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Principles of professional ethics in the activities of the editor and publisher

Author's ethics of scientific publications

Ethical principles in the activity of the peer-reviewer

Principles of professional ethics in the activities of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board

Preprint and Postprint Policy

Conflict of interest policy


Retraction of the published article

Open Access Policy

Financial policy


The Editorial Board of the scientific journal "Technical Aesthetics and Design Research" commits to the principles of publication ethics adopted by the international community,  and expressed, in particular, in the recommendations  of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Ethical Code of Academic Periodicals), as well as takes into account the valuable experience of reputable international journals and publishers. 

To avoid any unfair practices in publishing activities (plagiarism, presenting false information, etc.) and to ensure a high quality of scientific publications and public recognition of the author’s scientific results, each member of the Editorial Board, Publishers, Authors, Peer-reviewers and institutions involved in the publishing process shall adhere to ethical standards, rules and regulations and take any reasonable steps to prevent their violations. The compliance with these ethical guidelines by all the parties ensures authors’ intellectual property rights, improves the quality of the journal and excludes a possible misuse of copyright material in the interests of particular individuals.


Principles of professional ethics in the activities of the editor and publisher

Editors and publishers are responsible for publication of author’s works, which implies abiding by the following basic principles and procedures to:

  • encourage the Editorial board, the Editorial and publishing group, Peer-reviewers and authors to fulfil ethical obligations in compliance with these requirements;
  • assist the Editorial Board of the journal in considering claims to ethical aspects of the published materials and promote interaction with other journals and/or publishers, if it favours the Editors to perform their duties;
  • ensure confidentiality of the submitted manuscript and any information until its publishing;
  • if there are strong reasons (poor quality of the article; inconsistency of the journal's topics; violation of ethical principles; high level of plagiarism, etc.), the editor has the exclusive right to reject the article at the stage preceding the review (technical expertise);
  • if there is a conflict of interest between the editor and the author (s) of the article or the organization, the article must be passed to another editor;
  • not allow the editor to use obtained unpublished data from submitted manuscripts for personal purposes;
  • guarantee the high quality of the published materials and their content integrity, as well as to publish corrections, clarifications and apologies when needed;
  • to answer claims concerning the reviewed manuscripts or published materials, and when identifying a conflict situation, the editor and  the publisher take all necessary measures to restore the violated rights;
  • to coordinate with the author the editorial proofreading made in the article.


Author's ethics of scientific publications

The authors (or a team of authors) when submitting materials to the scientific journal "Technical aesthetics and design research" are aware that they bear primary responsibility for novelty and validity of scientific results, which implies adhering to the following principles:

  • the author (team of authors) must submit and make the manuscript in accordance with the rules adopted in the journal;
  • the results of research presented in the submitted manuscript should be original, reliable, without false or fraudulent statements;
  • every borrowed fragment or statement must be accompanied by a mandatory indication of the author and the original source, including if the author (team of authors) provides data from their previously published works;
  • the following is unacceptable and unethical: any forms of plagiarism; excessive borrowing; paraphrasing; assignment of rights to research results that do not belong to the author (team of authors) of the article;
  • the submission of information from confidential sources must be accompanied by an official authorization;
  • all those who have made significant contributions shall be described as co-authors (the sequence of co-authors is determined within the team depending on the contribution made by each co-author);
  • the author (team of authors) shall provide only authentic facts and information in the manuscript; provide sufficient information for verification and repetition of experiments by other researchers;
  • it is necessary to recognize the contribution of all persons who somehow influenced the course of the study, in particular, the article shall contain references to works that are important in the study;
  • the author (team of authors) shall comply with ethical standards when criticizing or commenting on third-party research;
  • if available, the author (team of authors) is obliged to indicate the source of funding within which the research is carried out (responsibility for the correctness of the reference to the source of funding rests with the author);
  • author shall not submit the manuscript already published in the journal or  is under consideration in another journal;
  • If significant errors or inaccuracies  are found in the manuscript under consideration or after its publication, the author should immediately inform the Editorial Board.
  • the responsible co-author is selected within the team, with whom the Editorial Board will be able to coordinate all stages of work with the article (design, availability of a full set of documents, the results of reviewing, etc.);
  • the author shall respect the work of the Editorial Board and Peer-reviewers and eliminate the indicated inaccuracies and justify them;
  • authors shall prove to the Editorial Board or the Publisher that their initial manuscript is valid or correct substantial errors, if the Editorial Board has become aware of them from the third parties.


