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STANDARD REQUIREMENTS FOR MANUSCRIPTS SUBMITTED  TO SCIENCE AND PRACTICE JOURNAL “HUMAN ECOLOGY”

The peer-reviewed journal “Human Ecology” was founded in 1994 and represents a multi-disciplinary edition relating to theory and practice and focused on publication of original studies, surveys, communications, conference reports, reviews of articles on urgent issues of human ecology. The Journal subject and specialization include ecological-physiological principles of human vital activity, ecology of natural and social catastrophes, reproduction of population and demographic processes as well as issues of public health and social policy. The Journal includes the following main headings: Circumpolar Medicine;

Environment; Labor Ecology; Safety in Emergency Situations; Mentality Ecology; Environmental Physiology; Endoecology; Social Ecology; Childhood Ecology; Medical Ecology; Environmental Morphology; Education and Science Ecology; Ecology of Destiny and other. The Journal is focused at scientific community, practicing physicians, ecologists, biologists, social workers, education workers etc.

In 2004, the Journal “Human Ecology” was included into the list of periodicals published in the Russian Federation that recommend publication of main results of doctoral theses (medical and biological sciences). The new status of the Journal and its indexing in different national and foreign databases put in special claims to quality of published studies. The new typescript requirements were caused mainly by attempts to follow the global tendencies of evidence-based medicine development and to correspond to the international quality standards for scientific publications. These requirements were composed on the basis of “the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” worked out by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) taking into account the recent revisions of “the Uniform Requirements…” ICMJE in 2004 and 2006.

The Journal’s Editorial Body hopes that strict observance of these Requirements by manuscript authors helps to significantly improve the Journal’s quality and citing by home and foreign researchers.

The Journal’s Editorial Body will not consider manuscripts that do not correspond to these Requirements.

All articles submitted to the Editorial Body undergo careful reviewing. Manuscripts containing statistical data are sent to reviewers in statistics besides reviewers of the corresponding heading. If reviewers have questions, articles are returned to authors for improvement. The Editorial Body has the right to request an initial database that was used for calculations in cases, when questions about quality of statistical processing arise. A date of submission of an improved manuscript is to be considered as a final date of putting the manuscript into the printing plan.

The Editorial Body reserves the right to introduce editorial changes in texts that do not torture context of articles.

Preparation of materials

Manuscripts should be sent to the Editorial Body in two forms: an article text signed by all authors and a cover letter in hard copy, and an article in electronic form (a diskette 3.5’’–1.4 Мb or a compact disk) that can be also sent to the Editorial Body by e-mail. A cover letter to the Editorial Body of the Journal “Human Ecology” is prepared in the following form:

  1. Separately – a recommendation of an institution where the work was carried out (signed by a Rector/Vice-Rector for Science or an Institution Head/Deputy Head).
  1. Surname, name, patronymic, scientific degree, title and position of an author responsible for further communication with the Editorial Body
  2. Postal address for correspondence (with an indicated postcode), telephone number, fax, e-mail of an author responsible for correspondence
  3. Surnames, names, patronymics, scientific degrees, titles, positions,  places of work, postal addresses (with indicated postcodes), telephone numbers and e-mails of all co-authors
  4. Full title of a manuscript submitted to the Editorial Body.
  5. Number of text pages, number of tables and figures.
  6. Indication of the heading to which an article is submitted.
  7. Authors should convince the Editorial Body that materials submitted in their article were not published in other prints. One should inform that some parts of the materials were already published and could be regarded as redundant publication. Copies of such materials should be attached to the submitted manuscript to help the Editorial Body to address the situation. It is not allowed to send articles that were published already in other journals or submitted for publication to other publishers’ houses.

8.  Authors agree with the Rules of Manuscript Preparation for Publication approved by the Editorial Body of the Science and Practice Journal ”Human Ecology” published in the Journal and placed at the official site of the Journal on the Internet.

9. Authors are responsible for unlawful use in their scientific articles of intellectual property and copyright items according to the current Law RF.

10. Authors guarantee that publication of their scientific article does not infringe anybody’s copyright and transfer to the Journal founder for an indefinite period non-exclusive rights for use of the scientific article by way of publication of the article in the Journal issue and  placement of full-text versions of issues or their parts on the Internet.

11. Date of manuscript sending.

12. All authors’ signatures.

Authors should also state financial or any other relationships that might lead to a conflict of interest. For example, if a clinical trial of a medicinal agent is carried out, it is necessary to specify relationships of a researcher and a pharmaceutical company producing a studied preparation (if it was not stated in a manuscript’s text).

A cover letter can contain any other information useful for the Editorial Body.

Article electronic variants are prepared in the program Microsoft Word. An article text is printed on one side of sheets А4 with font Times New Roman, size 12 points with line spacing 1.5, portrait orientation with margin 2.5 сm all round and necessary page numbering. Tables and figures (illustrations, graphs, photographs) as well as their legends are placed on separate pages at the end of an article. Approximate arrangement of illustrations in a text is specified on margins to the right.

