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Vol 3, No 3-4 (2018)
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Original Papers 

118-128 1444

The article is devoted to preprints, their role in the modern scientific communication, and an observation of specialized preprint servers and international initiatives promoting preprinting among scientists and editors. Publishing of preprints speeds up scientific communication and provides access to information that would otherwise be lost to the scientific community. Preprinting benefits their authors by allowing them to receive feedback from colleagues as soon as possible and improves the manuscript before submitting it to a peer-reviewed journal.

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N. Luman noted that science exists because of the truth/ lie code, so in science, one true statement can be connected only to another true statement. In this logic, we could assume that the communication between scientific journals authors, experts and the Council on the Ethics of Scientific Publications working under the auspices of the Association of Scientific Editors and Publishers (ASEP) determined by the absolute values of science. During the three years of its activity, the Ethics Council has gathered quite a rich experience of communication in terms of requests / recommendations concerning violations of ethical norms with publications referring themselves to scientific ones. At the same time, the results of communications / miscommunications between journals, authors, reviewers, databases of scientific information allowed to systematize and identify nine types of communications (both formal and informal). The main conclusion we can draw is that lies and disrespect have become the norm, and science as a type of activity in Russiarisks to mutate when it sets goals that are different from the search for scientific truth.

Case Studies 

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In this paper we investigated the management system of scholarly journals in the university. This topic became valuable in recent years due to the raising interest for the university science as a whole. The paper presents a case study of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, where the audit of scholarly journals took place. The audit’s goals included: collection of information on all scholar periodicals affiliated to the university; evaluation of its compliance with international publishing standards and internal policies; scientometric analysis. As a result we should formulate the common policy for all scholarly journals published with the university. The paper depicts the main steps of the audit: data collection, subject analysis, compliance with standards and internal documents, scientometric analysis using Scopus and Russian Science Citation Index. As conclusions, we give recommendations that should be used to formulate the common policy of the university in reference to its scholarly journals.

Original Papers. Translations 

139-143 897

In this article we look at what it means to revise a translation, the parameters that should be taken into account, and the various challenges posed by the process. We also explore how the quality of a translation affects the revision stage, and various approaches that can be used to revise a text with the aim of delivering a usable piece.

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Introduction. Peer review aims to ensure the quality of research and help journal editors in the publication process. COST action PEERE, which explores peer review, including its efficiency, transparency and accountability, organised a peer review school endorsed by EASE. We developed a card exchange game based on responsibility and integrity in peer review for a hands-on training session.

Methods. We used the approach for the development of training materials about responsible research and innovation developed by the HEIRRI project, and the principles of the card game for the popularisation of the philosophy of science.

Results. We created 32 card statements about peer review, distributed across 6 domains: Responsiveness, Competence, Impartiality, Confidentiality, Constructive criticism and Responsibility to science. We adapted the instructions for the game and tested the game during the peer review school at the University of Split School of Medicine, Croatia, May 2018. The feedback by the participants was very positive.

Conclusions. The Peer Review Card Exchange Game could be used as an introductory activity for teaching integrity and ethics in peer review training.

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