The Legal Studies encourages academic discussions and debates. Therefore, the journal publishes articles presenting a wide range of viewpoints and scholarly approaches. The members of the Editorial Board and the Editorial Council do not necessarily share the opinions of the articles’ authors.

PUBLICATION ETHICS

Publication ethics of the Journal “Pravovedenie” include principles and rules obligatory for all participants of the academic publication process, including editors, reviewers and authors.
Publication ethics of the Journal “Pravovedenie” follow the guidelines designed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Editor-in-chief and members of editorial board:
3.1. should strive to meet interests of readers and authors, and should contribute to free expression of opinion;

3.2. should base decision to accept or reject the manuscript on the validity and academic importance of the manuscript;

3.3. should consider research characteristics of the manuscript regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, nationality, social background or political preferences of the author;

3.4. should not use for personal purposes or forward to third parties without written consent of the author any previously unpublished data disclosed in the manuscript;

3.5. should keep confidential and should not use for personal advantage any information or ideas obtained in the course of editing process;

3.6. should not publish the information if there is reasonable ground to suspect that it was plagiarised;

3.7. should respond to any appeal concerning submitted manuscripts or published articles and in case of conflict should take all necessary steps to defend violated rights;

3.8. should not give preference to business needs over creativity.

Peer-reviewers:
4.1. should regard the manuscript submitted for peer review as a confidential document, which cannot be transferred to third parties for review and discussion unless the permission therefor was obtained from the Journal;

4.2. should follow principles of objectivity, constructiveness, neutrality and civility, and provide objective and sound evaluation of the manuscript, refraining from making personal comments about the author;

4.3. should fulfil obligation to peer review the manuscript in good faith, in set time frame and only within his/her professional field of expertise;

4.4. should use unpublished data from the manuscript only for peer review purposes;

4.5. should inform editor of insufficient qualification to review the manuscript;

4.6. should inform editor of inability to be impartial, e.g. in case of conflict of interests with authors.

Author(s):
5.1. should report valid research results, refraining from erroneous or falsified statements;

5.2. should guarantee that the research result presented is original;

5.3. should acknowledge and reference all borrowed fragments and statements with indication of its author and the source of information; citation manipulation as well as plagiarism of any kind, including hidden or disguised quotations, paraphrasing or usurpation of copyright is unethical and unacceptable;

5.4. should acknowledge the contribution made by all those who influenced the research in any way; the academic works that affected the author’s research, should be cited in the manuscript;

5.5. should not submit the manuscripts, which are currently under consideration for publication in any other journal or have already been published elsewhere;

5.6. should list all major contributors to the research as authors;

5.7. should not list as authors those who did not contribute to the research;

5.8. should immediately inform editors of any discovered error or inaccuracy in any submitted or published work.