Publishing Ethics

Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed scientific journal "Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine" and the Publisher (Institute for Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kharkov, Ukraine) during their operations adhere to the generally accepted traditions of publishing ethics and standards to ensure high quality of scholarly publications. The Journal endorses the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals and the recommendations of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


1. We expect that the author/authors submit the papers to be published in our journal corresponding to the following criteria:

1.1. Research papers are original and based on the experiments performed or theoretical calculations (stated in aim of the paper and in materials and methods section), the data obtained are duly processed using statistical methods.

1.2. All the researches in living organisms comply with the principles of bioethics.

1.3. All the papers, ideas or data of which were used when setting the work or discussing the results obtained are stated when citing (including author's own  previously published papers).

1.4. The paper submitted to our journal has not been previously published (except specially stated cases) and not considered at the moment of submission in other scientific journals.

1.5. Authors include those whose contribution to the paper was significant (task setting and work planning, performance of experimental work, processing and discussion of the results). All those who took part in the study and whose contribution was less are acknowledged.

1.6. If there is a commercial interest of any of the authors when describing the used equipment, technique, preparations etc. the paper should include information about it.


2. The papers submitted to our journal are subject of peer review.

2.1. Reviewers give a decision on the possibility/impossibility for further publication and/or ways for manuscript improvement up to the level required for publication.

2.2. Reviewers should be as objective as possible, maintain the confidentiality when analysing the paper and not discuss its content with persons not involved in publishing process, as well as not use unpublished data of the submitted manuscript without official permission of authors.

2.3. If potential reviewer knows about inability to analyze the manuscript in the due time, the incompetence in some of key aspects of the manuscript and / or existing conflict of interests, he/she should refuse to review.


3. Final decision on the possibility to be published in the journal "Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine" is made by editors and/or editorial board.

3.1. The decision is made on the basis of the submitted manuscript compliance with the generally accepted criteria (including those mentioned above in clause 1), its importance for scientific community, matching to the aims and scope of the journal, notices of reviewers, and, if necessary, correspondence with the authors. The process should be accompanied with the maximum objectivity.

3.2. Editors/editorial board maintain the confidentiality of reviewing process of papers and do not allow the information disclosure outside the persons, involved in the publishing process. None of persons, acquainted with the content of submitted papers, can use the data contained in them without official permission of the authors.

3.3. If any of the editors/editorial board members is aware of his/her conflict of interest when considering any of the submitted papers, he/she should notify the other members of editorial board, leave the process of this paper reviewing and, if necessary, delegate his/her authorities / duties to another editor/member of editorial board.


4. In case if after publishing the paper it becomes known about any violation of generally accepted criteria of scientific papers (including those set in clause 1) after considering the whole circumstances (involving the authors of the affected paper) the  editorial board may decide to publish the relevant notice in next issue of journal and, if required, take other measures.  If finding any significant error, inaccuracy in the published paper, the authors must notify the editorial office of journal and jointly take measures on publishing corrections or refutation.