All parties involved in the process of the publication must comply with the standards of publication ethics. These ethical standards are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, SAGE publishing policies, Humanities and Social Sciences Latvia, Social Policy Research Journal.
EDITORIAL BOARD ETHICAL DUTIES
The Editorial Board decides which materials to be included in the collection will be published and it is taken by the Editorial Board on the basis of editorial policy and copyright standards. The Editorial Board may take into account the opinions of reviewers when making a decision on publication.
The Editorial Board should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content regardless the place of work and official status, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or political belief, citizenship, disability of the authors etc.
The Editorial Board provides independent review, in which authors and reviewers’ data are closed to both parties.
The Editorial Board has no right without the written consent to disclose information about provided manuscripts to anyone other than the author, reviewer, and other editorial advisers.
DUTIES OF REVIEWERS
Contribution to manuscript publication decisions
Reviewing helps the Editorial Board in making editorial decisions. With the help of the recommendations submitted to the author through the Editorial Board, the reviewer can help the author to improve the materials submitted for publication.
Speed in submitting reviews
Any reviewer who feels insufficiently qualified to prepare a research review that is described in the manuscript or who knows that he/she can not prepare the requested review within a specified time period, should inform the Editorial Board about this and exclude himself from the review process.
A manuscript received for review must be treated as a confidential document. It can not be shown to anyone or discussed with anyone, except in cases approved by the Editorial Board.
Standards of objectivity
must be prepared objectively. Personal criticism of an author is unacceptable.
Reviewers should express their opinions clearly and reasonably.
References to sources
Reviewers should indicate relevant published works that have not been cited by the author. Any references to observations, measurements or arguments that have previously been published should be accompanied by appropriate citations and references. Reviewers should also draw the attention of the Editorial Board to any substantive similarities between the manuscript submitted for review and another published article of which they are personally aware.
Conflict of Interest
Reviewers may not consider manuscripts for which there is a conflict of interest arising from competition, cooperation or any other relationship with any of the authors, projects or organizations with which the article is related.
DUTIES OF AUTHORS
The collection “Criminalistics and Forensics” takes seriously cases of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other deviations from the rules. We strive to protect the rights of our authors and will investigate cases of plagiarism or incorrect use of articles published in the collection. We are committed to protecting the collection’s reputation. The submitted articles can be checked for the presence of repetitions from already published texts. If plagiarism or inclusion of fragments of texts without permission of copyright holders is found in the article, as well as if the authorship of the article is in question, we reserve the right to take the following actions: publication of amendments, removal of the article from the collection, address to the head of the participant at the place of work or to the corresponding academic community or association; prohibiting the author’s publications in the collection as well as the corresponding legal steps.
The authors should guarantee that they provide fully original works, and if the authors used whose works and/or words of other authors, they were appropriately cited.
References to sources
In the text of the manuscript, appropriate references should be made to the work of other authors, if any, were used.
Authorship of the Article
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made substantial contributions should be listed as co-authors. Co-authors of a publication should be all persons who have made a significant scientific contribution to the provided work and share responsibility for obtained results. Other contributions should be indicated in the notes or in the text as gratitude.
The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
If the author finds a significant error or inaccuracy in the information published in the work, it is the responsibility of the author to inform the Editorial Board as soon as possible and to cooperate on the removal or correction of the article.