Research ethics policy

Our policy is to ensure that the research described in the published articles meets moral and ethical principles and standards. To achieve this, we try to evaluate the ethical aspects of any submitted work in which humans or animals are involved.

All procedures describing experiments involving humans and animals should be carried out under the bioethics standards declared in the relevant laws:

The authors should conduct research in a way that ensures adequate steps have been taken to minimize harm to participants, to avoid coercion or exploitation, to protect the confidentiality, and to minimize the risk of physical and psychological harm.

The manuscript should clearly state that informed consent has been obtained from all people who have been the subject of research.

Research involving animals should be conducted taking into account the 3Rs principles:
"The 3Rs are a widely accepted ethical framework for conducting scientific experiments using animals humanely: Replacement — use of non-animal methods; Reduction — methods which reduce the number of animals used; Refinement  — methods which improve animal welfare”.

Experimental studies carried out on humans or animals must necessarily be approved by the Ethics Committee (Commission) of the scientific institution on the basis of which the study was conducted. The note about it and no. of the minutes of the meeting should be specified in the manuscript. Legal and ethical approval must be obtained prior to the study.

The experimental procedure should be carefully described in the section "Materials and methods".

In case of impossibility of full observance of the specified norms, the author should justify the change of the Protocol, approve it by the local Committee on Bioethics and note the corresponding changes in the section "Materials and methods".