Authors, authorship, authors’ duties and responsibilities

Authors of the scientific journal “Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences” are Latvian and foreign scientists who have submitted articles on topical and important scientific topics, original results of theoretical and applied research and findings, as well as problem articles, scientific discussions and correspondence, and inform about current events in the scientific life in Latvia and LAS. The Section A of “Proceedings of LAS” publishes articles in Latvian, English and German. More about submission of manuscripts see in The procedure of Submission of articles.

Fees or charges for manuscripts processing and publishing of materials in the journal are not charged.

Autorship and contributorship

Authorship is limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Others who have participated in the research project should be named in an acknowledgement section. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. Private rights of the authors are inviolable in compliance with the Latvian Copyright Law and Latvian Academy of Sciences protects these rights.

Author’s duties and responsibilities

Authors are obliged to participate in the peer-review process so that they analyse suggested improvements and, if necessary, correct the text and avoid errors.

Reporting standards

An author reporting results of the original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work.

Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

An author should ensure that he/she has written entirely original work, and if an author has used the work and/or words of others than this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. An author should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Hazards and human subjects

If the work deals with humans an author must clearly identify this in the manuscript. In case if research is connected with deals with human the author should report about obtaining of the relevant permission on such a research from the ethics commission.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal’s editor or publisher and cooperate with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate erratum.