Editorial Policies

  • Publishing Ethics
  • Peer Review Policy
  • Authorship Policy
  • Retraction Policy
  • Policy of disclosure and conflicts of interest
  • Open Access Policy
  • Financial Policy
  • Advertising Policy
  • Preprints Policy



The journal's publisher, Yaroslavl State Technical University, is a member of the Association of Scientific Editors and Publishers (ASEP), Russia.

The actual standards relied on by the “Journal of regional and international competitiveness” are those developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), as well as the declaration of "Ethical Principles of Scientific Publications", adopted by ASEP: https://rassep.ru/sovet-po-etike/manifesty/deklaratsiya/

  1. Responsibility of the editors of the Journal

1.1 Editors are personally and independently responsible for the content of the materials published and recognize that responsibility. The reliability of the work in question and its scientific significance should always be the basis in the decision to publish.

1.2 Editors make fair and objective decisions, regardless of any commercial considerations and provide a fair and efficient process for the independent review.

1.3 Editors evaluate manuscripts' intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, origin, nationality, and/or the political preferences of the authors.

1.4 Editors do not work with articles for which they have a conflict of interest.

1.5 Editors publish corrections, clarifications and retractions when needed.


  1. Responsibility of the reviewers of the Journal

2.1. Reviewer accepts materials for review only if the reviewer can ensure the quality of his/her work. A reviewer should decline to review a manuscript if she/he feels technically unqualified, if a timely review can't be done.

2.2 Reviewer notifies the Editorial Team of any conflict of interest (if one exists) before the start of the review of the materials.

2.3 Reviewer does not send information about the manuscript and or any of the data contained within the materials to any third party. Reviewer should treat the manuscript as confidential.

2.4 Reviewer does not use the information obtained from the manuscript for any personal and or commercial purposes.

2.5 Reviewer does not make conclusions about the quality of the manuscript on the basis of subjective data, e.g. the personal relationship to the author, gender, age, religion, etc.

2.6 Reviewer should clearly support and justify the basis for their review analysis.

2.7 All reviewers work on a voluntary basis and are not paid for their work.


  1. Responsibility of the authors of the manuscript

3.1 Author are expected to adhere to the following ethical guidelines. When submitting the manuscript to the Journal the author accepts these standards of publication ethics.

3.2 Author submits materials for review, which have not been previously published. If the materials has been published, the author must provide the permission letter of the copyright holder to reprint the article.

3.3 Author does not submit the same article to different journals for review.

3.4 All co-authors consent to the submission of their articles to the journal.

3.5 Author informs the Editorial Team of a potential conflict of interest.

3.6 Author takes all the necessary steps to ensure the correctness of citations in the submitted materials. Author correctly cites his/her previous work as to avoid self-plagerism in the manuscript.

3.7 Author's central obligation is to present an accurate and complete account of the research performed, absolutely avoiding deception, including the data collected or used, as well as an objective discussion of the significance of the research. Plagiarism is not acceptable in the Journal.

3.8 Author may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review and should be prepared to provide public access to such data. Author properly corresponds with the reviewer through contact with the Chief Editor and responds to comments and observations if they arise.

3.8 Author, who is acting as the contact with Journal, informs all other co-authors of all changes and suggestions from the Editorial Team, and does not make decisions regarding the article alone without the written consent of all co-authors.


  1. The responsibility of the publisher of the Journal

4.1 Publisher of the “Journal of regional and international competitiveness” is Yaroslavl State Technical University.

4.2 Publisher does not affect the editorial policy of the Journal.


  1. Intellectual property

The intellectual property issues are regulated by legislation of Russian Federation and relevant international norms and agreements. Editorial Team should be sensitive to intellectual property issues and have to collaborate with the juridical department of University to avoid any violence of intellectual property laws and conventions.



Manuscripts are selected for publication in the Journal according to the below procedure.

