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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement


The journal Dějiny – teorie – kritika (History – Theory – Criticism) is committed to respecting and cultivating the best practices in academic publishing. In doing so, it follows the principles of publication ethics as formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). [*] In its efforts, the journal is assisted by its host institution, the Charles University, and specifically by its publisher, the Faculty of Humanities.

All parties involved in publishing the journal Dějiny – teorie – kritika (further DTK), i.e. the editors, the peer reviewers, the publisher and all authors of texts, are obliged to abide by the following standards:

Duties of the Editors and Editorial Board

The editors, assisted by the editorial board, accept all submitted manuscripts for the peer review process, provided that they fall within the thematic scope of the journal and meet the standards of academic texts. The editors and editorial board oversee the double-blind peer review process and guarantee that all manuscripts are evaluated solely on the basis of their intellectual content, without regard to their authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, ethnic origin or citizenship.

The editors and editorial staff make every effort not to disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, potential and actual reviewers, editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the explicit written consent of the author(s).

The handling Editor-in-Chief of the DTK journal is responsible for deciding which of the submitted manuscripts should be published. In making this decision the Editor-in-Chief consults the other editors and reviewers and may be guided by the policies of the journalʼs Editorial Board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

The editors and the editorial board consider it important to constantly monitor the price of the DTK journal and guarantee that it is fair to all parties involved and does not inhibit readers globally from accessing the journal content.

Duties of Peer Reviewers

Peer review assists the editors in making editorial decisions and, through communication between editors and the author, may also assist the author in improving the overall quality of the manuscript.

The work of invited referees is facilitated by a pre-structured peer review form, which is available from the Editor-in-Chief and from the journal website. Scholars who act as referees should notify the Editor-in-Chief immediately, should they feel unqualified or unable to write and submit their review in a timely manner, so that alternative reviewers can be contacted as soon as possible.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated in a strictly confidential manner. Reviewers must not show manuscripts to or discuss them with others unless specifically authorized to do so by the Editor-in-Chief.

Reviews should be conducted with maximum objectivity. Referees should be guided by collegial responsibility and make an effort to provide productive feedback. They should avoid criticism “ad hominem”, and express their views clearly and with sufficient supportive arguments.

Peer Reviewers should identify relevant published or unpublished work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A referee should also call to the editorsʼ attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published or unpublished data of which they have personal knowledge.

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider 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 connected to the submission.


Duties of Authors

Authors communicating the results of original research should provide an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to verify its sources. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Authors should ensure that their work is entirely original, and that if they have used work and/or words by others this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from “passing off” another personʼs paper as oneʼs own, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another authorʼs paper (without attribution), or claiming results of research conducted by others as one’s own. Plagiarism in any form constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable.

The author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable.

Proper acknowledgement of others’ work must always be given. Authors should also cite publications that have been influential or inspiring in determining the nature of the reported work (e.g. in terms of methodology or paper structure).

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. Others who have participated in substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged in an appropriate place, such as in footnotes. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are named, that no inappropriate co-authors are named, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper.

All authors should take appropriate steps to prevent conflicts of interest and all sources of financial support should be acknowledged in the paper.

When an author discovers significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the authorʼs obligation to promptly notify the journal editor(s) or publisher and cooperate with them to retract or correct the paper.

[*] Cf. (accessed on December 16 th, 2018).