A review manuscript size should not exceed 12 pages of typewritten text (excluding abstracts, tables, illustrations and references). An original article manuscript size should not exceed 8 pages of typewritten text (excluding abstracts, tables, illustrations and references). Conference reports, short communications and book reviews should not take up more than 3 pages of typewritten text. Reviews, short communications, conference reports and new book reviews are structured according to an authors’ wish. Original article manuscripts should be divided into the following sections: “Introduction”, “Method’, “Result” and “Discussion of Results”.

            Requirements to article content

Titles of articles should be possibly brief (not more than 120 symbols) and fairly present the content. Titles in the form of interrogative sentences as well as titles with ambiguous meanings should be avoided. It is necessary to use only standard abbreviations, not to use abbreviations in article titles. A full term instead of which an abbreviation is introduced should precede the first use of this abbreviation in a text.

Title page

     A title page should carry the following information:

  1. Article title
  2. Surname and initials of each author
  3. Full names of all organizations to which authors are attributed. If authors work in different institutions, connections of each author with his/her institution is shown with use of an upper rail asterisk, for example:

 ACCUMULATION OF RADIONUCLIDES IN TREE VEGETATION OF KOLA PENINSULA INDUSTRIAL REGIONS

*А. N. Kizeev, **А. N. Nikanov                                  

 *Polar-Alpine Botanic Garden-Institute of Kola Research Center Russian Academy of

 Sciences, Apatity

  **Research Laboratory of North-West Center of Hygiene, Kirovsk

  1. Abstract in the Russian language
  2. Key words

Abstract (Summary)

            Abstracts provide brief but maximally informative content of scientific publications. Their volume should be from 150 to 250 words. Abstracts state in brief a study background and goals, basic methods including a research type, sample creation and basic analytical methods, main results in figures and levels of statistical significance and principal conclusions. New and important aspects of a study are noted in abstracts. An abstract is the only part of an article that is accessible in electronic format for wide readership, so it is an authors’ duty to provide accurate correspondence of abstracts to content of whole articles. Abstracts of literature reviews, descriptions of new research methods or data processing, descriptions of separate clinical cases or observations should motivate readers to address article full texts. Abstracts of original studies should be structured as follows: Goal; Methods; Results; Conclusions.

Key words

The subtitle “Key words” should be placed under an abstract and include 3-6 key words reflecting problems studied during research.

An article title, surnames and initials of each author, full names of all organizations to which authors are attributed, an abstract and key words in English are enclosed after tables, illustrations and references. The Editorial Body reserves the right to correct translations. For translation of abstracts and titles into English, it is recommended to use help of a professional translator for avoidance of doubt. As key words, it is desirable to use terms from the list of medical subject headings (MeSH, Medical Subject Headings) used in Index Medicus (www.pubmed.com).

 

Introduction

In this section, a research background should be clearly formulated: a problem essence and its significance should be specified. Authors should introduce a studied problem to readers, to describe in brief what is known in this field, to mention works of other authors, to specify drawbacks of previous studies if there are any, in other words, to reason the necessity of their study. One shouldn’t list all published works on the topic, it is enough to mention the most significant works directly relating to the topic. It is recommended to make references not only to national, but also to foreign research in the studied topic.

At the end of this section, state a study goal or a hypothesis tested by authors. Specify tasks assigned to meet a goal. A goal is formulated in such a way that readers have a complete grasp of what is planned to study, persons that are going to be studied and methods. Data, results or conclusions that are presented further in an article shouldn’t be included in this section.

 

Methods

The section should include only those methods which were supposed to be used at a project planning stage according to an original study protocol. If in the process of a study implementation, a need in additional methods appears, they should be presented in the section “Discussion”. The section should be very detailed, so that readers could independently assess methodological benefits and implications of a study as well as reduplicate it if desired.

In this section, it is recommended to present clear descriptions of the following aspects (it is not necessary to separate them into subsections): a study type; methods of selection of study participants; methods of measurements; methods of data presentation and processing; ethical principles.

  1. Type of a study

In this subsection, a type of an implemented study is clearly specified (a literature review, observational, experimental etc.). In implementation of an observational study, it should be indicated, if the study is descriptive or analytical. In analytical studies, a kind of a study is determined: cross-sectional (one stage study), case-control, cohort, environmental (correlation) etc. It is recommended to specify a year and a month of a study implementation, particularly if symptoms with seasonal variation were studied. In literature reviews, criteria of their publication selection should be clearly indicated.

  1. Methods of selection of study participants

In this subsection, it is clearly specified how patients or laboratory animals were selected for observations or experiments. Criteria for inclusion of potential participants in a study and exclusion from it are specified. It is recommended to indicate the total formation for participant selection, what is also used for result extrapolation. If the parameter “race” or “ethnicity” was used in a study, it should be explained how the parameter was assessed and why it was important to use it. For observational studies, one should specify methods of sample creation (simple random, stratified, systematic, cluster, multistage etc.) and to ground inclusion of that exact number of participants in a study. For experimental studies, it is necessary to indicate presence or absence of study participants’ randomization. A randomization procedure description should be presented. Besides, one should indicate, if a masking procedure was carried out. Calculations of sampling minimum necessary size for check of statistical hypotheses or retrospective calculation of statistical power for main calculations are welcome.

