Ethical Guidelines

ASPU journals are fully open access․


The papers submitted to the Journals should be compiled in accordance with the content, structural and technical requirements reflected in the official websites of the Journals.


Every submitted manuscript proceeds through a rigorous review process. The members of the journals’ reviewer bank are committed to objective and fair double-blind peer reviews of submitted manuscripts and will evaluate manuscripts following:

  • COPE politics,
  • the Publication Ethics policy of the journals
  • the policy of struggling against Plagiarism Policy
  • Open Access Policy.

The review includes:

  • Evaluation of the paper content and judgment on whether it is suitable for publication.
  • Enumeration of methodology and tools errors (if there are any).
  • Suggestions for the text improvement.

All the manuscripts, submitted for the publication, undergo reviewing and the review results are approved by the Edi¬torial Board.

1. The manuscript undergoes initial review and verification for compliance to the topics of the pe¬rio¬dical and the formal requirements.
2. If the article does not comply with the subject-matter of the periodical, it is excluded from revision, and the author is notified about it.
3. The reviewer is assigned by the Editorial Board or the manuscript is sub¬mitted for evaluation to an independent expert.
4. The review process is anonymous both for the reviewer and author.
5. After reviewing the manuscript may be:

  • Rejected
  • Returned to the author for revision.
  • Accepted for publication.

6. The Editorial Board informs the author of the decision, providing a reasoned refusal if necessary. The author has no right to demand the reviewer’s data to challenge the result without sound arguments.
7. In case of an unfavorable verdict of the reviewer, the manuscript is discussed on the session of the Editorial Board, which makes a decision on rejecting of the article or the need for the further review by an independent expert.
8. The review and approval of manuscripts is from 1 to 3 months. Accepted papers are published in order.
9. The Editorial Board has a full right of making decision on an extraordinary publication of the article.
10. Reviews are kept in the editorial office for 3 years.

Licensing Terms & Copyright

Since 2021, authors and the publisher will be entitled in ownership of the copyright for their publications, previous articles had the publisher as copyright holder.

Permitted third party reuse is defined by the following user license:

Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC). CC BY-NC allows users to copy and distribute the article, provided this is not done for commercial purposes. The users may adapt – remix, transform, and build upon the material giving appropriate credit, providing a link to the license. The full details of the license are available.

Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their publications, but grant the Journals a non-exclusive license to publish the work in paper and electronic form and allow anyone to reuse, distribute and reproduce the content as long as the original work is properly cited. Appropriate attribution can be provided by simply citing the original work. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.

ASPU in its publishing activity adheres to the principles of publication ethics accepted by the international community:

Publication Ethics

The editorial board of the periodical is committed to upholding the standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any publication malpractices. Editors of the periodical have a full right to reject the work from publication in case of revealing any such malpractices.


The authors that submit their articles to the journal should guarantee that their articles and its essential substance have not previously been published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors that submit their works must confirm that they have disclosed any conflicts of interest regarding authorship and publication of the work and must identify the publisher against any breach of such warranty.

When submitting an article, the authors (groups of authors) should be informed that they are responsible for the novelty and reliability of the scientific results.
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the Journal editor to retract or correct the paper.

Permission to use the content

Authors should present a written permission to use any content that has not been created by them in their works if required.

Editors will not submit for publication any article containing data that the author is not authorized to use. The required rights are as follows:

  • Non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the article.
  • Print and electronic rights
  • Unlimited use of materials (i.e. there should be no restrictions on the reuse of material)

The reuse of tables, figures or paragraphs of another person’s work is permitted if the author gives a full attribution of sources and refers to the source in the reference list. If the other source undergoes any changes, it is incumbent on the author to cite the source.

According to the ASPU publication policy it is not allowed:

  • Verbatim copyright of another person’s work without citing the author.
  • Non accurate paraphrasing of another person’s work where more than one sentence within a paragraph or section of a text has been altered or sentences have been rearranged without an appropriate attribution. Non accurate paraphrasing is a verbatim copying.
  • Reuse of elements of other person’s work (e.g. the use of a figure, table or paragraph without acknowledgment, references or the use of quotation marks) without citing the author.
  • Self plagiarism: Authors must sign a copyright form that states that his work has not been previously published. If the elements of a work have been published before in other publication, it is incumbent on the author to attribute to his earlier work and indicate how the subsequent work differs and builds upon with the results and conclusions contained in the earlier work. Verbatim copying of your own work and paraphrasing is unacceptable, they could become a basis for new conclusions.
  • The materials that authors have prepared beforehand during the research related with the article, conference papers and presentations of seminars must be included in the reference list.