The editorial board of the journal "Condensed Matter and Interphases" when choosing, preparing and publishing articles, is guided by international standards of publication ethics.
The requirements for compliance with publication ethics in the preparation and publication of the journal apply to all participants in the editorial and publishing process - editors, members of the editorial board, reviewers, authors, founder, and publisher.
The editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Condensed Matter and Interphases is responsible for all materials published in the journal, sharing the responsibility with the editorial board. The editor-in-chief’s decision is based on the paper’s validity and its scientific relevance.
Editors perform their activities based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors) developed by the COPE Publication Ethics Committee.
Encouraging scientific discussion
Editors must be prepared to consider reasoned criticism of the studies published in a journal. Authors of criticised materials must be given the opportunity to respond to criticisms. The journal provides a forum for discussion about research that challenges previous studies published in the journal.
Protection of personal data
Editors must comply with privacy laws and protect personal information obtained through research.
Editors must support authors whose copyrights have been infringed or who have been victims of plagiarism.
Editors must cooperate with the publisher to protect copyright and prosecute infractions (for example, requesting retraction or removal of material from websites)
Nondisclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Editors will not use unpublished material presented in submitted papers in their own research work without the prior written consent of the authors. Information obtained during the review process is confidential and will not be used for personal gain.
In case of conflict of interests resulting from the competition, cooperation, or other relations with the author or an organisation related to the submitted material, the editor-in-chief (vice editor-in-chief) must not participate in the review process and must not communicate with the members of the editorial board reviewing the manuscript.
The review process helps the editor-in-chief to make a decision regarding the publication of the manuscript and to improve the quality of the material together with the author. Peer review is an essential element of scientific communication and a key part of the scientific approach.
Authors present the results of their original research. The results must be valid and accompanied by an objective discussion of the importance of the study. The data presented in the manuscript must be accurate and consistent. The description of research materials and methods must be as detailed as possible to accurately reproduce it and obtain appropriate results. The manuscript must provide enough details and references. Reviews must also be accurate and objective. False or inherently wrong statements are viewed as unethical and are unacceptable. In this case, the manuscript will be rejected.
The author warrants that the manuscript is original. When works or statements by other authors are used in the manuscript the author must provide sufficient references.
Plagiarism is unethical and hence unacceptable. The journal does not publish plagiarism in any form.
representing another person’s works as your own;
copying or rephrasing significant parts from other people’s works (without reference);
taking the credit for another person’s findings;
using images, drawings, photographs, tables, graphs, diagrams, or any other form of graphical representation of information without reference.
Inappropriate borrowings include:
references not to the first source of the borrowed text without an explicit indication of this fact (an error in determining the source);
lack of references from the text to the sources given in the references; excessive citation, including self-citation.
Self-plagiarism in the manuscript is the reuse of text without a corresponding reference in more than one of the author's publications. Self-plagiarism can be detected in submitted manuscripts by an editor or reviewer, or by using appropriate software (e.g. Antiplagiarism, CrossCheck). If self-plagiarism composes a small percentage, then the author may, at the request of the editorial board, rewrite duplicate sections or provide a reference to the previous articles. If self-plagiarism relates to research results, editors must refer it to COPE regarding multiple (duplicate) publications: More significant matches may be the reason for the rejection of the manuscript.
In case of detection of self-plagiarism in an already published article, the editor applies corrective measures in accordance with the COPE flowchart regardless of how old the article was.
Manuscripts sent to the journal "Condensed Matter and Interphases" undergo a mandatory check for plagiarism of the text through the “ANTIPLAGIAT” system. If unauthorised borrowings are detected or low coefficient of originality of the text (<80%) is revealed, as well as in the case of large amounts of borrowings not justified by the goals of the article, the manuscript is rejected.
Reviews that for objective reasons require more citations are considered by the editors on an individual basis.
Articles with content repeating the results and conclusions obtained in other scientific publications of the author (monographs, previous publications), as well as studies already described earlier in dissertations and abstracts, in the absence of the development of the provisions presented in them and new results are not accepted.
In case of detection of numerous borrowings in an already published article, the editorial board of the journal "Condensed Matter and Interphases" applies the Retraction procedure in accordance with the COPE guidelines on the withdrawal of articles from the press and the ANRI Ethics Council (Rules for retraction of an article from publication).
The main purpose of retraction is to correct published information and warn other authors and readers about the illegality of using the results of a retracted article in their research, to ensure the integrity of conscientious research, and to protect the reputation of the journal, which seeks to maintain the trust of authors and readers in the quality of published articles.
Reasons for article retraction:
Retraction does not depend on date of the publication of the article in which the violations were found. The article may be retracted upon official request by the authors, who have reasonably explained the reason for their decision, as well as on the initiative of the editors of the journal on the basis of their own expertise. In the latter case, an official letter is sent to the corresponding author with information about the reasons for retracting the article.
After a retraction, the article remains on the journal's website as part of the corresponding issue and retains the DOI, but is marked as retracted. The same note is made in the table of content of the issue. The PDF version of the article is replaced with an identical version with a watermark indicating on each page that the article has been retracted.
The editorial board publishes a statement regarding the retraction of the article indicating the reasons and date of retraction on the official website of the journal. Information about the retraction of the article and its PDF version with the appropriate markings are sent to the bibliographic databases in which the journal is included. The information is also submitted to the ANRI Scientific Publication Ethics Council for inclusion in the Unified Database of Retracted Articles.
