Editorial Ethics

  1. General statements
  • The authors must get acquainted with and comply the ethics of publishing on authorship, conflicts of interest and materials dissemination; to avoid simultaneous submission of the same material to several publications, plagiarism, data manipulation, etc.
  • Reviewers and editors are obliged to carry out the impartial expert review of manuscripts, observing confidentiality and pre-declaring the presence of conflict of interest.
  • Editorial staff carefully considers all disputes and infringements, if necessary, corrects and taking out of materials.
  1. General duties and responsibilities of Editorial Board
  • The main standards relied on by the journal «Economics of transport complex» are those developed by Committee on Publication Ethics(United Kingdom), by the publisher Elsevier (Netherlands), and other editorial associations and information systems.
  • Editorial Board is responsible for the quality of content published in a journal.
  • During the publishing process, provides technical and information support to users of the journal.
  • Ensures the safety integrity of the submissions received.
  • Ensures confidentiality of materials submitted to the journal for the entire editorial and publishing process, takes into account the provisions of the Law of Ukraine "On Protection of Personal Data" and the General Data Protection Regulation.
  • Ensures that all participants of editorial and publishing process have received the necessary training and are provided with detailed instructions and guidelines for reviewing and work in the journal.
  • Takes into account the comments and suggestions of readers, authors and reviewers on how to improve the work of the publication.
  • Editorial Board quickly responds to any complaints on the work of the journal and guarantees a solution of the problem situations.

Publication ethics and unfair practice in connection with the publication

The principles of professional ethics in the work of the editor and publisher

In its activities, the editor is responsible for publication of author's works that requires compliance with the following fundamental principles:

- At the time of adoption of the decision on the publication the editor of the scientific journal is guided by reliability of data presentation and scientific importance of the work.

- An editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, social status or political preferences of the authors.

- Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used for personal purposes or transferred to third parties without written consent of the author. Information or ideas obtained in the course of editing and related to possible benefits must be kept confidential and not used for personal gain.

- The editor should not allow the information to be published if there is sufficient reason to believe that it is plagiarism.

- The editor together with the publisher should not leave unanswered complaints concerning the considered manuscripts or published materials as well as for the identification of conflict situations to take all necessary measures to restore violated rights.

Cooperation with authors

  • Editorial Board provides authors with detailed instructions regarding the editorial and publishing process, informs the time of receiving materials and publication dates of issues.
  • The authors are provided with detailed description of the review process, in case of any deviations from the described process, editors are obliged to provide an explanation to the author.
  • Editorial Board defines the criteria for evaluation of materials and carries out the selection of reviewers for each manuscript.
  • Sends to authors detailed comments of reviewers.
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to minor literary editor and correction, while preserving the author's style.
  • Editor decision of acceptance / rejection of the manuscript is based on its relevance, originality, relevance to the scientific direction and the requirements of the journal.
  • If the manuscript contains many controversial factors (such as negative response of both reviewers about quality of articles, the article is not finalized by author, taking into account the reviewers' comments etc.), the editors can not approve it for publication.
  • If the author disagrees with the editorial decision, it is declared the appeal mechanism to the Editorial Board of the journal.
  • At the request of the author the manuscript can be removed from consideration and archived in the journal (with the consequent possibility of recovery in the queue). To do this, the author should contact the editor with your request.

The principles that should guide the author of scientific publications

The author (or group of authors) realizes his primary responsibility for novelty and validity of scientific research results, which implies respect for the following principles:

- The authors should provide reliable research results. Advance erroneous or falsified statements are unacceptable.

- Authors must guarantee that the results of a study described in a submitted manuscript is completely original. Borrowed fragments or statements must be furnished with the obligatory indication of the author and source. Excessive borrowing and plagiarism in any form, including unregistered quotes, appropriation of other people's research are unethical and unacceptable.

- It is necessary to recognize the contribution of all persons somehow influenced the course of the study. In particular, this article must be submitted references to the work, which had a meaning during the research.

- Authors should not submit to the journal the manuscript that was submitted to another journal and is under consideration, as well as articles already published in another publication.

- Co-authors of the article should include all persons who have made a significant contribution to the study. Among the sponsors is unacceptable to designate persons who did not participate in the research.

- If the author finds significant errors or inaccuracies in the article at the stage of reviewer or after its publication, it must as soon as possible to inform the editorial Board.

Cooperation with reviewers

  • Editorial Board provides reviewers with detailed instructions on the revieming process and work in the journal system.
  • Editorial Board asks the reviewer to note the presence of a possible conflict of interest before he would agree to review the material submitted to him.
  • Editorial Board asks reviewers to report all cases of plagiarism.
  • Sends a message thanking the reviewers for their contributions to the journal.
  • Ensures that all reviewers’ qualification corresponds to the level of professional edition, and if necessary, change their structure.
  • Stops cooperation with the reviewers who provide reviews of poor quality or with a constant delay.
  • Uses a variety of sources (not just personal contacts) to identify potential reviewers (specific databases).
  • Ensures that the review process is fair, objective, unbiased and timely.
  • Adapts the review process to the needs of reviewers and provides an opportunity for each of them to carry reviewing the most convenient way (through the journal or via e-mail).
  • Reviewers do not have the right to disclose the information specified in the manuscripts prior to publication.

