State Forensic Examination Committee
of the Republic of Belarus

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Publishing ethics

The editorial policy of the scientific and practical journal "Forensic Examination of Belarus" (hereinafter referred to as the journal) is based on the principles of ethics adopted by the international community, reflected, in particular, in the recommendations of the Elsevier publishing house, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Code of Ethics for Scientific Publications, and also takes into account the valuable experience of established international journals and publishers.

Compliance with these ethical principles is mandatory for all participants of the process of publishing scientific materials (authors, reviewers, members of the editorial board and editorial collegium, editor-in-chief) in order to ensure the quality of articles and minimize the risks of unfair practices at all stages of the editorial and publishing process.

Basic terms:

Author – is a person or a group of persons (co-authors) who have made a significant scientific or literary contribution to the creation of a publication on the results of scientific research.

Editor-in-Chief – is a representative of a scientific journal that organizes preparation of materials for publication, including communication with authors and other participants of the process, and also making final decisions regarding the production and release of the magazine.

Reviewer – is an expert acting on behalf of a scientific journal and conducting scientific expertise of copyright materials in order to determine the possibility of their publication.

Plagiarism – is the deliberate appropriation of authorship of someone else's work of science or art, of other people's ideas or inventions. Plagiarism can be a violation of copyright, patent and other legislations and thus may entail legal liability.

Conflict of interest – is a situation in which a person's private interests can influence the decision-making process, results or conclusions of research, thus, damage someone's interests. Conflict of interest may be known (existing) or potential. Examples include work for a particular organization / person, counseling, the availability of shareholder property, and the provision of expert opinions. In addition, financial support for research on behalf of certain individuals (grants, government programs, other sources) can lead to a conflict of interests.

Ethics of scientific publications – the system of norms of professional conduct in the relationship of authors, reviewers, editor-in-chief, publishers and readers in the process of creating, disseminating and using of scientific publications.