Publishing ethics

Principles of publishing in the journal Historica - History and Related Sciences Review are applied in accordance with the code of ethics of publishing experience, which is defined and anchored by international forum Publication Ethics Committee (COPE).

  1. All manuscripts are reviewed anonymous based on their content without regard for age, gender, confession, race/ethnicity, country of origin or sexual and political orientation of the authors. All manuscripts submitted for peer-review are kept strictly confidential. The editorial board of the journal must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author or reviewers (as well as potential ones). Information and ideas gained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

  2. Submitted manuscripts must not have been published elsewhere. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal contemporaneously constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. The Historica - Revue pro historii a příbuzné vědy in its online version is a fully open access journal since number No. 1/2021. All articles will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose. Author(s) contributing to Historica agree to publish their articles under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International license for non-commercial purposes (CC BY-NC-4.0). Open Access publishing in Historica is free of charge. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0. International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  3. The authors agree that the submitted text is authentic and original work, has not been published yet in any form. If the text has already been published prior to administration, the author is required to fundamentally remake or complete it. The revised or amended text has to include a link to the original paper, justification of changes and the expression of advance in knowledge.

  4. The authors have to strictly and properly confess their sources (articles/books/ideas of other authors, historical sources) that have been influential of the reported work. Plagiarism or use of untrusted sources is unacceptable. The articles in each issue are randomly checked by iThenticate-Similarity Check to help detect plagiarism.

  5. Authors are responsible for the correct specification of all co-authors. The editorial staff refuse any form of so called ghostwriting or guest / honorary authorship. In our journal the authorship of an article is based on these principles: a) substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; and/or b) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and c) final approval of the version to be published; and d) agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work and to ensure that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Contributors who do not meet the above criteria for authorship should not be listed as authors, but they should be acknowledged. The corresponding author should obtain written permission to be acknowledged from all acknowledged individuals.

  6. The authors are responsible for the correctness and accuracy of the data. This applies to professional affiliation (workplace, email contact), personal data as well as sources of financial support and information about the project of which the contribution was made.

  7. The content of the text must be consistent with the character, focus and mission of the journal. Within the creating of text, authors are obliged to respect the guidelines for authors, established by editorial staff, concerning the quality, intention and technical norms of paper.

  8. The quality of the text must meet the standards and level of scientific work.

  9. If authors find out any irregularities or serious misconduct in the text, they should inform the editorial board regardless the phase to the peer review process and correct mistakes. If an author or journal are found to have made an error, this may result in the editors’ implementation of the following measures, depending on the situation: a) if the manuscript is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author; b) if the article has already been published online and in print, then depending on the nature of the error a correction may be placed with the article, or  an editor’s note or editorial expression of concern may be placed with the article. In severe cases, if the article has already been published online but not in print, a retraction of the article may occur. Reasons will be given in the published retraction notice. The article will be retained on the website, but will be watermarked as “retracted”.

  10. Authors are required to edit their text according to reviewers' opinions and send it to the managing editor until the deadline with the cover letter including the description of changes. If they do not agree with the point of view of reviewers, their reasons have to be stated in the cover letter. The editorial board in collaboration with reviewers will consider the relevance of mentioned arguments and the need of potential revision of the text.

  11. All journal submissions are assigned to editors and reviewers in a way to minimize potential conflicts of interest that may influence their judgement on what is published. The journal avoids the following relationships between editors and/or reviewers and authors: colleagues (current or recent), recent co-authors, and doctoral students for which editor / reviewer served as committee member or Ph.D. supervisor. Our editors and reviewers are asked to declare any competing interests. In addition, authors are requested to disclose all financial and non-financial interests that could impart bias on the work submitted for publication.

  12. The Editor in Chief is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. He follows the reviewer’s recommendations and consults and informs the editorial board of his decision.

  13. All complaints will be in first instance handled by the Editor-in-Chief responsible for the journal. The Editor-in-Chief will handle all complaints about scientific content, complaint about failure of processes and complaints about publication ethics. The complainant will be given appropriate feedback. In case of appeal against rejection, the Editor-in-Chief will consider the authors’ argument and the reviewer reports and based on that he will decide whether: a) the decision to reject should stand; or b) another independent review is required; or c) the appeal should be considered. The complainant will be informed of the decision with an appropriate explanation. The decision on the appeal is final. If the Editor-in-Chief is the subject of the complaint, please approach the Vice-Dean for Research of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava (contacts).

  14. We support transparency and openness around data and other materials associated with research. The journal thus encourages authors, where possible and applicable, to deposit data that support the findings of their research in a public repository.

  15. The policy of the journal concerning the oversight on how the ethical principles are observed is built on mutual trust of the publication process participants and hope for compulsory observance of all the publication ethics principles. The journal follows the СОРE definition of Ethical oversight. We are ready to consider all appeals provided that they are substantiated and not anonymous.

For more detailed information see its Statutes.

Updated: 17. 05. 2022