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«Urban Studies»
Ethics
We welcome openness, honesty, pluralism, friendliness, sociability, hunger for knowledge, generosity and nobility in their relations with authors and readers. The things we do not accept are dullness, rudeness, plagiary, envy, arrogance and mockery.

In accordance with the ethical principles and standards adopted by the leading international academic publishers, the Editorial Staff have established ethical principles mandatory for all participants of the publication process – Authors, Reviewers, members of the Editorial Board, senior Editors and Publishers.

1. The Author’s responsibility
1.1. By submitting an article to the Editor’s Office the Author confirms that the given article has neither been sent to another journal nor was previously published in other journals.
1.2. The Author is held responsible for the content of their article. An article must contain only original scientific research and data. If the Author uses data obtained by other researchers, they must include a proper reference in the article. The author must not change the results of others’ research discusses in their article. All data processing methods and logic of their interpretation must be absolutely clear and understandable.
1.3. The Author is held responsible for both deliberate and unintentional plagiary. Unauthorized acquisition of any elements of an article (text, graphs, initial data, etc.) is absolutely unacceptable. Elements used with the consent of the rights holder must be submitted in a proper form and accompanied with an adequate reference.
1.4. The Author is held responsible for providing true information about financial support of a project described in the article as well as persons who contributed to the research.
1.5. Private information (i.e. confidential information or information obtained during correspondence, conversation or discussion with third parties) must be used or provided only if the Author has a written permission signed by the person(s) who hold the rights to the information.
1.6. If the Author finds a serious mistake or inaccuracy in their own article which has already been published, the Author must immediately inform the Journal Editor or Publisher and cooperate with the Editor in order to eliminate the mistake or make changes to the article. If the Editor or Publisher learns of a serious mistake in the Author’s article from third parties and notifies the Author about it, the Author must, as soon as possible, submit a new version of the article or provide proof to the Editor that the article contains correct data.
1.7. The Author has the right to initiate publication of a previously published article in another language. Such cases are further reviewed by the Editorial Board, provided that all participants of the process follow the ethical principles.

2. The Editor’s responsibility
2.1. The Editorial Board accepts articles which have never been published and contain original research or a broad survey of a topic answering to the basic goals of the Journal. If the Editorial Board finds a previously published article with content matching 50% of the article submitted by the Author (as shown by the ‘Anti-plagiarism’ Program), the Editorial Board reserves the right to refuse to publish the article.
2.2. The Editor is held responsible for the decisions they make about submitted articles. The main reason for the Editorial Board to accept or reject an article is the scientific value of an article and its meaning for the scientific progress and education.
2.3. The Editor and members of the Editorial Board cannot disclosure information about submitted articles, except to a narrow circle of persons directly involved in the publishing or peer review process.
2.4. When assessing an article, the Editor must pay special attention at the original information contained there. However, under no circumstances the Editor has the right to use such information in their own research or for any other personal purpose. Such information can be used only after the article is officially published and only if there is a proper citation as required by the generally accepted rules and standards.
2.5. Under no circumstances the Editor can force the Author to cite articles published in the Journals or the publisher in order to increase the scientometrics of the Journal.
2.6. The Editor must control accuracy and adequacy of citations in the article approved for publication.
2.7. The Editor must assess the intellectual content of an article regardless of the Author’s race, sex, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic background, citizenship and/or political views.

3. The Peer Reviewer’s responsibility
3.1. The process of the article peer review is confidential and anonymous. The Author is not informed about the peer reviewer of their article in particular. However, the Author can be provided with the Peer Reviewer’s name if the Peer Reviewer agrees and provides their written consent.
3.2. The Peer Reviewer must not disclosure information about submitted articles to any third parties.
3.3. Before the article is published, under no conditions the Peer Reviewer has the right to use the data obtained in the process of the article review in their own research or for any other personal purpose.
3.4. The Peer Reviewer must review the article within the time limits prescribed by the Journal Editors Staff (not exceeding two weeks). If the peer review cannot be done in due time, the Peer Reviewer must immediately notify the Editors Staff about the delay.
3.5. When carrying out the peer review, the Peer Reviewer must try to be as unbiased and fair as possible. The main criterion for assessing the article is its scientific and academic importance. No decisions based on personal preferences of the Peer Reviewer are allowed. If there is any type of the conflict of interests arising between the Peer Reviewer and the Author, the Peer Reviewer must immediately inform the Editors Staff.

4. Conflict of interests
All parties involved must try to avoid any form of conflict of interests at all stages of the submission, review and publishing process. If the conflict of interests arises, a party discovering such conflict must immediately inform the Editors Staff. The same rule applies to any violation of generally accepted ethical principles and standards.