The ethics statement for the journal Shagi / Steps is based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct guidelines available at https://publicationethics.org/. It is essential that all parties involved in the process of publication for the journal Shagi / Steps — that is, authors, reviewers, members of the Editorial Team and the Editorial Board — adhere to these standards of expected ethical behavior.
By submitting an article to the Editors, its authors confirm the fact of their authorship and their agreement with the contents of the article. The Journal does not require all the authors of a manuscript to sign the letter of submission.
The author of a submission must guarantee that all those who took part in writing the article are listed as coauthors. Each coauthor is responsible for the contents of the article.
In the article, authors must name and acknowledge the funding sources for their research. They must also fully acknowledge colleagues and other researchers who made a substantive contribution to the article submitted for publication.
Authors must guarantee that their quotations from publications by other researchers are appropriate and precise. Any form of plagiarism is unacceptable; should evidence of plagiarism be discovered in an article submitted for publication, the journal will no longer collaborate with the article’s author in any way. Self-plagiarism, i.e., an attempt to republish one’s own previously published work without making significant changes to it is sufficient cause to reject a submission without involving reviewers.
Any changes added by the Author to a text that has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication can be made only with the consent of the Editorial Team.
An author should not withdraw an accepted manuscript after it has been sent out for editing. It is unacceptable for an author to place into the public domain any materials that have been accepted for publication and sent for editing but which have not yet been published. If these rules are violated, the Editorial Team is entitled to decline publication.
The Editorial Team only considers for publication original texts not submitted for consideration elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript to the journal’s editorial office, an author assumes the obligation not to publish it completely or partially in any other media without a reference to the original publication in the journal Shagi / Steps.
The copyright to published texts is owned by the journal and the author. The publisher is entitled to use any means of communication for distribution of published materials, to arrange for translation of the texts, and to transfer reprint rights (to sign sublicensing agreements).
The author retains the rights to the fair use (e.g., teaching and nonprofit uses) of the published material.
If an article reproduces someone else’s research material, tables, or images, the author of the article must fully acknowledge the author and/or copyright owner of that material.
Authors are not charged any fees for publication.
Authors of manuscripts submitted to the journal are responsible for the accuracy of all the information contained in their work. If, in the process of editing, an author discovers mistakes or inaccuracies, he or she must notify the Editorial Team as soon as possible and either withdraw the publication (in the case of significant errors requiring a complete revision of the text) or make the necessary corrections.
If an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the Editorial Team. The Editorial Team guarantees publication of an appropriate statement regarding the error.
Authors must avoid personal attacks, disparaging remarks, or accusations against other scholars. Defamation is not allowed in the journal.
Personal information provided to the journal by authors, including e-mail addresses, will be used exclusively for the scholarly mission of the journal. The Editors pledge that personal information will not be shared with any third parties.
Misconduct and unethical behavior by the author or the reviewer may be brought to the attention of the Editorial Team at any time, by anyone. Whoever informs the editor or publisher of such conduct, should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated.
After having been informed about unethical behavior, the Editor-in-Chief initiates an investigation, with gathering appropriate evidence. The author or the reviewer should be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.
By results of the investigation, the Editorial Team can apply the following outcomes.