Ethical principles in the activity of the peer-reviewer

Review of articles is carried out on the principle of "double-blind" review by members of the Editorial Board, as well as by invited reviewers-recognized experts in the relevant field of knowledge. The decision on the choice of a reviewer for the examination of the article is made by the Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor-in-Chief. Peer-reviewers take up at least three weeks to review an article.

When carrying out scientific examination of author's materials the peer- reviewer should be guided by the following principles:

  • the peer- reviewer must ensure the confidentiality of the document ( manuscripts cannot be passed for discussion or examination to the third parties);
  • the review shall be unbiased, objective and contain a reasoned assessment of the stated results of the study. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable;
  • the peer-reviewers shall inform the Editor-in-Chief about any substantial or partial similarity of the manuscript under consideration and any other work, as well as the absence of references to statements, conclusions or arguments, which have been previously published in the papers of this or another authors;
  • the peer- reviewer shall note the relevant published works that are not cited (in the article);
  •  the peer-reviewers shall take decisions basing on particular facts and justify them;
  • the peer-reviewers are not allowed to make copies of the manuscript for personal gains;
  • the peer-reviewer is not allowed to use obtained unpublished data from submitted manuscripts for personal gains;
  • if the peer-reviewer for any reason does not have the opportunity to properly carry out scientific examination of the article (lack of sufficient qualification or level of knowledge; conflict of interest with the author or organization, etc.),  shall request the Editor to exclude him from the peer-reviewing process. 


Principles of professional ethics in the activities of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board

In carrying out its activities, the Editor-in-Chief is responsible for making author’s works public, which implies abiding by the following basic principles to:

  • be guided by reliability and scientific significance of the manuscript;
  • evaluate intellectual content of the manuscript, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, origin, citizenship, social status or political preferences of the author;
  • not use unpublished data from the submitted manuscripts in personal interests or passed to the third parties without the author’s written consent. keep information or ideas obtained in the course of editing and related to possible benefits confidential and not used for personal gain;
  • not allow the information to be published if there are sufficient grounds to believe that it is plagiarism;
  • to answer claims concerning the reviewed manuscripts or published materials, and when identifying a conflict situation, the editor and the publisher take all necessary measures to restore the violated rights;

The Editor-in-Chief commits to:

  • continuously improve the journal;
  • follow the principle of freedom of opinion;
  • exclude the influence of business interests or politics on the decision to publish materials;
  • to decide on the publication of materials, guided by the following main criteria: appropriateness of the manuscript to the journal; relevance, novelty and scientific significance of the submitted manuscript; presentation clarity; reliability of results and completeness of conclusions. A decision on publication is taken on the basis of the quality of the research and its relevance;
  • take all reasonable steps to provide a high quality of the published materials and protect the confidentiality of personal information;
  • consider recommendations of peer-reviewers when taking a final decision on publishing the manuscript;
  • justify decisions regarding acceptance or rejection of the manuscript;
  • allow the author of the peer-reviewed material to substantiate his research viewpoint;
  • not to revoke the decision on publication taken by the previous board, if the list of the Editorial Board members has been updated.

