This Publication Ethics is based on the proceedings of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and follows the recommendations of the Russian Association of Scientific Editors and Publishers.
1. Authorship of the Paper
1.1. The manuscript is provided by the authors to the editorial office of Moscow Journal of Linguistics along with the information about themselves. The article (review) should be submitted for the publication for the first time and cannot be published previously in another edition or submitted elsewhere for publication. The study on the basis of which the article is written must be original and new.
1.2. Publication of unreliable information as well as plagiarism – i.e., appropriation and submission of another person’s work under one’s name, copying parts of it without the reference to the source, rephrasing significant parts of another author’s work without reference, or claiming copyright on the results of another person’s research – is strictly forbidden. The editorial board of Moscow Journal of Linguistics checks the text of all submissions with the Russian-language plagiarism detection software Antiplagiat. If plagiarism is identified, the editorial board requires the authors to remove it or insert appropriate references and retains the right to decline publication.
1.3. The authors of accepted submissions shall report on the financial support in conducting the research and provide appropriate acknowledgments to all persons from whom the research reported in the article or the text of the article benefited.
1.4. Authorship must be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the concept, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. The corresponding author must ensure that all appropriate co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
2. Authors and their responsibility
2.1. The authors undertake to cooperate with the editorial board of the journal, in particular, to make changes in accordance with recommendations of the reviewers and the editorial board, provide motivated response to comments, and eliminate errors at the request of the editorial board. If the authors notice any errors in the article submitted for review, they shall inform the editorial board about it and take measures for their prompt correction.
2.2. The authors guarantee correctness of the references and quotations, availability of all necessary permits to the results used in the article, facts and other borrowed materials (including maps, figures etc.), the copyright of which doesn’t belong to them.
2.3. If the editorial board of the journal decides to publish the article (review, survey), the author enters into a contract on the transfer of copyright to the Russian State University for the Humanities while reserving the right to non-commercial use of the published material (placement on the website of the author or the employer, on www.academia.edu etc). If the manuscript has several authors, all of them sign the agreement of co-authors regarding their mutual obligations.
3. Reviewers and their responsibility
3.1. The editorial board of Moscow Journal of Linguistics solicits articles in accordance with the thematic scope of the journal and arranges the double-blind peer review process, ensuring that the identities of both the author(s) and the reviewer(s) are not known to the other party. Usually, an article is sent for review to one expert in the relevant field. If needed, the editorial board can send a submission to several reviewers specializing in different aspects related to the article.
3.2. The editorial board asks the reviewers to submit their evaluations (reviews) in four weeks upon receipt of the article; if needed, this period can be extended to six weeks.
3.3. Reviewers evaluate the originality and novelty of the submission, quality of the empirical data, adequacy and correct application of methodology, validity of argumentation and results, inclusion of the submission into the relevant scientific context, style and readability of the text.
Reviewers’ comments do not relate to personal qualities of authors: unethical and offensive comments are not allowed.
3.4. If the reviewers do not consider themselves competent enough for a justified conclusion, or are not capable to accomplish the work in time, they shall inform the editors about that in due time.
3.5. Reviewers shall not participate in considering a submission if they have a conflict of interest due to competition, collaboration or any other interaction with any of the authors of the submitted paper. The reviewers shall inform the editorial board about any potential conflict of interest in advance.
3.6. The reviewers shall identify significant published works on the topic of the submission that are not included in the list of references. The reviewers shall also inform the editorial board about any significant similarity or coincidence of the submission under review with another published work within the reviewer’s research area.
3.7. Manuscripts under review are confidential. The reviewers shall not show them, discuss them and the fact of their submission, with any third parties, without obtaining consent from the editorial board. Any results or ideas that become known to the reviewers during the review process shall be kept secret and cannot be used by the reviewers in their own work before the publication of the article.
4. The editorial office, editorial board and their responsibility
4.1. The editorial board monitors compliance with publication ethics of the journal and ensures a high scientific quality of published papers.
4.2. The editorial board selects articles for publication in the journal on the basis of the results of the review procedures and by means of a collective discussion makes an informed decision regarding acceptance or rejection of submissions. The editorial board recommends the authors to take into account comments and suggestions made by the reviewers and members of the editorial board. If necessary, the editorial board can send the revised version of the paper for a second review to the same or different reviewers. Upon detection of errors and inaccuracies the editorial board shall request the authors to eliminate them, reserving the right to reject the submission otherwise.
4.3. The editorial board shall make decisions about acceptance or rejection of submissions on objective grounds based exclusively on their scientific content and regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, nationality, political views, affiliation, academic status or any other personal characteristics of any of the authors.
4.4. An editor or a member of the editorial board shall not assume work with a submission (i.e. shall transfer this work to another member of the editorial board) in case of a conflict of interest.
4.5. The editorial board and the editorial office shall preserve the anonymity of reviewers and shall not inform authors of the reviewers’ names.
4.6. The editorial board retains the right to make necessary editorial amendments to the texts of accepted submissions. All such amendments shall be communicated to the authors.
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