Journal Policies

Goals and Objectives

Goals of the Journal

  • To drive Russia's leadership in radio engineering and communications, electronics, electrical engineering, measurement technology, computer engineering and informatics, control.
  • To create a freely available information medium for all professionals with expertise in the areas listed above.
  • To expand the scope of professional dialogue for Russian and international researchers with expertise of the areas listed above and in adjacent areas.
  • To engage high-potential young professionals in research in scientific areas of the Journal.
  • To create a communication medium to expand cooperation of the Russian and international professional communities.
  • To make available to the audience the world's leading practices in research application in the areas listed above.

Objectives of the Journal

  • To provide researchers with an opportunity to publish their research findings.
  • To achieve an international level of international publications.
  • To draw attention to the most relevant, promising and outstanding research within the scope of the Journal.
  • To attract reputable authors from Russia and abroad who are high-class professionals.
  • To facilitate exchange of ideas among researchers from various regions of Russia and other countries.
  • To expand the Editorial Board and the pool of reviewers by engaging prominent Russian and international professionals.
  • To offer full-text access to scientific publications, to enhance the Journal's accessibility and openness in Russia and abroad.
  • To enter national and international bibliographic databases.
  • To enhance in impact-factor of the Journal.
  • To promote the Journal in the national and international markets.

Core Principles of Editorial Policies

Any author submitting a paper to the Journal thereby agrees that the paper might be published in the Journal, made publicly available on the Journal's website, or disclosed (including its references, bibliographic information, etc.) to third parties, where such disclosure is mandatory, or to any other persons to facilitate citations and enhance the citation index of the author and the Journal.

Authors are responsible for the factual information and data included in their papers.

All materials published in the Journal reflect personal views of their authors, which may or may not agree with the views of the Editor's Office.

The decision to accept or reject the materials is made by the Editorial Board, the final decision is passed by the Editor in Chief.

The Journal offers no author's fees for publication of papers.

The Editor's Office may reject any papers that are not duly formatted or that do not match the Journal's topics. Papers may be rejected on the grounds of a negative review or failure by the authors to comply with the applicable legislation on copyright and related rights.

The Editor's Office holds no debates with authors of rejected papers.

The Editor's Office reserves the right to abridge or edit any manuscripts submitted.

Manuscripts will not be returned to their authors.

Reprinting, publication or distribution of any materials published in the print and/or online Journal without a prior written approval from the Editor's Office is not allowed. Infringement of the exclusive rights of the Editor's Office to the materials submitted to it and prepared by it for publication is punishable by law. 

The right of authorship remains vested in authors of respective papers. The exclusive right to use the materials of the Proceedings of TUSUR are vested in TUSUR University as the founder and publisher of the Journal (as per the license agreement). Any borrowings are allowed only provided that they indicate the Journal details and credit the copyright holder and authors of the paper.

If any papers published in the Journal are used for creation of new materials, citations or partial translation for the purposes of citation, the appropriate references must be made in due form.

The Editor's Office is responsible for approving submitted papers for publications in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation on mass media, other regulations of the Russian Federations, rules of international law and international treaties of the Russian Federation, and based on the reviews provided by members of the Editorial Board whose scientific expertise reflects the papers' topics most closely, and by third-party reviewers who are recognized experts in the subject matter of the papers. Approval for publication is based on relevance, scientific novelty, credibility and practical significance of papers presented for review.

Policies of the Editorial Board are based on the modern legal requirements with regard to slander, copyright, legality and plagiarism, as set forth in the Russian legislation, as well as on the ethical principles practiced by the leading scientific publishers.

Reviewers are required by the Editor's Office to practice confidentiality and objectivity of their reviews and express their opinions in a clear and reasoned manner.

Authors submitting their papers to the Editor's Office for publication are expected to deliver the following:

  • consistency with the areas of research covered by the Journal,
  • relevance of research,
  • scientific novelty of research,
  • validity and accuracy of scientific conclusions,
  • practical significance of research,
  • a list of references to the works used by the authors,
  • disclosure of any potential conflict of interest with regard to the findings and conclusions presented in the paper.

Areas of Research

The areas of research covered by the Proceedings of TUSUR include include results of theoretical and experimental research in physics, computer science, electronics, electrical engineering, control systems, computer and measurement engineering, instrument engineering, measurement science, information-measuring devices and systems, radio engineering, research at the intersection of physics, mathematics and engineering sciences.