  1. Measurement technique

All procedures of parameter measurements, data collection, medical or diagnostic interventions should be described in detail, so that it is possible to reduplicate a study according to a presented description. If necessary, it is possible to make a reference to a detailed description of used methods. If a researcher uses his/her own variant of an earlier described method or proposes a new method, it is necessary to present a brief description of the used variant or the proposed method, as well as any reasons against use of generally accepted methods. Titles of medicinal agents (both trade and international), chemical substances, doses and ways of administration of preparations applied in a study should be specified. Used devices, instruments, medicinal preparations etc. should be accompanied by references to manufacturers.

  1. Methods of data presentation and processing

This subsection is often the main reason for rejection of publication of Russian scientists’ articles abroad.

It is necessary to describe used methods of data processing so thoroughly that readers having access to basic data can check results. In cases of doubt, the Editorial Body can request basic data from article authors in order to check presented results. In this subsection, definitions to all statistical terms, symbols and abbreviations used in an article should be given. For example, М – arithmetical mean, SD – standard deviation, m – standard error of arithmetical mean, Mе – median, Mo – mode, etc. If statistical hypotheses were checked in a study, one should specify the significance critical level (р) accepted by authors. Hypotheses must be stated clearly and described in popular language.

The Journal Editorial Body does not recommend to rely only on use of the reached level of significance during check of statistical hypotheses, as the value р does not indicate complete information. It is recommended to present results with corresponding errors and uncertainty parameters (confidence intervals). In description of statistical methods, references to manuals and guides should be given with obligatory page indications. Besides statistical procedures for check of hypotheses, it is recommended to calculate the effect value for most significant comparisons.

If several statistical criteria were used in a study, one should mention all of them and indicate which of criteria and in what situations were used. Blurred descriptions of data statistical processing like “variation-statistical processing was conducted with the use of the generally accepted statistical parametric and nonparametric methods with the use of the package of applied programs Statistica” are uninformative and impossible. Articles containing statements like that will be at once sent for adaptation without further reviewing. This will make time from manuscript submission to the Editorial Body till publication significantly longer. Application of one or other methods of data processing should be clearly reasoned. For example, if parametric criteria were used, one should describe what criteria were used for distribution check. It is necessary to specify how observation of conditions necessary for use of methods was checked. Each of used criteria should be specified so that to exclude different interpretations. For example, if sample means were compared with help of a Student criterion, one should indicate which of the Student criteria (for independent samples or for paired observations) was used in the study. It is not enough to say that a correlation analysis was used, it is necessary to indicate which of the correlation coefficients was calculated. In use of the multidimensional methods for data processing, it is specified, what was a method of selection of variables for inclusion into models and what categories were used as comparison categories. If a rare method of data processing was used, it is necessary to indicate, why exactly that method has been chosen, to make a reference to a literary source and to describe in brief the used method.

If a package of statistical programs was used for data processing, one should indicate its name and version. It is not necessary to inform, what computer was used for data processing since such information does not have practical value.

  1. Ethical principles

If an article contains a description of manned experiments, it is necessary to indicate if the procedure corresponded to the standards of the Ethical Committee responsible for this aspect of the work or to the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 and its revision of 1983. One shouldn’t call surnames and initials of patients, numbers of case histories, particularly if an article is accompanied by illustrations or photos. If laboratory animals were used in a study, it is necessary to specify animals’ species and number, used methods of anesthesia and sacrifice according to the “Rules of Work with Experimental Animals” approved by the USSR Ministry of Health or rules adopted in authors’ institutions, the recommendations of the National Research Council or the applicable law.

Results

The section is destined only for presentation of main research results. Results received during a study are not compared with results of analogous studies of other authors and are not discussed.

Results should be presented in a text, tables and figures in natural sequence on the basis of priority of study tasks and goals. It is not recommended to duplicate in a text results presented in tables or in figures and vice versa. Only significant observations relating to  study tasks are described, separated and summarized. General characteristics of samples or studied groups should be presented in a table with indication of main studied symptoms. It is necessary to specify not only average values, but also measures of dispersion or confidence intervals for means and fractions.

Mean values should not be more exact than by one decimal sign in comparison with basic data. In descriptions of fractions, it is necessary to specify absolute numbers of observations, particularly in small samples. Percent is stated with two decimal signs only if a fraction is less than 1 %. If a fraction is 1-10 %, one decimal sign is enough. Use of 95 % confidence intervals is welcome both for mean values and fractions.

The reached level of significance for each of used statistical criteria should be given within the accuracy of three decimal signs. The Editorial Body highly recommends to avoid formulas like р < 0.05 (exception is in cases when p < 0.001). Instead of the formulas p > 0.05 or “differences are insignificant” one should specify the absolute value р within the accuracy of thousandths (e.g., р = 0.032). Besides the reached level of significance, it is recommended to give actual criteria values and a number of degrees of freedom. For example, the Pearson’s chi-square criterion represents the following in presence of two numbers of freedom: χ2 = 29.2, d. f. = 2, р < 0.001. It is not correct to indicate that “the differences between the average values are reliable (unreliable)”, it is more correct to say about  statistically significant (or insignificant) differences.

