Publication Ethics


Mineralogical Journal (Ukraine) is a peer-reviewed journal committed to ensuring the highest standards of publication ethics. All parties involved in the act of publishing (editors, authors, reviewers and the publisher) have to agree upon standards of ethical behavior. 
Our principles of Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement are based on COPE – the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics (available at

For the journals which are published or co-founded by the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Mineralogical Journal is one of them), the main issues of legal and ethical norms of cooperation, as well as the responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief, Editors, and the Editorial Board are set out in the “Regulations on Scientific and Periodic edition”, and the editorial team of the journal is strictly adhering to it. The Regulations are regularly updated in accordance with world standards in this area and recommendations of international academic databases.

The main provisions of the journal's publishing ethics are formulated and implemented, on the above-mentioned principles.

Publication Decisions
When deciding on the publication of scientific papers, the editor-in-chief takes into account all the conclusions of the members of the editorial board of the journal and reviewers regarding the article. The editorial board of the journal does not allow the publication of articles, whose authors violated the norms of publication ethics.

Ethical Duties of the Editorial Board
The Editorial Board of the Mineralogical Journal (Ukraine) is approved by the decision of the Division of Earth Sciences of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. It is composed of leading national and foreign scientists who are recognized experts in Geology field.

The composition of the Editorial Board, indicating the scientific degree and affiliation, is posted in the journal and on its website. Editorial team regularly informs the members of the Editorial Board about the main issues of the publication preparation, consults them, engages them in articles reviewing, and sends them all journal’s issues.
The most of Editorial Board members are the authors of articles in this edition.

  • The Editorial Board is responsible for the journal, determining the editorial policy and conducting a careful selection and review of author's manuscripts. The Board reserves the right to reject or return the article for revision.
  • In evaluating manuscripts, the Editorial Board considers exclusively their academic and intellectual merit, without regard to the author(s)’ race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin, religious belief, citizenship, political orientation or social class. The editorial board gives the authors the opportunity to reasonably respond to any comments.
  • The Editorial Board does not disclose information related to the content of the manuscript under consideration, other than to persons participating in professional evaluation of a given manuscript. Unpublished data are not used for personal purposes and not transferred to third parties without the written consent of the author. Information or ideas obtained during the editing are kept confidential and are not used for personal benefits.
  • The Editorial Board does not allow publication of the article, if there is a sufficient reason to believe that it contains plagiarism. The Editorial Board is against falsification and plagiarism and requires that a submitted article is not published earlier or sent for consideration to any other journal. In cases of suspected misconduct, the board follows the COPE flowcharts, available at

 Ethical Duties of Authors

  • Authors are responsible for the novelty and reliability of the results of scientific research. Knowingly false or falsified data is unacceptable. 
  • Authors should ensure originality of research results contained in the submitted manuscript. Borrowed fragments or statements should be appropriately indicated, with the obligatory reference to the author and source. Excessive borrowing and plagiarism in any form, including the unformed quote, paraphrase, or appropriation of rights to other people's research results are unethical and unacceptable. Authors must obtain all necessary permissions for reproduction of items from other works and their bear all responsibility for the contents of the articles and the fact of their publication.
  • Authors should recognize the contribution of all persons that influenced to some extent the course of the study, in particular, the article must include references to works that were relevant during the study.
  • Co-authors of the article should include all the persons who have made a significant contribution to the study. It is unacceptable to include to the co-authors persons that have not been not involved in the study.
  • The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.
  • Authors should not submit articles that are submitted to other journals and there are pending, as well as articles that have been published in other journals.
  • Authors should declare financial or other conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support should be disclosed.
  • If the author finds significant errors or inaccuracies in the article during its consideration or after its publication, he must immediately inform the editors of the journal.

Ethical Duties of Reviewers

  • Article received for review is considered as a confidential document that cannot be disclosed to or discussed with third parties. 
  • The reviewer provides impartial scientific expertise of a submitted article. Observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable.
  • Reviewer is obliged to provide an objective and reasoned assessment of the findings of the study, determine whether the manuscript conforms to high scientific and writing standards, and inform the editor about any published work which is essentially analogous to the article under consideration.
  • Unpublished data from manuscripts submitted for consideration cannot be used by the reviewer for personal purposes.
  • Reviewer that feels that he(she) is not qualified to assess the article, or may not be objective, for example in the case of a conflict of interest with the author or organization, should inform the Editorial Board and request his(her) exclusion from the review process of this article.

The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts without review if:

  • the author(s) are affiliated with an organization or institution located on the territory of the aggressor state, state sponsor of terrorism;
  • the research is financed by an organization or institution located on the territory of an aggressor state, a state sponsor of terrorism;
  • the manuscripts contain calls for violation of state order or the rule of law, the violation of human rights, terrorism, aimed at spreading ideological positions and/or politicized ideas;
  • the research is based on the conclusions/results obtained by the authors affiliated with the organization or institution located on the territory of the aggressor state, the state sponsor of terrorism (as evidenced by the relevant sources used in the study), without proper justification of their uniqueness and originality and significance in world science, of specific importance for the research proposed for publication;
  • the study pays unreasonably significant attention to the conclusions/results of studies that contain and/or reflect the subjective assessments and/or opinions of the author(s) regarding Ukrainian statehood and/or independence, distort historical events and/or the Ukrainian language or national identity.

Privacy and Confidentiality Statement

Personal information of the authors, reviewers, editors and other persons registered on the journal's website (names and e-mail addresses) is used by the editors only for checking, reviewing and/or publishing articles and does not pass them on to any other party.
The editors acknowledge that all materials sent to the magazine are the private and confidential property of the authors. To avoid harm to authors or reviewers due to premature disclosure of any information from the author's original article, it is prohibited to share any details of submitted articles or review reports with third parties.
All editors and reviewers participating in the editorial process must not disclose information about the content of the author's original article (in whole or any part), the status in the review process, the comments and suggestions of the reviewers, as well as the intermediate or final results of the review to anyone, except for authors and reviewers. 
The editors ensure the confidentiality of the reviewers in the single-blind review process. 
All employees involved in the editorial process must refrain from commenting on and publicly communicating any details of the editorial process, the review process during preparation for publication and after publication of the article. 

Policy on Funding 

Authors should clearly state the sources of funding used to produce their manuscript, particularly for research and/or publication. Information about financial support of research by specific organizations is entered by the responsible author (corresponding author) on behalf of all authors when submitting the article. 
Other sources of publication support should be clearly stated in the manuscript, usually in the form of acknowledgments.

Authors and the journal retain the copyright of the article. Authors grant the Editor rights to produce hardcopy volumes of the journal from the moment of its acceptance for publication. After being printed, the article is available in open access.


The electronic version of the journal is transmitted to the electronic database of the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine and posted on the website of the journal after issuing the printed edition. Electronic versions of the journal can be transferred to other bibliographic and abstract databases under the agreements on indexing the "Mineralogical Journal (Ukraine)".