Publication of a paper in the peer-reviewed Russian Digital Libraries Journal (RDLJ) clearly indicates high professionalism of its authors and a high scientific level of the research institution where they work. Double blind peer review and selection of papers is limited to only those that fall within the research fields included in the scope of the journal. It is therefore crucially important for everyone involved in the publication process (author, editor, reviewer, and publisher) to develop and to agree to certain ethics principles. Below are the ethics principles established and followed by RDLJ Editorial Board:
Legal basis and ethical aspects of the activity of log RDLJ enshrined in its editorial policy, which is based on the traditional ethical principles of the Russian scientific periodicals, supported the Code of ethics of scientific publications, formulated Committee on the ethics of scientific publications (Moscow, Russia), and constructed taking into account the ethical work of editors and publishers, enshrined in Code of conduct and best practice guidelines for journal editors and the Code of conduct for journal Publishers , developed by the Committee on publication ethics (COPE).
The main provisions of editorial policy and professional ethics are as follows.
Editor-in-Chief is responsible for drafting the policy pursued in relation to the journal. The Editorial Board is responsible for the scientific content of the journal and the decision of the editorial issues. By publishing a journal, editorial board aims to transfer knowledge and experience gained by the international community, as well as international scientific schools.
Editorial Board adheres to the following principles of work and professional ethics:
- The intellectual content of submissions is evaluated irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, parentage, citizenship, social standing and political views of the author(s);
- Unpublished material from papers submitted for evaluation may not be used for any personal goals or passed to a third party without the prior written approval of the author(s). Information or ideas gathered in the course of editor's work and associated with possible benefits are kept confidential and may not be used for personal gain;
- All submissions are checked for borrowed material first and only then reviewed. The Editorial Board will not accept for publication any information for which there is a reasonable suspicion of plagiarism;
- Reviewing and editing of every submission is carried out in accordance with prescribed formal procedure. Depending on the result of the review process the board of editors may either accept the submission for publication, ask the author to improve the submission, or decline the submission altogether;
- Publication of invited papers or surveys upon proposal from the board of editors is possible. For such submissions review is not mandatory;
- The ownership of and the extent of intellectual property rights over the published material are determined in accordance with current legislation of the Russian Federation. Authors and reviewers bear full responsibility for the published content.
In addition, Editors and members of the Editorial Board:
- are responsible for all materials published in the journal;
- make impartial decisions independent of commercial interests and ensure reviewing is objective;
- maximally protect authors’ reputations, rights, and interests;
- protect papers’ integrity, suggest changes in papers when needed, and notify authors of rejection if their papers fall out of the journal’s subject scope or do not meet the journal ethic principles;
- protect other entities from unauthorized use of their materials;
- resolve situations where a conflict of interest may exist;
- follow ethical norms involving use of people or animals for experiments;
- inform authors and reviewers about what they are expected to do, see to that no conflicts of interests occur.
Authors, when submitting their work, must:
- Provide authentic unaltered results of the performed research;
- Guarantee that the research results presented in the submission are an entirely original work. All borrowed parts and statements must be in the form of proper citations and refer to the original author and source. Excessive borrowing and plagiarism in all forms, including lack of attribution, rephrasing and misappropriating results of someone else's research, is unethical and unacceptable;
- Admit the contribution of all people that affected the research. In particular, a submitted paper must contain references to the papers that were of value in the course of the research;
- Not submit a paper that is already submitted to another journal and is pending publication or already published there.
A failure on the part of the author(s) to comply with these requirements constitutes grounds for declining the submission.
- participate in the journal editorial policy development;
- follow reviewing timeline and ensure confidentiality of opinions;
- make reviews in an impartial manner, reveal and deter plagiarism and parallel publications, and, where needed, confirm their opinions by references to literature sources.
Publisher – Kazan (Volga region) Federal University (KFU):
- strive to remove advertising, reprinting, and other commercial influences from the journal editorial board decision-making;
- promote cooperation with publishing houses and trade publishers in many fields.
Publishing in the journal is free of charge.