conflict of interests or other circumstances interfering with honest and unprejudiced evaluation of the manuscript, he must inform the editors about it. If a reviewer considers himself a layperson in respect to the subject of the suggested manuscript, as well as if he understands that he is short of time, he must refuse to review such manuscript without delay.

Reviewers have no rights to use materials of an unpublished manuscript for his own studies without written permission of its author.

All independent reviewers are aware of the above mentioned requirements and will be informed about any future revisions of editorial policy.

Ethics of editing and publishing

The main mission of the Vesti Gazovoy Nauki journal is to inform a wide circle of scientists and researches employed in the gas industry about the correspondent state-of-art achievements and applications. So, the editorial staff permanently perfects prepress technologies and looks for highly skilled experts, editors and reviewers. The editors guarantee independent and diligent evaluation of all manuscripts without prejudices against national and religious identities of authors, their employment statuses and business interests.

Papers which content contradicts the legislation of the Russian Federation are not published. Also articles suspected of plagiarism and copyright violation could be rejected.

Final verdict on possibility of publication is made by a science editor of the journal, and in written form is announced to the authors. It is inalterable excluding the cases of serious misunderstanding. At the same time dissatisfied authors can repeatedly suggest revised and improved materials for publication.

The editors and the editorial board keep to the above mentioned ethical rules and don’t tolerate bad faith in preparation of publications. The chief editor and the editorial staff tend to settle inner conflicts of interests, as well as the conflicts of interest between authors, reviewers and the members of the editorial board. The editors pledge themselves to deal promptly with any claim related to non-ethical behavior of authors and reviewers of manuscripts or published articles regardless of time it has been received and to take adequate measures. In case the stated arguments prove true, the editors can refuse to publish such manuscript, break off further cooperation with the author or the reviewer, publish a correspondent denial, and take necessary measures for prevention of non-ethical behavior of this person in future.

Every claim is studied regardless the time when the related article was approved for publication. Authors have opportunity to answer in written form the questions and to substantiate (explain) contradictions. All documentation and correspondence related to the claim is being stored. The journal publishes the well-reasoned criticism of previously published materials but for conceiving motives to avoid such publications.

The editors guarantee privacy and information security, namely they pledge themselves not to reveal anybody the information about manuscripts and their authors except the enabled reviewers and the publisher.

The editors have a right to make alterations in a manuscript after their concordance with the authors. If doubtless errors or evident misprints are discovered, they can be corrected on an urgent basis if necessary.

On the expiry of a month or less after printing of a particular Vesti Gazovoy Nauki issue the articles from this issue are opened at the vesti-gas.ru site. The e-versions of articles are subjected to all the above listed principles.

The editors can put the articles in total or in parts to disposal of Russian or foreign companies which provide indexation of scientific publications and to place them at www.vesti-gas.ru.

The exclusive copyright for each issue of the Vesti Gazovoy Nauki collected book (within a complete body of an issue) belongs to its founder – the Gazprom VNIIGAZ LLC. Reproducing of published materials without permission of the editors is forbidden. References at citation are required.

The editors don’t return to authors received manuscripts and related materials. Author’s emoluments and royalties are not paid. All articles are published free of charge.

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