4.Resolving disputes related to plagiarism
The editorial board of “Condensed Matter and Interphases” abides by the standards of academic ethics, protects the reputation of the authors, and takes all instances of plagiarism very seriously. Accusation of plagiarism can be detrimental for a researcher’s career.
In order to be objective, the editorial board thoroughly studies each case and considers the arguments of all the parties concerned. Before taking any further steps, the editorial board gathers and carefully analyses information from the authors of the manuscript in question or the copyright owners. The decision of the editorial board is unbiased, objective, and not subject to any influence by third parties.
The editorial board reserves the right to ignore any accusations of plagiarism, when the accuser does not provide sufficient personal information (for example, the accuser does not use their real name) or acts in an unethical or threatening manner. The editorial board is not obliged to discuss the alleged instances of plagiarism with anyone other than those directly involved.
The author must not submit similar manuscripts for publishing to more than one journal. Submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal simultaneously is unethical and unacceptable.
The author must not submit a published paper for publication in any other journal.
The author takes the necessary measures to make sure that the citations presented in the article are correct.
The author correctly cites his previous articles and avoids self-plagiarism in the manuscript.
Information obtained from confidential sources (for example, a grant for research) must not be mentioned in the manuscript without the express written permission of the author of the manuscript directly related to the relevant confidential sources.
The editorial board reserves the right to request from the authors the original (raw) research data, including making it available to reviewers and editors. Authors must be ready to provide this kind of information to editorial staff (according to ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), and retain this data for an adequate period of time after publication.
Authorship is based on the following criteria: those who made a significant contribution to the formation of the concept, the development, execution and/or interpretation of the results of the presented research, as well as to the process of writing the manuscript (including those who carried out scientific and stylistic editing and registration in accordance with the requirements of the journal).
Co-authors are those who have made a significant contribution to the preparation of the text of the manuscript and the research.
According to the principles of scientific ethics in academic publications and in accordance with the model of scientific contribution, all those who have made a significant contribution to the formation of the concept of the work, its execution, or interpretation of the presented research must be credited. The editorial board recommends using the CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy, http://www.casrai.org/credit.html) scientific roles taxonomy to record what type of contribution a particular scientist has made to the published research.
The corresponding author notifies co-authors about all changes and proposals of the editorial board and must not make decisions regarding the article alone, without the written consent of all co-authors. The contact author correctly communicates with the reviewer through the editor and responds to comments and remarks, if any.
All co-authors must confirm that they have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed to submit it for publication.
The authors disclose all financial or other conflicts of interest that may be deemed as affecting the results and conclusions presented in the manuscript.
Examples of potential conflicts of interest to be disclosed:
Clear and potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed as early as possible.
Information about conflicts of interest is published as part of the full text of the article.
If the author finds any errors or inaccuracies in the published paper, they must inform the editorial board of the journal “Condensed Matter and Interphases” and cooperate with it in order to withdraw the paper or promptly correct the errors.
If the article contains inaccuracies and factual errors that do not require retraction of the article, the editorial board provides a procedure for publishing post-publication corrections. Post-publication corrections of the scientific article provide true and fair information, help to avoid illegal borrowings, and eliminate erroneous data.
Any minor errors are not accompanied by a separate post-publication correction notice. Instead, a footnote detailing to the reader that the article has been corrected will be added to the article. Minor errors do not affect the reliability or understanding of the scientific content by the reader.
Authors must notify us as soon as possible if they discover errors in their published article, especially errors that may affect the interpretation of the data or the reliability of the presented information. The corresponding author is responsible for consensus-building among all listed co-authors prior to submitting any requests for corrections or retractions of the article.
In the case of multiple typos, incorrectly formatted citations, incorrect wording, incorrectly provided facts, the need to make corrections of the members of the authors, and other cases where changes are required due to the errors affecting the interpretation and scientific integrity of the article, a reprint of the article with corrections is performed concurrently with the withdrawal of the previous publication.
The republishing of the article with corrections can be initiated by the author(s), readers, or the editors of the journal.
The procedure for correcting errors when republishing an article
The publisher (Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education “Voronezh State University”) adheres to the COPE Core Practices, which are applicable to all participants in the publication process of scientific literature: Editors, reviewers and authors, and ethics developed by the editors of the journal.
The editorial board adheres to ethical standards in its activities and defends the right to editorial independence. The journal does not place advertising and informational materials and does not sell advertising of specific articles. Sponsorship cannot influence editorial decisions regarding the selection of manuscripts for publication and editorial content.
Information about authors (surname, name, patronymic, name of the affiliated organisation, address of the organisation, e-mail address, phone number for readers to contact the author), provided by them for publication in the journal, become available to the public, to which the authors give written consent by signing the License Agreement. The publication of the specified information is carried out in the interests of the authors in order to fully and correctly record the publications and their citations by the relevant bibliographic organisations and ensure the possibility of contacts between the authors and the scientific community.
Personal information provided by the authors to the journal in addition to the above information, including additional email addresses and phone numbers, will be used only for contacting the authors in the process of preparing the article for publication. The editorial board is obligated not to transfer this personal information to third parties who may use it for other purposes.
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