PROCEDURE OF EXPERT ASSESSMENT AND REVIEWING OF AUTHOR'S MATERIALS
Expert assessment and reviewing of author's materials belong to specific conditions of publication of scientific studies in the journal, promoting the general control of quality and high scientific value of such reports.
Expert assessment and reviewing of author's materials may have 2 procedural forms:
I. Regarding scientific studies, presented for participation in the GISAP research analytics championships:
a) the average ranking mark, given to scientific studies by participants of the research analytics championship (scientific community) and professional scientific council acts as the result of peer review expertise of scientific studies;
b) scientific studies with the average ranking mark not less than 7.5 are accepted for publication;
c) works in high-quality English have the priority in the admission to publication. At the same time scientific works presented in other widespread (acknowledged as widespread) languages of international communication and also in other languages providing their understanding for a wide range of persons (in such cases materials must be accompanied by extended summaries (abstracts) in English) with high average marks achieved in research analytics championships are also accepted for publication. General number of scientific reports in Russian must not exceed 25% of reports in every issue of the journal. This means that scientific researchers in Russian are to be published in issues of the journal within the stated quote and in the order of subsequent following - in accordance with their assessment rankings. In case if certain report in Russian, meeting the above-mentioned requirements is not included in the following issue of the journal, such report will be obligatorily published in the next issue of such journal;
d) scientific reports presented for participation in research analytics championships and meeting the requirements for publication in the journal are also obligatorily published in relevant digests of scientific works of the GISAP project on a regular basis;
II. Regarding scientific studies, presented in the status of the reviewed publications the journal:
a) reviewed publications can only be presented in high quality English in the format, meeting the requirements of the IASHE, with abstract, innovation abstract and the author's questionnaire (CV) in English. In case if the author of the reviewed report in English is the resident of one of post-Soviet states, he must submit a Russian copy of the report (for us to provide Russian-speaking experts with it);
b) in order to be accepted for publication in the relevant issue of the journal original scientific studies, presented for publication without participation in research analytics championships must pass the procedure of scientific reviewing in the following regime: 1) the research must be a reviewed by three scientists - international experts of the IASHE in the relevant branch of science; 2) experts formulate their conclusions in the written form; 3) scientific study may be accepted for publication only upon condition of unanimous positive mark of all three experts; 4) if at least one expert objects the publication of the study in the current form, scientific work will be sent back to the author for additional revision; 5) term of the improvement of the research sent back to the author for independent revision can not exceed three calendar months; 6) scientific work, revised in accordance with the expert conclusions, is presented for the second reviewing to the same list of experts; 7) if all experts (or the majority of experts) make positive conclusions concerning the research during the second reviewing, such material will be accepted for publication in the relevant (next) issue of the journal; 8) term of the primary and secondary expert reviewing cannot exceed 10 calendar days in any case; 9) in case if all or the majority of experts make negative conclusion concerning the research during the secondary reviewing, the article will be sent back to the author for the additional revision in accordance with the above-mentioned rules again; 10) the third expert reviewing of that same scientific article is final. This means that the next negative conclusion concerning the research will bring the impossibility of publication of the report. The relevant agreement between the author and the IASHE is considered to be non-valid from this moment. All the amount of pre-payment for the publication excluding cost of expert services and administrational-organizational expenses of the Academy, will be sent back to the author or the other interested person;
c) Reviewed scientific reports must meet high generally accepted requirements of authors belonging (exclusion of plagiarism), innovativeness (novelty), scientific quality, reasonableness, ethics and tolerance of presentation;
d) Reviewed scientific studies are to be published in the next nearest issue of the journal, published after the admission of such report to the publication;
e) Scientific reports are published in the journals with mandatory listing of all the reviewers of such reports.
