Policy of the journal
1 General information about the journal
Journal “Vestnik KazNU. Ecological Series” was founded in 1992. In 2007 was renamed as “Eurasian Journal of Ecology” (in English version). The founder and publisher of the journal is the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. The journal has a developed and approved cover and title pages with an indication of the institution, imprint of the issue, ISSN, eISSN, editorial board, editorial policy, publication ethics and website.
The journal is published 4 times a year.
Journal articles are registered in the CrossRef database and each author's article assigned a DOI - a digital object identifier that is used to provide citation, reference and output to electronic documents.
The journal is indexed by the Kazakhstani Citation Base (KazBC) of JSC National Center for State Scientific and Technical Expertise (NCSTE).
The journal is also placed in the Scientific Electronic Library elibrary.ru in open access for readers and is included in the analytical database "Russian Science Citation Index" (RSCI).
The editorial board of the journal includes leading Kazakhstani and foreign scientists.
The journal follows the policy of information openness and accessibility of authors' publications, articles are posted on the journal's website https://bulletin-ecology.kaznu.kz in three languages in full-text access.
- Goal and objectives of the journal
The aim of the journal is to provide a comprehensive presentation and results of cutting edge research in the field of ecology and natural resources. The journal is intended for researchers, teachers, doctoral students and students of various specialties who show scientific interest in environmental problems and environmental protection.
- To highlight new scientific results of significant importance in various fields of fundamental and applied science in ecology and environmental protection.
- To create an environment of openness and accessibility of wide coverage of the results of scientific work of undergraduates and doctoral students applying for the defense of dissertations and obtaining academic degrees in scientific specialties of dissertation councils in various fields of ecology.
- To form a constant stable interest among the scientific community, as well as among young and novice scientists in the journal, its growing demand in professional circles of specialists researching environmental issues.
- Thematic directions of the journal
The journal's materials cover a wide range of problems in the field of ecology and environmental pollution. Articles are published in the following thematic sections of ecology:
- Earth Science;
- Pollution and environmental protection;
- Environmental biotechnology;
- Ecology of humans, plants, animals and microorganisms;
- Global climate change, water resources management,
- Restoration of damaged ecosystems;
- Environment and migration;
- Gorada and climate change;
- Environmental thinking and human strategy.
- Terms of publication of the manuscript
Journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology” is issued at a frequency of 4 times a year in a network (electronic) format in the following established terms of the journal's issues: the first issue is issued until March 20 of the current year, the second issue - until June 20; the third issue - until September 20 and the fourth issue - until December 20.
For publication in the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology" articles, previously unpublished by the author(s), in Kazakh, Russian or English, which correspond to the thematic areas of the journal and are drawn up strictly according to the requirements of the manuscript are accepted.
The manuscript of a scientific article is sent by the author to the editorial office for correspondence (determined from the number of the authors' collective of the manuscript if there are 2 or more co-authors) at least two months before the next issue of the journal is published. published. For publication in the journal, manuscripts of at least 1500 and no more than 7000 words are accepted (without a title, information about authors, annotations, keywords, bibliographic list).
The manuscript must be uploaded to the electronic platform by the author for correspondence with an indication of all methodological articles and their authors. An article by one and the same author (prepared individually or in co-authorship) may be published in the journal no more than once during a calendar year.
Authors must submit to the editorial office an original work that has not been previously published in other publications (in print, electronic and other open sources). The authors are responsible for the reliability, novelty, and evidence of the research results. At the stage of consideration of the manuscript by the editorial board and reviewers of the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology”, as well as after its publication, the authors undertake not to provide this manuscript for consideration for publication in another edition.
At the stages of working with a manuscript, communication between the editorial office, the author for correspondence and reviewers is carried out via the electronic (online) platform OJS, and in exceptional cases - via e-mail.
The editorial board of the journal considers the manuscripts submitted by the author / authors, organizes their peer review and decides on publication or refusal to publish within two months from the date of receipt of the manuscript through the electronic platform.
The author(s) of the manuscript approved for publication in the journal are obliged to pay for publication in accordance with the approved price list for publication in scientific journals of the al-Farabi Kazakh National University, posted on the journal's website. A receipt for payment for publication in pdf format is sent by the author(s) to the e-mail address of the editorial office of the journal.
- Borrowing and plagiarism
Editorial board “Eurasian Journal of Ecology”, when reviewing a manuscript for compliance with formal requirements (manuscript design), also checks for the presence of borrowed text in the manuscript through a plagiarism check system, access to which is provided by a university subscription or on the basis of a national subscription.
