Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
Our journal is committed to ethical guidelines based on the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (for more details see https://publicationethics.org).
All articles submitted to the Acta Facultatis Philosophicae Universitatis Ostraviensis Studia Germanistica journal must be original, and cannot be submitted to other journals for simultaneous consideration. It is not acceptable to submit manuscripts that have been published previously.
Contributors to the journal are obliged to
- cite all sources used in writing the study;
- provide references and/or statements of financial support for their research papers;
- redraft their contributions in accordance with the recommendations of reviewers, provided that publication of the paper is conditional upon such redrafting.
Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements and plagiarism in any of its forms constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.
Authorship shall be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the study. The leading author ensures that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.
Articles are first reviewed by editors. They may reject an article out of hand either because it does not deal with the appropriate subject matter (i.e. subject matter that does not correspond to the specialization of the journal) or because it is manifestly of a low quality so that it cannot be considered at all.
The subsequent peer-review process is double-blind; reviews are provided by at least two independent reviewers who are experts in the given fields. These experts are always from different universities than the authors and do not have any conflicts of interest with the authors of the contributions under review.
The review process takes into account the necessity for confidentiality in dealing with research data. Reviewers are responsible for giving an objective, unbiased assessment of the submitted contribution.
In cases of any doubts regarding possible plagiarism, the reviewer must draw attention to such doubts. If the reviewers and/or editors detect plagiarism or any other cases of misconduct, the contributions will be rejected.
Reviewers are asked to classify the paper as publishable immediately, publishable with amendments and/or improvements (in this case the evaluations include explicit recommendations for the author), or not publishable.
The editors are obliged to inform the authors about the results of the review process and to give them important feedback (based on the peer reviewers' reports) which may lead to improvements in the quality of the article.
Editors and Editorial Board
The editorial board makes a constant effort to improve the professional and formal quality of the journal. Editors will also ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept confidential before publication. The editors reserve the right to make changes to the language, form and style of the papers submitted.
Unethical behaviour may be identified and brought to the attention of the editors and the publisher at any time. Whoever informs editors or publisher of such conduct should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated. All allegations are taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached. Every reported act of unethical publishing behaviour is looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication. Editors take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or a published paper.
Updated: 15. 07. 2019