The editorial board of the journal “Applied Aspects of Information Technology” (AAIT), embraces the policy of thepublishing house “Elsevier” aimed at observing the principles of publishing ethics (http://www.elsevier.com/about/publishing-guidelines/publishing-ethics). The editorial board also accepts guidelines developed by Elsevier to help editors, reviewers and authors in the discharge of their moral duty, rejects plagiarism or other unethical behavior and does not publish manuscripts that do not comply with these norms. These guidelines are based on the current Elsevier publishing ethics policy.
Authors should be familiarized with publishing ethics and comply with the provisions of publishing ethics, conflict of interest and distribution of materials; they should avoid the simultaneous submission of one material to several publications, plagiarism, data manipulation, etc.
Collaboration with Authors
The Editorial Board provides Authors with detailed instructions regarding the editorial and publishing process, informs on the deadlines for receiving materials and the dates of publication of issues.
Authors are provided with a detailed description of the review process; in case of any deviations from the process described, Editorial Board is required to provide an explanation to the Author.
The Editorial Board determines the criteria for evaluating materials and selects Reviewers for each manuscript.
The Editorial Board sends detailed Reviewers comments to Authors.
The Editorial Board retains the right to minor literary editing and correction while respecting the Author’s style.
In the case of the Author’s disagreement with the editorial decision, the journal declares an appeal mechanism to the Editorial Board (see the Review Process, see the Appellation Process).
At the request of the Author, the manuscript can be removed from consideration and archived in the journal system (with the subsequent possibility of restoring it in the queue). To do this, the Author must contact the Editoral Board with the appropriate request.
The Author of the manuscript is the researcher who made a contribution to all subsequent stages of the article:
– formulating the idea, the problem and objectives of the study;
– development of the concept and design of the manuscript, data collection, analysis and interpretation;
– drafting of an scientific message or its critical review and correction;
– approval of the final version for publication.
Each Author is responsible for the content of the article. If the work is done by a group of scientists, it is necessary to include in the list of authors persons meeting the above criteria and add the name of the group.
Research funding or general control over the work of the group is not authorship.
Replacing Authors. If in the period from the submission of the manuscript to the moment of its publication for any reason, the list of authors needs to be amended, the Author who contributes the manuscript should contact the Editors and indicate the reason for the changes.
Reviewers and editorsare required to conduct an unbiased peer review of manuscripts, respecting confidentiality and declaring in advance the existence of a conflict of interest.
Collaboration with Reviewers
Editorial Board provides Reviewers with detailed instructions on how to work in the journal system.
Editorial Board asks the Reviewer to note the presence of a possible conflict of interest before it agrees to review the material submitted to him.
Editorial Board asks Reviewers to report all cases of plagiarism.
Editorial Board sends Reviewers a message of appreciation for their contribution to the journal.
Editorial Board ensures that the qualifications of all Reviewers correspond to the level of the professional publication, and, if necessary, adjusts the team list.
Editorial Board terminates collaboration with Reviewers who provide reviews of poor quality or with a constant delay.
Editorial Board uses a number of sources (not only personal contacts) to identify potential Reviewers (field specific databases).
Editorial Board ensures that the review process is fair, objective, unbiased, timely.
Editorial Board adapts the review process to the needs of Reviewers and provides an opportunity for each of them to carry out the review in the most convenient way for him (through a journal system or via e-mail).
Collaboration with Editors
The Editorial Board is obliged to
Provide new Editors with detailed instructions for working with the journal system and features of the editorial and publishing process.
Regularly review the list of Editorial Board.
Permanently inform Editorial Board members about innovations.
Provides clear instructions to Editors regarding their functions, powers and responsibilities (to support and promote the journal).
Periodically consult with members of the Editorial Board, informs about changes in journal policy, technical innovations and exchanges proposals for the future functioning of the journal.
Confidentiality. Editors do not have the right to disclose the data specified in the manuscripts prior to their publication.
In its activities, the Editor is responsible for the publication of copyright works, which imposes the need to follow the following fundamental principles:
– when making a decision on publication, the Editor is guided by the accuracy of data presentation and the scientific significance of the work in question;
– the Editor should evaluate the intellectual content of the manuscripts, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, origin, citizenship, social status or political preferences of the authors;
– unpublished data obtained from submitted manuscripts should not be used for personal purposes or transferred to third parties without the written consent of the Author. Information or ideas obtained during editing and related to possible benefits should be kept confidential and not used for personal gain;
– the Editor should not allow the publication of information, if there is sufficient reason to believe that it is plagiarized;
– the Editor, together with the Publisher, should not leave unanswered claims regarding the reviewed manuscripts or published materials, as well as take all necessary measures to restore the violated rights when identifying a conflict situation.
Editors carefully consider all disputable situations and violations; if necessary, carries out the correction and removal of materials.
General Responsibilities and Responsibility of the Editorial Boar
The Editorial Board is responsible for the quality of the content published in the journal.
During the publishing process, the Editorial Board provides technical and information support to users of the journal.
The Editorial Board ensures the integrity of the received materials.
