Publication Ethics

Publication ethics of the journal "Bulletin of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Series: Physics and Mathematics" corresponds to the best international practices and standards of academic publishing, in particular EASE Guidelines, Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, Publishing Ethics Resource Kit for Editors, COPE Guidelines, ICMJE, as well as criteria and recommendations from DOAJ, Web of Science, Scopus.


Publication ethics consists of the following sections:

Open access policy

Authorship and co-authorship

Conflict of interest policy

Plagiarism and Duplicate Publication Policy

Academic Integrity Violations Policy

Complaints and appeals

Post-publication Discussions and Corrections


Publication ethics consists of the following parts:

  1. Publication and sharing of open data.
  2. General issues of submission, review and editorial processes.
  3. Responsibility of the authors.
  4. Responsibility of reviewers.
  5. Responsibility of editors.
  6. Privacy and confidentiality statement.
  7. Policy of research funding.
  8. Neutrality to geopolitical disputes.
  9. Politics of gender issues.


1. Publication and sharing of open data

We encourage the publication and sharing of open data in accordance with the Panton Principles and the FAIR Data Principles. Data can be published in a variety of ways, such as by storing in data repositories associated with the article, or as data files or packages that supplement the article. Datasets must be hosted in an appropriate trusted repository and the associated identifier (URL or DOI) of the dataset(s) must be added to the data resources section of the article. Citations to datasets should also be added to the article's citation list with DOI (if available). If there is no dedicated data repository, authors should store their datasets in a shared repository such as Zenodo or similar.


2. General issues of submission, review and editorial processes

The editorial workflow, i.e. submission, review, editing, etc., is organized within the Open Journal System (OJS) management/ publishing system from the Public Knowledge Project.

All participants of the editorial process receive automated e-mail notifications from the editorial office through the OJS system. A detailed description of the procedures for submitting, reviewing, editing and correcting errors with all necessary instructions is described in the sections "Submit an article" and "Peer Review" on this site.

Neither Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv nor the publication editors are responsible for proper functioning of the Open Journal System (OJS) management/publishing system from the Public Knowledge Project (see section "Disclaimer").


3. Responsibility of the authors

  1. Authors agree that their articles will be published Open Access under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0).
  2. Authors must certify that their manuscripts are original work, that the manuscript has not been previously published, and that it has not been submitted for publication elsewhere.
  3. Authors must submit a manuscript in correct English/Ukrainian language and formatted according to the Guidelines for Authors.
  4. All authors involved are expected to have made significant contributions to the research and have agreed among themselves on the order of authorship and their contributions.
  5. Authors should cite all sources used in their manuscript.
  6. Authors must participate in the review process, including responding to reviewers' comments in a timely manner.
  7. Authors must notify the editors of any errors they find in their article during the editorial and publishing process and after publication. The procedure for making corrections is described in the section Post-publication discussion and making changes (call to the section on the site).
  8. Authors should acknowledge all major sponsors of the research relevant to their article. Other sources of publication support should also be clearly identified in the manuscript as acknowledgments (e.g. funding for language editing of the article, or any other sources of publication support, etc.).
  9. Authors must notify the editors of any conflict of interest (refer to section 3.8 Conflict of Interest Policy). The corresponding author (corresponding author submitting the article) must provide a declaration of any conflicts of interest on behalf of all authors. A conflict of interest may be related to a joint place of work, sources of funding, personal financial interests, membership in relevant organizations, etc.


4. Responsibility of reviewers

  1. Manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two reviewers in order to make the first decision as soon as possible. Reviewers are asked to report any conflicts of interest.
  2. Reviewers are not expected to carefully edit the manuscript for structural or linguistic style, but to focus on its scholarly quality, as well as on the overall style, which should be consistent with good practice in clear and concise academic writing. If the reviewers decide that the manuscript needs editing, they should inform the authors and the editor in the report.
  3. Reviewers are asked to check whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and clear, how interesting it is to the audience, and whether the writing quality is acceptable. The manuscript evaluation criteria are detailed in the Guidelines for reviewers in the OJS.
  4. In case of serious discrepancies between reviews or between authors and reviewers, the editors can evaluate them according to their experience or seek advice from a member of the journal's editorial board.
  5. Reviewers are also asked to indicate which articles they find particularly interesting or significant. These articles may be given more attention and more external publicity, including press releases addressed to academic journalists and the media.
  6. During the second round of review (after the authors' corrections), the subject editor may ask the reviewer to evaluate the revised version of the manuscript in light of the reviewer's recommendations made during the first round of review.
  7. Reviewers are asked to be courteous and constructive in their reports. Messages that may be offensive or uninformative will be deleted.
  8. Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have a conflict of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships, affiliations, or affiliations with any authors, companies, or institutions associated with the authors of the manuscript.
  9. Reviewing of original author manuscripts is carried out confidentially,
  10. Reviewers must keep manuscripts, related materials and all details related to the review strictly confidential and not share them with third parties.
  11. Reviewers should clearly express their point of view and justify it.
  12. Reviewers should identify relevant published work not cited by the authors.
  13. Reviewers must refrain from using any of the authors' ideas until the article is published.
  14. Reviewers should also bring to the editors' attention any significant similarities or overlaps between the manuscript under review and any other published article of which they are aware.