Along with the Editor-in-Chief, the responsibility for the decision to publish lies entirely with the Editorial Board of the journal, and therefore the members of the Editorial Board are obliged to:

  • to ensure effective selection of reviewers for articles, that is, persons who are able to make a competent opinion about the work, and who do not have any conflict of interest in connection with this work;
  • ensure that all materials that are published in the journal by the members of the Editorial Board of the journal undergo the same review procedure as other authors;
  • provide double-blind peer- review, in which the peer-reviewer is not informed of the names of the authors, and the authors - the names of reviewers;
  • make efforts to preserve and expand the base of reviewers.


Preprint and Postprint Policy

Prior to acceptance and publication in «Technical Aesthetics and Design Research» authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites.

As part of submission process, authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted. After a manuscript has been published in «Technical Aesthetics and Design Research» we suggest that the link to the article on journal’s website is used when the article is shared on personal or public websites.


Conflict of interest policy.

A potential conflict of interest occurs when there are financial, personal or professional conditions that may affect the scientific judgment of the peer-reviewer or editor and, as a consequence, the decision of the Editorial Board regarding the publication of the article.

The journal proceeds from the fact that the very fact of submission of the article to the Editorial Board, the author states that:

  • the text of the article indicates all sources of funding for the study;
  • there are no commercial, financial, personal or professional factors that could create a conflict of interest with respect to the submitted article.

If there is a conflict of interest, the author may ask the Editor-in-Chief to exclude any particular peer-reviewer from the consideration of the article sent by him.

Editors and peer-reviewers should declare a potential conflict of interest that may affect the decision of the Editorial Board.

If there is a conflict of interests of the Editor or peer- reviewer with the author of the article, the article should be transferred to another editor or reviewer, respectively.

Evaluation of the article should not be biased. The presence of a conflict of interest, which is claimed by any of the participants in the review process, in itself should not lead to refusal of publication, since the most important criterion for evaluating a manuscript is its scientific quality.



If publication ethics is breached by the editor, authors or peer-reviewers, a mandatory investigation is required.  This applies to both already published and unpublished materials. The Editorial Board shall seek clarification, without involving those who may have a conflict of interest with any of the parties.

If the material containing significant inaccuracies has been published, it shall be immediately modified in a way accessible to readers and indexing systems.


Retraction of the published article.

Based on the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Editorial Board is guided by the following policy regarding the withdrawal (retraction) of publications.

The article is withdrawn (retracted) in the case of:

  • the Editorial Board has clear evidence of the unreliability of the published information, which arose either as a result of conscious actions (for example, falsification of data), or due to conscientious errors (for example, errors in calculations or experiments);
  • the conclusions contained in the article were previously published in another edition, and there are no proper references, permissions and justification for the need for re-publication (i.e. cases of duplicate publication);
  • the article reveals large incorrect borrowings (plagiarism);
  • the article describes unethical research.

The purpose of the review (retraction) of the published article:

Retraction is a mechanism for correcting published information and alerting readers to publications that contain such serious flaws or erroneous data that cannot be trusted. The inaccuracy of the data may be the result of good faith error or deliberate violations.

Retractions are also used to alert readers to instances of duplicate publications (when authors present the same data in multiple publications), plagiarism, and the concealment of important conflicts of interest that may affect the interpretation of the data or recommendations for their use.

The main purpose of retraction is to correct the published information and ensure its integrity, and not to punish the authors who committed violations. Articles may be withdrawn by their author (s) or the Editorial Board of the journal.


Open Access Policy

«Technical Aesthetics and Design Research» is an open access journal. All articles are made freely available to readers immediately upon publication.

Our open access policy is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition – it means that articles have free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

The editorial board uses the Open Access Policy – the dissemination of knowledge on the open access model (free, fast, permanent, full-text access to scientific materials in real time). The editors do not charge readers for access to the full text of published manuscripts, for electronic subscription and for downloading articles posted on the website or in scientific information repositories.

For more information please read BOAI statement.


Financial policy

The editors do not charge a fee for the consideration, reviewing of manuscripts, as well as downloading articles.

The main publishing costs are borne by Belgorod State Technological University named after V.G. Shukhov and LLC «Y&H»