Publication Ethics

The principles of publication ethics of the journal "Smart Electrical Engineering" are based on current norms and standards:

Duties of authors

  • The authors are responsible for the originality of the manuscript submitted and guarantee that this manuscript is not published in another journal in any language. One manuscript at the same time should be considered only in one journal.
  • Authors should ensure that the list of authors includes only those who have made a significant contribution to the development of this study, and ensure that people who deserve this right are not deprived of it. The corresponding author is an intermediate link between the editorial office of the journal and other authors. He should inform the other co-authors about the main stages of publication.
  • Authors are collectively responsible for the content of their publications. Authors should check the calculations, equations, table and graphical materials, as well as correctly describe all methods and results.
  • Authors should publish their results honestly, without falsification or distortion. Images resulting from research (graphs, photographs, oscillograms, etc.) should not be modified.
  • Text, images or ideas created and developed by other authors should be presented with appropriate links. Original text taken from third-party works should be quoted in quotation marks. Quotations and references to other studies must be accurate and formatted in accordance with the requirements of the journal.
  • Authors should indicate the sources of funding for the study in manuscript.
  • Authors should work in collaboration with the editorial office to correct errors when they are discovered.
  • Authors should respond to reviewers comments correctly and in a timely manner.

Duties of reviewers

  • The editorial office guarantees an independent review of the materials in a way that ensures the honesty and objectivity of the statement regarding the scientific value of the manuscript proposed for publication.
  • The editorial office guarantees an honest and due process of independent peer review.
  • The editorial board uses the services of independent reviewers in relation to materials considered for publication by selecting persons with sufficient experience and without conflict of interest.
  • Independent reviewers are informed of the requirements that are imposed on them, as well as they are given information about any changes in editorial policies.
  • Any manuscript received for review is considered as a confidential document. The work does not open and is not discussed with any persons who do not have authorized by the editor.
  • Reviewers are notified that the manuscripts sent to them are the intellectual property of the authors and relate to information not subject to disclosure.
  • Reviewers do not have the right to disclose information regarding the manuscript (including information about its receipt, content, review process, critical comments of reviewers and the final decision) to anyone other than the editorial office. Nonobservance of confidentiality is possible only in the case of a statement of inaccuracy or falsification of materials; in all other cases, its preservation is mandatory.
  • Reviewers are not allowed to make copies of manuscripts for their needs. They do not have the right to use knowledge of the content of the work in their own interests before its publication.
  • Reviewers do not participate in the review of manuscripts if there are conflicts of interest due to competitive, collaborative and other interactions and relationships with any of the authors, companies or other organizations associated with the submitted work.
  • The editors maintain the confidentiality of personal data of reviewers.

Duties of Editorial board

  • The guiding principles of editorial activity are relevance, importance, clarity, reliability, validity of published material.
  • All editorial processes are described in information materials for authors: instructions for authors, requirements for the manuscripts, the types of published materials, journal scope, as well as the review and publishing process.
  • Editors undertake to provide the authors with a complete list of requirements. Requirements are subjected to regular updates. Editors work in accordance with an identity system.
  • The editorial office makes a decision on the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript for publication based on all comments of independent reviewers in common. The final editorial decision and the reasons for making it are reported to the authors.
  • The editorial office undertakes to respond to all statements or suspicions in misconduct regarding to the research or publication, coming from readers, reviewers or other editors.
  • In order to ensure the reliability of the published data by amending the detection of undisputed errors in the work, it is possible to make appropriate amendments or correct typos as soon as possible. The online version of the material is corrected with the date of correction and a link to the printed list of typos. If the error makes the work or a significant part of it invalid, the manuscript is withdrawn with an indication of the reason (for example, a good faith mistake).
  • The editors do not have the right to make decisions regarding materials in connection with which they have a conflict of interest.
  • The editorial office is pursuing a policy of including highly qualified members in the editorial board, contributing to the active development of the journal.

Conflict of interest

The potential conflict of interest ought to be avoided in the process of reviewing and publishing the submitted manuscript. Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial, scientific or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) or might appear to influence, his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). 

To prevent the conflict of interest and according to the ethical rules of the journal each party involved in the publishing process is required to comply with the following guidance.

The editor should:

  • appoint another expert in case if there is a conflict of interest between the initially appointed reviewer and the manuscript author;
  • make a decision on publishing the information from the author letter concerning the conflict of scientific or/and financial interest in case the information is not confidential and can influence the estimation of the published paper by the reader or scientific community;
  • ensure the publication of a correction if the relevant information about the conflict of interest arises after the publication of the article.

The author should:

  • mention all known and potential sources of the conflict of interest in his/her covering letter;
  • disclose the employment, institutional affiliations and the source of research funding;
  • confirm the absence of the conflict of interest in the cover letter.

The reviewer should:

  • inform the editor-in-chief about the presence of the conflict of interest (double bindings, competing interests) and recuse himself / herself from reviewing the manuscript.

Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University n.a. R.E. Alekseev, as the founder and publisher of the scientific and technical journal “Smart Electrical Engineering”, assumes obligations