These areas of research correspond to the following degree programs:

  • 01.04.00 Physics
  • 05.09.00 Electrical Engineering
  • 05.11.00 Instrument Engineering, Measurement Science and Information-Measurement Devices and Systems
  • 05.12.00 Radio Engineering and Communications
  • 05.13.00 Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Control Systems

Publication Frequency

The Journal is distributed across Russia, CIS countries and other foreign states and is published on a quarterly basis, 4 times a year.

Accessibility Policies

Proceedings of TUSUR is distributed in the Russian Federation by means of the Rospechat catalog (index 20648); copyright deposits are sent out via the Russian Book Chamber (ITAR-TASS). All issues of the Journal are fully accessible on the bilingual Journal website and from the e-library. Proceedings of TUSUR is included in the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI). Therefore, papers published in the Journal are freely accessible to the public as open access to research results serves to promote knowledge.

Peer Review Process

  1. All manuscripts should be submitted to the Proceedings of TUSUR in an electronic form by means of the online submission process. A printed copy of a paper should be signed by its authors, accompanied by expert evaluations and a cover letter and sent to the Editor's Office at: Office 310/2, MK, 40 Lenina Prospekt, Tomsk, 634050, Russia. Authors are expected to strictly observe all requirements when submitting their papers, such as: include place of work for all authors along with contact details for communication, formatted in accordance with the guidelines published in each issue of the Proceedings of TUSUR and available at the Journal website.
  2. All manuscripts of papers submitted to the Proceedings of TUSUR and formatted in accordance with the Journal's guidelines are presented for review to reviewers (Doctors of Science or PhD) with expertise in the appropriate area of knowledge. All reviewers are recognized experts in the topic of papers they review and have published papers on the same topic within the last 3 years. The Editor's Office and the Publisher retain all reviews for 5 years. If the paper stands at the confluence of different branches of science, the manuscript may be presented to several readers for review. The list of reviewers is comprised of the leading experts in the areas of knowledge covered by the Journal and is approved by the order of the Rector.
  3. Each reviewer may refuse to review a paper in case of clear conflict of interest that would impact the perception and interpretation of the paper.
  4. The review process is confidential and is executed in the form of an expert questionnaire and a detailed review. The Journal practices single-blind peer reviews where authors do not know the names of their reviewers. Authors may access reviews of their papers.
  5. Reviewers are informed that the papers presented for review are the intellectual property of their authors and may not be disclosed. Reviewers are not allowed to make copies of papers for their own purposes.
  6. The period reserved for review should allow publication of a paper in the upcoming issue of the Journal and may not exceed 2 months.
  7. Original copies of reviews signed by the reviewers are retained by the Editor's Office for five years and are made available only upon request from the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science.
  8. If a paper is approved for publication but requires some revision, it is returned to the author along with the review with the option to either incorporate the comments expressed in it in the reworked paper or offer a reasoned argument against it (fully or partially). A paper is normally expected to be reworked within two weeks after an e-mail is sent to its authors requesting a revision. If the authors fail to rework their paper within the above term, the publication may be pushed to a later date. If the authors refuse to rework their paper, they should send a written refusal of publication to the Editor's Office or submit a note to the same effect in their user account on the Journal website.
  9. A reworked paper is re-submitted for review accompanied by the author's responses to each of the reviewer's comments. In case of a disagreement with the reviewer, the author may present a motivated justification to the Editor's Office. By the decision of the Editorial Board, the paper may be accepted for publication, presented to a different reviewer for review or declined. If the Editorial Board fails to agree on the merit of the paper, the final decision is made by the Editor in Chief at an Editorial Board Meeting.
  10. If a manuscript is declined, the Editor in Chief of Deputy Editor in Chief should, on behalf of the Editorial Board, sent to the author a motivated rejection letter accompanied by a copy of the review. The reviewer's name can be disclosed to the author only with consent from the former.
  11. A paper that was not recommended by the reviewer for publication cannot be re-submitted in its original form. The negative review is made available to the author. A paper declined by the reviewer and the Editorial Board can be considered for publication only after a thorough revision by its author and only as a new submission to the Journal.
  12. A positive review alone is not a sufficient ground for paper publication. The final decision to approve a paper for publication is made by the Editor in Chief (Deputy Editor in Chief) or, where necessary, by the Editorial Board by open vote. The author is notified of paper acceptance and informed of the publication date.
  13. If the Editorial Board does not share the opinion of the authors, it may add a footnote to that effect in the Journal publication.
  14. By submitting a paper for potential publication in the Journal, the author acknowledges and accepts the principles of peer review, examination by the Editorial Board and publication of the paper, including its translation and adaptations; once the paper is published in the Journal, the author authorizes the Journal to use the paper at its own discretion for the purposes of making it publicly available, reproducing, distributing and publishing the paper and links to it in information databases and other resources. Materials sent to the Journal are not returnable to their authors.

