Publication ethics

Publication ethics

Authors are required to read the journal’s author instruction and ethical policies carefully and to adhere to the terms before submission. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial ‘opinion’ works should be clearly identified as such. To ensure best integrity and accuracy in all publishing activities VE follows the Cope of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

All content published under VE editorial department is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license).

All articles published in VE journal with open access are immediately and permanently available on the internet upon publishing free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute as defined by applied license considering the principle of free knowledge exchange for the future of all mankind.

The journal’s full text is available online and on the site of National Volodymyr Vernadskyi Library.


While advertisements are crucial to this journal to be able to keep all content free for everyone, ethical considerations are in place to ensure the integrity of the journal and its content.


For open access publishing, VE journal uses an exclusive licensing agreement. Authors will transfer copyright to VE but will have the right to share their article in the same way permitted to third parties under the relevant user license, along with certain scholarly usage rights.

The transfer of copyright is deemed in effect if and when the submitted article is accepted for publication. Authors should ensure that submitted work is original and has not been published elsewhere in any language, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Copyrighted material (e.g. tables, figures or extensive quotations) should be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement.

Malpractice statement

Manuscripts are accepted on condition that they are solely the work of the authors stated and have not been previously published or submitted for publication, and are not going to be sent to other journals. This restriction does not apply to works published in a form of abstracts or summaries.

Editors are accountable for monitoring, and ensuring the equality, timeliness, diligence and civility of the peer review editorial process. Editors ensures all the manuscripts submitted undergo peer review process and at least two reviewers who are experts in the field should consider the peer reviewed manuscript.

Editorial staff and board members will not unveil any information about the manuscript submitted to the journal other than the potential reviewers, corresponding author and publisher as appropriate.

Authors are accountable for the data and information presented in their respective article. Hence, authors are expected to present genuine and the original outcome of their research, by providing appropriate and relevant citation while representing the data and documenting the discussion.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

If the manuscript is accepted, the Conflict of Interest information will be communicated in a published statement.

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.


All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.


applies to data, images, words or ideas taken from any materials in electronic or print formats without sufficient attribution.

Journal has a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism. All allegations of plagiarism are investigated thoroughly and in accordance with COPE guidelines detailed. Authors should strictly adhere to the authorship criteria. Listing authors names on an article is an important mechanism to give credit to those who have significantly contributed to the work.


Electronic mail is the main form of correspondence between authors and the journal and authors must provide accurate, active e-mail addresses for each author at the time of manuscript submission and update these addresses as necessary during the review process.

All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is sent by e-mail.

You can find author guidance for submitting publication to VE with all necessary requirements for manuscript preparation on VE submitting page.

In-house submissions that contain the work of any editorial board member, are not allowed to be reviewed by that editorial board member and all decisions regarding this manuscript are made by an independent editor. In addition, these manuscripts are reviewed by the two external reviewers.

Peer review

All manuscripts submitted to VE journal are subject to double-anonymous (double-blind) peer review. In this model the identity of the peer reviewer is kept confidential and the author’s identity is kept unknown to the reviewer.

Normally, every manuscript is reviewed at least by two independent experts.

Reviewers must maintain strict confidentiality related to the information shared with them in the manuscripts, which may contain data, text, images and videos. Revisers should not share any information from an assigned manuscript with outsiders without the prior permission of the Editor. Reviewer should not retain the data from an assigned manuscript.

Authors are required to cooperate with the peer review process and submit the required data, clarifications, ethics approval proofs, copyright permission, participant or patient consent. Authors need to revise the manuscripts if necessary and resubmit the manuscript.

Review process

Editors are responsible for monitoring and ensuring the fairness, timeliness, thoroughness, and civility of the review process. They are responsible for the management of the entire editorial team that comprises panel of experts as reviewers and associate editors. Editors provide timely suggestion to the respective journals for covering the relevant and significant topic essential for the growth of the journal.

The editor must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Editorial Board of the journal will not use the unpublished information for their personal research or use without the author clear written approval.

Editors may seek advice about submitted papers not only from technical reviewers but also on any aspect of a paper that raises concerns. These may include, for example, ethical issues or issues of data or materials access. Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Submission turnaround time

  • In-house review: 1-3 weeks
  • External peer review: 1-3 months
  • Publication ahead of print: within 1 month after being accepted
  • Formal publication: within 1-3 months after being accepted


VE makes every effort to guarantee the highest standards of the publication ethics guided by COPE recognized practice.

The procedure for the application and management of complaints of author misconduct should proceed with sensitivity, tact and in confidence.

Misconduct examples include plagiatarism, self-plagiatarism, dublicate submission, affiliation or authorship mispresentation, image or citiaIon manipulation, undisclosed competing interests, data fabrication.

COPE’s instructions regarding possible misconduct states that sharing of information among editor in chiefs regarding cases of suspected misconduct can play a significant role in preserving the integrity of the scientific record, allowing chief editors of affected journals to conduct investigations with greater efficiency, compare different versions of the same work submitted to different journals, the explanations provided by investigators/authors to questions resulting from concerns over submitted work, collaborate and share effort in investigating cases of suspected misconduct and work together when approaching investigators/authors and/or their institutions.

A joint approach to suspected cases may lead to faster resolution of investigations, as well as strengthen the pursuit of those where further investigation is warranted.

Sharing policy

Authors who publish in VE can share their research in several ways.

Authors can share their preprint anytime and anywhere. Preprints should not be added to or enhanced in any way in order to appear more like, or to substitute for, the final versions of articles. This is the author's own write-up of research results and analysis that has not been peer reviewed, nor had any other value added to it by a publisher (such as formatting, copy-editing, technical enhancements, and the like.

Authors can share their accepted manuscript: via their non-commercial personal homepage or blog, via their research institute or institutional repository for internal institutional uses or as part of an invitation-only research collaboration work-group or directly by providing copies to their students or to research collaborators for their personal use. An accepted manuscript is the manuscript of an article that has been accepted for publication and which typically includes author-incorporated changes suggested during submission, peer review, and editor-author communications. They do not include other publisher value-added contributions such as copy-editing, formatting, technical enhancements and (if relevant) pagination.

In all cases authors must share accepted manuscripts through link to the formal publication via its DOI; bear a CC-BY-NC-ND license; not be added to or enhanced in any way to appear more like, or to substitute for, the published journal article; via non-commercial hosting platforms such as their institutional repository.

Published journal article sharing

If you are an author, please share a link to your article rather than the full-text.

Ahead of publishing policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. VE has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.