The Far Eastern Federal University: School of Engineering Bulletin (FEFU: School of Engineering Bulletin), electronic scientific journal, was founded in 2009. (prior to 2012, Bulletin of the Far Eastern State Technical University Quarterly). Editor in Chief Alexandr T. Bekker, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor.
FEFU: School of Engineering Bulletin has been added to the List of the Higher Attestation Commission (The list of peer-reviewed scientific publications in which the principal scientific results of the dissertations for the degree of the candidate of sciences and that of the doctor of sciences should be published, adopted on June 29, 2017).
The journal forms part of the international database Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (USA) and EBSCO Publishing (USA), as well as that of the most representative Russian databases: VINITI Database RAS (Russian Academy of Sciences) which is the All-Union Institute for Scientific and Technical Information database, and Scientific Electronic Library (eLIBRARY.RU), which is Russian Science Citation Index, and the All-Russian Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of the Russian Academy of Sciences (VINITI).
The journal is a quarterly appearing regularly at the end of the third month of each quarter.
The journal is registered in the ISSN International Center (ISSN 2227-6858).
The Editorial Board includes specialists from Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Khabarovsk) and abroad (UK, Israel, Australia, China, etc.)
The journal is aimed to present the members of the Engineering School and those of the entire Far Eastern Federal University as well as their colleagues from Russian and other countries, a possibility to publish the results of their research basing on the open access to and the wide exchange of information in order to promote progress in the field of engineering.
In other words, the publication pursues the open access policy ensuring the availability of the research materials financed by the State for the research community. It means that, if the authors submit their works gratuitously, the readers (users) must not pay for being able to read them.
The journal offers information on researches and achievements in the field of technical sciences, physics and mathematics, sciences about the Earth as well as architecture and construction. The task of the journal is to present the newest ideas connected with technological innovations, to inform wide circles of those interested in the results of scientific researches carried out by the professors and members of the Far Eastern Federal University as well as higher schools of the Russian Far East, Russia in whole, and the world scientific community.
The journal is a publication of open access.
We mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.
We accept for consideration scientific articles including reviews, comments, and information materials on scientific conferences, etc.
To secure the quality of the materials to be published and for the sake of copyright compliance all the submitted materials undergo an authentication through the Antiplagiarism system and only after that they are sent for review.
The FEFU: School of Engineering Bulletin is a journal of Science and Technology.
We accept articles containing the results of research and practical developments in the fields of engineering and construction: technology, machinery, geology, mathematics, computer simulation, architecture, etc., as well as search for new technologies to be applied in building industry and architecture. The articles should be submitted in the form corresponding to the international standards. In particular, they should be supplied with the English-language annotation (160-300 words.)
The publication key topics are as follows:
Mechanics of solids
Geophysics, geophysical methods of mineral exploration
Geology, prospecting and exploration of oil and gas fields
Technology of geological prospecting and exploration
Geomechanics, rock failure, mining aerogasdynamics, and mining thermophysics
Oil and gas fields engineering and development
We publish articles which (together with illustrations) do not exceed twenty pages as well as reviews, materials of scientific conferences and other information (comments, information on publications, thesis, dissertations, conferences, etc.) The materials are accepted for consideration throughout the year. The Editorial Board reserves the right to approve or reject the material, the decision being taken within three months of its being submitted.
In The FEFU: School of Engineering Bulletin, the double-blind peer review is a standard practice. All articles are reviewed by two specialists in the field having Doctor or Candidate degrees. The names of the reviewers are not disclosed.
The authors of the articles are responsible for their content and the fact of their being published. The Editorial Board takes no responsibility for any harm that the published article may cause to the authors and/or third parties or organizations. The Editorial Board reserves the right to remove the published article if it turns out that its publishing violates someone’s rights or commonly accepted norms of scientific ethics. The fact of the removal will be brought to the notice of the author who has submitted the material, that of the reviewers who have approved it as well as that of the organizations, in which the work has been carried out.
The appearance of the article in the FEFU: School of Engineering Bulletin does not exclude its subsequent publication in other journals both in printed versions and electronic media. If the article is re-published unchanged, the FEFU: School of Engineering Bulletin should be referred to as the original source.
