scientific-technical journal

Pozharnaya bezopasnost’/FIRE SAFETY

ISSN 2411-3778   eISSN 2782-3199

Publication Ethics

The Editorial staff of the journal “Pozharnaya bezopasnost’/Fire Safety” (hereafter — the Editorial staff) in its decision-making and potential conflicts resolution will be guided by generally accepted international rules which regulate ethical relations between all publishing process participants: authors, editors, reviewers, the publisher and the founder. Provisions given in this section are based on recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), taking into account the experience and ethical codes of other authoritative publishers. 

The Editorial staff activities are based on the following general principles: honesty, politeness, conscientiousness, objectivity, confidentiality, sound skepticism, competence, professionalism. 

The Editorial staff does not accept for publication the articles related to politics, which contain biased and incorrect assessments of other scientific works and other specialists. 

Review of the articles is carried out by the members of the editorial board as well as by the invited reviewers — leading specialists in the corresponding branch of science and industry. The decision on the selection of a reviewer is made by the editor-in-chief or deputy chief editor. The term of reviewing is 2–4 weeks, but at the request of the reviewer it can be extended.


Ethical principles for authors

The authors shall not present earlier published article to the Editorial staff, and shall not send the article for publication to more than one publisher at the same time.

The authors of the article shall guarantee that the work is original and is not the plagiarism. 

At preparing the article the authors shall adhere to the scientific style and the structure of the scientific article accepted in scientific periodicals.

The authors shall present precise and reliable data in the article and bear collective responsibility for compliance of the scientific article to ethical and legal norms, and they shall also follow the requirements about inadmissible disclosure of financial data or any other information that leads to the conflict of interests.

An official letter from the organization or the company, in which the authors are working (or at least the first author), shall be attached to the sent article. In this letter, it is required to confirm that the materials of this article can be published in the public media.

The written consent to its publication (in paper and (or) electronic form) from all the authors, and, if required, from the relevant companies, universities and the enterprises, with which participation and/or on which equipment this work had been performed, shall be attached to the sent article. This written consent of the authors of the article is an automatic confirmation that they have the copyright for the published material, including the text of the article and figures, schedules, photos and tables placed in it.

The authors shall avoid open advertising of goods and services provided by the organizations in which they are working.

Authors that submit their paper for publication in the journal confirm that their publication does not breach any of existing copyrights, and guarantee to the editor that potential losses will be compensated if such violations are found. For ease of distribution and implementation of materials utilization policy, authors shall transfer their exclusive property right for the manuscript to the editor, unless agreed otherwise.

The author or the authors shall attach to the article their personal data (place of work, position, contact phone, e-mail), which are allowed for publication in the journal.

Any change in the composition of the corporate authors in the course of review and preparation of the article for publication shall be confirmed with the written consent of all the authors.

The authors shall identify as co-authors all participants who have made a significant contribution to the research and writing the article.

The authors shall recognize the works of other researchers and give references to the publications which influenced the research and were used in it. The quotes and the references to other works shall be precise and accurately executed.

Methodologies, calculations and the results of the research published in the scientific article shall be stated legibly, clearly, and unambiguously to ensure the possibility of their repetition and subsequent confirmation by other researchers. 

The authors shall answer the reviewer’s questions in the shortest possible time and professionally. The authors shall notify the Editorial staff in case of refusal from reviewing their work or preference not to respond to the reviewer comments. 

The authors shall notify the Editorial staff in case of detection of mistakes or inaccuracies by them in the work presented for the publication and take measures for their correction. The authors must cooperate with the Editorial staff during preparation for the publication of the refutation or the corrected article in case if mistakes or inaccuracies are found in the earlier published article. 


Ethical principles for editors

 Editors bear responsibility for all the materials published in the journal, and at the same time they shall:

  • seek to satisfy inquiries of readers and authors;

  • permanently improve the contents of the journal;

  • ensure freedom of expression of views (within the current legislation and ethical norms);

  • ensure compliance of publications for scientific publications to academic standards and internationally recognized ethical norms;

  • prevent the conflict of interests between business requirements and the principles of intellectual activity;

  • be ready to publish, if required, amendments, denials and apologies. 


