Ethics and Legal

APNat Magazine is published by the University Publishing House “Episkop Konstantin Preslavski”. The APNat Editorial Board encourages responsible behavior with regard to the implementation of the adopted obligations and ethical standards of publication as well as the principles of objective review, based on the guidelines issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Their purpose is the introduction of good ethical practices and ethical behavior standards at all stages of the publishing process.

Editor responsibilities and ethical standards

The editorial board’s decisions for publication are based on the scientific qualities of the proposed manuscripts of articles that fit into the profile of the magazine and correspond to readers’ interests while respecting ethical norms.

The editorial board helps to create conditions for an open dialogue with authors in case of ethical complaints or conflicts and allows for adjustments to be made within certain deadlines before pre-work on each issue.

The editorial board should not allow a conflict of interest with regard to articles that are accepted or rejected for publication in the journal.

The chief editor provides materials to reviewers based on their scientific profile and professional interests. Review is anonymous. In a negative review, the editor selects a third reviewer whose opinion is final.

APNat chief editor maintains reviewers’ anonymity and the confidentiality of the correspondence with reviewers and authors.

The editorial board, through its actions, supports and promotes the magazine.

The editorial board maintains an electronic archive of submitted articles and materials related to their review and printing.

Obligations and ethical responsibilities of authors

Authors present manuscripts of articles for publishing in APNat under the following terms:

  • to contain an original study;
  • not contain incorrect data;
  • not be published in other editions;
  • used literature to be quoted correctly without creating plagiarism conditions;
  • to participate in the process of correcting errors registered by reviewers;
  • if plagiarism is established, the author(s) should be fully legally responsible.