Publishing Ethics

Publishing Ethics for the Oriental Courier / Vostochnyi Kurier Academic Journal

The editorial board of the Vostochnyi Kurier / Oriental Courier (“VK”) academic journal of the State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN) and Institute of the Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IOS RAS) is guided by the international principles of ethics of academic publications, establishing a system of norms of professional behavior in the process of creating scholarly publications among authors, reviewers, and editors.

The guidelines were drawn up based on the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics ‘COPE’, including the Publishing Ethics Resource Kit ‘PERK’ by Elsevier and the Declaration of the Association of Scientific Editors and Publishers (ANRI) “Ethical Principles of Scientific Publications”, adopted at the General Meeting of the Association of Scientific Editors and Publishers on May 20, 2016.

The editorial board of the Journal is responsible for observing ethical standards in relation to the publication and dissemination of scientific works and encourages authors and reviewers to act in accordance with the Code of Ethics for Academic Publications and the norms of the current legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of international publishing standards.

Ethical Principles of the Author

The author of the work realizes that (s)he is responsible for the reliability, objectivity, and novelty of the scientific material provided. Knowingly falsified and/or false statements are not acceptable.

The author guarantees that the submitted work is entirely original research (not published in other publications). Borrowed statements, fragments, or quotations should be drawn up in accordance with the rules for the design of academic papers. Excessive borrowing, as well as plagiarism in any form, including unofficial quotations, paraphrasing, or appropriation of rights to the results of other people’s research, is unethical and unacceptable.

The author of the work guarantees that the submitted work is entirely original research (not published in other publications). Borrowed statements, fragments, or quotations should be drawn up in accordance with the rules for the design of scientific papers. Excessive borrowing, as well as plagiarism in any form, including unofficial quotations, paraphrasing, or appropriation of rights to the results of other people's research, is unethical and unacceptable.

The author must acknowledge the contribution of all persons or works that influenced the course of the research, in particular, indicate all references to works that were of importance in writing the academic work.

All researchers who made a significant contribution to the work, who read and agree with its final version are considered co-authors. It is inadmissible to indicate persons who did not participate in the study as co-authors.

It is unacceptable to propose for publication a work that is under consideration in another journal or has been previously published under the same or a different title.

If the author discovers inaccuracies or errors in the work before its publication, (s)he should immediately inform the editorial office in order to make the necessary corrections to the text (subject to the technical feasibility of corrections at the current stage of the production process).

Reviewer’s Ethics

The reviewer, as an expert acting on behalf of an academic journal, carries out scholarly expertise and evaluates the intellectual content of materials in order to determine the possibility of their further publication. The reviewer’s actions must be unbiased.

Any material received for review should be considered as a confidential document that is prohibited from distributing for review and/or discussion to third parties who do not have the authority to do so from the editorial board. It is inadmissible, without the written consent of the author, to use unpublished data obtained from the materials submitted for consideration for personal purposes.

The reviewer undertakes to request an exclusion from the reviewing process in the event of conflicts of interest due to certain disagreements, competitive and/or other interactions with authors and thus becomes unable to give an objective assessment.

Ethical principles of the editor

As a representative of an academic journal, the editor prepares materials for further publication, guided exclusively by the scientific significance of the work and the principles of professionalism, impartiality, and objectivity.

The editor cannot use unpublished data and information from the materials submitted for consideration for personal purposes, as well as disseminate data to third parties without the consent of the author.

The editor prevents situations in which the subjects involved in the production process show signs of unethical behavior or prejudice, including refusing to consider scientific work in the event of a conflict of interest.

The editor ensures the removal of publications that contain plagiarism, falsification, and/or fabrication of scholarly materials.

Along with the publisher, the editor takes appropriate action in the event of ethical claims regarding manuscripts or published material.