“Contemporary Europe” as the journal of the Institute of Europe Russian Academy
of Sciences (IERAS) publish scholarly works and we bear responsibility for
keeping high standards. “Contemporary Europe” editorial activity rests, in
particular, on the guidelines of the Committee of Publication Ethics, as well as
the practices of influential international journals and publishers.
The Journal “Contemporary Europe” strives to uphold ethical norms accepted by
the international research community and prevent any violation of such norms.
Duties of Authors
Authors of reports of original research should present a detailed description of
methods employed and accurate data corroborating the results obtained. A paper
should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate
the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical
behavior and are unacceptable.
Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and
objective, and editorial ‘opinion’ works should be clearly identified as such.
Originality and plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if
the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been
appropriately cited or quoted.
Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s
own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper
(without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others.
Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is
Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes
unethical publishing behavior and is also unacceptable.
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should
cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the
Authorship of the paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution
to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study.
All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as
co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive
aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as
The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors have
approved the final version of the paper.
All published papers are made available for public access; copyright is held by
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own
published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal
editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the
paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published
work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to
promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the
correctness of the original paper.
Duties of editors (editor-in-chief, head of the editorial board/council)
These guidelines are based on existing Institute of Europe policies and COPE’s
Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
The editor of a peer-reviewed journal is responsible for deciding which of the
articles submitted to the journal should be published, often working in
conjunction with the relevant society (for society-owned or sponsored journals).
The validation of the work in question, its importance to researchers and
readers, and the results of reviewing must always drive such decisions.
An editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without
regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin,
citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a
submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers,
potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as
Involvement and cooperation in investigations
An editor of “Contemporary Europe” journal should take reasonably responsive
measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted
manuscript or published paper. Such measures will generally include contacting
the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the
respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications
to the relevant institutions and research bodies, and if the complaint is
upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or
other note, as may be relevant. Every reported act of unethical publishing
behavior must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication.
Journal Self Citation
Their editorial board (council) should never conduct any practice that obliges
authors to cite his or her journal either as an implied or explicit condition of
acceptance for publication. Any recommendation regarding articles to be cited in
a paper should be made on the basis of direct relevance to the author’s article,
with the objective of improving the final published research. Editors should
direct authors to relevant literature as part of the peer review process.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.
They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the
Standards of objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is
inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting
Acknowledgement of sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the
authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been
previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer
should also call to the head of the editorial board’s attention any substantial
similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other
published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and conflict of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a
reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author.
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept
confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider
manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive,
collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors or
institutions connected to the papers.