The editorial team of the ‘International Trends' Journal is fully aware that publication malpractices remain widely spread in the academic community. The most perceptible and reprehensible instances of misconduct include plagiarism, duplicate submission, misappropriation of research results, and fraud. We categorically denounce all these forms of malpractices as well as any other abuses of publication ethics.
We firmly believe that violations of both legal norms and moral standards not only are ethically inappropriate, but also impede development of scholarship and undermine authority of International Relations as an academic discipline. Therefore, we consider struggle against publication malpractices to be a joint responsibility of authors, editors, peer-reviewers, and readers. We urge all stakeholders to engage in continuous dialogue and information exchange on all instances of violation.
On our behalf, we ensure comprehensive approach to identification and elimination of ethical misconduct. We promise to respond to all evidences of malpractice and to pay attention to any information to this effect provided by the stakeholders. The editorial team reviews all articles to identify any kind of misconduct on its own. In the process of peer-reviewers selection the ‘International Trends' takes into consideration the issue of possible conflict of interests and chances of hidden biases.
The Journal will withdraw any unpublished article in a case of revealed violations. It will also retract previously published articles if they contain any evidence of misconduct and publicly report on these instances. In cases of clear defamation, abuse of legal rights or rightful court order the editorial team reserves the right and obligation to remove involved article from its web-site and online databases. This extreme move could be accomplished in a transparent and public manner only.
The ‘International Trends' continuously ensures transparency of its publication policy and its requirements for submission of publication. We see such transparency as a part of our responsibility to the authors, readers, and academic community in general. All the stakeholders are expected to strive to meet the high ethical and publications standards in accordance to COPE guidelines. The Journal confirms that it does not accept payments of any sort for publication from authors or any affiliated stakeholders. Any attempts to propose such incentives could lead to the immediate rejection of the submission.
As part of its ethical code the ‘International Trends' and its editors are bound by the principle of confidentiality regarding individual articles under review or in the process of publication, as well as their authors and peer-reviewers. The ‘International Trends' will require the same level of ethical awareness from it peer-reviewers.
The ‘International Trends' is eager to study and introduce in its activities best practices of other journals and publishers and welcomes such cooperation. It will follow closely evolution of approaches to academic publishing and will continue to revisit its rules and procedures to remain at the forefront of globally accepted scholarly standards.