“ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS” UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TARNOVO - UNIVERSITY PRESS

Code of Ethics

The core ethical principles and rules by which all parties should abide are the following:
  1. Correctness in respect to 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;
  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.