Editorial policy, publication ethics and malpractice statement

The members of Editorial Board, Editorial Council, Editor-in-Chief, Publisher, Authors, Reviewers, members of Editorial Staff and Readers of The Beacon: Journal for Studying Ideologies and Mental Dimensions (hereinafter The Beacon) adhere to the following ethics. The submission of a material to The Beacon journal automatically infers and entails the absolute and unconditional consent of an author (authors) to abide by all the terms stated herein.

General provisions

The Editorial Board of The Beacon journal is dedicated to the strict observance of publishing ethics by the authors, editors and reviewers, and takes all possible measures against its violation. Ethical standards of The Beacon journal are in a full accordance with the principles of the international Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). As well, The Beacon adheres to Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing mutually elaborated and signed by The Committee on Publication Ethics, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, the World Association of Medical Editors and the Directory of Open Access Journals.


Before publishing, materials sent to The Beacon are considered confidential and not subject to any discussion and/or disclosure to any parties other than reviewers, members of the Editorial Board and Editorial Council of The Beacon. The works sent to reviewers by the Editorial Board, are completely anonymised, and any passages contained in the text that may allow to know the authorship, are replaced by the identical but anonymous ones. The texts sent to The Beacon are used only in discussions of the materials by the members of the Editorial Board, and/or Editorial Council, and/or groups of reviewers, as well as in the publication of these texts and their publication preparation in The Beacon, and are not used in any form, any context, and under any circumstances outside these processes.

Open Access Policy and Licensing

The Beacon is an open access journal. All published materials can be further used and freely distributed by the authors and readers of the journal, provided that the reference to The Beacon as original source is clearly indicated. The Author retains the full copyright to the text published in The Beacon. The Journal is the licensee. It publishes the materials provided by the authors but there is no transfer of copyright. The author may use the published text in his/her other publications in fragments or in full, including the cases of chapters in individual or collective monographs, Internet websites and blogs, including for commercial purposes or advertising, provided that a clear statement is given that the text was originally published in The Beacon. The authors may deposit their manuscripts in archives/repositories/pre-print servers of their choice. We accept such manuscripts. The authors may deposit their materials submitted to the Journal that have not undergone the full review process. There are no requirements of any freezing periods (time embargo) for further using the materials by the authors after they have been published. The authors are to inform the Editorial Board about any cases of potential conflicts of interest. The Conflicts of interest declaration must appear in any manuscript sent to The Beacon. Licensing the materials published, is made under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. The rights of a reader are in full compliance with the terms of Budapest Open Access Initiative. That means that a reader can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles published in The Beacon and use them for any other lawful purpose.

Policy of authors' equality

All authors have equal rights to publish in The Beacon regardless of their racial, national, sexual and other identification, age, religious beliefs, citizenship, political and other preferences. Similarly, the authors who are well known in the scientific community and/or have academic degrees from well-known universities are not given priority. The only factors affecting the acceptance of a material for publishing, are its highest quality and scientific value. There are no requirements for academic level threshold that an author must hold. That means anyone can submit their material for consideration to The Beacon, including students, self-employed persons and independent researchers.

Originality of materials

It is presumed that the works sent to The Beacon journal are original and have not been previously published by the authors anywhere. The texts under consideration and/or review in other periodicals may not be submitted to The Beacon. The responsibility for this action is laid entirely upon the author(s). The Editorial staff may screen the materials sent for plagiarism and incorrect borrowings, including illustrative materials without clear notification of the authorship.

Authors' opinions

The opinions of the authors expressed in the texts are the authors' personal views and may not coincide with the views of the Editorial Board. This notwithstanding, the editorial policy aims at creating the wide variety of viewpoints.

Malpractice statement

By the fact of the submission a material to Editors, an author (authors) of the material guarantees (guarantee) that the text does not contain any incorrect borrowings, and all quotations provided properly state their authorship. The sources of all borrowed materials (e.g. quotations, diagrams, charts, maps, photographs, drawings, figures etc.) should be specified explicitly. The Editorial Board of The Beacon is making every possible effort to preserve and protect the copyright understood as the legal and ethical rights of all the authors. A prospective author is responsible for obtaining all necessary rights to copy and use the materials provided in the text of his/her paper. In case of claims about possible plagiarism (incorrect borrowings without stating the authorship), the Editorial Board of The Beacon holds a special meeting dedicated to the discussion of the situation in question, taking into account the explanations of all the parties concerned. In case of proved plagiarism, the paper is retracted and the author is banned from further publication(s) in The Beacon for the term of five years. Only those persons that significantly contributed to a material sent, may be specified as the authors. If their role in the preparation of a manuscript is not as significant as that of an author, then their contribution must be mentioned in the Acknowledgement section. If malpractice activities result in a retraction, then the journal shall follow the Retraction Guidelines of COPE.

Financial conditions of publication

The publication is completely free of charge for all the authors. No royalties are paid upon publishing. The are no submission, processing or Open Access charges. The inclusion of any illustrative materials (figures etc.), whether black-white or coloured, is also free of charge. The author(s) should disclose all public financial sources of his (her, their) research support in the Funding section.

Text preparation for the publication

If a material is approved for publication in The Beacon, editors can introduce a number of changes to the text, including scientific editing, language correction, and in the case of texts in Russian the rendition into traditional (Peter the Great's) spelling. The author in question is provided with the final version of the text (proofs) for his/her approval before publication. The publisher is committed to observance of Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers of COPE.

Editor-in-Chief Главный редакторъ

The Editor-in-Chief is the utmost guarantor of the implementation of these provisions and other ethical rules for Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). She provides an objective and indifferent review process and selection of materials for publication. In case of conflicting and controversial situations, the Editor-in-Chief makes necessary final decisions.

About the review process