Only original manuscripts and/or those manuscripts in which, according to the results of verification by the anti-plagiarism system, originality is more than 75% are sent for further review. If the manuscript does not meet the design requirements of the journal and is not an original work based on the results of a plagiarism check, the manuscript is returned to the author for correspondence for making the appropriate changes and re-sending the manuscript for review by the editorial board through the electronic platform of the journal.
If the authors used works, articles, provisions, or quotes and statements of other researchers when writing the manuscript, then they must necessarily refer to the works of these scientists and correctly format the quoted text. Plagiarism seems to be an unethical act that violates the principles of the Code of Ethics of the scientist of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and is unacceptable in the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology".
Persons participating in the publishing process, in particular members of the editorial board of the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology", in order to ensure high quality of scientific publications, in order to avoid unfair practices in publishing activities, such as the use of inaccurate information, falsification of data, etc. community and in Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, as well as take measures to prevent such violations.
Members of the editorial board of the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology” undertake not to violate the principles, standards and norms of scientific ethics adopted by the international community and at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.
In the event of violations of the principles, standards and norms of scientific ethics adopted by the international community and at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, the editorial board of the journal undertakes to act in accordance with the "Ethics of publication for scientific journals of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University", the Code of Ethics of the scientist Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and the Standards of the Publication Ethics Committee (COPE).
If the article published in the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology”, a provable fact(s) of violation of the principles, standards and norms of scientific ethics was found, the editorial board undertakes to remove this article from the issue in which it was published and from the official website of the journal (to retraction the article) with the obligatory indication of specific violations by the author(s) of the principles, standards and norms of scientific ethics and place the corresponding announcement in the next issue of the journal.
The author(s) of the article, in which a provable fact of violation of the principles, standards and norms of scientific ethics was discovered, do not burst into submitting articles to the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology” and in other scientific journals published by Al-Farabi Kazakh National University within the next 3 calendar years from the date of revealing the fact(s) of violation of the principles, standards and norms of scientific ethics.
- Review process
The manuscripts received by the editorial office of the journal and meeting the formal requirements, design requirements and the indicator of originality based on verification through the plagiarism checker system, are sent for further review without fail.
If the author(s) of the manuscript has a conflict of interest with other scientist(s), he(s) must indicate the existence of such a conflict of interest in the covering letter, in order to avoid sending this manuscript to the specified scientist (reviewer) and biased assessments of the manuscript.
In the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology”, “two-way-blind” peer review is applied, carried out by at least two scientists with the academic degrees of Candidate of Science, Doctor of Science, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and scientific specialization on the topic of the reviewed manuscript.
Reviewing is carried out confidentially: the manuscript of the article is sent to reviewers through the electronic platform of the journal without specifying information about the authors. Reviewers are required to have a clear, objective and reasoned assessment of the compliance of the manuscript with the main scientific criteria, as well as its quality of significance.
After receiving conclusions from the reviewers, the executive editor sends them to the author for correspondence without specifying the data of the reviewers, for responding to comments, making appropriate changes and resubmitting the manuscript via the electronic platform. The author(s) may, without explanation, refuse to respond to comments, make changes to the manuscript and send it back to the editorial office of the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology".
After answering all the comments, making changes to the manuscript to eliminate the comments of the reviewers and re-sending it to the editorial office of the journal, the scientific editor sends all the materials to the reviewer(s) for re-review.
The manuscript, on which there are positive conclusions from two reviewers and the executive editor, are recommended for publication in the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology" according to the order of their acceptance for publication. The manuscripts approved by the editorial board are transferred to the executive secretary to form the issue of the journal.
If one of the reviewers provided a positive conclusion on the manuscript, and the second - a negative one, then the manuscript is sent by the scientific editor to the third reviewer or a member of the editorial board who is a specialist in the subject of the manuscript. If a third reviewer or a member of the editorial board provides a positive conclusion, the final decision on the acceptance / rejection of the publication of the manuscript is taken by the scientific editor of the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology".
In the case of two negative reviews, the manuscript deviates from publication in the journal.
The materials of articles rejected by the editorial board based on the results of peer review are not used by the editorial board for their own purposes. The editor or executive secretary notifies the author for correspondence about the refusal to publish, and sends the opinions of the reviewers.
The manuscript reviews are stored for three years in electronic format on the journal's electronic platform.
The period for reviewing is assigned by the editor responsible for the article, and the period for reviewing the manuscript by the reviewers is no more than two months from the date of sending the material to the reviewers.
- Free access policy and archiving
Journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology” provides open access to its content on the official website of the journal. This provides wider informational access to the journal in the global scientific community.
