The editorial Board of the journal “Vestnik of Volgograd state architecture construction of the university” adheres to adopted by the international community of the publishing ethics principles and reflected, in particular, the recommendations of the Committee on the ethics of scientific publications (Committee on Publication Ethics) and also follows the principles of publishing ethics adopted by the Association of scientific editors and publishers (Russia) (Declaration of the Association of scientific editors and publishers, “Ethical principles of scientific publications”).

In order to avoid unfair practice in publishing (plagiarism, presentation of false information, etc.), in order to ensure the high quality of scientific publications, public recognition of the scientific results obtained by the author, each member of the editorial Board (hereinafter — the editor), the author, the reviewer, the publisher, as well as institutions involved in the publishing process, must comply with ethical standards, norms and rules and take all reasonable measures to prevent violations.

Responsibilities of the editor

The editor in his work undertakes:

  • constantly improve the journal;
  • follow the principle of freedom of opinion;
  • strive to meet the needs of readers and authors;
  • exclude the influence of business interests or policies on publication decisions;
  • to make decisions on the basis of the principle of fairness and impartiality, to ensure transparency of editorial activities at all stages;
  • do not disclose information about the materials provided to anyone other than the relevant authors, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and, if necessary, the publisher;
  • evaluate manuscripts only for their scientific content, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, nationality and political views of the authors;
  • to decide on the publication of materials, guided by the following main criteria: compliance of the manuscript to the subject of the journal; relevance, novelty and scientific significance of the submitted article; clarity of presentation; reliability of results and completeness of conclusions. The quality of the research and its relevance are the basis for the publication decision;
  • take all reasonable measures to ensure the high quality of published materials and protect the confidentiality of personal information. Upon detection of content, grammatical, stylistic and other errors, the editorial Board undertakes to take all measures to eliminate them;
  • take into account the recommendations of the reviewers when making a final decision on the publication of the article. Responsibility for the decision to publish rests entirely with the editorial Board of the journal;
  • justify your decision in case of acceptance or rejection of the article;
  • to give the author of the reviewed material an opportunity to substantiate his research position;
  • at change of structure of editorial Board not to cancel decisions of the previous structure on the publication of material;
  • encourage discussion and provide an opportunity to present the views of opponents;
  • do not use information from unpublished materials in your own research.

The duties of the author

The authors when submitting materials to the journal “Bulletin of Volgograd state University of architecture and construction” undertake:

  • to submit only original work;
  • in the presence of textual or graphic information from previously published studies of the author or from the work of another researcher to refer to the relevant publications or provide written permission to use these materials. Borrowing from other sources without references will be considered by the editorial Board as a rip-off;
  • to bring in the manuscript only authentic facts and data; provide sufficient information for validation and repetition of experiments by other researchers; not to use information obtained in private, without written consent; to prevent the fabrication and falsification of data;
  • avoid duplication of publications (in the cover letter, the author should indicate that the work is published for the first time). If individual elements of the manuscript have been previously published, the author is obliged to refer to the earlier work and indicate the differences between the new work and the previous one. Submitting a manuscript to more than one journal at a time is unethical;
  • comply with ethical standards by criticizing or commenting on research by third parties;
  • adhere to the principles of bioethics in the study of animal objects;
  • immediately notify the editorial Board or the publisher of the journal of the detection of a significant error in the published work;
  • provide the editorial Board or publisher with evidence of the correctness of the original article or correct significant errors, if the editorial Board or publisher became aware of them from third parties;
  • specify all authors of the material.

The author has the right to appeal the decision of the editorial Board to reject the article or the need to adjust the text on the instructions of the reviewer. In case of such a situation, the author should send a request with a description of the problem and proof of his position to the editor-in-chief of the journal. The editor-in-chief, after reviewing the claim, sends the article for additional review or informs the author about the fairness of the reviewer’s comments and the need to correct the article.

If there are proven signs of plagiarism or falsification of data, the article is rejected without the right of a new filing.

Reviewer’s responsibilities

The reviewer giving opinion on the scientific merit of the paper submitted for publication in the journal “Vestnik of Volgograd state university of architecture and construction”, shall:

  • to make objective and impartial decisions;
  • maintain confidentiality. Discussion of work with other persons is not allowed except for persons authorized by the editor-in-chief to work with the author’s manuscript;
  • do not use the information obtained during the review for personal benefit;
  • inform the editor-in-chief and refuse the process of examination of the manuscript if, in the opinion of the reviewer, his / her qualification is not sufficient for consideration of the submitted material or in case of possible violation of the terms of consideration of the manuscript;
  • make decisions on the basis of specific facts and provide evidence of its decision;
  • to draw the attention of the editor-in-chief to the substantial or partial similarity of the evaluated manuscript with any other work, as well as the absence of references to the provisions, conclusions or arguments previously published in other works by this or other authors.
  • assist the author in improving the quality of the article;
  • do not use unpublished manuscript materials in your own research.

Conflict of interest

In order to avoid cases of violation of publication ethics, the conflict of interests of all parties involved in the process of publishing a manuscript should be excluded. A conflict of interest arises if an author, reviewer or editorial Board member has a financial, scientific or personal relationship that may affect their actions. Such relationships are referred to as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties.

In order to prevent conflicts of interest and in accordance with the accepted ethical norms of the journal, each of the parties shall have the following responsibilities.

The editor is obliged:

  • submit the manuscript for consideration by another member of the editorial Board in the presence of the originally appointed reviewer conflict of interest with the author of the submitted manuscript;
  • ask all participants in the process of publishing information about the possibility of competing interests;
  • to decide on the publication of the information specified in the author’s letter concerning the conflict of scientific and / or financial interests, if it is not confidential and can influence the evaluation of the published work by the reader or the scientific community;
  • ensure the publication of amendments, if information about the conflict of interest was received after the publication of the article.

The author owes:

  • list in the cover letter known and potential sources of conflict of interest;
  • indicate the place of its work and the source of funding for the study;
  • if there is no conflict of interest, it should be clearly stated in the cover letter.

The reviewer is obliged:

  • inform the editor-in-chief of the existence of a conflict of interest (dual obligations, competing interests) and refuse examination of the manuscript.


In the event of a situation involving violation of publication ethics by the author or reviewer, a mandatory investigation is required. This applies to both published and unpublished materials.

Complaints about violations of publication ethics may be related to incorrect borrowing someone else’s text and plagiarism (borrowing content and conclusions without verbatim repetition of someone else’s text), duplicating their own publications, indicating false or falsified data in the text of the published work, incorrect indication of the contribution of authors to the overall work and other violations.