Science ethics

The journal "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe" follows internationally recognized standards of scientific and publication ethics and makes efforts for its development and full application.

The publication follows the principles of complete transparency, which means that all information about the journal, the conditions and rules of publication, the composition of the Editorial Board, issues for the entire period, etc. are placed in open access both on this site, and other oriented information resources. Free open access to research results contributes to increased global knowledge sharing.

The Editors have the right to reject the material submitted for publication in case of violation of ethical norms and rules.


The editorial policy of the journal is based on the traditional ethical principles of the Russian scientific periodicals, supported the Code of ethics of scientific publications, formulated by the Committee on the Ethics of Scientific Publications (Moscow, Russia) and constructed taking into account the ethical work of editors and publishers, enshrined in Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers, developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Manuscripts published are the property of authors, and quoting this source is a requirement for any partial or full reproduction. 


The non-exclusive rights to use the materials of the journal "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe" belong to the Institute of Ecology of the Volga river Basin of the Russian Academy of Sciences as a founder and publisher (agreement with the authors: Public Offer). The borrowing of materials in whole or in part is possible only with reference to the output of the journal with the obligatory indication of the copyright holder and the names of the authors of the articles.
When creating new materials on the basis of articles published in the journal, citing or translating fragments of articles with a view to citing them, reference should be made to the original sources in compliance with the citation rules.

Privacy statement


The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Our journal Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement is based, in large part, on the guidelines and standards developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The relevant duties and expectations of authors, reviewers, and editors of the journal are set out below.


Responsibilities of the publication:


·        organize objective independent review of materials within a reasonable time;

·        confidentiality;

·        notify authors of the decision made as soon as possible using contact details they’ve provided;

·        publish the approved material at no cost (free);

·        eliminate the conflict of interest;

·        consider each claim/complaint about unethical content of the reviewed or published materials and assist in the investigation.

Responsibilities of Editors:


·       consider, after peer review, manuscripts within a reasonable time frame;

·       evaluate the materials submitted for publication impartially, disinterestedly, regardless of race, nationality, gender, origin, language, citizenship, occupation, official position and property, place of work and residence of the author, his affiliation to any public association or any social groups, as well as his scientific, philosophical, political, religious and other views;

·       ensure, at the request of the author, the confidentiality of the submitted material prior to its publication;

·       An Editor 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; however this should never extend to blanket instructions to cite individual journals.

·       refuse to participate in the review of manuscripts in which members of the Editorial Board have a conflict of interest arising from competitive, cooperative or other relationships or relationships with any of the authors or institutions associated with the article;

·       Unpublished facts obtained from the author's data which were submitted to consideration should not be used for private purposes or conveyed to a third party without a written consent of the author. The information or ideas obtained in the process of editorship and related to some possible benefits are to be held confidential and not be used for self-profit.


The Editor of " Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe "  has ultimate responsibility for deciding if a manuscript submitted to " Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe " should be published. The Editor of « Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe » relies on authenticity of ascribed facts and scientific significance of data when making a decision about any publication.

The Editorial Board of "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe" should not accept the publication of facts if there is some reasonable evidence of plagiarism.

The Editorial Board of "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe" jointly with the publisher should not ignore any complaints concerning the reviewed copies or already published data. They must as well take appropriate measures to restore violated rights in case of a dispute.


Authors responsibilities:


• send for consideration for publication only original scientific papers that have not previously been published in other publications and are not under consideration;
• inform the Editorial Board about conflicts of interest, i.e. a situation where the personal or other interest of any of the participants in the review and publication process may affect decision making;
• ensure that the submitted material does not violate anyone's copyright and related rights, or grant permissions prepared for the publication of these materials in the manner prescribed by law;
• properly register the references to the original sources used in the work. The article should contain enough details and links to allow others to repeat the work. If the authors used previously published work, they should correctly refer to it. Fake or obviously inaccurate statements are unethical and unacceptable. Plagiarism in all its forms is unethical and unacceptable when published in the journal "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe";
• do not abuse self-citation;
• provide, at the request of the Editors, in full, the initial materials (data) of the study, if they are not presented in the considered / published material;
• disclose all sources of financial support for research (programs, grants, projects, etc.);
• notify the Editors in case of detection of errors or inaccuracies in the material and assist in its correction / clarification.



Only those individuals who have made a substantive contribution should be listed as authors; those whose contributions are indirect or marginal (e.g., colleagues or supervisors who have reviewed drafts of the work or provided proofreading assistance, and heads of research institutes/centers/labs) should be named in an “Acknowledgments” section. 

The corresponding author must ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the article, and that all listed co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the article and agreed to its publication. All authors take responsibility for their own results.

 The author(s) of a manuscript agree that if the manuscript is accepted for publication in "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe ", the published article will be copyrighted using a Creative Commons “Attribution-Unported” license. This license allows the author(s) to retain the copyright, but also allows others to freely copy, distribute, and display the copyrighted work, and derivative works based upon it, under certain specified conditions.


Responsibilities  of reviewers:


• carry out peer-review in reasonable terms established in conjunction with the Editors;
• review the submitted materials impartially, disinterestedly, regardless of the scientific, philosophical and other views of the authors traced in the material;
• coordinate with the Editors to attract, if necessary, to review third parties;
• refrain from participating in the personal criticism of the author (s), conduct reviews objectively;
• not to come into contact with the author defined (recognized) by the style of presentation, views, methodology used, the place of research, other material data, including indirect;
• Express your views using supportive arguments.
• consider the manuscripts received for review as confidential documents;
• to inform the Editorial Board about the facts of determination (recognition) of the authorship of the material submitted for review.

In the journal "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe" reviewers perform work for the journal on a voluntary basis. Reviewers who have accepted manuscripts should usually submit their reviews within three weeks.