It should be always noted that detection of statistically significant differences does not mean that reliable or clinically significant differences as well as cause-effect relations are present.

We recommend all authors to find out more about most frequently occurring mistakes of statistical processing and data presentation in an article published in issue № 1 of International Journal of Medical Practice 2005.

Units of measurement are given in accordance with the International System of Units SI.

Tables make it possible to present available data briefly and vividly and in all necessary details. Accumulation of results in the form of tables allows to reduce a text size significantly. Tables are numbered with Arabic figures successively in order of their first reference in a text. Each table should have a heading making it possible for readers to understand what data the table presents without reading the article text. Side heads and table graphs should be also entitled. If abbreviations are used, they are decoded in notes under the table. All explanations are given in the same place. For footnotes, it is recommended to use uppercase asterisks (). Tables should not be awkward and include information that does not belong to study goals and tasks. In use of tables from other sources, it is necessary to mention the information sources. It is not recommended to present more than 5 small tables in one article.

Illustrations. All diagrams, illustrations and photographs should be presented in the electronic form with a view to black-and-white print. Photographs should be sharp and in the format JPEG. Diagrams, schemes and figures can be in the Ехсеl or JPEG formats. If photographs of humans are used, those persons should not be recognizable, or a written permission for publication of the photographs should be enclosed. All illustrations should have headings and be understandable without reference to an article text. In figure legends, all legend keys are described. All illustrations are numbered with Arabic figures successively in order of their first reference in a text. In use of illustrations from other sources, it is necessary to mention information sources. It is not recommended to present more than 5 illustrations in one article.

Discussion of results

In articles describing original studies, this section begins with a brief (not more than 2–3 sentences) presentation of a study main results. Results corresponding to study goals and tasks are considered as main results. There is no point in drawing attention to side results, only because statistically significant differences have been detected during statistical hypotheses checking. Materials described in sections “Introduction” and “Methods” are not to be repeated in this section. It is necessary to specify new and important aspects of a study and, just as important, to explain reasons for obtaining these particular results. One should describe available shortcomings of a study, especially if they can influence significantly obtained results or their interpretation. Besides, one should note study strengths or its advantages over other studies in the field. Discussion of virtues and shortcomings of a study is an important part of the section and is qualified to help readers to interpret obtained results. It is always necessary to remember, that it is better to draw attention of readers to available shortcomings (there is no such thing as a perfect study), than to get a situation when these shortcomings are noted by reviewers or readers. In the section, it should be described, how obtained results correlate with results of similar studies conducted by other authors. Instead of bare mention of previous studies, one should try to explain why obtained results differ or do not differ from results of other authors. Possibilities of application of obtained results should be discussed as well as limitations of their application if any. It needs to determine directions of further studies resulting logically from study results. It is possible to formulate new hypotheses, only if it is justified, and one should clearly specify that these are only hypotheses. Sometimes in this section, operational recommendations for use of study results in practice can be presented.

Conclusions should proceed from study goals avoiding unfounded statements and conclusions which are not based on presented observations or calculations. For example, there is no point in making conclusions about economic expediency of application of a new method of treatment of patients with a disease Х, if in an article, comparative economic effectiveness is not analyzed. It is not worth to state priorities referring to incomplete work.

 

References should represent a brief bibliographical description of cited papers according to the State Standard 7.0.5–2008. For example:

References

  1.  Кисляк О. А., Стародубова А. В. Значение определения артериальной жесткости и центрального давления для оценки сердечно-сосудистого риска и результатов лечения пациентов с артериальной гипертензией // Сonsilium Medicum. 2009. № 10. URL: http://con-med.ru/magazines/consilium_medicum/3508/3516/?sphrase_id=2236 (дата обращения: 30.08.2014).
  2.  Мачинская Р. И., Крупская Е. В. Созревание регуляторных структур мозга и организация внимания у детей младшего школьного возраста // Когнитивные исследования : сб. науч. трудов. М. : Изд-во Института психологии РАН, 2008. Вып. 2. С. 32–48.
  3.   Попова О. Н. Характеристика адаптивных реакций внешнего дыхания у молодых лиц трудоспособного возраста, жителей Европейского Севера : автореф. дис. … д-ра мед. наук. Москва, 2009. 34 с.
  4.    Поскотинова Л. В. Вегетативная регуляция ритма сердца и эндокринный статус молодежи в условиях Европейского Севера России. Екатеринбург : УрО РАН, 2010. 229 с.
  5.    Решетник Л. А. Клинико-гигиеническая оценка микроэлементных дисбалансов у детей Прибайкалья : дис. … д-ра мед. наук. 2000. 362 с.
  6.     Терещенко Ю. В. Трактовка основных показателей вариабельности ритма сердца // Материалы межрегиональной конференции «Новые медицинские технологии на службе первичного звена здравоохранения», Омск, 10–11 апреля, 2010. С. 3–11.

7. Чащин В. П., Гудков А. Б., Попова О. Н., Одланд И. О., Ковшов А. А. Характеристика основных факторов риска нарушений здоровья населения, проживающего на территориях активного природопользования в Арктике // Экология человека. 2014. № 1. С. 3–12.

