Retraction of Publication
1. General Provisions
In matters of retraction, the editors are guided by COPE Retraction Guidelines.
- The scientific article text recall from a publication (retraction) is a mechanism for correcting the published information and warning readers about the matter that a published scientific article contains serious faults or erroneous data that cannot be trusted. The inaccuracy of the data can result from both a conscientious delusion and deliberate violations.
- Retracement is also used to warn readers about instances of publications duplication (when authors submit the same data in several publications), plagiarism, and interest conflicts concealment that could affect the interpretation of the data or recommendations for their use.
- The main goal of retraction is the correction of the published information and ensuring its integrity, but not the punishment of authors who committed violations.
2. Reasons and Grounds for Recalling an Article
The grounds for the recalling of the article are:
- The author's appeal for the article recalling;
- Decision of the journal’s editor-in-chief.
The grounds for recalling the article are violation of Ethical Principles of the Journal.
Editors consider retracting a publication if:
- They have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of major error (eg, miscalculation or experimental error), or as a result of fabrication (eg, of data) or falsification (eg, image manipulation)
- It constitutes plagiarism
- The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper attribution to previous sources or disclosure to the editor, permission to republish, or justification (ie, cases of redundant publication)
- It contains material or data without authorisation for use Copyright has been infringed or there is some other serious legal issue (eg, libel, privacy)
- It reports unethical research
- It has been published solely on the basis of a compromised or manipulated peer review process
- The author(s) failed to disclose a major competing interest (aka, conflict of interest) that, in the view of the editor, would have unduly affected interpretations of the work or recommendations by editors and peer reviewers.
Retractions are not usually appropriate if:
- The authorship is disputed but there is no reason to doubt the validity of the findings
- The main findings of the work are still reliable and correction could sufficiently address errors or concerns
- An editor has inconclusive evidence to support retraction, or is awaiting additional information such as from an institutional investigation (for information about expressions of concern
- Author conflicts of interest have been reported to the journal after publication, but in the editor’s view these are not likely to have influenced interpretations or recommendations, or the conclusions of the article.
3. The Procedure for Recalling an Article
- The decision for recalling the article is made by the editorial board of the journal on the recommendation of the journal's editor-in-chief, containing information on the existence of an excuse for recalling the article specified by these rules. The decision to recall the article is made taking into account the author's response to the article, which justifies his/her position on the issue of recalling the article, upon receipt of this response.
- If the author/team of authors find it necessary to recall the article, they appeal to the editorial office, explaining the reason for their decision reasonably. The editorial board responds to the authors and, if there are grounds for retraction, it independently retracts the text of the article.
- If the editorial board decides to recall the article text on the basis of its expertise or the information received, the author(s) are informed of this and asked his/her opinion on the submission validity of the editor-in-chief on the article recalling. If the author/team ignores the editorial request, the editorial board has the right to apply to the Council for the Ethics of Scientific Publications and (or) to recall the publication without taking into account the author's opinion.
- The decision to recall an article is made out in the minutes of the meeting of the journal’s Editorial Board.
- By deciding to recall the article, the editorial board indicates the reason for the retraction (in case of detection of plagiarism - with reference to sources of borrowing), as well as the date of retraction. The article and the article description remain on the journal’s website as part of the corresponding issue of the journal, but the electronic version of the text is inscribed with the inscription "RETRACTED" and the date of retraction, the same note is placed in the article and in the table of contents of the issue.
- The journal's editor-in-chief sends the minutes of the meeting of the journal’s Editorial Board to the Council for the Ethics of Scientific Publications and the database of scientific information, which indicates the date of the meeting, the composition of the meeting, the results of the examination, an informed decision and the completed form:
- Author's name and title of the article
- The title of the publication from which the text is recalled
- The initiator of the article's review
- Grounds for recalling the article and the date of the decision
- Link to the page on the website of the publication, on which information is given on the retraction
- The output of the article and the DOI (if any)
- Theme of the article
- The author (the lead author in the case of collective authorship) is sent the minutes of the meeting of the journal’s Editorial Board with a formulation that justifies the reason for the article's recalling.
- The journal’s editorial board, along with the decision to recall the article, may decide to impose a ban on the adoption of articles from the author of a retracted article for a certain period of time.
- On the retraction of the article information is posted on the journal's website on the Internet.
You are requesting to withdraw your paper from the journal which is against the copyright of the journal that you had signed earlier during the submission of all supporting documents for the purpose of publication in the journal. Please note that:
- After withdrawing your article, the article (pdf) will be removed from the journal database only. As you know that it is an open access journal. The term ‘open access' means anybody can download published articles from the journal and can use it for academic purposes under the license of CC-BY-NC-ND. It means, open access published paper(s) to be used in any repository of the world (for example: www.scribd.com, researchgate.net, turnitin, ithenticate, etc). Hence, neither journal nor publication house will be responsible for article(s) stored in any repository of the world. After a withdrawal request of your article, the article (pdf and) will update from the journal database only;
- After withdrawn, article will not reconsider further for republication in the journal.