The works which do not comply with the requirements of the journal will not be accepted.
THE PUBLICATION ETHICSThe FEFU: School of Engineering Bulletin is based on the traditional ethical principles of the Russian scientific periodicals. It sticks to the Code of Ethics of Scientific Publications formulated by the Committee of Publication Ethics (Moscow, Russia) with due regard for ethical standards of the publishers’ and editors’ work which is stated in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers drawn up by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE.)
The COPE recommendations translated into Russian are to be found at
The English original:
The sources contain the principles which are to protect the authors from the abuse of power on the side of the publishers.
1.1. The FEFU: School of Engineering Bulletin guarantees that:
- the authors will be promptly informed that the submitted articles have been received;
- all the submitted articles will undergo a qualified, unbiased and prompt review;
- the confidentiality of the review process will be observed;
- the final decision about the article being accepted for publication or declined will be taken basing on the significance of the material, its originality and clarity as well as its being consistent with the subject area of the journal;
- the authors will be promptly informed about any conflict of interests;
- the reviewers undesirable for the author will not be engaged except when the editor has a reason stronger than of the author to do that;
- it will respond to any manifestations of incorrect scientific misconduct on the side of the author or reviewer;
- it will properly respond to the complaints of the authors about the refusal of publication;
- it will strictly follow the requirements of information protection.
1.2. The Journal pursues the following policies.
- The publications should be ultimate in clearness, completeness and fairness. The scientific community should clearly realize why one or the other of the scientific works has been done, who and how has performed it and what its contribution to the existing knowledge is.
- Any article published in the journal or any part of it may be disseminated through electronic network but the journal must be necessarily referred to as the original source.
- The editorial board does not bear responsibility for any injury caused by published materials to authors, third parties or institutions. The editorial board reserves the right to withdraw the published articles if it emerges that someone’s rights or generally accepted standards of scientific ethics have been violated. The author who submitted the article and the organization in which he or she works will be informed about the withdrawal.
2. The ethical obligations of the editor
2.1.The editor considers all the manuscripts submitted for publication and appraises each of them without regard to the author’s racial, ethnic or religious identity as well as his/her position and workplace.
2.3. The editor may reject manuscripts without having them peer reviewed if they do not comply with the subject area of the journal and do not conform to the article requirements.
2.4. The positive decision on the publication being taken, the editor is to be certain that the submitted manuscript contains no unfair, false and/or unscrupulous data, unoriginal information, false references and claims, that the material contains no data repeatedly published earlier, and the authorship has not been claimed unjustifiably.
2.5. If there is a convincing proof that the basic content or the conclusions of the work published in the journal are erroneous, the editor should publish corresponding information on the error and, if possible, correct it. The information should be signed by the person who has discovered the error or by some independent author.
3. The ethical obligations of the authors
3.1. The authors bear the responsibility for the content of their articles and the very fact of their publication. They should be guided by the following principles:
- The authors (researches) present the results of their work clearly, fairly and without falsifications.
- The authors are obliged to strictly observe the requirement that their articles must contain the original material which is not a plagiarism and has not been published earlier.
- The authorship of the research work must belong only to those individuals who contributed to its having been performed and described in the article.
- The author submitting the manuscript for publication bears responsibility that only those individuals are added to the list of the authors, who conform to the authorship criterion. If the article has several authors, it is the one that submits it to the editorial board together with his/her contact information and documents and corresponds with the editors assumes the responsibility for the consent of the rest of the authors to publish it in the journal.
- The co-authors are all those who have contributed much to the submitted research work and who share the responsibility for the obtained results. If there are some other persons who provided a useful guide to preparing the article, they should be mentioned in notes or in the section Acknowledgments.
- The deceased persons who comply with the above-stated criteria are to be included into the list of the authors, the date of their death being specified in a note.
- The administrative relations with the ones carrying out a research work do not provide the administrative person reason enough to be included in the list of the co-authors. However, in individual cases, it may be pertinent to mention the administrative assistance rendered in the course of the work.
- The research work must be performed in accordance with the ethic and juridical standards.
- The authors bend their every effort to present the methodology of their experimental work clearly and unequivocally so that its results could be confirmed by others.
