Publication Ethics

As a leading historical journal, ‘Modern and Contemporary History’ is committed to maintaining the highest standards of publication ethics. We adheres to the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers ( The phrase ‘publication ethics’ in this case refers to a set of ethical standards that are mandatory for the editorial staff, reviewers and authors of the journal. Allegations of misconduct will be investigated in accordance with the COPE Best Practice Guidelines as far as is practicable

Fair editing and peer review

All participants in the publishing process ought to adhere to established principles of ethical publishing. This extends from authors to journal editors, reviewers, journal administrators, and publishing staff.


 «Modern and Contemporary History» expects all published articles to contain clear and accurate attribution of authorship. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that all authors that contributed to the work are fairly acknowledged and that the published author list accurately reflects individual contributions. Our Journal considers all forms of ‘guest’ or ‘gift’ authorship, i.e. the practice of naming an individual that made little or no contribution to a study as an author on an article, to be unethical and takes a firm stance against it.

Authors submitting their manuscripts for review and publication in our journal are expected to observe the following principles:

  • The author bears responsibility for the quality of his/her work, the reliability of the research results, and the originality of the research’s conclusions.
  • Avoid falsification of sources.
  • The author ought to notify the Editorial Office of any defects or significant errors found in his/her text at any stage of the publication process (e.g. immediately after submission, during the review process, or after publication).

 «Modern and Contemporary History» evaluates submissions on the understanding that they have not been previously published in or simultaneously submitted to another journal. All allegations of redundant publication are to be investigated thoroughly and in accordance with COPE guidelines.

 «Modern and Contemporary History» evaluates submissions on the understanding that they are the original work of the author(s). We expect that references made in a manuscript or article to another person’s work or idea will be credited appropriately. Equally we expect authors to gain all appropriate permissions prior to publication.

Re-use of text, data, figures, or images without appropriate acknowledgment or permission is considered plagiarism, as is the paraphrasing of text, concepts, and ideas. All allegations of plagiarism are investigated thoroughly and in accordance with COPE guidelines. Our Journal systematically, and without exceptions, run all submitted papers through plagiarism-detection software (‘Antiplagiat’, to identify possible cases of plagiarism.

In proven cases of misconduct, submitted papers will be suspended at any stage of the review process. If plagiarism is detected after the publication of the article, a message about it is placed in the next issue of the Journal. The Editorial Office will apologize to the readers and the author of the original work and terminate any further cooperation with the plagiariser.


The decision to publish or reject a manuscript is made on the basis of an unbiased analysis of the manuscript, based on the reliability of the analyzed data and the significance of the submitted research. Authors may not be discriminated against because of their gender, race, nationality, religious or political preferences. The decision to publish or reject a manuscript is not influenced by business or political interests. Editorial staff treat authors impartially and respectfully.

The copyrights and intellectual property rights of every author submitting his/her manuscript for review and publication to our Journal are strictly observed. The Editorial Office strictly observes its confidentiality rule: it does not inform third parties about either the progress of undergoing reviews or the results of the concluded ones. Unpublished manuscripts are not transferred to third parties without the written consent of the author.

Before assigning reviewers to a manuscript the Editorial Office does its best to ensure that there is no potential conflict of interest between the author and potential reviewers. The reviewer must not be a relative or co-author of the author of a manuscript.

In cases when, before or after the publication of the article, there emerge any legal or ethical issues regarding the content of the research, the Editorial Office considers them carefully and, if need be, assigns additional reviews and/or conducts other legal actions. The final decision on every issues of this nature is made by the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board and Editorial Office strive to ensure that all necessary measures are taken to restore violated rights.

Editors have full editorial independence. The Administration of «Modern and Contemporary History» will never knowingly exert pressure on editors to accept manuscripts for commercial or political reasons. Our Journal have clearly defined processes and policies for the handling of contributions by the members of both the Editorial Office and Editorial Board to ensure that these submissions receive an equivalent level of peer review to any other submission.


 «Modern and Contemporary History» supports and refers its reviewers to the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Our Journal operates a double-blind peer review process.

The reviewers must be unbiased. The reviewer must have sufficient qualifications to review manuscripts.

The reviewers must strictly observes the Editorial Office’s confidentiality rule: they do not inform third parties about either the progress of undergoing reviews or the results of the concluded ones.

Reviewers are expected to give an objective and reasoned assessment of the submitted manuscripts. They are expected to avoid any personal criticism of the authors.

Reviewers must not appropriate ideas from the manuscripts they handled for our Journal. Any allegation of misconduct will be thoroughly investigated in accordance with the relevant COPE guidelines.

Where a reviewer declares potential conflict of interest the editor should select alternative reviewers. Failure to declare conflict of interest may result in removal of the reviewer from the journal database.

COPE Code of Conduct for Publishers.[1]

COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.[2]

COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.[3]


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