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    Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

    The Editorial Board of The Journal «ACTUAL PROBLEMS OF TRANSPORT MEDICINE» in its work endorses policy of Elsevier publishing house (Publishing Ethics) aimed at providing the highest standards of publishing ethics and follows the guidelines on ethics of research publication (Committee on Publication Ethics, COPE). Adherence to the regulations on publication ethics by all of involved in publication process provides protection of authors’ intellectual property right, credibility of a journal in the eyes of international scientific community and excludes the possibility of illegal use of author’s materials for benefits of particular persons. The reviewing and publication processes of the Journal «ACTUAL PROBLEMS OF TRANSPORT MEDICINE» follow the recommendations developed by Elsevier publishing house.

    Publication decision

    Publication decision is always based on the study’s validity and importance to readers and researchers. The Editor-in-Chief should not be involved in the decision about paper, in which he/she has a conflict of interest. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for final decision which articles submitted to the journal shall be published. At that the Editor-in-Chief is guided by the journal policy and legal requirements for preventing libel, plagiarism and copyright infringement.  In making final decision Editor-in-Chief can consult with members of the Editorial Board or reviewers.

    Fair play

    The Editor-in-Chief assesses submitted manuscript on academic merit solely, regardless of authors’ ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, nationality or political views.

    Confidentiality

    The Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board members and Editorial staff are responsible for not disclosing of any information about the submitted manuscript to anyone except authors, referees, editorial board adviser and publisher.

    Disclosure and Conflict of interests

    Unpublished data from submitted manuscripts must not be used by the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board members or Editorial staff for personal advantage or be transferred to third parties (without written consent of the authors).

    The Editor-in-Chief should not allow to publish the materials if there is every reason to believe that it is plagiarism. Accepted papers are published under Open Access route, authors’ copyrights are reserved.

    We follow the rules approved by International Committee of medical journal Editors (ICMJE) (www.icmje.org).

    “Public trust in the peer review process and the credibility of published articles depend in part on how well conflict of interest is handled during writing, peer review, and editorial decision making. Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships vary from those with negligible potential to those with great potential to influence judgment, and not all relationships represent true conflict of interest. The potential for conflict of interest can exist whether or not an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion.”

    Dealing with complaints

    The Editor-in-Chief along with the publisher should not remain the claim relating to submitted or published manuscripts unanswered.  If there is a disagreement, they will make all reasonable efforts to restore the violated rights and if errors are detected, to publish correction or refutation. Each case of declared publication misconduct will be thoroughly investigated (even if it has been detected years after publication).