- The sources of financing should be revealed in order to avoid eventual conflicts of interests (e.g., that of consulting or financial interest of a certain company which could have been affected by the results that the published article contains.)
- The author should cite the publications which had a decisive impact on the essence of the presented research work as well as those through which the reader can easily be introduced to earlier works essential to comprehend the given research.
- Any hazards and risks that the performance of the work involved should be necessarily mentioned in the article.
- The authors must not infringe the copyright of other persons.
4. Ethic obligations of reviewers
4.1. Reviewing manuscripts being an important stage of the publication process and, correspondingly, of the realization of scientific method as such, every scientist should assume the obligation of reviewing scientific articles.
4.2. The reviewer should submit his/her comment in due time.
4.3. The reviewer is to give back the manuscript immediately in the following cases:
- if she or he is not competent in the research field presented in the manuscript;
- if there is a conflict of interests. It means that the reviewer may not review manuscripts, whose author or co-authors are linked with him/her personally or professionally, especially if those links can exert a certain influence on the reviewer’s conclusion.
- if there is an undoubted similarity between the reviewed manuscript and another article published or considered in some other journal.
4.4. The reviewer is obliged to objectively appraise the manuscript, its experimental and/or theoretical aspects, the interpretation of the data presented in it and to conclude if the work is consistent with the high scientific and literary standards.
4.5. The reviewer is conscious of the possibility of a conflict of interests in cases when the reviewed manuscript is closely connected with the actual or published work of the reviewer himself. If there are any doubts, the reviewer gives back the manuscript without a review pointing to the conflict of interests.
4.6. The reviewer treats the manuscript submitted for reviewing as a confidential document. It should not be shown to other persons or discussed with colleagues except special cases when the reviewer needs someone’s particular consultation.
5. Violations of ethical standards (examples):
- Fraud: the presentation of falsified results, concealment or arbitrary change of data.
- Dubbing of submitted manuscripts: the submission of the same manuscript to another journal before the final decision is taken by the editor of the journal which was the first to accept it for consideration.
- A simultaneous submission of two articles with closely related in contents without the needful cross-citing.
- Dubbing publication: publishing the same article in one journal and, after that, in another one without necessary references and permission.
- Inadequate citing of related works of other authors.
- Plagiarism: the submission of a work containing materials taken from the works of other authors.
- Self-plagiarism: a repetitive publication of one’s own material published earlier in another journal without references to the earlier version.
Should the facts of misconduct be revealed, the editors have the right to impose sanctions on the authors. The range of the sanctions is rather wide varying from a strict warning to the author to the ban on the submission of his/her articles for a certain period in the future. The editor may call attention of the editors of the journals of related subject area to violation of the ethical standards and to release the information about it together with the names of those whose misconduct has been established and the sanctions applied to them.
The correspondence related to various cases of violation of ethical standards will be kept for three years. It is up to the editors to take a decision on the types of sanctions to be applied in each concrete case. In the most difficult situations, the members of the editorial board may be called as advisers on condition that the process of taking decision does not take too much time.
The above stated ethical standards are based on those presented in the following sources:
Journal of Analytical Chemistry. 2007(62);4:441–444;
URL: http://viam-works.ru/ru/eticheskie-normy (30.01.2015).
The authors are required to sign a written copyright transfer agreement conveying full copyright to the Far Eastern Federal University (within the framework of the current copyright legislation), which provides a free access to the publications for readers (users). In so doing, the author remains the owner of her/his work as an intellectual property. In other words, when publishing her/his work gratuitously, the author waives the fee only but she or he does not give up her or his rights to it as an intellectual property. The copyright enables the author to open or restrict an access to his or her intellectual property. In our case, by signing the appropriate form the authors give the Far Eastern Federal University as a publisher the right of granting a free access to their works.
It must be emphasized that, when using the materials of the FEFU: School of Engineering Bulletin, the journal and the authors should be referred to.
These materials of the journal may be copied for use by individuals and freely used for the purpose of information, scientific researches, teaching or culture in accordance with the Articles 1273 and 1274, Chapter 70, Part IV of the Russian Federation Civil Code.
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