Basic principles of peer review in "Branta" Transactions
- The first step of peer review is to assess whether the paper fits in the range of scientific issues elucidated in the Transactions and complies with requirements to the manuscript layout.
- Basing on the subject of the manuscript, at least two reviewers are assigned.
- The reviewers assess the relevance, originality and methodological level of papers, as well as their compliance with the ethic rules for scientific publications.
- In case of controversial reviews, the independent external reviewers (narrow experts in this field) are mandatory involved.
- The review procedure is anonymous for both the reviewers and author(s).
- Reviews are submitted in writing and ended with the conclusion that accepts for publication (taking into account possible editing and revision) or definitely refuses the paper.
- In case if the paper is returned to the author for improvement (accepted but needs some revision), the author resubmits the paper with all the improvement having made, and gets the second review. After that only minor changes are possible, and the third review is given. Only two resubmission of the revised publication are allowed. If the final (third) review concludes that there is a need to refine the paper, then the paper is rejected.
- After a series of editorial revisions the final version of the paper is sent to the author for his final proofreading and consent to publish the paper as presented.
The Transactions of the Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station “Branta” strictly follows ethical standards based on the standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Submitting the article to the journal, the author confirms that he adhered to scientific ethics and all the rules and requirements adopted in the journal (see below). The editorial advisory board of "Branta" in turn guarantees to take measures to ensure high ethical and professional standards while working on the each article.
Authors and Authors responsibilities
- All authors should make a sufficient intellectual contribution to the writing of the article, namely the development of the concept, data collection, material processing, analysis and writing of the article. If it is impossible to determine the specific tasks that were performed by a person while writing an article, then this person should not be attributed authorship.
- The inclusion of a person who does not meet the requirements of authorship established by the editorial policy, or the exclusion of a person who meets these requirements, is a violation of the ethical requirements of the journal.
- If there are two or more authors of the article, one of the authors should be defined as the corresponding author (the author with whom the publisher will conduct all correspondence relating to the submitted article).
- Any changes in the composition of the team of authors (adding and/or excluding authors, changing the order of authors) is possible only upon written request of the corresponding author explaining the reason for the change(s) and the role (s) of the added and/or excluded author (s).
- All authors whose names appear in the manuscript share collective responsibility for the presented results.
Manuscript and data
- The manuscript should not be submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
- The manuscript should not be published previously (partially or in fully) and submitted to another journal before its publishing in "Branta" or receiving a negative review. If the article concerns an extension of previous work, please, provide the transparence of re-use of materials to avoid a hint at "self-plagiarism".
- No data (including figures) should be fabricated or adjusted to support your conclusions.
- At the request of the Editorial Board authors should be ready to send supporting documentation or data to verify the accuracy of results. These can be primary raw data, pictures, descriptions, confirming the accuracy of the species definitions etc.
- Manipulation or falsification of data is a violation of publication ethics. The journal uses the COPE guidelines in suspected cases of falsification of data.
- Authors should guarantee that the data used in the article are the results of the authors' own research or provided by other persons with their agreement without violation of intellectual rights, as evidenced by the relevant references in the text of the article.
- The journal considers plagiarism as a serious violation. Plagiarism may be presented in different forms: from the "transfer" the another person's article as own, copyright or paraphrase substantial parts of someone else's article (without mention the author) to assignment of the results of research carried out by others. Plagiarism in all its forms is unethical and not acceptable behaviour. In suspected cases of plagiarism the editorial advisory board "Branta" will act in accordance with the COPE guidelines.
Conflicts of interest
- Any interest or relationship, finance or otherwise, which may affect the author's objectivity, is considered as potential source of conflict of interests
- The Editorial Board will not reject articles only because of a conflict of interest, but believes that any competing interests must be established and disclose before publication.
- All authors must disclose in their work information about any financial or official impact on the authors, which could affect the results of the research or their interpretation. All sources of financial support of the project, under which the publication was prepared, must be indicated
- Members of the Editorial Board must refuse to consider manuscripts with which they have a conflict of interest as a result of competitive, financial or other relations with any of the authors, companies or institutions associated with these articles.
The responsibility of editors and reviewers
The Editorial Board guarantee that in questions of acceptance or rejection of the articles is guided only by professional and ethical standards, all decisions of the Editorial Board are based only on the desire to publish high-quality and authentic scientific materials. The main approaches which our Editorial Board guide while making decision on publication of the article are outlined here.
The Editorial Board will make efforts to follow all ethical standards by the Editorial Board itself, the authors, the data accepted for publication in the journal, and external reviewers, whom the Editorial board involves to evaluate the scientific importance of the articles.
Abuse of authority
Abuse of authority is the deliberate use of own authorities contrary to the interests of official duty, based on selfish personal interest, is not acceptable in the activities of the editorial advisory board "Branta". Protectionism, favoritism, nepotism in the selection of publications, as well as other abuse of authority by the Editorial Board, are incompatible with the principles and standards of professional ethics, and will never be used in the work of the Editorial Board "Brant»
- Manuscripts will be reviewed with proper respect to the privacy of the author and reviewer. The members of the Editorial Board oblige do not disclose to anyone the information about manuscripts (including their content, status in the process of review, criticism of the reviewers or ultimate fate) besides authors and reviewers. The members of the Editorial Board guarantee that they will never use the materials of manuscripts before their publishing, and will never use the data obtained to confirm the authenticity of the manuscript, without the agreement of the author
- Information in the form of confidential personal data of the author(s) will not be requested by any member of the editorial Board.
- Reviewers undertake not to disclose the information about manuscripts (including their receipt, content, as well as the actual review prepared by the reviewer) to anyone besides the contact person of the Editorial Board, from whom he received the manuscript (editor-in-chief or secretary of the Editorial Board). Reviewers respect the authors' rights and do not publicly discuss the work of the authors. Any ideas and data of the manuscript cannot be used by reviewers before its publication. Reviewers cannot hand over the manuscript to others without the permission of the editor-in-chief.
Members of the Editorial Board will never, under any circumstances, consider citation of articles of the journal or citation of articles of members of the Editorial Board as a requirement for publication of the article in the journal. Any recommendation concerning cited articles can be made only for the purpose of improving the quality of the published article.
Illegal or unethical behavior can be identified and brought to the attention of the Editorial Board at any time by anyone, regardless of the terms of publication of the article. Those who informs the editors about such behaviour must provide sufficient information. All received complaints of unethical behaviour will be reviewed and scrupulously verify by the Editorial Board. Prior to any decision, all information is confidential and subject to disclosure only to a strictly defined circle of persons who are involved in such an investigation.
Actions in case of detection of violation of ethical standards
If the Editorial Board finds that the author or members of the Editorial Board, as well as reviewers have violated ethical standards (mentioned above or any other), this person will be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.
Minor violation may be considered within the editorial Board, without the need for wider consultation. In this case, the Editorial Board will limit itself to addressing a member of the Editorial Board or reviewer with the requirement to explain such behavior.
In case of detection of serious violations of ethical standards, the organization that employs the accused will be informed of this fact. If the fact of violation of ethical standards will be confirmed in relation to the member of the Editorial Board or reviewer, he will be excluded from the Editorial Board and will not be involved in further review of articles. In case of confirmed violation of ethical standards by the author, it may be decided to veto the publication of the author in the journal for a certain period of time (the decision on the terms is made by the editor-in-chief in consultation with the members of the Editorial Board, and other persons involved in the process, and depends on the degree of violation of ethical standards).
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