Bulgaria, the Bulgarians and Europe - Myth, History, Modernity
“ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS” UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TARNOVO - UNIVERSITY PRESS

Code of Ethics

ETHICAL PRINCIPLES OF RESEARCHANDPUBLICATION

The collection`s main objective is to contribute to the development of scholarship in the areas specified above. At the same time, it advocates certain fundamental ethical principles of research and publication. The Editorial Board is committed to a clearly defined policy of fair and equal treatment of all parties involved in the collection’s publication and circulation: authors, reviewers, the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board, and the publisher.

The core ethical principles and rules by which all parties should abide are the following:

  1. High standards of professional conduct: due recognition of data, research results, methodology, procedures and rules of publication;
  2. Impartiality and objectivity in the analysis and interpretation of data;
  3. Non-acceptance of data falsification, fabrication and manipulation; rejection of results based on data falsification, fabrication and manipulation;
  4. Responsible attitude to evaluation and publishing: all submitted materials should contribute to the development of scholarship and teaching and not merely serve to increase the author‘s list of publications;
  5. Evaluation should be based on considerations of merit, exclusive of personal, ideological and professional bias;
  6. Respect of intellectual property rights, recognition of copyright laws and intolerance of all forms of plagiarism (including cases of poor referencing: the use of ideas, research results, etc., without due acknowledgement of their authorship and source);
  7. Independence of financial and other external interests;
  8. Confidentiality and protection of personal, institutional and other kinds of information in accordance with current laws and directives of data protection;
  9. Intolerance of conflicts of interest affecting evaluation and publication, and resulting in a lack of objectivity, malicious misinterpretation and personal and professional bias;
  10. Non-acceptance of materials which violate the requirements of academic integrity, impartiality and proper language norms;
  11. All submissions to  Bulgaria, the Bulgarians and Europe - Myth, History, Modernity must be original and not published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

The above principles and rules of ethical conduct have been adopted by the Editorial Board. They retain their validity in all situations and must be observed by all parties involved in the journal’s publication and circulation.