Journal policy

JOURNAL STATUTE

The main aim of the Journal is to highlight the current state of significant problems of energy engineering, architecture and civil engineering, higher educational institutions of architecture and building engineering in Russia and to publish original manuscripts and materials of theoretical or practical importance in the fields and spheres mentioned above.

Special issues of the Journal may contain materials of students or young researchers conferences or be dedicated to particular events such as congresses, conventions, faculty or chair anniversaries, etc.

There are also sections for brief scientific reports, discussions, monograph and course mannuals reviews in the journal.

Advertising volume is planned in accordance with the Law on Advertising of the Russian Federation. The journal places advertising only if it is related to energy engineering, architecture and civil engineering or education.

The Journal Founder and Publisher – Samara State Technical University – is responsible for any costs and expenses arising from the Journal publication. Manuscripts submitted by post-graduate students (only in case a post-graduate student being the only author) would not be charged. Manuscripts submitted by SSTU full-time employees and the members of the Editorial Board would not be charged. Author(s) will not receive any remuneration. Advertising is published only for a fee.

The Journal print-run is distributed by subscription. Full-text version of all Journal issues are in open access on the Journal site and on the e-Library site

PUBLICATION ETHICS POLICY OF THE JOURNAL

The policy of publication ethics is based on legal laws in terms of copyright and plagiarism

In its publication ethics policy the Journal follows the basic principles of international institutions for scientific publication ethics:

The people involved in preparing materials for publication in the Journal should follow the recommended publication ethics standards. In case of any question the Editorial Board will follow the COPE Instructions.

Copyrights and Ethical Norms for Authors

All rights to all copyrighted articles are reserved. Authors transfer the copyright to their articles to the Journal Publisher based on the nonexclusive license while keeping the exclusive copyright. On the base of this License Agreement the Journal publishes the articles and presents them in open access on the Journal site

All persons including co-authors involved in studies and creating manuscripts shall be referred to as Authors. The License Agreement is signed either by all or by one of the co-authors authorised by all interested parties by way of a Letter of Attorney, the copy whereof shall be provided to the Editorial Office. A person (Author) providing a manuscript to the Editorial Office is fully responsible for ensuring that all co-authors are properly footnoted and that all changes to such material arising from peer reviews and revisions are properly coordinated and agreed upon with all co-authors.

All the Authors providing their materials for publication will respect the following ethical norms:

  • Study Novelty;
  • No false data;
  • Fair discussion of the study significance;
  • Avoidance of personal, critical, or scorning remarks and accusations against fellow researchers;
  • Stringent avoidance of plagiarism (The Editorial Board defines the following forms of plagiarism: use (the word-for-word transcription) of any materials in any volume with no references to the sources; use of images, pictures, photographs, datasheets, diagrams, schematics and any other graphics with no references to the sources; use of images, pictures, photographs, datasheets, diagrams, schematics and any other graphics published in other scientific media without prior consent of the respective copyright owners; use of copyright protected materials, which may not be used without a prior written consent of the respective authors and/or copyright owners);
  • The authors should present to the Journal the document allowing the paper materials publication in open access;
  • All contributors shall be referenced as co-authors of the article; publication of the finalised version of such article shall be agreed upon and approved by all the co-authors;
  • Compulsory acknowledgements of all colleagues, who are not co-authors but who inspired their work;
  • Compulsory disclosure of all conflicts of interests (employment information, consultations, shareholdings, expert opinions, patent application/registration, fees, etc.;
  • Clear references in the manuscript texts to all grants received, including other study financing sources, other forms of support, including any and all facts, which may be construed as having an influence on the results gained and/or conclusions drawn in the course of the provided work);
  • Immediate notifications of substantial errors and/or inaccuracies in the published materials and co-operation with the Editor on early remedy of such errors/inaccuracies or retraction of such materials from publication.
Peer Review Ethical Norms

The Peer Review process is actually one of the most important parts of the scientific information exchange, because why the Editorial Office requests that the peer reviewers maintain:

  • Confidentiality: no provided manuscript information shall be disclosed except to the Editor;
  • Neutrality: entire manuscript assessment with no personal approach to criticising the author; any potential conflict of interests between a peer reviewer and a study peer reviewed, including the authors and/or such study financing institution shall be immediately communicated;
  • Impartiality: assessing the manuscript intellectual content regardless of the author’s race, sex, sexual orientation, religious commitment, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political views of the author;
  • Clear and well-grounded opinion; source acknowledgement basics – references to the subject matter in the publications not mentioned in the manuscript; references to essential similarity and/or coincidence with the reviewed manuscript or to any other publication, which may be known to the Editor;
  • To provide objective evaluation of article scientific content the authors and reviewers should not present the same organization.
Editorial Board Ethical Norms

Editorial Board reserves an exceptional right to either accept or reject a manuscript for publication. Editorial Board may reject a manuscript prior to peer review thereof on a well-reasoned grounds (e.g. the article is not consistent with the subject matter of the Journal; the article is of a low scientific quality; the article was published earlier by another publishing house; the contents of the article was found contradictory to the ethical basics followed by the Journal). Editorial Board accepts an article for publication according to its confidence that such article is consistent with the Journal basics.

Editors shall guarantee that all materials published are consistent with the international scientific standards and basics.

All eligible manuscripts are transferred for review by peer reviewers having related competences on the subject matter of such manuscripts.

The Editorial Board Members ensure confidentiality and non-disclosure of the names of peer reviewers.

The Editorial Board guarantees the highest quality and integrity of publications in the Journal, as well as publish updates, explanatory notes and apologies when needed.