Also, the website of the journal provides the necessary information for authors and readers about the activities of the journal: conditions of publication, rules for registration and submission of manuscripts to the journal, the procedure for forming the journal and reviewing manuscripts, publication ethics, information about the editorial board, contact details of the scientific editor and executive secretary.
Readers and authors can view the electronic versions of the current issue of the journal and archives for previous periods. All publications of the journal in electronic form are distributed free of charge and without restrictions under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
- Copyright and licensing
Authors of articles of the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology” reserve the right of the author to scientific work and transfer to the journal the right of the first publication together with the work, licensing it at a time under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
The authorship of the manuscript belongs to those researchers who participated directly in the creation of the manuscript, in the formation of the idea, in the writing of the article, in the interpretation of the results, and made a significant contribution to obtaining scientific results.
Under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, the authors retain the rights to their manuscripts, while allowing everyone to freely download, reuse, reprint, change, distribute or copy them, with the obligatory acknowledgment of the authorship of this work and a link to a unique publication in this journal. For all these actions, when specifying a link to the journal, permission from the authors or publisher is not required.
The authors reserve the right to distribute their article in other sources (for example, in the institutional archive, social networks, etc.) with the obligatory reference to its original publication in this journal.
- Privacy terms
Information about the authors - their names, affiliation, contact information, information about their position and academic degree, as well as links to identifiers of authors' profiles in international databases are placed in the article in the section "Information about the authors".
Members of the editorial board of the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology" do not disclose information about the manuscript accepted for consideration before its publication to third parties, except for the appointed reviewers. Also, the editorial board does not disclose information about reviewers to authors and others.
These and other norms of behavior of participants in the publication process, namely the principles, norms and standards of conduct for authors, members of the editorial board, publisher and reviewers, are based on the Publication Ethics for scientific journals of Al-Farabi KazNU (Section 8 of this Editorial Policy).
- Ethics of scientific publications
Members of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology" in its professional activities adheres to the principles and norms of" Publication Ethics for Scientific Journals of Al-Farabi KazNU "(hereinafter - Publication Ethics). The publication ethics was developed in accordance with the international publication ethical standard of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), as well as the Ethical Principles for the publication of Scopus (Elsevier) journals, the Code of Ethics of the Scientist of Al-Farabi KazNU.
Publication ethics establish the norms, principles and standards of ethical behavior for editors, reviewers and authors, measures to identify conflicts of interest, unethical behavior, instructions for withdrawal (retraction), correction and refutation of an article.
All participants in the publication process, namely, each author, scientific editor, reviewer, executive secretary, members of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology” must unconditionally adhere to the principles, norms and standards of publication ethics. Compliance with ethical principles is important both to ensure and maintain the quality of a scientific journal, as well as to create trust and respect between the participants in the publication process.
Unethical behavior is considered to be the actions of authors, editors or publishers, in the case of an independent review of their own articles, in the case of contractual and false review, in the conditions of resorting to agency services for the publication of scientific research results, false authorship, falsification and fabrication of research results, publication of unreliable pseudo- scientific texts, transfer of manuscript articles to other publications without the permission of the authors, transfer of authors' materials to third parties, conditions when copyright and confidentiality principles of editorial processes are violated, in case of manipulation with citation, plagiarism.
- Publication Ethics Principles for Editorial Board Members
Members of the editorial board of the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology" are responsible for the development, improvement of the journal, for the promotion of the journal in international databases, must follow the principles of freedom of opinion, satisfy the scientific and professional needs of the authors and readers of the journal, do not allow the commercial interests of the author, reviewer and publisher of the journal to influence decisions on publication materials must also take all possible measures to improve the quality of scientific publications, to protect the confidentiality of information at all stages of the publication process.
Equality of all authors. The members of the editorial board are responsible for deciding whether to publish materials submitted by the authors in the journal. Editorial board members are expected to evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnicity, citizenship, authors' political views, or commercial considerations.
Making a decision to publish the manuscript. The decision on which of the articles submitted to the editorial office should be published is made by the editorial board of the journal, based on the results of checks for compliance with the requirements for formatting, plagiarism, and based on the results of scientific review. When deciding on the publication of a manuscript, the editorial board is guided by the policy of the journal and publication ethics, does not allow publication of articles with signs of plagiarism, violation of the principles, standards and norms of scientific ethics and copyright infringement.