Reviewer Guidelines

The review should present an objective and qualified analysis of the paper and offer a reasoned assessment and reasoned recommendations.

The review should reflect whether:

  1. the paper matches the areas of knowledge and branches of science covered by the Journal, demonstrates the general scientific analysis, language, structure and relevance;
  2. the body of the paper matches the topic indicated in its title;
  3. the paper offers elements of scientific and practical novelty and is up to the standard of the modern theoretical thought: whether the methods, techniques, recommendations and research findings meet the current standart of science and technology;
  4. the author's observations, assessments and conclusions are valid;
  5. the paper possesses any scientific and practical novelty;
  6. the quality and presentation of the material, the language and style comply with the formatting guidelines, including guidelines with respect of its volume and components (text, tables, figures, references); whether the paper has any inaccuracies or errors;
  7. the paper is written accessibly for its target audience in terms of its language, style, arrangement, illustrative value of its tables, diagrams, figures and formulas (if any);
  8. The review should expressly state the strong and weak points of the paper and any corrections recommended to the author. I. e. the reviewer may offer recommenations to the author and the Editor's Office on how the paper can be improved. Any comments and recommendations offered by the reviewer must be objective and essential and serve the purpose of improving the scientific and methodological level of the paper;
  9. The final part of the review should offer reasoned conclusions about the paper in general, about its potential publication in the Proceedings of TUSUR and a clear recommendation to approve or refuse its publication, with due regard to any previous papers discussing the same topic;
  10. If the paper is given a negative review, the reviewer must make a compelling argument supporting the conclusion.

After review, the reviewer offers a recommendation with regard to the paper's publication (any recommendation must be supported by arguments):

  1. the paper is recommended for publication as submitted;
  2. the paper is recommended for publication after corrections proposed by the reviewer;
  3. the paper needs an additional peer review by another expert;
  4. the paper cannot be published in the Journal.

Standard review form

Publication Ethics

General

Proceedings of Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics (the Journal) is committed to high standards of publication ethics. 

Publication ethics is a system of standards of professional conduct in the relations among authors, reviewers, editors, publishers and reader in the course of creation, distribution and use of scientific publications.

The Editor's Office, Editorial Board, reviewers and publisher of the Journal are committed to the code of ethics accepted by the international scientific community and make every effort to prevent any violations of that code. They are guided by the recommendations and standards developed by the Russian Non-Profit Partnership "Committee on Scientific Publication Ethics" (Russia, Moscow), Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and make use of the best practices of high-profile international journals and publishers, such as Elsevier.

Principles of ethical conduct are mandatory for all parties of the review and publication of scientific papers: authors, reviewers, Editor in Chief, Editor's Office, Editorial Board of the Journal and the publisher.

Strict adherence to publication ethics from all parties of the process supports intellectual property rights of the authors, promotes the Journal as a high-quality publication in the eyes of the international scientific community and prevents unauthorized use of copyrighted materials by any individuals.

Editorial policies of the Journal are based on the customary ethics of Russian scientific periodicals and support the Code of Scientific Publications, as published by the Committee on Scientific Publication Ethics (Russia, Moscow). The policies are based on the codes of ethics for editors and publishers, as set forth in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers and published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The online version of the Journal is freely available to the public.

Any use of the Journal materials should be accompanied by obligatory references to the Journal and authors of the papers. Free reproduction of the Journal materials for private purposes and free use for information, scientific, academic or cultural purposes are allowed subject to articles 1273 and 1274 chapter 70 part IV of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation. Any other uses may be allowed only based on written agreements with copyright holders.

All papers are published in the Journal free of charge.

COPE Guidelines in Russian.

Standards of Professional Ethics for Editor in Chief, Editor's Office and Editorial Board

In their work, the Editor in Chief, Editor's Office and members of the Editorial Board of the Journal are responsible for publication of copyrighted work, which makes it necessary to follow a set of fundamental principles:

