The Editorial Board of State and Law commits to the internationally accepted principles of publication ethics expressed in the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and takes into account the valuable experience of reputable international journals and publishers. To ensure a high quality of academic publications, each member of the Editorial Board, publishers, authors, reviewers and institutions involved in the publishing process shall adhere to the ethical norms established by international academic community and take any reasonable steps to prevent their violations.


  1. Main Principles


The Editorial Board of the journal State and Law in implementing its activities relies on the Law “On Mass Media” of the Russian Federation of 27 December 1991 № 2124-1 and the Charter of the Editorial Board of the journal State and Law, the aforementioned publishing ethics of the journal State and Law accepted in accordance with recommendations of the Committee of Publication Ethics, COPE, and approved by the decision of the Editorial Board.


  1. Ethical Standards for the Editorial Board


The Editorial Board of State and Law commits to the following internationally accepted ethical principles:

  • The Editorial Board makes a decision which of the submitted essays should be published based on the results of examination of the essay’s compliance with the journal’s requirements, the results of the peer review, and the discussion at the Editorial Board’s meeting. 
  • When making the decision to publish the manuscript, the Editorial Board is guided by the publishing ethics of the journal and shall not accept any essay with signs of libel, slander, plagiarism, and/or copyright violation. The final decision about the essay’s acceptance or rejection shall be made by the journal’s Editor-in-chief.

  • The Editorial Board evaluates the submitted manuscripts regardless of sex, nationality, country of origin, citizenship, occupation, place of work, and place of residence of the author as well as of his or her political, philosophical, religious or other views.

  • The Editorial Board complying with the double “blind” peer review and confidentiality, shall not disclose any information about the submitted manuscript.

  • The Editorial Board ensures that the rejected materials shall not be used in another study by the members of the Editorial Board without the author’s written agreement.

  • The Editorial Board shall consider claims of unethical behavior of the authors of submitted manuscripts or already published articles and take reasonable steps in respect of such claims. If the arguments of the claims are confirmed, the Editorial Board has the right to reject the submitted manuscript and to cease further cooperation with the author. In cases of reasonable complaints concerning the already published articles, the Editorial Board shall publish an appropriate rebuttal and take other necessary measures.

  • The Editor-in-chief coordinates the work of the Editorial Board, makes decisions on the key issues, signs the current issue and gives permission for online publication. The Editor-in-chief fully ensures compliance with all the ethical standards outlined in this document.

  • The members of the Editorial Board and Editorial Department are required to maintain neutrality and objectivity in relation to all the members of the editorial and publishing process.

  • The Editorial Board aims to achieve high quality of publications and, if necessary, is obliged to publish corrections and explanations.

  • Members of the Editorial Board, international Editorial Board, and the Editorial Department have the right for the priority publication of one (1) article per year; these articles are reviewed and accepted for publication on a common basis.


  1. Ethical standards for the authors of publications


The Editorial Board of the journal State and Law implies that every author submitting the manuscript to the journal, agrees with the following ethical standards:

  • Submitting materials to the journal State and Law, authors confirm their authorship by the fact of submission. In case of co-authors, one of them is entitled to submit the essay; all co-authors should be mentioned in full and with all necessary reliable information that is applicable.

  • The author presents the manuscript with the original results of his or her research to the Journal to review and publish it. If the author of the essay used other works or includes excerpts from others works (citations) in the essay, such use must be properly executed by specifying the original source in the references to the source cited. Plagiarism in any form is unethical and unacceptable behavior.

  • Authors are responsible for all the factual material they provide in the submitted manuscript.

  • The author ensures that the manuscript presented to the Editorial Board is unpublished (including publication on open access Internet websites), and not submitted to any other journal.

  • Manipulation of citation in any form (e.g. inappropriate or abundant citations from the work of the supervisor, boss, and colleagues) including self-citation (the works of the author of the manuscript may not constitute more than 20% in the references) is not allowed.

  • The author undertakes to specify the correct scientific and other sources that were used in the research and which have had a significant impact on the results of a research in the references. The information obtained from informal (private) sources should not be used when preparing an essay for publication.

  • The Authors undertake to correct the manuscript’s defects pointed out by the Editorial Board or the Editorial Department.

  • The Authors must meet the journal’s requirements when submitting the essay.

  • All the sources of financial support (scholarships, state programs, projects, etc.) should be disclosed and indicated in the essay in obligatory order.

  • In case the author discovers substantial errors or inaccuracies in the essay in the process of its peer review or after its publication, he or she should immediately notify the Editorial Board on the subject.

  • In case of serious copyright violation and violation of authorship criteria, the submitted manuscript will be rejected and all further collaboration with the author may be terminated.


  1. Ethical standards for reviewers


The Editorial Board of the journal State and Law implies that every reviewer collaborating with the journal on a voluntary basis, takes on responsibilities to adhere to the following ethical standards:

  • Manuscript submitted for review should be treated as a confidential document not to be transmitted for reading or discussion to third parties who are not entitled to read or discuss it by the Editorial Board of the journal State and Law.

  • The Supervisor (consultant) of the manuscript’s author shall not peer review the manuscript.

  • The reviewer should peer review the manuscript objectively, providing substantial argumentation for his or her view, make objective and relevant comments and suggestions aimed at improving the level of the manuscript. Personal criticism is not valid.

  • The reviewer must not use the materials in an unpublished manuscript for his or her personal scopes.

  • The reviewer should point at substantial similarity or overlap between the peer reviewed manuscript and any other work as well as at the absence of references to premises, conclusions or arguments previously published in other works of this or other authors.

  • The reviewer who has not, in his or her opinion, enough qualification for evaluating the manuscript or cannot be objective, for example in case of conflicts of interests with the author or institution, should report this to the Editor-in-chief and ask him to exclude him or her from peer reviewing this manuscript.

  • The review is strictly confidential. The name of the reviewer, his or her place of work and job title shall not be disclosed.