The ethics of publication and prevention of unscrupulous practice of such publication.

(Formed by using the principles of publication, such as Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK) according to Elsevier recommendations, with all necessary practical methods )

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

The publication of article in “Ukrainian Journal of Constitutional Law” is an important component of the development of a consistent and comprehensive system of knowledge. Such process is a direct reflection of the authors quality of work of the articles and the institutions that support them. It is very important to reach the agreement of ethical standards for all parties involved in the publication process: the author, journal editor, reviewer, publisher, and society.

The editorial board of the Ukrainian Journal of Constitutional Law takes the responsibility of overseeing all stages of publication extremely seriously, and the editorial staff quite seriously realize the fullness of ethical and other responsibilities.

The editorial board of the Ukrainian Journal of Constitutional Law undertakes to ensure that advertising, reprint or other commercial yields will not have any influence on editorial decisions. In addition, editors-in-chief, like the entire editorial board, will seek to assist in establishing collaboration with other journals and / or publishers when it is useful and necessary.


  • Reporting standards. The authors of the research submitted for publication are responsible for ensuring that the data, that forms their research, are clearly stated in written form. The article should contain sufficient information and references to the original sources to allow their use and / or review by others. The use of deliberately inaccurate data or deliberately manipulating data in the article equates to unethical behavior and is therefore unacceptable.
  • Access to data and data retention. Along with the articles, the authors submit initial information about themselves, their place of work (study) and a photo, and grant their permission of use of such, for the purpose of their publication in the Journal and for retention by the editors for a rational time after their publication.
  • Originality and plagiarism. Authors should submit only original works for publication. If authors uses other people’s works and / or statements, they should be properly cited. Plagiarism in all its forms (including the publication of another’s article for its own sake, copying or rephrasing a significant part of another’s text without attribution, appropriating the results of studies conducted by others) is regarded as unethical behavior and is unacceptable. The editorial board strongly refuses to publish articles with any plagiarism.
  • Multiple, re-issued and competing publications. An author should not publish an article that in effect is the same study as previously published or publish it in more than in one journal. Submission of an article to more than one journal at the same time considered to be unethical and unacceptable. In exceptional cases publication of previously published articles is permitted, in case of receiving the permition for such publication from all co-authors of the article and from the editorial board of the publication in which the article was previously published. Reprinting of articles published in the Journal or in other editions is permitted only with the permission of all co-authors of the article and the edition of the Journal. A secondary publication must be included in the reference to the original article.
  • Confirmation of sources. Authors should submit references to publications that have influenced on the development of the idea, the development of the concept of the submitted work, or that were used in the study of the subject of such work in the text of the article. Information obtained privately, through private conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties, should not be used without the written permission of its source. Information obtained from the provision / receipt of confidential services, such as court acts or grant applications, should not be used without the written permission of the executant of these services.
  • The work paternity. The paternity of the work should be restricted by those individuals who have made the considerable contribution into the concept, its reflection or interpretation in the study submitted to the publication. All contributors should be listed as co-authors. The author should ensure that the names of all co-authors are listed in the article, and no non-co-authors are included, that all co-authors have read and approved the final version of the scientific work, and have given their permission for its publication.
  • Disclosure of information and conflict of interest. Authors should expose the information about existing conflicts of interest that may have an influence on the research results or their interpretation. The sources of financial support, if any, should be reflected when submitting the article.
  • Significant mistakes of published works. In case of revealing a substantive faults or inaccuracy in published work, the author should immediately inform the editorial staff and assist them in the process of the correction or elimination of such. If the editor or publisher appears to find out that the published work contains some substantive faults from a third party, the author is obliged to remove or correct them immediately, at the request of the editor, or to provide to the editor the arguments of the accuracy of the original article.


  • Publication decisions. The editors-in-chief of the Ukrainian Journal of Constitutional Law are responsible for the final decision-making of the publication of articles submitted by the authors to the journal. The basis for making such decisions is the results of “double-blind” reviewing, which order is determined by the editorial office. The key factors which influence on the decision of publishing an article are: the relevance of the topic of the article and its value for the researchers and readers of the Journal; compliance of the article with the policy of the editorial board of the journal; Compliance with copyright and ethical requirements regarding plagiarism.
  • The principle of fair play. Editors and reviewers of articles submitted to the publication evaluate the manuscripts by their intellectual content, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, nationality or political views of the author.
  • Privacy. Editors-in-chief and editorial staff are forbidden to divulge the information about the submitted works to anyone except the author, reviewers, editorial staff and, if necessary, the publisher. The manuscripts of articles submitted for review are anonymous. The reviews of the contents are not disclosed by the editors, but, in case of necessity, can only be brought to the attention of relevant authors.
  • Disclosure of information and conflict of interest. Unpublished materials used in the submitted manuscript should not be used in the editors’ own research without the author’s written consent. The internal information or ideas received during the review should remain as confidential and not be used for personal interests. In the case of a conflict of interest with one or both editors-in-chief, as a result of a competitive relationship, collaboration, or other relationship with one of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions associated with the submitted manuscripts, such editor must recuse themselves (delegate to another member of the editorial board to review the manuscript).
  • Participation and cooperation in the investigation. In the case of submitting a complaint regarding to an infringement of a manuscript or ethics by the author in the published article, editors-in-chief should duly consider it, request clarification from the author of the article, conduct analysis, as appropriate with the involvement of relevant expert institutions and / or research organizations. In case of confirmation of the stated in the complaint information, the editorial board publishes appropriate amendments, denials and / or apologies. Each notification of unethical conduct is considered regardless of how long it has been since the article was published in the Journal.


The journal ensures ethical standards in the process of reviewing manuscripts submitted for publication. The review process is formed in accordance with the requirements of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and is intended to provide the security of the high quality of the journal’s printed materials, elimination of bias and injustice when rejecting or accepting articles.

The review process, in accordance with the editorial policy of the Journal and ethical standards, is based on the following principles:

  • Contribution to editorial decisions. The basis for editors of making decisions of publishing the manuscripts are the expert evaluation of the reviewers. Expert evaluation is an important component of formal scientific communication. The editorial board encourages the collaboration of the editor and the author, which is aimed at improving his work. Scientists who perform the duties of reviewers are required to be responsible for their performance.
  • Promptness. The chosen for the manuscript reviewer, who believes that his qualifications is insufficient to review a research paper, or knows that such review will take a lot of time, should notify the editor and refuse from such review.
  • Privacy. Each manuscript received for the review by the editorial board is a confidential document. It is forbidden for the reviewer to pass the work to others, disclose its contents, or discuss it with others without the permission of the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Objectivity standards. Reviews of submitted researches should be objective. Reviewers are obliged to express their views clearly and reasonably.
  • Confirmation of sources. Reviewers should pay attention to the use of non-cited works in the reviewed material. If any, the reviewer is obliged to inform the Editor-in-Chief. The reviewer is also obliged to draw the editor’s attention to the substantial or partial similarity of the manuscript to any other work with which the reviewer is directly acquainted.
  • Disclosure of information and conflict of interest. Unpublished materials used in the submitted manuscript should not be used in the reviewer’s own research without the written permission of the author. The internal information or ideas received during the review should remain as confidential and not be used for personal gain. Reviewers should not be involved in reviewing and evaluating manuscripts in which they are personally interested in.