  1. An incoming manuscript is registered and subjected to primary evaluation against the following formal and qualitative criteria: consistency with the general subjects of the Journal; compliance with content and layout requirements; logical and literate writing in English. Articles failing to meet these requirements will not be accepted for review, and the editors will notify the author accordingly, usually within 10 days of receiving the manuscript by the Editorial Team.
  2. A manuscript accepted for review will be assigned to a member of the Editorial Team, who will communicate with the author regarding all further matters and forward the manuscript to be reviewed by experts recognized in the subject field of the article under review and having published on the topic of the article within the last three years. In disputable cases, an article may be sent to more than two experts, including external experts as well as Editorial Board members.
  3. The Journal conducts a double-blind peer review of manuscripts received. The reviewer reviews the manuscript without knowledge of the authors' names. Likewise, the author does not know the name of the reviewer. Reviews usually take four to six weeks on average to complete.
  4. Each review should:
  • evaluate the essence of the paper and its chances of being published
  • list of specific errors (if any)
  • suggest revisions(if any)
  1. A reviewed article may be accepted for publication (5.1), returned to the author for revision (5.2), or rejected (5.3). The copies of the reviews are sent to the authors if needed.

5.1. In case of a positive review, the editors will include the article in the portfolio for the final editorial preparation for publication (see point 6).

5.2. Revised articles should be re-submitted to the reviewers, who will evaluate whether the revisions are consistent with their comments and/or whether the author’s refusal to revise on certain comments is reasonable. If the author declines revision, the manuscript will be withdrawn from consideration and rejected.

5.3. In case of a negative review, the article will be considered by the Editorial Board’s working group, who will either decide on rejecting the article or on obtaining an additional review from an independent expert. The author will be notified if his/her article is rejected.

  1. The authors have the right to argue the decision of reviewer to reject the manuscript and to remove it from consideration. To do this, they should send an appeal to the editorial board, addressed to the Chief Editor or Deputy Chief Editor. The appeal should include detailed reasons for the authors' disagreement with the decision of the reviewer, give reasons in favor of revising the decision, and send the revised manuscript (if such revision is appropriate). If authors and reviewers meet insoluble contradictions regarding revision of the manuscript, the Chief Editor resolves the conflict by his own authority. The decisions made by the Chief Editor are not subject to challenge.
  2. The Chief Editor or Deputy Chief Editor will make and approve the final decision on the article publication date according to the usual work procedure, when compiling and structuring issues for publication. The author is informed of the final editorial decision.
  3. Reviews are being kept in the editorial office for 5 years. Editors are obliged to send the copies of the reviews to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation in case a relevant query comes in.
  4. Manuscript reviews since 2023 are published on the platform of the Scientific Electronic Library (e-Library).



Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported article. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain aspects of the article, they should be acknowledged.



The article will be officially retracted at any stage of review or after publication if the editors or readers reveal a violation of the requirements of publication ethics.

The reasons for retraction may be the following:

  • plagiarism
  • third party expresses claims concerning copyrights for the article or its parts
  • published article has serious errors, which place its scientific value in question
  • author's request

In such cases the Editorial Team should initiate the revision, after which the article may be retracted. The Act on retraction is complied, which is signed by the Chief Editor or Deputy Chief Editor. The copy of the Act is being sent to the author of the article.

Notices of retraction appear in the next issue of the Journal. Retracted articles must be removed from the reference lists. The paper is retracted from all bibliographic databases, where the Journal is indexed and abstracted.



Unpublished data from manuscripts submitted for consideration can’t be used for any personal research. Any information obtained through peer review and related process, which potentially can be beneficial to any party other than the author, must be kept confidential and not be used for personal gain.

Reviewers should not participate in the examination of manuscripts in the event of a conflict of interest that is a result of any competitive, cooperative, and or other interactions and relationships with any of the authors, companies, and or other organizations involved in the creation or presentation of the works.



“Journal of regional and international competitiveness” is an open access journal and is subject to the CC BY-NClicense.

Journal open access policy is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition – It means that articles have free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

All papers are assigned a Digital Object Identifier (doi).



“Journal of regional and international competitiveness” is funded by Yaroslavl State Technical University (founder and publisher of the Journal).



The Journal does not publish materials to accompany the advertising and does not sell advertising. All decisions on advertising placement are only accepted by the publisher. The Editorial Team reserve the right not to accept advertising materials, placement does not meet the publication policy.



Articles, which have been previously posted by the author on personal and or public websites that have no relationship to any other publishers, are allowed to be submitted to the journal.