8. Berner J., Furgal C. Impacts of a Warming Arctic // Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Scientific Report. Ch. 15. CambridgeUniversity Press, 2005. Р. 863–906.

9. Kudayeva I. V., Masnavieva L. B., Budarina L. A. Metallic mercury effect on the indices of oxidative stress in persons with neurological disorders // European Journal of Natural History. 2008. N 3. Р. 54–55.

 

Bibliographical references in a text should be given in square brackets and marked by Arabic numerals according to References representing cited works listed alphabetically (first – national, then foreign). Surnames of foreign authors should be given in original spelling. It is desirable to refer to newer publications (not older than 10 years). For original articles, a number of sources should not exceed 20, for observational articles – 50.

It is undesirable to refer to report abstracts, newspaper publications, unpublished observations and private communications. Manuscript’s authors should compare references with original documents. Authors are absolutely responsible for accuracy of bibliographic sources, including those translated into English.

References are submitted in two variants:

1. Russian-language variant together with foreign sources according to the State Standard 7.0.5–2008.

2. Transliterated variant in Latin letters with a translation of publication sources into English.

At the site http://www.translit.ru/, it is possible to use for free the program of transliteration of Russian texts to the Latin alphabet (variant BSI).

Here is an example of the above-given references transliteration:

 

References

1. Kislyak O. A., Starodubova A. V. The significance of arterial rigidity and central arterial pressure measurement for the evaluation of arterial hypertension patient cardiac risk and treatment results. Consilium Medicum. 2009, 10. Available at: http://con-med.ru/magazines/consilium_medicum/3508/3516/?sphrase_id=2236 (accessed 30.08.2013).

2. Machinskaya R. I., Krupskaya E. V. Sozrevanie regulyatornykh struktur mozga i organizatsiya vnimaniya u detei mladshego shkol’nogo vozrasta [Brain regulatory functions maturing and attention organization in primary schoolchildren]. Kognitivnye issledovaniya. Sb. nauch. trudov [Cognitive Research. Digest of Scientific Papers]. Moscow, Institut psikhologii RAN Publ., 2008, iss. 2, pp. 32-48.

3. Popova O. N. Kharakteristika adaptivnykh reaktsii vneshnego dykhaniya u molodykh lits trudosposobnogo vozrasta, zhitelei Evropeiskogo Severa (avtoref. dokt. diss.) [Characteristics of external respiration adaptive reactions in young able-bodied persons living in European North. Author’s Abstract of  Doct. Diss.]. Moscow, 2009, 34 p.

4. Poskotinova L.V. Vegetativnaya regylyaziya ritma serdza i endokrinnyi statys molodezhy v ysloviyakh Evropeiskogo Severa Rossii [Vegetative regulation of heart rate and endocrine status of young people in conditions of the European North of Russia]. Yekaterinburg, Ural Branch of RAS Publ., 2010, 229 p.

5. Reshetnik L. A. Kliniko-gigienicheskaya otsenka mikroelementnykh disbalansov u detei Pribaikal’ya (dokt. diss.) [Clinical-hygienic estimate of trace elements disbalance of children in the Cisbaikalia. Doct. Diss.]. 2000, 362 p.

6. Tereshchenko Yu. V. Traktovka osnovnykh pokazatelei variabel’nosti ritma serdtsa [Interpretation of main indices of heart rate variability]. Materialy mezhregional’noi konferentsii «Novye meditsinskie tekhnologii na sluzhbe pervichnogo zvena zdravookhraneniya», Omsk, 10-11 aprelya 2010 [Proceedings of Interregional Conference “The New Medical Technology at Initial Stage of Public Care”, Omsk, 10-11 April 2010]. Omsk2010, pp. 3-11.

7. Chashchin V. P., Gudkov А. B., Popova О. N., Odland J. Ö., Kovshov А. А. Description of Main Health Deterioration Risk Factors for Population Living on Territories of Active Natural Management in the Arctic. Ekologiya cheloveka [Human Ecology]. 2014, 1, рр. 3-12. [in Russian]

8. Berner J., Furgal C. Impacts of a Warming Arctic. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Scientific Report.Ch. 15. CambridgeUniversity Press, 2005, pp. 863-906.

9. Kudayeva I. V., Masnavieva L. B., Budarina L. A. Metallic mercury effect on the indices of oxidative stress in persons with neurological disorders. European Journal of Natural History. 2008, 3, pp. 54-55.

Rejected articles are not sent back.

For information about cost of article publication, please contact the Editorial Body.

Ph.D. candidates’ articles are published free of charge (sole author). It is necessary to submit a certificate of study in a postgraduate training program attested by an institution’s head.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with each of the following items, and submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to the authors.

  • Absence of plagiarism. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  • Correct manuscript format. Manuscript file format is Microsoft Word (has the extension *.doc, *.docx, *.rtf). The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in "For Authors" section.

  • Cover letter. All the required supporting documents will be submitted together with the manuscript. Authors guarantee to upload scanned original of the filled cover letter in PDF. A cover letter signed by all authors.

