Publication ethics and malpractice statement

Authors’ responsibilities

The authors are obliged to participate in peer review process, respond to reviewers’ comments and make suggested modifications based on these comments. In disputable cases they can appeal to the editor of the journal with particular objections or retract the paper respectively. By submitting their paper to Études romanes de Brno authors notify that all data in their article are real and authentic, that it is their own text and that they do not commit plagiarism. The authors are conscious that it would be very unethical to submit the same or very similar text to other journals. The authors are obliged to follow closely the guidelines for authors.

Editorial responsibilities

The editor is responsible for the content of the journal and quality of articles published. He or she maintains objectivity with all articles submitted and is obliged to avoid conflict of interest with respect to all articles accepted and/or rejected, respecting the main criteria of article selection, that are professional level and relevance of the article and conformity of the topic with professional focus of the journal. The editor is obliged to preserve anonymity of both reviewers and authors within the peer review process. In cooperation with editorial board, the editor addresses possible appeals of the authors against reviewers’ comments and other complaints. The editor has complete responsibility and authority to reject and/or accept an article.

Reviewers’ responsibilities

The reviewer has to be objective in his or her assessment and must not misuse information stated in the article under review for personal or other gain. The reviewer can reject to assess a paper for reasons of competing professional interests, such as:

  • professional, financial or personal benefit from accepting or rejecting the paper under review;
  • cooperation on given project in the past five years, even if in an anonymous peer reviewing process the authors’ identity is obvious;
  • fundamental difference in opinions on the main topic of the paper under review;
  • close professional or personal relationship to the author or some member of the collective of authors, when even in an anonymous peer reviewing process the authors’ identity is obvious;

Unless the reviewer rejects to make an assessment for the above reasons, editorial office takes it for granted that there is no conflict of interests.

Responsibilities of editorial board

Editorial board constantly makes efforts to improve the professional and formal quality of the journal, supports the freedom of speech and plurality of opinions in the field of study. Editorial board issues instructions concerning the whole editorial work (instructions for authors, guidelines for peer review process and reviewers etc.) and guarantees observation of the above rules.