  1. When making a decision to publish a paper, the Editor in Chief is guided by the accuracy of its data and the scientific importance of the research in question.
  2. The Editor in Chief is responsible for the decision to accept or decline any papers submitted for publication in the Journal. They are guided by the Journal policies and legal restrictions, avoid defamation, breach of copyright and plagiarism. When making the decision, the Editor in Chief may consult with members of the Editorial Board and reviewers.
  3. The Editor in Chief should have no conflict of interest with regard to the papers approved or accepted by their decision.
  4. The Editor in Chief must withdraw from review of any paper (namely: request assistance from the Deputy Editor in Chief or other members of the Editorial Board in the process of review and decision-making) if there is any conflict of interest due to competition, partnership or any other ties and relations with the authors, companies and any other organizations connected to the paper.
  5. The Editor in Chief, editorial staff and members of the Editorial Board shall not disclose any information regarding the papers published in the Journal, except to the authors, potential and actual reviewers, other editorial staff and, where necessary, the publisher.
  6. The Editor in Chief, Editor's Office staff and members of the Editorial Board may not use any unpublished data from papers submitted for reviews for any private purposes or make them available to any third parties (without a written consent from their authors). Any information or ideas obtained in the course of a review and associated with potential advantages, must be kept confidential and may not be used for personal benefit.
  7. The Editor in Chief must assess papers based only on their scientific merit, without regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, nationality, origin, social status or political views of their authors.
  8. The Editor in Chief must not approve publication of any information that is reasonably believed to have been plagiarized.
  9. Any paper accepted for publication is made available to the public; authors reserve copyrights with regard to their papers.
  10. The Editor in Chief and the publisher must not leave without response any claims with regard to papers reviewed or materials published. In case of a conflict, they must take every step to restore the breached copyrights, and in case on any errors, they must support publication of any corrections or refutations.
  11. The Editor in Chief, Editor's Office staff and members of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of TUSUR must not, unless necessary, disclose any information about a paper accepted for publication to any persons other than authors, reviewers, potential reviewers, other scientific advisers and the publisher.
  12. The Editor in Chief, Editor's Office staff and members of the Editorial Board must ensure confidentiality of the names and other information of reviewers. If necessary, when engaging a new reviewer, the latter may be informed of the identities of previous reviewers. 

Reviewer's Ethics

The reviewer conducts a scientific analysis of authors' materials, therefore the reviewer's actions must be unbiased and rely upon the following principles:

  1. Peer reviews help the Editor in Chief and the Editorial Board make decisions regarding publication of papers, and serving as feedback to authors, help authors improve the quality of their work. Peer reviews are a necessary element of formal scientific communication that is fundamental to the scientific approach.
  2. A reviewer who does not believe he/she possess the necessary expertise and knows that he/she will not be able to provide a peer review within the expected time frame must notify the Editor in Chief and withdraw from the review process.
  3. Peer review cannot be provided by the author or co-author of the paper presented for review, or by research advisors to the candidates and/or employees representing the same division in which the author is employed.
  4. Any paper submitted for peer review by the Editor's Office is treated as a confidential document. It may not be discussed with any persons other than persons identified by the Editor in Chief.
  5. The reviewer must practice objectivity. Personal criticism with regard to the author is not tolerated. The reviewer must express his/her opinion in a clear, well-articulated and substantiated manner.
  6. Wherever practical, the reviewer must identify previously published papers related to the paper submitted for review, that have not been cited by the author. Any statement that an observation, conclusion or argument in the paper submitted for review have been made in any previous publications must be supported with a bibliographic reference. The reviewer must also notify the Editor in Chief of any significant resemblance or partial match between the paper under review and any other paper published earlier.
  7. The reviewer may not use the information and ideas presented in the paper submitted for review for personal benefit and keep such information and ideas confidential.
  8. The reviewer may not provide peer review if there is any conflict of interest due to competition, partnership or any other ties and relations with any authors or organizations connected to the paper.

Author's Ethics

Submission of a paper for consideration by the Editor's Office is interpreted as a claim that the paper presents new research results obtained by the author (group of authors) that have not been published before.

Authors must be aware of their personal responsibility for the paper they submit for consideration, therefore the author's actions must rely upon the following principles:

