Ethical norms

The ethical norms provided here are generally accepted by the worldwide scientific community and is entirely supported by the editorial staff of Oil and oil product pipeline transport and its reviewers. The norms are mandatory for the authors.

The ethical norms of the editorial staff and publisher
1. Equally favor the provided works, assess them by the intellectual content and take decision about the article publication solely on the basis of the expert evaluation of the independent reviewers and the opinion of the editorial board.
2. Do not approve an article for publication, if there is enough evidence to assume, that it is a plagiary.
3. Ensure observance of the right for confidentiality and personal information to prevent the disclosure of article content without authors consent to anybody except for reviewers, prior to taking a decision on publication.
4. Provide conditions for objective reviewing by ensuring a double blind article review and prevent conflicts of interests between reviewers and authors.
5. Call off an article from review in case of any conflict of interests. Publish corrections or disclaimers in case of conflicts of interests after publication of scientific articles.
6. Take decisive actions, in the case if somebody files an ethical claim to the submitted or published scientific article: notification of author, discussion of a claim by the editorial board, publication of corrections (clarifications) and calling off of articles of the questionable quality.
7. The recommendations for the citation of the works are to be based on its scientific significance and to strive to improve the submitted materials. Compulsion of authors for journal citation is strictly prohibited.
8. To publish corrections, clarifications, refutations or apologies in the cases, when it is required following the article publication due to the detection of major errors or confirmed facts of inappropriate scientific and research behavior.
9. Prevent deliberate violation of ethical norms of the editorial staff and publisher; take reasonable actions to prevent violation of ethical norms by authors and reviewers.

Ethical norms of authors
1. Be honest while collecting and interpreting scientific data.
2. Having submitted an article to the journal, the author confirms that it has not been published earlier in public media and is not under approval in another journal. After the article is approved, the author guarantees, that it will not be published again in another periodical.
3. The author is committed to present accurate and reliable data in the article and bears collective responsibility for the compliance of scientific article to ethical and legal norms as well as meeting the requirements on the inadmissible disclosure of financial information or any other information causing conflict of interests.
4. All authors shall make significant contribution to the research, the results of which are sent for publication to the journal. It is inadmissible as authors, to mention other parties, who are unrelated to the research. If a party made a contribution to the research work, but was not mentioned as an author, then it shall be referenced in the acknowledgement section.
5. The authors shall recognize the works of other researchers related to the article theme and provide references to all publications, which influenced and were used in the research work. The reference works list shall be provided by the authors. The quotations and references to other works shall be accurate and correctly provided.
6. The methodology published in scientific article, research and calculation results shall be presented in an easily accessible manner, clear and unambiguous in order to ensure the possibility of citation and further confirmation by other researchers.
7. Scientific article shall not contain defamatory materials, personal criticism of other scientists. Criticism of other researchers works can be considered as justified.
8. The authors shall answer the questions of reviewers in the shortest possible time and in a professional manner. Also, notify the editorial board in case, if they refuse to have their works reviewed or prefer not to answer reviewers comments.
9. The authors must specify all financial sources of their researches in the article, report possible conflicts of interests.
10. Notify the editorial board in case of finding errors or inaccuracies in a work submitted for publication, and take appropriate measures for rectification. The authors are committed to provide rebuttals or corrections in case, of errors or inaccuracies are found in the article published earlier.

Ethical norms of reviewers
1. Consider their work on an article as confidential. In case if the reviewer consults with colleagues on the matter of material under review, he/she shall notify the editorial board about it.
2. Agree and review only those articles, which comply with the reviewers activity field and knowledge, and which can be reviewed in allotted time.
3. Do not allow that the source of article, nationality, religious affiliation, political and other views of its authors, administrative affiliations or commercial considerations influence the content of review.
4. Guarantee confidentiality of any unpublished data, its interpretations or other information, containing in the article. Do not use information contained in the reviewed work, in reviewers researches, for self-interest or the interests of other people or companies, for harming other people or to discredit them.
5. Give objective review of an article, draw justified conclusions, and give justified remarks or recommendations. Express judgment related to article in such a way, that the author or reviewers could understand the basis of such considerations for given assessment.
6. Return the article to the editorial board without calling it off in case of conflict of interests. Particularly, the reviewer must not review the articles, if the author is a person, who with the reviewer has close personal or professional relationship, and if there is a possibility of grounded doubts on whether this relationship can affect reviewers conclusion.
7. Report detected cases of borrowed material in the article under review or falsified information within your knowledge.
8. Report all possible cases of conflict of interests.
9. Do not keep copies and do not copy reviewed materials in any form in order to avoid breach of copyright.