The members of the editorial board are responsible for the publication of articles with known signs of unethical behavior, plagiarism, self-plagiarism, excessive self-citation by authors, conflicts of interest. If, when writing an article, the principles of publication and/or scientific ethics were violated, the scientific editor of the journal, based on the decision of the editorial board, must retraction the publication. Articles can be withdrawn by the author(s) or the editors of the journal. The editorial board carries out the withdrawal (retraction) of published articles in case of violation of publication and/or scientific ethics, based on the recommendations of COPE. An article is withdrawn (retracted) in the event of:
- if there is clear evidence that the data obtained is unreliable or obtained as a result of illegal actions, for example, data falsification;
- discovery of the fact of publication of the manuscript in another edition before its publication in the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology";
- detection of plagiarism in the article, including the borrowing of figures, graphs, tables, etc.
- the presence in the article of gross errors that can negatively affect other scientists and their research, for example, a miscalculation or an experimental error;
- the appearance of claims about copyright for the article or its individual parts by third parties;
- the presence of information in the article that contradicts the principles, standards and norms of publication and/or scientific ethics.
In such cases above, the editorial board of the journal conducts a check, according to the results of which the article can be withdrawn (retracted) from publication. For this, an act of retraction of the article from publication is drawn up, which is confirmed and signed by the scientific editor. A copy of the act is sent to the author for correspondence of the article.
After that, on the website of the journal, the article is marked as tragic, indicating the reasons. The editorial staff publishes information about the withdrawal (retraction) of the article on the main page of the journal's website and places the information, after the procedure of withdrawal (retraction) of the article, in the subsequent issue of the journal.
Editorial office of the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology” responsibly, objectively and carefully considers all reasonable appeals regarding violations found in published issues.
The editors consider it the responsibility and obligation of the authors and reviewers to inform the editors as quickly as possible about the mistakes and violations that they have identified after the publication of the material.
Confidentiality principle. At the stage of reviewing the manuscript (before its publication), editors and members of the editorial board should not disclose information about it to anyone other than the authors, appointed reviewers and the publisher. Any manuscript received for review should be treated as confidential material. Manuscripts should not be displayed or discussed with third parties without the permission of the scientific editor.
Editorial board members ensure that rejected manuscripts will not be used in their own research by members of the editorial board without the written consent of the authors.
Consideration of claims of unethical behavior. The members of the editorial board should individually consider each complaint about unethical behavior of the author (s) of the manuscript and published in the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology” articles, regardless of the time of its receipt. Members of the editorial board should take objective and adequate action in relation to such claims. If the arguments of the claim are confirmed, the members of the editorial board have the right to refuse to publish the manuscript and terminate further cooperation with the author for correspondence, publish the corresponding refutation, and also take other measures to further suppress the unethical behavior of the author(s).
8.1.1 Editorial board, their duties and responsibilities
Responsibilities and responsibilities of the scientific editor of the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology”, the executive secretary, the members of the editorial board are indicated in the corresponding approved job descriptions.
8.2 Author's Publication Ethics Principles
One-time publication. The author(s) guarantee that the manuscript of the article submitted to the editor has not been submitted for review in other publications. Submission of a manuscript at a time in several journals/publications is unacceptable and is a gross violation of the principles, standards and norms of publication ethics.
Authorship of the manuscript. The person who made the greatest intellectual contribution to the preparation of the manuscript (with two or more co-authors) is indicated first in the list of authors. For each article, an author must be appointed for correspondence, who is responsible for the preparation of the final version of the article, communication with the editorial board, must ensure the inclusion of all research participants (if the number of authors is more than one), who have made a sufficient contribution to it, in the list of authors, and also get approval the final version of the manuscript from all authors for submission to the editors for publication. All authors mentioned in the manuscript/article are responsible for the content of the work.
The principle of originality. The author(s) guarantees that the research results presented in the manuscript represent an original independent work, and do not contain incorrect borrowings and plagiarism, which may be detected during the process of checking the manuscript through the plagiarism checker system.
The authors are responsible for the publication of articles with signs of unethical behavior, plagiarism, self-plagiarism, self-citation, falsification, fabrication, data distortion, false authorship, duplication, conflicts of interest and deception.
The principle of confirmation of sources. The author(s) undertakes to correctly indicate the scientific and other sources that he(s) used(s) in the course of the research. In the case of using any parts of someone else's work and/or borrowing statements from another author(s), the manuscript must contain bibliographic references indicating the author(s) of the original source. Information obtained from questionable sources should not be used in the preparation of the manuscript.
If the reviewers, scientific editor, member(s) of the editorial board of the journal have doubts about the authenticity and reliability of the research results, the author(s) must provide additional materials to confirm the results or facts given in the manuscript.