  1. Authors of a report describing original research must present accurate results of their work and objective discussion of the significance of research. Data underlying the work must be free of error. The paper must include enough details and references to make it reproducible.
  2. The paper must represent accurate results of the work or research completed. Misleading or falsified statements are treated as unethical conduct and are not tolerated.
  3. The Editor in Chief may request that the authors provide source data of their paper for the purposes of peer review, and authors must be willing to grant free access to their data, if possible, and in any case must retain their source data for a reasonable period of time after publication.
  4. The author must guarantee that results of research presented in the paper constitute an independent and original work. If the paper uses fragments of other works and/or borrows statements made by other authors, such use must be supported by the appropriate bibliographic references indicating the author and source referenced. All papers are subject to check through the anit-plagiarism Antiplagiat system.
    Excessive borrowings and any form of plagiarism, including uncredited citations, rewordings or appropriation of authorship rights to someone else's research are treated as unethical conduct and are not tolerated. Papers that essentially are compilations of materials previously published by other authors without any creative revision and interpretation and conceptualization are not accepted for publication.
  5. Papers must recognize contributions of all individuals who have impacted the research or determined the nature of the paper presented for consideration. In particular, the paper must include references to Russian and international publications that have been significant in the course of research. Information obtained in a private manner, though correspondence or discussions with any third parties, cannot be used without an open written permission from its source. All sources must be disclosed. Even if the paper uses written materials or illustrations created by a large number of authors, their permissions must be obtained and presented to the Editor's Office.
  6. The paper submitted for consideration must be an original paper that has not been submitted to, is not currently being considered by any and has not been previously published in any other journals. Failure to comply with this requirement is interpreted as a serious violation of publication ethics and serves as a ground for paper withdrawal from the review process. All papers should be originals, i.e. have no prior publications in their current state in any periodicals. If elements of the paper have been previously published in any other paper, the authors must reference the earlier paper and demonstrate that the new paper is substantially different from its predecessor. Word-for-word copying or rewording of the author's own work are unacceptable and can only be used as a basis for new conclusions.
  7. Publication of certain papers (e.g., translated papers) in more than one journal is in some cases considered to be ethical, subject to a number of conditions. Authors and editors of interested journals must consent to secondary publication that must present the same data and interpretations as the originally published paper.
  8. The author must guarantee the correct list of co-authors. The list of co-authors must include all individuals who have substantially contributed to the concept, structure, research and interpretation or research results. The author must express gratitude to other individuals who have contributed to certain aspects of the paper. The author must also guarantee that all co-authors have read and approved the final version of the paper and consented to its submission for publication. All authors identified in the paper are held publicly responsible for its content. If the paper is a multidisciplinary work, its co-authors can by responsible for their individual contributions, with collective responsibility for the overall result. The list of co-authors may not include individuals who have not contributed to research.
  9. If the paper involves the use of chemical products, procedures or equipment that are associated with any risks, the author must include a clear indication of such risks in the paper.
  10. If the paper involves the use of animals or people as research subjects, the author must make sure to include a statement indicating that all stages of research are compliant with the legislation and regulations of research organizations and have been approved by the corresponding ethics committees. The paper must include a clear indication that all people involved as research subjects have given an informed consent. The author must ensure that the rights to privacy are respected.
  11. If during consideration or publication of the paper any significant errors or inaccuracies are found, the author must immediately notify the Editor's Office to that effect, and a joint decision must be made to acknowledge the error and/or correct it as soon as possible. If the Editor's Office is notified by a third party that a published paper contains significant errors, the author must immediately remove or correct the errors or present proof of accuracy to the Editor's Office.
  12. The author must disclose in the paper all sources of research funding, all potential conflicts of interest that might impact research results, their interpretation and perceptions of reviewers. Potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed at the earliest opportunity.

Publisher's Ethics

In its operations, the Publisher is responsible for publication of works of authorship, therefore the Publisher's actions must rely upon the following fundamental principles and procedures:

  1. The Publisher must support the ethical responsibilities of the Editor's Office, Editorial Board, reviewers and authors in accordance with these requirements.
  2. The Publisher must support the Editor's Office in management of claims with regard to the ethics of published materials and assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers, if it supports the Editors' functions.
  3. The Publisher must keep confidential all information obtained from authors until its publication.
  4. The Publisher must acknowledge that the Journal is not a commercial project and its operations are not profit-driven.
  5. The Publisher must be certain that any potential advertising profit does not affect the decision of the Editorial Office to publish papers.
  6. The Publisher must be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, refutations and apologies whenever necessary.
  7. The Publisher must allow the Editor's Office to exclude publications for plagiarism and misleading data.

Borrowing and Plagiarism

The Editorial Board of the Proceedings of TUSUR runs all papers through the anit-plagiarism Antiplagiat system as an integral part of the review process.

If a paper is found to contain multiple borrowings, the Editorial Board shall proceed in accordance with the COPE regulations. If a paper fails to be cleared by the Antiplagial system and contains borrowings, its authors are blacklisted. No subsequent submissions from the authors will be accepted by the Proceedings of TUSUR.

Viktor N. Maslennikov

Executive Secretary of the Editor’s Office

 Editor’s Office: 40 Lenina Prospect, Tomsk, 634050, Russia

  Phone / Fax: + 7 (3822) 51-21-21 / 51-43-02

  vnmas@tusur.ru

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