The Editorial Board ensures the confidentiality of materials filed in the journal during the entire editorial and publishing process.
The Editorial Board ensures that all participants in the reaction and publishing process have received the necessary training, as well as provided with detailed instructions and recommendations on peer review and work in the journal.
The Editorial Board takes into account the comments and suggestions of readers, Authors and Reviewers on how to improve the work of the publication.
The Editorial Board promptly responds to any complaints about the work of the journal and ensures that all problematic situations are resolved.
Collaboration with readers
The Editorial Board ensures that readers are properly informed and that new content is posted.
The Editorial Board ensures that all published scientific materials were reviewed by qualified experts.
Conflict of Interest
Conflicts of interest are factors that negatively affect objectivity, or can be perceived as interfering with the review process, editorial decision making, publication and presentation of a manuscript.
A conflict of interest may arise in relation to individuals or organizations, and is divided into the following categories (but not limited to those indicated):
Personal conflict of interest
Personal relationships (for example, friends, family members, current or previous research supervisors, opponents) with people involved in submitting or reviewing manuscripts (authors, reviewers, editors or members of the Editorial Board);
Personal beliefs (political, religious, ideological, etc.) related to the subject of the manuscript and which might interfere with the objective publication process (at the stage of submission, review, editorial decision making or publication).
Professional conflict of interest
The Reviewer or Editor is a colleague of the Author who participated in or oversaw the study.
Membership in organizations that lobby for the interests of the Author.
Financial conflict of interest
Research grants from various funders: governmental, nongovernmental, research, or charitable institutions.
Patent applications (existing or expected), including applications of institutions to which the Author relates, and from which Author can make a profit;
Fees, gifts and rewards of any kind.
All persons related to the manuscript, including Authors, Editors, Reviewers and Readers who comment on or evaluate this material, should reveal conflict of interest if it has taken place.
If, in the opinion of Editors, there are circumstances that may affect the review of the material, the editors do not involve such a Reviewer.
The Editors reserve the right not to publish the manuscript if the conflict of interest declared by the Author threatens the objectivity and reliability of the evaluation of the study.
If the Editors reveal a conflict of interest that was not declared at the time of submission - the manuscript may be rejected. If an undeclared conflict of interest is discovered after publication, the article can be corrected or deleted if necessary.
Access and Using of Materials and Data
The Authors confirm that all materials presented in the publication will be freely available and can be used by other researchers with a scientific non-commercial purpose under the terms of the Creative Commons 3.0 Unported license with the obligatory indication of authorship.
Ancillary data (data sets, software applications, photo, audio, video materials) that illustrate and serve as a supplement the content of the study can be additionally placed in institutional repositories or on other Internet resources, which should be referred to in the article. If the Author is not able to use such a resource, materials can be added in the journal as “Additional files” when submitting an article.
If the article describes a new open source software, Authors should place it on a suitable resource and provide a comprehensive description of the algorithms used.
If there is a doubt about the accuracy of the data’s provided in the published article, and access to them is closed, which makes it impossible to verify them, Readers can contact the Editors for impelling the Author to check it and make corrections.
At the request of the Editors, Authors must provide open access to all the data and materials presented in the article, if this does not violate the confidentiality rules associated with an anonymous interviewing of people during the study.
Edition and Edition of Texts
Depending on circumstances, the Editors make the necessary changes and clarifications to the content, publish disclaimers and apologies.
The Editors can allow minor editing (correcting small errors) and clarifying the content of the article, which improve its content, but do not significantly change its structure as a whole. To do this, it is necessary to send a request to the Editor.
Commenting Published Articles
The web pages of published articles provide for the possibility of comments by users (including unregistered ones). The Editors encourage users to leave as much feedback as possible about the published material.
The Editorial Board promptly reviews and responds to justified criticism of materials published in the journal, informs the Authors of the articles about the feedback received and asks for clarification.
Commenting should have the character of a civilized scientific discussion:
– may contain explanations and additions to the content and the results of a particular article;
– arguments must be accompanied by a link to published resources or contain an exhaustive scientific rationale;
– comments of a different nature (offensive and obscene language, advertising and Spam) will be deleted;
– user accounts that violate the above rules will be annulled.
Manuscript Submitted to Several Publishers
When submitting, the Authors must confirm that the manuscript (or its modified version) is not currently sent for review and publication in another journal. If such article has already been submitted or published in another journal, the Editors will not consider such manuscripts.
The Editorial Board responds to signals related to intellectual property issues and works to prevent potential violations of current Ukrainian legislation on intellectual property and copyright.
The Editorial Board monitors the results of scientific studies that are published in the journal, and makes sure that ones were made according to internationally accepted recommendations (for example, AERA and BERA for educational research).
The Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the data presented in the articles, the accuracy of the names, surnames and quotations.
In case of detection of plagiarism, the Authors are responsible for it.
Plagiarism has many forms: from claiming someone else’s work as own - to copying or paraphrasing essential parts of someone else’s work (without reference to the source), as well as to claiming own rights to the results obtained in studies carried out by others. Plagiarism in all its forms is unethical behavior during publication and is unacceptable.