Ethical principles in the activities of the reviewer

Reviewer provides scientific expertise of copyright material, so his actions should be impartial, in compliance with the following principles:

- Manuscript received for review must be treated as a confidential document that cannot be transmitted for familiarization or discussion to third parties, does not have any permission from the editors.

- The reviewer must give objective and reasoned assessment of study results. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable.

- Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used for personal purposes reviewer.

The reviewer who has not, in his opinion, qualified to assess the manuscript, or cannot be objective, for example in the case of a conflict of interest with the author or organization should inform the editor with a request to exclude him from the process of reviewing this manuscript.

Cooperation with the editors

Editorial Board is obliged:

  • Provide new editors with detailed instructions on how to operate the journal system and features of the publishing process.
  • Regularly review the body of the editorial staff.
  • Continuously inform the members of the editorial staff about novelties.
  • Provide clear instructions to the editors about their functions, powers and duties (supporting and promoting the journal).
  • Periodically consult the members of the editorial staff, informs about changes in the journal policy, technical innovations and exchanges the proposals for the future functioning of the journal.
  • Confidentiality. Editors do not have the right to disclose the information specified in the manuscripts prior to publication.

Cooperation with readers

  • Editorial Board provides proper information sharing and distribution of a new newsletter published content to readers
  • Ensures that all published scientific papers were reviewed by qualified experts.
  1. Status of the author

The list of authors should indicate the persons who have made a significant contribution to the scientific research presented in the article. Academic status, position, or other seniority should not determine the order in the list; the order of authors should indicate the relative leadership and value of the researchers’ contribution to this scientific work.

The author of the manuscript is a researcher who has made a contribution in all subsequent stages of the preparation of the article:

  • the idea of conducting research. Statement of the problem and research objectives;
  • the development of the concept and design of the manuscript, data collection, analysis and interpretation;
  • drafting the article or its critical scientific review and correction;
  • approval of the final version for publication.

Each author is responsible for the content of the article. If the work is produced by a team of scientists, authors must include a list of persons who meet the above criteria and add the name of the group.

Funding for the study or the general supervision of the work is not an authorship.

Replacing the authors. If in the period of time from the submission of the manuscript prior to its publication for any reason the list of authors should be changed, the author, who deposits the manuscript should contact the editorial office and indicate the reason for change.

  1. Conflict of interest

Conflicts of interest (CI) – these are the factors that negatively affect the objectivity, or can be perceived as interference in the process of peer review, editorial decision-making, publishing and presentation of the manuscript.

A conflict of interest may arise in relation to individuals or organizations, and is divided into the following categories (but not be limited to these):

Personal CI:

  • Personal relationships(eg, friends, family members, current or previous managers, opponents) with persons involved in the supply or reviewing manuscripts (authors, reviewers, editors, or members of the editorial board);
  • Personal beliefs(political, religious, ideological, etc.) related to the topic of the manuscript, may interfere with the objective process of the publication (in the stage of submission, review, editorial decision-making or publication).

Professional CI:

  • The reviewer or editor is the author's colleague, who participated or observed the conduct of the study.
  • Membership in organizations that lobby the interests of the author.

Financial CI:

  • Research grants from various funding organizations: governmental, non-governmental, research or charitable institutions.
  • Patent applications (actual or expected), including the application of institutions to which the author refers, and from which he can make a profit;
  • Fees, gifts and favors of any kind.
  • All persons involved in the manuscript, including authors, editors, reviewers and readers who comment on or evaluate the material, should report any conflict of interest.
  • If, in the opinion of the editors, there are circumstances which may affect the impartial review of the material, the editors do not appeal to this reviewer.
  • Editorial Board reserves a right not to publish a manuscript, if the conflict of interests declaredby author puts objectivity and authenticity of research estimation under a threat.
  • If the editorial board will reveal a conflict of interest that has not been declared upon submission - a manuscript may be rejected. If undeclared conflict of interest is discovered after publication, if necessary, the article can be corrected or removed.
  1. Access to and use of materials and data

The authors confirm that all the material presented in the publication will be distributed in the public domain and may be used by other researchers with a scientific non-profit purpose under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) with the obligatory indication of authorship.

If there is a doubt in the authenticity of the data provided in the published article, and the material cannot be accessed, making it impossible to check them, readers can contact the editors to further contact with the author, test and make corrections.

On request, the authors must provide immediate access to all data and materials presented in the article, if it does not break rule of confidentiality, related to the anonymous questioning of people during research.

  1. Correction and texts addition
  • If necessary, Editorial Board makes necessary changes and clarifications to the content, publish a retraction and apology.
  • Editors can make minor changes (fixing small errors) and clarifying the content of articles that improve its content, but does not significantly alter its structure as a whole. To do this, send a request to the editor.
  1. Manuscript submitted to several journals

When submitting, authors should confirm that the manuscript (or its modified version) at the moment is not sent for review and publication in another journal. If such work has already filed or published in another journal, the editors will not consider such manuscripts.

8. Intellectual property

  • Editorial Board responds to signals related to intellectual property issues, and is working on the prevention of potential violations of Ukrainian legislation on intellectual property and copyright.
  • Editorial Board oversees research findings, which are published in the journal, have been implemented according to International documents and recommendations (eg, AERA and BERA for Educational Research).

9. Plagiarism

  • The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the information presented in the articles, the accuracy of the names, last names and citations.
  • The authors have responsibility for their presented materials In the case of finding out plagiarism in them.