Rules and Ethics of Publishing

When publishing articles in Staletá Praha, all participants are required to comply with the following rules and obligations as governed by the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE) Standards.

Review process:

  • Peer review (reviews are conducted by scientists actively working on the subject and who are on the same level as the scientist submitting his/her work).

  • In an anonymous review process, the article is given to at least two reviewers as recommended by the Editorial Board.

  • Reviewers shall not share a same workplace either with the author of the article or with the editorial staff.

  • The review is in written form and is archived by the editorial staff.

  • Authors are obliged to incorporate comments into the text, or to state their objections in writing if they do not scientifically agree with the comments. The Editorial Board will decide whether to accept the author’s comments.

  • The editorial staff ensures an exchange of opinions between the author and the reviewer while maintaining their anonymity.

Author responsibilities:

  • Authors are obliged to respond to the comments of the reviewers and make the proposed adjustments based on these comments. In disputable cases, they may contact the editors of the journal with specific suggestions, or they may decide not to publish the article.

  • In an author collective, only members who have contributed significantly to achieving the submitted research results are admitted, and they shall confirm their contribution to the article in writing.

  • Authors shall not exclude from their collective anyone who meets the criteria for authorship.

  • Authors may not simultaneously submit the main content of an article in a published or smaller extent to other editors.

  • Authors must follow the guidelines for authors and adhere to the established citation system.

  • Authors must sign a statement stating that all data in the article is true and original, and that the information sources used are listed in the sources and bibliography [see Author’s Statement (.doc)].

  • Authors must sign a statement that the article is not a plagiarism or redundancy (redundant repetition of passages from their own works).

  • The author of a text is obliged to include authorship and sources for each pictorial attachment.

Editor responsibilities:

  • The editors are responsible for the content of the journal and the quality of the published articles.

  • The editors shall maintain an objective approach to all articles delivered – in the decision-making process, they are obliged to avoid conflicts of interest and to respect the main criteria for selecting articles, which are:

  • the professional level and importance of the article;

  • compliance of the topic with the professional focus of the journal.

  • During the review procedure, they are obliged to maintain the anonymity of reviewers and authors.

  • In collaboration with the Editorial Board, the editors resolve possible appeals by authors against comments from the review process and other complaints.

  • The editors shall make the final decision concerning the rejection or acceptance of an article for publication.

Reviewer obligations:

  • Reviewers are neither members of the editorial staff nor employees of the publisher.

  • Reviewers must maintain objectivity.

  • Reviewers may not misuse the information in the reviewed post for personal or other purposes.

  • Reviewers may refuse to review an article due to a conflict of professional interest. A conflict of interest is considered to be:

  • a professional, financial, or personal benefit to the reviewer resulting from approving or rejecting the reviewed contribution;

  • collaboration in the given project over the past five years;

  • a fundamental difference of opinion on the main topic of the reviewed paper;

  • a close professional or private relationship with the author or one of the members of the author collective.

  • If reviewers do not declare their refusal to review an article in writing for any of the above reasons, the editorial staff shall understand that there is no conflict of interest. [See Review Opinion (.doc)].

  • Reviewers should draw the author’s attention to missing significant published titles on the subject.

Editorial Board Duties:

  • Through its activities, the Editorial Board strives for continuous improvement of the professional and formal aspects of the journal, promotes freedom of expression, and, in accordance with generally respected ethics, is prepared to publish any corrections, appeals, and apologies after prior discussion.

  • The Editorial Board shall decide whether the objections of the author can be accepted; it may ask for a second opinion or refuse to publish the article.

  • The Editorial Board issues guidelines for the entire editorial work (guidelines for authors, guidelines for reviewers and the review process, etc.).

  • The Editorial Board guarantees compliance with the above rules.

Errors and corrections:

Missing/redundant author –

  • the addition or deletion of an author who does not meet the authorship qualification criteria shall take place after the written consent of the other members of the author team;

  • the following are not admitted as author: “guest author” included for their seniority, reputation, or influence; “gift author” included for personal benefit or payment; financial intermediary; a worker supervising the research group in general;

  • if an agreement on authorship is not reached, the respective participation of the authors shall be resolved by the representatives of the participating institutions; the article will not be published until such agreement is reached;

  • if such an error takes place after publishing, the correction will be executed in the online version; in print, the correction will be published in erratum/corrigendum in the next edition.

Suspicion of plagiarism (repetition of foreign text) or redundancy –

  • if proven before printing, the manuscript is rejected;

  • if proven after publication, the article is removed from the online version; in print, by erratum/corrigendum in the next edition;

  • the author’s options to publish in the journal shall thereafter be restricted.