Statement of ethics and responsibilities of authors submitting
to journal “Algebra and discrete mathematics”

By submitting a manuscript to this journal, each author explicitly confirms that the manuscript meets next ethical standards for authors and coauthors. The following statement of the ethical standards is based on statements prepared by the American Mathematical Society and by the American Physical Society.

Publication and authorship

• Mathematicians submitting papers to ADM have certain responsibilities, which include the following:
– to endeavor to be knowledgeable in their field, especially about work related to their research;
– a paper should contain sufficient detail and references to public sources of information to permit others to analyze the work;
– to give appropriate credit, even to unpublished materials and announced results.
• All papers submitted to ADM should be written in correct and professional form.
• The sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
• Plagiarism constitutes unethical scientific behavior and is never acceptable.
• It is unethical for an author to publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal of primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently is unethical and unacceptable.
• When an error is discovered in a published work, it is the obligation of all authors to promptly retract the paper or correct the results.

Authors’ responsibilities

• All authors share some degree of responsibility for any paper they coauthor.
• Only persons who have significantly contributed to the research should be listed as authors. The author who submits the paper for publication should ensure that all coauthors are included on the paper, and that all coauthors have seen the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
• Some coauthors have responsibility for the entire paper as an accurate, verifiable report of the research. These include, coauthors who are accountable for the integrity of the critical data reported in the paper, carry out the analysis, write the manuscript, present major findings at conferences, or provide scientific leadership for junior colleagues. Other coauthors may have responsibility mainly for specific, limited contributions to a paper.
• All coauthors have an obligation to provide prompt retractions or correction of errors in published works. Any individual unwilling or unable to accept appropriate responsibility for a paper should not be a coauthor.

Peer review

• Review by independent scientists provides advice to editors of ADM concerning the publication of research results. It is an essential component of the scientific enterprise, and all scientists have an obligation to participate in the process.
• Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the assigned manuscript or unable to provide a prompt review should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
• Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
• Reviewers should judge objectively the quality of the research reported and respect the intellectual independence of the authors. In no case is personal criticism appropriate. Reviewers should explain and support their judgments in such a way that editors and authors may understand the basis of their comments.
• Reviewers should point out relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity between the manuscript under consideration and any published paper or manuscript submitted concurrently to another journal.
• A reviewer should treat a manuscript sent for review as a confidential document. Reviewers should not use or disclose unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations contained in a manuscript under consideration, except with the consent of the author.

Editorial responsibilities

• The editor of a journal has complete responsibility and authority to accept a submitted paper for publication or to reject it. The editor may confer with associate editors or reviewers for an evaluation to use in making this decision.
• Editors are responsible for the timely refereeing of articles and must judge articles by the state of knowledge at the time of submission. Editors should accept a paper for publication only if they are reasonably certain the paper is correct.
• The editor and the editorial staff should not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than reviewers and potential reviewers. Unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations disclosed in a submitted manuscript should not be used in an editor's own research except with the consent of the author.
• An editor presented with convincing evidence that the substance or conclusions of a published paper are erroneous should promote the publication of a correction or retraction.
• Editors must preserve the anonymity of referees unless there is a credible allegation of misuse.
• The published article should bear the date on which the manuscript was originally submitted to the journal for publication, together with the dates of any revisions.