5. Responsibility of editors

  1. Editors are responsible for the scientific quality of articles published, they make decisions only on the basis of importance, originality, clarity and relevance of the publication to the subject field.
  2. Literary editors are responsible for structural and stylistic editing of articles.
  3. Responsible editors must ensure that all research articles comply with international ethical principles and Publication Ethics of the publication, as well as avoid any conflicts of interest between authors, reviewers and members of the editorial board.
  4. Responsible editors should not reject articles based on suspicion, without evidence of misconduct by the author(s).
  5. Editors must maintain the anonymity of reviewers unless the reviewers choose to disclose their identity in accordance with this policy.


6. Privacy and confidentiality statement

Personal information of the authors, reviewers, editors and other persons registered on the journal's website (names and e-mail addresses) is used by the editors only for checking, reviewing and/or publishing articles and does not pass them on to any other party.

The editors acknowledge that all materials sent to the magazine are the private and confidential property of the authors. To avoid harm to authors or reviewers due to premature disclosure of any information from the author's original article, it is prohibited to share any details of submitted articles or review reports with third parties.

All editors and reviewers participating in the editorial process must not disclose information about the content of the author's original article (in whole or any part), the status in the review process, the comments and suggestions of the reviewers, as well as the intermediate or final results of the review to anyone, except for authors and reviewers. Any requests from third parties regarding the use or transfer of author's originals submitted for publication in the Journal will be rejected by the editors.

The editors ensure the confidentiality of the reviewers in the double-blind review process.

All employees involved in the editorial process must refrain from commenting on and publicly communicating any details of the editorial process, the review process during preparation for publication and after publication of the article.

The editors do not keep copies of rejected manuscripts. Reviewers' comments can not be published or made public in any way without the permission of the reviewer, author and editor-in-chief.


7. Policy on funding

Authors should clearly state the sources of funding used to produce their manuscript, particularly for research and/or publication. Information about financial support of research by specific organizations is entered by the responsible author (corresponding author) on behalf of all authors when submitting the article in the appropriate form on the OJS platform.

Other sources of publication support should be clearly stated in the manuscript, usually in the form of acknowledgments (e.g. funding for translation fees, language editing of the article, etc.).


8. Neutrality to geopolitical disputes

The magazine is neutral to any political controversy. The editors are not entitled to express personal preferences or bias towards the manuscript or the author(s) based on their country of origin, residence and/or affiliation.

All publication decisions should not be influenced by the origin of the manuscript, including the nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race, or religion of the authors. Editorial and publication decisions should not be determined by the policies of the government or other institutions outside the journal's editorial board.

Authors should depoliticize their research by avoiding provocative remarks, controversial geopolitical claims, and disputed map markings. If this cannot be avoided, the journal reserves the right to at least flag them as controversial during or after publication, publish the editor's comments, or reject/retract articles.

At the same time, the editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts without review if:

  • the author(s) are affiliated with an organization or institution located on the territory of the aggressor state, state sponsor of terrorism;
  • the research is financed by an organization or institution located on the territory of an aggressor state, a state sponsor of terrorism;
  • the manuscripts contain calls for violation of state order or the rule of law, the violation of human rights, terrorism, aimed at spreading ideological positions and/or politicized ideas;
  • the research is based on the conclusions/results obtained by the authors affiliated with the organization or institution located on the territory of the aggressor state, the state sponsor of terrorism (as evidenced by the relevant sources used in the study), without proper justification of their uniqueness and originality and significance in world science, of specific importance for the research proposed for publication;
  • the study pays unreasonably significant attention to the conclusions/results of studies that contain and/or reflect the subjective assessments and/or opinions of the author(s) regarding Ukrainian statehood and/or independence, distort historical events and/or the Ukrainian language or national identity.


9. Policy on gender issues

The editors of the journal encourage the use of gender-neutral language, such as "they" instead of "she/he" and "their" instead of "his/her," or advise authors to consider rearranging sentences to achieve gender neutrality.

When deciding on the publication of the manuscript, the selection of reviewers, and in general during the editorial and publishing process, the editors adhere to a gender-neutral position, in no case gives preference to representatives of a certain gender or age, and is not guided by other discriminatory signs.