Editor-in-chief, editorial board, and editorial staff of the Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie journal are committed to following the guidelines and recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). As one of the oldest editions in the academic fields of anthropology, ethnology, and ethnography, the journal also draws on the particular experience of other leading international editions established in these fields. The journal is adhering to the principle that both the authors and the editors ought to equally follow the rules of good scientific practice in order to maintain the integrity of research and its presentation.
Responsibilities of Authors
Authors submit the manuscript that represents the results of their own original research work. It is expected that all authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the work and share collective responsibility for the results.
If the manuscript is co-authored, all co-authors will be signing an agreement between the author and the editor after the manuscript is finally approved for publication. While the signed agreement will be a legal proof of the authors’ consent to publish their manuscript in the journal, it is expected that the consent to submit the manuscript has been received explicitly from all co-authors at the initial stage of submission. If the correspondence regarding the manuscript is carried by one of the co-authors on behalf of all others, it is the responsibility of this person to ensure that all co-authors receive all information about their submission.
The journal expects that the manuscript has been prepared for the particular academic audience of this journal and has not been submitted to other journals for simultaneous consideration. Still, we recognize that authors have the right to submit their manuscript simultaneously elsewhere – if this has been done, however, we strongly request that the authors should inform the editorial office about this. If the author’s manuscript has been approved for publication by any of the journals where it has been submitted, the author must immediately withdraw the manuscript from all other journals. If this requirement is neglected by the author, their manuscript may be rejected by Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie at any stage. Even though Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie may accept for consideration a manuscript that has been submitted simultaneously for consideration to another journal, it will not publish or even approve for publication such a manuscript.
Authors may not submit for consideration manuscripts that have been published previously, in full or partly; manuscripts that represent the same results of the same research that have already led to a similar publication; manuscripts that are compiled from, or are an abridged form of, a more comprehensive book or monograph written by the author on the same subject; or manuscripts that represent a chapter or section of such a book or monograph. The journal expects that the authors may consider their manuscripts as a potential part of their future books or monographs, but not vice versa.
Plagiarism is not allowed in any form and, if detected at any stage, shall lead to the rejection of the submission.
Excessive citations are considered an unethical practice and, if necessary, the authors will be requested to reduce their amount.
Authors should provide proper acknowledgements to other works when any part of those is used in the manuscript, including citations and text that has been summarized or paraphrased. Quotation marks and references should be properly used for all citations. Permissions must be obtained for any material that is copyrighted, such as images, and submitted to the editorial office with the manuscript. Likewise, permissions must be obtained for citations that exceed fair use standards in length.
Authors should include in the list of literature and sources used only the literature and sources that have been actually used in their research work. Listing any other literature or references is considered as an unethical practice.
Authors guarantee that research involving human participants has been carried in accordance with the accepted national, institutional, and disciplinary ethical standards, and that fieldwork-based studies have been approved by a research ethics committee at their institution.
Authors understand that they submit their manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal and that it will be reviewed anonymously, in accordance with the double-blind-peer-review procedure, by specialists in the field, whose recommendations will be considered by the editorial board as the principal basis for accepting or rejecting the manuscript or requesting that it be revised by the author.
Authors must disclose all sources of financial support that they received for the research, the results of which are represented in the manuscript submitted.
Authors have the right to withdraw their manuscript at any point when it is under consideration.
Responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, and Editorial Staff
Editor-in-chief, editorial board, and editorial staff of the Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie journal accept manuscripts for consideration solely on the grounds of the current policies of the journal, current academic interests of the journal, professional quality of manuscripts as academic works and their compliance with the disciplinary scope of the journal, as well as their compliance with the norms expressed above, in the section on “Responsibilities of Authors”.
Editor-in-chief, editorial board, and editorial staff of the Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie journal expressly state that neither acceptance nor rejection of submissions is ever influenced by factors such as gender, race, nationality, citizenship, ethnicity, or religious belief of the authors.
