Publication Ethics and Malpractice

We would like to emphasize the importance of maintaining high ethical standards when publishing articles in «Scientific Papers of the Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine». Relationships between authors, editors and reviewers in our journal are based on academic benevolence, objectivity of ratings and priority of scientific quality. The journal is committed to maintaining high standards of scientific competence through peer-review and a strict ethical policy.

In our publishing activity we rely upon by the standards and recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (details:, as well as the regulations of the laws of intellectual property protection.

Оbligations of the editorial board, editors, reviewers

Manuscripts should be evaluated for their scientific quality, regardless of the authors’ race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, citizenship, or political choices.

The editorial board and editors defend the freedom of scientific expression, ensure the quality of published material.

Editors have full authority to reject / accept the article, guided by objective scientific criteria and findings reviewers.

Reviewers should be objective and constructive in their reviews.

Editors and reviewers keep information pertaining to submitted manuscripts confidential; undertake not to use unpublished data from manuscripts presented for consideration in their own research without the author’s written permission; must disclose any conflicts of interest.

The editorial board shall be obliged to take relevant appropriate measures in case of ethical claims relating to the reviewed manuscripts or published materials.

Оbligations of the authors

Authors must present original work with reliable research results; have significant contribution to the research (if a paper has several authors); certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere; identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript; guarantee obtained permission for use of copyrighted materials; disclose any conflicts of interest that may affect the evaluation of the manuscript; notify the editor of significant errors or inaccuracies in the publication and cooperate with him/her in order to exempt the publication or correct mistakes as soon as possible.

Duplicate Publication

Articles submitted to «Scientific Papers of the Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine» must not contain any results that have been reported in any journals or books in any form. You should inform editors of any potential duplicate publications.

We practice the principle of single submission: one submission of one manuscript to one journal at a time and no resubmission to another journal until a written rejection has been received. Editors must have exclusive rights to the manuscript. This principle does not eliminate consideration for publication of any paper previously rejected by another journal.

Criteria for authors to determine whether their material is considered «duplicate».

  • Identical content to something previously published
  • Highly similar content to other materials with minimal changes
  • Several articles when one would be enough
  • Similar articles for various disciplines

Professional and ethical considerations

The papers having political profile, or the papers including biased or incorrect evaluations of other scientific works and other specialists, are not accepted for publication.


Academic malpractice in any form will not be tolerated by «Scientific Papers of the Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine». In cases of suspected malpractice (plagiarism, fraud, breached intellectual property rights, etc.) a panel will be formed to evaluate the substance of the claim. If the claim is supported by evidence, the paper in question will be rejected for consideration in «Scientific Papers of the Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine» and all authors and their affiliations will be informed. In cases where the paper has already been published before the malpractice was discovered, a retraction by authors or by the «Scientific Papers of the Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine» board will have to take place and the case will be made public. Evident cases of malpractice may result in a three-year or longer ban from future submission to «Scientific Papers of the Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine». All appeals regarding the panel’s decisions have to go through the Editor-in-Chief and should be submitted within 30 days of the decision date.

Conflict of Interests

In the case that the author does not accept reviewers’ remarks, the editorial board considers on any conflicts and makes final decision. If the author does not agree with the final decision, s\he has a right to withdraw the paper without consideration for publication.

Editors and peer-reviewers withdraw their names for reviewing of manuscripts in the case of a conflict of interest (due to competitive, joint or other interactions and relationships with authors, institutions or organizations related to the submitted manuscript).