Certain peculiarities of the expert reviewing of scientific studies, subject to publication in the IASHE issues:
1. Consequences (factors) and criteria of the expert reviewing of scientific studies:
1) The expert must act on the basis of the following assessment factors while reviewing scientific studies (reports, articles)
a) scientific novelty of the scientific problem resolution method;
b) scientific novelty of the scientific problem statement;
c) degree of reasonableness of statements and conclusions;
d) compliance of goals stated for the scientific report with results presented in it;
e) scientific and practical usefulness and applicability of results of the study;
f) characteristics of general logic of research and the degree of compliance of questions (hypotheses) formulated in the report with answers (conclusions);
g) scale and adequacy of use of special logic-definitive and terminological apparatus in the report;
h) characteristics of structure of the report;
i) science linkage of the research and references studied by the author;
j) qualitative comparison of the report with other scientific works of similar direction;
k) characteristics of the language of presentation (style, orthography, punctuation);
l) other objective criteria of assessment;
m) sincere confidence of the expert concerning understanding of certain scientific factors;
2) While studying and assessing the scientific report the expert must:
a) show maximum objectivity, impartiality and honesty;
b) be absolutely independent in the decision-making process;
c) exclude any direct contacts with authors of scientific studies;
d) hold the scientific discussion with authors of scientific works only through the IASHE;
e) not to allow offensive, inappropriate, arrogant or too moralizing commentaries to scientific works in own expert conclusions;
f) timely correct mistakenly formulated conclusions, if such mistakes are revealed during the term of realization of the expert reviewing of scientific studies;
g) exclude dominance of personal sympathy or discrimination of any kind in the process of making expert conclusions.
3) By any objectively available and legal means the IASHE ensures independence, impartiality and objectivity of experts as well as the impossibility of their direct contacts with other experts and authors of scientific reports regarding their expert functions during the period of the expert reviewing and reasonable period of time after it.
2. Appeal of expert reviews on scientific studies:
a) The author of scientific research unsatisfied with the expert opinion regarding his research and convinced of bias or insufficient professionalism of the appropriate expert, has the right to address the IASHE with the well-reasoned petition for changing the expert at any stage of implementation of expert reviewing of the specified research;
b) after receiving the well-reasoned expert changing petition of the author, the IASHE is obliged to make the relevant decision within 10 calendar days;
c) if the IASHE refuses to satisfy the expert changing petition of the author of research, the author will have a right to break off the agreement with the IASHE concerning the publication unilaterally and to get back the amount of an advance payment excluding the cost of already given expert services and administrative-organizational expenses of the IASHE;
Document to formalization of publications
Document to formalization of publications in the journal:
a) the fact of submission of materials for publication in the journal (by the author or another interested person) to Editorial is the evidence of conclusion of a special publishing agreement on standard terms presented on this website between such person and the IASHE. This agreement comes into legal force from the moment of making (by the author or another interested person) of full preliminary (for reviewed materials) or factual (for materials of the GISAP project participants) publication fee payment. The author may be provided with electronic or printed copy of his personal publishing agreement verified by the IASHE (if necessary);
b) payment of publication cost is made by the author or others persons concerned according to an invoice given by the IASHE;
c) the legal fact and characteristics of publication of the original scientific research in the journal is legalized by the International authoring certificate.
Pricing policy and payment for publication
Establishing costs of publication in issues of the IASHE, the Academy holds on to the principle of maximum possible ensuring of availability of such publications for the international scientific community.
Cost of publication of scientific studies in issues of the IASHE is predetermined by objective economical prerequisites and the necessity to ensure the self-sufficiency mode of the expert, publishing and typographic activity;
The IASHE directs the major part of its profits as well as possible sponsor and investment contributions to the compensation of expenses, connected with publication of scientific studies. This way cost of such publication is decreased.
Payment for publication of materials in the journal is made by the author or another interested person on the basis of the invoice given by the IASHE on conditions of full preliminary (for reviewed materials) or factual (for materials of the GISAP project participants) payment.
Reviewed scientific studies can be published only upon condition of full preliminary payment (by the author or another interested person) for organizational, administrative and expert services, compensation of expenses of the IASHE and payment of the cost of the necessary number of copies of the journal and shipping.
Participant of the GISAP project research analytics championship must pay for publication of his scientific report in the relevant digest of scientific works. Report of such author corresponding to requirements of publication in the journal (following the results of the research analytics championship), will be automatically published in the journal on the basis of the qualified decision of the IASHE.
In case if the person, whose scientific study has been published in the digest of scientific works of the GISAP project and in the journal, considers it necessary to buy a printed copy of such journal, this person will have to remunerate organizational and administrative expenses of the IASHE, and also for shipping of the publication (this price will be the same as the price for the specified digest of scientific works).
Depending on the scale of scientometric indexing of the journal and the related actual expenses the IASHE additionally establishes payment for scientometric indexing of the relevant author's material (must be made by the author or another interested person).
Cost of realization of the whole procedure of publication of author's researches in periodical sectoral scientific journals is set by the IASHE in the first month of every reporting year. Once a year it may be reconsidered (objective economic reasons must exist for that). Such cost includes actual expenses of the IASHE on implementation of the stated procedure and awarding of experts (reviewers) involved.