Correction of errors in the publishing process. If errors and inaccuracies in the work are revealed at any stage of the publication process, the authors undertake to urgently inform the scientific editor about this and provide assistance in eliminating or correcting the error for publication on the journal's website of the corresponding correction (Erratum or Corrigendum) with comments. If gross errors are found that cannot be corrected, the author(s) must withdraw the manuscript/article.
Publication Ethics Principle. Authors are required to comply with ethical standards related to criticism or comments regarding research, as well as in relation to interaction with the editorial board regarding peer review and publication. Failure to comply with ethical principles by the authors is regarded as a gross violation of publication ethics and gives rise to the removal of the manuscript from peer review and/or publication.
- Principles of Publication Ethics for Reviewers
The principle of objectivity of peer review. Reviewer(s) of the journal “Eurasian Journal of Ecology" undertakes (are) to carry out an expert assessment of the manuscript objectively. Personal criticism of the author(s) of the manuscript is unacceptable. The reviewer must give reasons for his comments and justify his decision to accept the manuscript or to reject it.
Nationality, religious affiliation, political or other views of the author(s) should not be taken into account or taken into account in the process of reviewing the manuscript by the reviewer(s).
Reviewer contributions to editorial decisions. The peer review provided by the reviewer(s) helps the editorial board make a publication and also helps the author(s) improve the manuscript. The decision to accept the manuscript for publication, return the work to the author for modification or revision, or the decision to reject the publication is made by the editorial board based on the results of the review.
The principle of timeliness of peer review. The reviewer is obliged to provide a review within the time period determined by the editors, but no later than two months from the date of receipt of the manuscript for review. If consideration of the article and preparation of a review within the prescribed timeframe is not possible, then the reviewer must immediately notify the scientific editor of this.
A reviewer who believes that his qualifications do not correspond or are insufficient to make a decision when reviewing the submitted manuscript must immediately inform the scientific editor about this and refuse to review the manuscript.
The principle of confidentiality on the part of the reviewer. The manuscript provided to the peer reviewer should be considered confidential material. The reviewer has the right to demonstrate it and / or discuss it with others only after receiving written permission from the scientific editor of the journal and/or the author(s).
The information and ideas of scientific work obtained during the peer review and the support of the publication process should not be used by the reviewer(s) for personal gain.
The principle of confirmation of sources. The reviewer should indicate scientific papers that would have influenced the research results of the manuscript in question, but were not cited by the author(s). Also, the reviewer is obliged to draw the attention of the scientific editor to significant similarities or coincidences between the manuscript in question and a previously published work that he knows about.
If the reviewer has sufficient grounds to believe that the manuscript contains plagiarism, incorrect borrowing, false and fabricated materials or research results, then he should not allow the manuscript to be published and inform the scientific editor of the journal about the revealed violations of the principles, standards and norms of publication and scientific ethics.
- Conflicts of interest
A conflict of interest, as defined by the Publication Ethics Committee (COPE), is conflict situations in which authors, reviewers, or editorial board members have implicit interests that can influence their judgments regarding published material. A conflict of interest arises when there are financial, personal, or professional conditions that may affect the scientific judgment of the reviewer and editorial board members, and as a result, the editorial board's decision regarding the publication of a manuscript.
The executive editor of the journal should require all participants in the manuscript publication process to disclose conflicts of interest.
The academic editor, editorial board member, and reviewers must disclose potential conflicts of interest that could somehow influence the editorial board's decision. Members of the editorial board should refuse to consider the manuscript if they are in any competitive relationship related to the research results of the author(s) of the manuscript, or if there is another conflict of interest.
When submitting a manuscript for consideration to the journal, the author(s) declares that all sources of research funding are indicated in the manuscript content; also indicate what commercial, financial, personal, or professional factors exist that could create a conflict of interest in relation to the submitted manuscript. The author(s), in the covering letter, if there is a conflict of interest, may indicate scientists who, in their opinion, will not be able to objectively evaluate their manuscript.
The reviewer should not consider manuscripts that could cause a conflict of interest arising from competition, collaboration, or other relationship with any of the authors related to the manuscript.
If there is a conflict of interest with the content of the manuscript, the executive editor must notify the scientific editor of this, after which the scientific editor delegates the verification and review of the manuscript to another editor/reviewer.
The existence of a conflict of interest between the participants during the review and review process does not mean that the manuscript will be rejected.
All interested parties should, as far as possible, avoid the emergence of a conflict of interest in any variation at all stages of publication. In the event of any conflict of interest, the person who discovered this conflict must immediately notify the editorial board of this. The same applies to any other violation of the principles, standards and norms of publication and scientific ethics.