Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice
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
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
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Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an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
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
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 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
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.
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
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.