All submitted manuscripts undergo a review process according to the standard principles and guidelines of peer-reviewed journals. The journal follows the double-blind-peer-review procedure. The editorial staff makes every effort to ensure the review is conducted anonymously and expects that the authors follow the submission guidelines and prepare the anonymous version of their manuscript with due care and attention.
Recommendations received by the editorial board from the reviewers are considered as the principal basis for accepting or rejecting the manuscript or requesting that it be revised by the author. In the case of conflicting assessments of the manuscript received from two reviewers, the editorial board solicits the opinion of the third reviewer or makes a decision after a comprehensive consideration of the case at an editorial board meeting.
If the editor-in-chief or editorial board members have reasons to believe that any of the reviewers were not objective in their assessments, the editorial board solicits the opinion of an extra reviewer or makes a decision after a comprehensive consideration of the case at an editorial board meeting.
Editor-in-chief, editorial board, and editorial staff of the Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie journal make every effort to safeguard the confidentiality of information contained in unpublished manuscripts submitted to the journal for consideration, as well as any personal information about authors. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may never be handed, sent, or shown to any persons, apart from the editor-in-chief, editorial board members, editorial staff, and official reviewers. No information contained in the manuscripts submitted may be used for any purpose other than that of consideration of these manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. Peer reviews are considered confidential and may not be disclosed to any persons other than the editor-in-chief, editorial board members, editorial staff, and authors of the manuscripts.
Editorial staff ensures that any changes made to the original text of the manuscript during the process of its copyediting must be explicitly shown to the authors.
Manuscripts accepted for publication in the journal may not necessarily reflect viewpoints of the editor-in-chief or editorial board of the journal.
Responsibilities of Reviewers
Reviewers are chosen by the editorial board as professional specialists in the research field to which the submitted manuscripts belong. The editorial board assigns reviewers with diligence and care, to avoid possible conflicts of interest and ensure that manuscripts receive an objective and unbiased assessment, further considering that the published article once and for all enters the professional community of researchers and therefore must adhere to the standards accepted and followed in this community.
Reviewers are requested to indicate if they have any conflict of interest in regard to the manuscripts submitted for review or research represented in such manuscripts. Likewise, reviewers are requested to indicate if for any reason they know or can guess who the authors of the submitted manuscript are. Finally, they are requested to indicate if they feel they are not properly qualified to make an objective evaluation of the manuscript. In such cases, the editorial board will address the manuscript to alternative reviewers.
Reviewers, just as the journal’s editorial staff, editorial board members, and editor-in-chief, are expected to make every effort to safeguard the confidentiality of information contained in unpublished manuscripts submitted to them for evaluation. Manuscripts may never be handed, sent, or shown by reviewers to any persons, apart from the editor-in-chief, editorial board members, and editorial staff of the journal. No information contained in the manuscripts may be used by reviewers for any purpose other than that of assessment of the academic quality of these manuscripts or research represented therein. Peer reviews are considered confidential and may not be disclosed to any persons other than the editor-in-chief, editorial board members, editorial staff, and authors of the manuscripts.
Reviewers are expected to provide a grounded, unbiased, and objective assessment of manuscripts. They must avoid any criticisms of authors as persons and evaluate solely the qualities of their research and its presentation. They should keep in mind that positive and correctly and accessibly phrased comments may greatly help authors to revise and improve their manuscripts if they require improvement.
If authors of the manuscripts have sufficient reasons to believe that peer reviewers were not entirely objective or unbiased in their reviews and comments, criticized not the flaws of the manuscript but rather the author’s point of view, or misjudged the manuscript in any other manner, they should express their reservations to the editor-in-chief of the journal and have the right to write a response to the reviewers’ comments, supplied with proper arguments. This response will be given proper attention and serious consideration by the editor-in-chief and the editorial board in making a decision on whether the manuscript should be accepted for publication, rejected, or returned to the author for revision.