Ethical principles of reviewers

By accepting an article manuscript for peer-review, the reviewer shall:

  • keep the manuscript confidential during peer-review. If the reviewer needs advice from a third-party professional, the reviewer must inform the editor;

  • inform the editor if, in the reviewer’s opinion, he or she is not sufficiently qualified for peer-review the article or is not capable of providing the review in the specified time period;

  • be impartial. The reviewer shall not accept a manuscript for peer-review, if its author or co-author is a person in a close professional or other relationship with the reviewer;

  • inform the editor if a conflict of interest exists with the article’s author or co-author and;

  • provide a complete and justified explanation for his or her judgment on the manuscript under peer-review;

  • inform the editor of any similarities between the submitted article and materials previously published in any other source;

  • to his or her best knowledge, inform the editor if the manuscript contains falsified data, plagiarism or borrowed materials.

  • be objective and conscientious, keep from inciting statements, slanderous and humiliating comments;

Information obtained in the course of reviewing shall not be subject to disclosure, use in personal interests for own benefit, the interests of other persons or organizations, for causing harm to other persons or their discrediting. 

The reviewer shall:

  • determine the compliance of the scientific article to the profile of the journal;

  • establish the relevance of the material provided and the degree of the scientific novelty of the study;

  • assess completeness, reliability of the presentation of the material, style of presentation, structuring of the scientific article, provided graphic and illustrative material, correctness and accuracy of the use of definitions and wording;

  • assess the significance and possible practical application of the research results;

  • give reasoned conclusions about the article, as a whole, comments, if required, recommendations for its improvement.


Ethical principles of the Editorial staff

The editorial staff shall:

  • make the decision on the publication of the articles based on their quality and compliance to the topics irrespective of economic or political aspects;
  • be equally fair to the presented works, assess them according to the intellectual contents and make the decision on the publication of the article only based on expert assessment of the independent reviewers and the opinion of editorial board members;

  • not allow the publication of the article if there are sufficient basis to believe that it is a plagiarism;

  • respect the right to confidentiality and the privacy of personal information, and advise the information about the submitted manuscript only to the authors and reviewers;

  • withdraw the submitted article in presence of the conflict of interests. If the conflict of interests is identified after the publication of the scientific article, the corrections or disclaimers shall be published;

  • take effective measures when an ethical complaint is received to the submitted manuscript or published scientific article (notify the author, discuss the complaints with the editorial board, publish the corrections (explanations), revoke the unfair articles);

  • form an effective policy of the journal and the mechanisms of its implementation as well as distribute information on the policy of the journal among all the interested persons;

  • provide timely issue of the journal.

The intellectual property and the copyright shall be subject to protection. 

Reprint, all types of copying and reproduction of the materials published in the journal are allowed only with the written permission of the Editorial staff.


Policy of response to the violation of the publication ethics

In case of violation of the publication ethics by the authors (plagiarism, duplicate publications, «fan» circulation of texts to the editions of the journals, etc.), the Editorial staff shall take the following sanctions:

  • refuses to publish the submitted manuscript;

  • puts a ban on publications in the journal for a certain time period;

  • informs about the fact of violation of the organization with which the author/group of authors is/are affiliated;

  • sends an appeal to the Ethics Board of the Scientific Publications with a request to check all the materials published by this author/group of authors for a ten-year period;

  • does not accept during the year the materials from the author/group of authors who violated the publication ethics.

The right of taking decisions on sanctions in each particular case belongs to the Editor-in-chief.

All correspondence relating to incidents with violation of ethical regulations shall be kept for three years.

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Address of the Editorial Staff:

mkr. VNIIPO, 12, Balashikha, Moscow region, 143903, Russia

+7 (495) 521-23-33 (Editor-in-chief), +7 (495) 524-98-70 (Editorial Staff)
vniipo@vniipo.ru vniipo_onti@vniipo.ru

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