 

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1. General Provisions

  • This Agreement, in accordance with clause 2 of Article 437 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, is a public offer (hereinafter referred to as the Offer) requiring full and unconditional acceptance (Acceptance), which, in accordance with Article 438 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, means the sending by the Author of his/her materials by way of uploading the same to the online electronic system designed to accept manuscripts for consideration, and subsequently posted in the corresponding section of the Journal’s website on the Internet information and telecommunications network (hereinafter referred to as the Internet).
  • In accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation regarding the observance of copyright on electronic information resources, all materials found in the website, including submitted electronic journals, may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form (electronic or printed) without the prior written consent of the Publisher. Prior consent can be given by publishing an article in the open access and expressing the appropriate permission, which is in the form of an open Creative Commons license in the designated section of the journal’s website (where the published materials are placed) on the Internet. The journal requires license users to reference the original source, i.e., the publication, if the Author permits use of the public materials in the context of other documents.

2. Terms used in the Agreement

  • “Author” refers to an individual (or individuals) whose creative work has led to the creation of the manuscript of a scientific article.
  • “Manuscript” of the article in the journal is the result of conducting fundamental and applied scientific research in the form of scientific material, review of a scientific material, a scientific report, a bibliographic review on certain topics of scientific research, and a historical reference devoted to figures of Russian and foreign science, which is then submitted by the author for publication in the journal.
  • “Offer” is the document (an offer to the author) for the publication of an article by posting it on the journal’s website on the Internet.
  • “Publication” is the placement of an article in the journal.
  • “Article” is the manuscript of the article that has passed the reviewing, editorial and publishing process.
  • “Acceptance of the offer” refers to the full and unconditional acceptance of the offer on the terms specified in paragraph 3 of this agreement (the author accepts offer by sending a Submission to the publisher, uploading the manuscript of the article, along with accompanying materials, to the online electronic system designed to accept articles for consideration, which is then posted in the corresponding section of the journal’s website on the Internet).
  • “Journal” is a scientific peer-reviewed journal registered as a mass media entity in the Roskomnadzor register.
  • “Submission” is an electronic appeal of the author to the publisher for the publication of an article in the journal by uploading the manuscript and accompanying materials to the online electronic system designated for accepting articles for consideration, and subsequently posting them in the corresponding section of the journal’s website on the Internet).
  • “Publisher” refers to Eco-Vector, which is the founder and publisher of the journal. Article metadata includes the materials in Russian and English that are intended for inclusion in International Scientific Databases (ISD), namely the following:
    • title of the article
    • information about each of the authors (surname and first name; patronymic; place of work with the postal address indicated, contact information (e-mail), scan of identification card from the Ministry of Internal Affairs for each author
    • abstract
    • keywords
    • thematic rubricator: UDC (Universal Decimal Classification) or other library and bibliographic classification and subject indexes
    • bibliographic list (list of references).
  • “Editorial board” is the creative team that prepares the journal for publication.
  • “Editorial Council” is an advisory body under the editorial board of the journal.
  • “Parties” refers to the author and the publisher.
  • “Author Guidelines” are the requirements for materials published in the journal, posted in the authors section of the journal’s website on the Internet.

3. Subject of the Agreement (Offer)

Under this agreement, the Author grants the Publisher, free of charge for the entire period of validity in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, a non-exclusive license to use the Article created by the former for publication in the Journal, as well as the rights to use the article in the following ways:

  • Reproduction of the Article or its sections or parts, as well as the metadata of the Article in Russian or other languages, in any material form, including on paper and electronic media, as a separate work in journals and/or databases (local or in the Internet) of the Publisher and/or other persons, at the discretion of the Publisher;
  • Distribution of the Article or its sections or parts, as well as the metadata of the Article in Russian or other languages, on any medium. as part of the Journal and/or databases of the Publisher or other persons, at the discretion of the Publisher, or as an independent work around the world whether on Open-Access terms or for a fee without remuneration to the Author;
  • Making the Article or any of its sections or parts, as well as the Article’s metadata in Russian or other languages, publicly available in such a way that any person can access the Article from any place, including via the Internet, and at any time of their own choosing;
  • Granting permission/s for the use of the Article or its individual parts, as well as its metadata in Russian or other languages, to third parties with notice to the Author made by posting relevant information on the Journal’s website, without paying remuneration to the Author;
  • Processing the Article, including by translating it to other languages, and by using the revised (translated) articles in the aforementioned ways.
    • Other rights not directly transferred to the Publisher under this Agreement, including patent rights to any process, method etc., described by the Author in the Article, as well as trademark rights, are reserved for the Author.
    • The territory where the rights to the Article are allowed to be used is the whole world.
    • The validity of this Agreement commences from the moment the Author sends a Submission to the Journal by uploading the manuscript of an Article and supplementary materials to the online electronic system designed to accept articles for consideration, and subsequently posted in the corresponding section of the Journal’s website on the Internet.
    • The rights are granted by the Author to the Publisher free of charge; the publication of the Article in the Journal does not entail any financial deductions to the Author.
    • If the Publisher decides to reject the Submission or refuse to publish the Article in the Journal, this Agreement becomes invalid. The decision to refuse publication will be sent to the Author at the e-mail address specified in the Submission.
    • The Publisher undertakes to provide the Author with the necessary services related to the publication of the Article on the Journal’s website during the term of the agreement.

