STUDIA CAPUCCINORUM BOZINIENSIA PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT
Studia Capuccinorum Boziniensia (SCB) is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against publication malpractice. Any kind of unethical behaviour is not acceptable, and Studia does not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Authors submitting articles to Studia Capuccinorum Boziniensia affirm that manuscript contents are original. Furthermore, they warrant that their article has neither been published elsewhere in any language fully or partly, nor is it under review for publication anywhere. The following duties outlined are obligatory for authors, editors, reviewers and publisher, and hereby they must also adhere to Studia capuccinorum Boziniensia Policies.
I. Duties of Authors
Reporting Standards: Authors should present an accurate account of their original research as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable. — Originality and Plagiarism: Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others this must be appropriately cited or quoted. — Data Access and Retention: Authors should provide raw data related to their manuscript for editorial review and must retain such data. — Multiple Publications: In general, manuscripts based on the same research should not be published by an author in more than one journal or primary publication. In case of an update or extension of a previously published article, a reference of it ought to be quoted in the introduction. It is unethical and unacceptable to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal. — Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in research work. — Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be 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. — Disclosure of Financial Support and Conflicts of Interest: All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. — Fundamental Errors in Published Works: If at any point of time, author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in submitted manuscript, then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the editor. — For further information concerning responsibilities of authors see also Guidelines for Contributors.
II. Duties of Editors
Publication Decisions: The editor(s) in chief of Studia Capuccinorum Boziniensia can accept, reject, or request modifications to the articles submitted to the journal which are to be published. — Review of Manuscripts: First, the formal aspects of the studies are considered upon their submission in Slovak, Czech or English language. The editor in chief must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor/co-editor, who may make use of appropriate software to examine the originality of the contents of the manuscript and after passing this test, the manuscript is forwarded to two referees for blind peer review, each of whom will make a recommendation to publish the manuscript in its present form or to modify or to reject the same. The review period will be up to 30 days. — Fair Play: Manuscripts shall be evaluated solely on their intellectual merit without regard to authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. — Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: If both reviews are positive, the paper is accepted after approval by the editorial board. If both reviews are negative, the paper is denied. If one review is positive and the other is negative, the author is asked to finalize the paper. After the finalization, the paper is re-reviewed. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by anyone who has a view of the manuscript in his or her own research without the express written consent of the author. — Confidentiality: The editor in chief must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential. The relationship between authors and reviewers is anonymous on both sides. — Development: Editors should strive to meet the needs of readers and authors, continually improve the journal, ensure the quality of the material they publish and champion freedom of expression.
III. Duties of Reviewers
1. Promptness: Accepted papers are forwarded to two reviewers who are experts in the field and come from different institutions than the author of the paper. In case any reviewer feels that it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within stipulated time then the same must be communicated to the editor, so that the same could be sent to any other reviewer. — Confidentiality: Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors should be kept confidential and be treated as privileged information. — Acknowledgement of Sources: Manuscript reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Any kind of similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or with any other published paper of which reviewer has personal knowledge must be immediately brought to the editor's notice. — Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. There shall be no personal criticism of the author. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. — Conflict of Interest: 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.
IV. Duties of Publisher
The publisher defines the relationship between publisher, editor and other parties in a contract, respects privacy (for example, for research participants, for authors, for peer reviewers), protects intellectual property and copyright, and fosters editorial independence.
(This publication ethics and publication malpractice statement of Studia Capuccinorum Boziniensia was based on Elsevier´s Publishing Ethics Resource Kit and COPE´s Code of Conduct for Journal).