Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
(based on Elsevier recommendations)
Ethical guidelines for journal publication
The journal is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles.
Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Editorial board, Authors, Editors, and Reviewers.
The editorial board of “Russian Journal of Building Construction and Architecture” guarantees objective and impartial review of all papers regardless of the author’s nation, gender, religion, etc. The editorial board considers all the claims regarding non-ethical behavior of the authors of the papers approved for publication as well as those already published. If the claims are confirmed, the editorial board has the right to withdraw the paper or terminate the collaboration with the author. The editorial board also has the right to publish a contradiction and take other action to stop the author’s unethical conduct.
The author is responsible for academic content of the paper and guarantees the submitted material is original.
While submitting the paper, the author guarantees that:
1. Over 50 % of the paper was not and will not be published in other printed and (or) electronic journals, except a pre-print version.
Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal.
2. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication. Article includes all the references as regulated by the copyright law as well as findings and facts obtained from other authors or institutions. All the sources must be cited in the references list at the end of the paper. Information obtained from non-official (private) sources cannot be used in the paper.
Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
The author must submit the initial research materials if requested by the editorial board in case the editorial staff or reviewer has some questions or doubts;
3. The article does not contain materials that cannot be openly published in accordance with the current legislation.
All the sources of financial support of the project (grants, state-funded programs, etc.) must be listed in the first page of the manuscript.
The authors must comply with the rules for writing and formatting papers to be published in the journal.
The material must be clear, complete, logical and well-structured. All the major assumptions must be grounded, figures and tables appropriate.
The terms and definitions must be common. If the author introduces a new term, its clear definition must be given as well as some explanation as to why a new term needs to be introduced.
If the author finds a mistake in the already published paper, they have to inform the editorial board immediately.
Submitted manuscripts must comply with the topic of the journal, otherwise they are withdrawn.
An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.
Two reviewers for each manuscript are chosen by Editorial Board of the journal. Reviewers are appointed from the leading specialists in the field of construction and architecture (a research degree is strictly mandatory). For more objective review process, “double blind” peer reviewing is used, i.e. the author gets a review without the reviewer’s name and the author’s identity is not disclosed. The coauthor of the article, scientific supervisor or consultant of one of the authors cannot be appointed a reviewer. Peer review must be objective, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. No personal criticism is accepted. All the conclusions must be grounded. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Papers are the property of their authors and are not to be disclosed: reviewers are forbidden to make copies for their own need as well as to make use of the submitted materials. Reviews and subsequent responses cannot contain libel. A positive or negative review is not enough to accept or reject a paper. The final decision on whether to accept the manuscript, return it for further improvement, reject it or send for further review is made by the editorial staff.