4. General Provisions of Rendering the Services

The Publisher will provide services to the Author only if the following conditions are met:

  • The parties have concluded a corresponding service agreement.
  • The Author has uploaded to the site all the materials necessary to enable the provision of services.
  • The Author has paid for the services in full.

Services are provided to the Author on a paid basis after executing the appropriate contracts (for Fast-track editorial evaluation of a manuscript and prior-to-schedule publication in case of its acceptance, for publication of the article in open access, etc.).

If the materials are provided by the Author in violation of the guidelines and requirements of this offer, the Publisher reserves the right to reject the Submission and refuse to provide services if it has been found that the provided materials violate any of the guidelines and requirements of this offer.

The Publisher will not be held responsible for the unauthorized use by third parties of the data provided by the Author during the term of the agreement.

5. Rights and Duties of the Parties

The Author guarantees that:

  • S/he holds the copyright the exclusive rights to the materials transferred as part of the manuscript of the Article.
  • The rights granted to the Publisher under this agreement have not been previously transferred and will not be transferred to third parties in the future during the duration of the Agreement.
  • The manuscript contains all references to the cited authors and/or publications (materials) provided for under the current copyright legislation.
  • The Author has obtained all the necessary permissions for all information and other materials s/he holds no copyright to and that are used in the manuscript of the Article.
  • The Article manuscript contains only materials permitted to be published in the open press in accordance with the current legislative acts of the Russian Federation, and its publication and distribution will not lead to the disclosure of secret (confidential) information (including state secrets).
  • The Author has informed co-authors about the terms of this Agreement and has received their consent to execute this Agreement under the terms provided for in the Agreement. The Author carries certain obligations under the terms of the Agreement.
  • S/he should submit the manuscript of the Article in accordance with the Author Guidelines listed on the Journal’s website;
  • The author should not use an electronic copy of the Article for commercial purposes and in other journal publications without the consent of the Publisher;
  • In the process of preparing a manuscript for publication, the Author is obligated to undertake the following:
    • Make corrections to the text of the manuscript that have been marked by the reviewers and accepted by the editorial board, and/or as necessary, upon the request of the Publisher and the editorial board, finalize the manuscript of the Article;
    • Review and accept of reject the proofreading of the manuscript of the article under the terms stipulated by the publication schedule of the Journal;
    • Make only the minimum of corrections to the proofreading of manuscript, which usually entails correcting and/or making factual and conjecture changes.

The Author has the following rights and duties:

  • Use preprint or prior-to publication versions of an unpublished article in the form and content accepted by the Publisher for publication in the Journal. Such prior-to-publish versions can be placed as electronic files on the personal websites of the Author (co-authors) or on the protected external websites of the employers of the Author; however, the Author cannot use the unpublished version(s) for commercial sale or for systematic external distribution by a third party (i.e. post on social media). The author or co-authors must, in turn, carry out certain duties, namely:
    • Include the following warning in the prior-to-publish version: “This is prior-to-publish version of the article accepted for publication in (Journal’s name), ©, copyright (year), copyright owner specified in the Journal)”;
    • Provide the corresponding electronic link to the Publisher’s website at https://journals.eco-vector.com/ and/or via the DOI.
  • Copy or transfer a copy of the published article in whole or in part to colleagues free of charge for their personal or professional use, for the promotion of academic or scientific research, or for informational purposes of the Author’s employer.
  • Use materials from a published article in a book written by one of the co-authors.
  • Use individual figures, tables and text excerpts from the Article for his or her (or co-authors’ own training purposes or to include them in other published works in printed or electronic format) by a third party, or to submit them in electronic format on an internal computer network or on the public website of the Author (co-authors) or his/her employer.
  • Include the Article in educational collections for use in the classroom, either for free distribution to the Author’s (co-authors’) students or in electronic format on a local server for access by students as part of the training course, as well as for internal training programs at the institution of the Author’s employer.

The Publisher, for its part, is obliged to:

  • Publish the Author’s article in the Journal in printed and electronic form in accordance with the terms of this Agreement;
  • If necessary as so decided by the Journal’s editorial board, provide the Author with the proofreading of the manuscript and make a reasonable edit of the Author’s work;
  • Provide the Author with an electronic copy of the published Article to the Author’s e-mail address within 15 working days from the date of publication of the relevant Journal issue;
  • Comply with the Author’s rights as provided for by the current legislation, as well as protect them and take all necessary measures to prevent copyright infringement by third parties.

The Publisher has a right to:

  • Carry out technical and literary editing of the Article manuscript without altering the main content;
  • Conduct an expert evaluation of the manuscript and invite the Author to make the necessary changes, if any, of which until such time the article will not yet be published in the Journal;
  • In any subsequent authorized use by the Author (and/or other persons) of the Journal and/or Article (including any separate part or fragment thereof), require that a link to the Journal, Publisher, Author or other copyright holders, the title of the Article, the Journal number, and the year of publication be specified in the Journal;
  • Post preliminary and/or advertising information about the upcoming publication of the Article in the media and other information sources;
  • Establish the guidelines for accepting and publishing materials in the Journal;
  • Temporarily suspend the provision of services to the Author when technical, technological or other issues that prevent the smooth provision of such services are encountered, until such that the issues are eliminated;
  • Make changes to the offer in accordance with the procedure established by the offer.

The editorial board of the Journal, headed by the editor-in-chief, has the exclusive rights to select and/or reject materials sent to the Journal editorial office for publications purposes. The manuscript sent by the Author to the Journal editorial office is not subject to return. The editorial board of the Journal does not enter into correspondence about rejection of submissions.

In all cases not stipulated and not provided for in this agreement, the parties are obliged to be guided by the relevant current laws of the Russian Federation.

6. Acceptance of the Offer and Execution of the Agreement. Terms of the Agreement

  • This Agreement comes into force from the moment of its execution, when the Author accepts the offer by submitting the manuscript to the Publisher, and is valid for the duration of the exclusive rights to the Article.
  • Acceptance of the offer by the author creates an Agreement in writing (Articles 438 and 1286.1 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation) on the terms of the offer.
  • Transfer of the exclusive right to an Article (alienated) by the Author to a third party, does not terminate this agreement.

7. Procedure for changing and terminating the Agreement

  • The Publisher has the right to unilaterally change the terms of this Agreement, in advance, at least 10 (ten) calendar days before the entry into force of the intended relevant changes, but with notice to the Author through the Journal’s website or by e-mail to the Author’s e-mail address specified in the Author’s Submission. The changes will take effect from the date specified in the relevant notification.
  • If the Author rejects the changes to the terms of this Agreement, s/he has the right to notify the Publisher by sending a written notification through the online electronic system designed for accepting articles for consideration, making sure that the same is posted in the corresponding section of the Journal’s website on the Internet, or to the official e-mail address of the editorial office on the Internet.
  • This Agreement may be terminated prematurely, either by agreement of the parties at any time, or on other grounds provided for in this Agreement.
  • The Author has the right to unilaterally withdraw from the execution of this Agreement by sending the Publisher a corresponding notification in writing at least 60 (sixty) calendar days in advance before the expected date of publication of the Article in the Journal.
  • Termination of the Agreement for any reason does not release the parties from liability for any violation of the terms of the Agreement that occurred during the validity period.

8. Responsibility

  • The parties are responsible for non-fulfillment or improper fulfillment of their obligations under the Agreement in accordance with the current relevant legislation of the Russian Federation.
  • All information provided by the Author must be reliable. The Author is expected to provide accurate and complete the information to the Publisher. When using false information received from the Author, the Publisher is not responsible for the negative consequences caused by his actions on the basis of the false information provided.
  • With regard to the content of the Article, the Author is solely responsible for compliance with the requirements of the laws of the Russian Federation pertaining to advertising, copyright and related rights’ protection, protection of trademarks and service marks, and the protection of consumer rights.
  • The Publisher does not bear any responsibility under the agreement:
    • for any actions that are a direct or indirect result of Author’s illegal actions
    • for any loss incurred by the Author, regardless of whether the Publisher could have foreseen the possibility of such losses or not.
  • The Publisher is released from liability for violation of the terms of the Agreement if such violation is caused by force majeure, including actions of state authorities (including the adoption of legal acts), fire, flood, earthquake, other natural disasters, lack of electricity and/or computer network failures, strikes, civil unrest, riots, etc.

9. Dispute resolution

  • Disputes and disagreements will be resolved by the parties through negotiations, and in case of failure to reach an Agreement they will strive to seek resolution in accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation.
  • If there are unresolved disagreements, the parties agree to resolve the disputes in court at the jurisdiction covered by the Publisher’s location in accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation.

10. Miscellaneous

  • All notifications, messages, requests, etc. (with the exception of documents that must be sent as originals in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation) are considered received by the Author if they were transmitted (sent) by the Publisher through the Journal’s website (including by publication), fax, e-mail based on the address specified in the Submission, and other communication channels. The parties recognize the legal force of notifications, messages, requests, etc., transmitted (sent) by the above methods.
  • In the event of claims against the Publisher related to the violation of the exclusive copyright and other intellectual property rights of third parties when creating an article or in connection with the execution of this Agreement by the Author, as well as in connection with the use of the Article by the Publisher in accordance with the Agreement, the author undertakes:
    • To immediately take measures to resolve disputes with third parties soon after receiving Publisher’s notification, and if necessary, enter into legal proceedings on the Publisher’s side and take all appropriate actions needed to exclude the Publisher from the list of defendants;
    • To reimburse the publisher for the legal costs incurred and expenses and losses caused by the application of measures to secure the claim and execute a court decision, and the money paid to a third party for the violation of exclusive copyright and other intellectual property rights, as well as other losses incurred by the Publisher in connection with the Author’s non-compliance with the guarantees provided by them under this Agreement.

11. Legal address and details of the Publisher

Eco-Vector

Address: 191186, St. Petersburg, Aptekarsky Pereulok, 3 letter A, room 1N.

TIN: 7806423692; KPP: 784101001; OGRN: 1099847039907.

 

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