Publication ethics

In order to counteract unfair publishing practices, the EJHR applies general ethical principles applicable in the humanities and social sciences (in particular those defined by the COPE Committee on Publication Ethics and contained in the COPE Code of Conduct), i.e. the principles of scientific integrity, fair play, the principles of confidentiality, avoiding conflicts of interest, not infringing copyrights and not publishing offensive or untrue content.

  • EJHR monitors compliance with the above principles by Authors, Reviewers and other persons involved in the editorial work.
  • EJHR adheres to ethical and intellectual standards.
  • EJHR maintains editorial standards.

Duties of the Publisher

  • The Publisher ensures that all the necessary copyright for any drawings, illustrations, cartoons etc. for which the copyright is held by the third party has been obtained by the authors;
  • The Publisher ensures that the electronic Open Journal System used by the journal is regularly updated and protects the personal data of all the users;
  • The Publisher handles potential complaints of authors, reviewers or third parties regarding the transparency of journal procedures and other allegations of scholarly misconduct, publication of untrue or offensive content as well as infringing intellectual property in line with the principles recommended by COPE – by transparent and impartial proceedings.

Duties of the Editorial Team

  • The Editorial Team subscribes to an independent and impartial publishing policy;
  • The Editorial Team impartially selects two qualified and independent experts to assess each article admitted for review, based on their best knowledge of the research field concerned;
  • The Editorial Team requests an additional review, in case of conflicting recommendations of reviewers;
  • The Editorial Team makes decisions about accepting or rejecting contributions for publication by EJHR in an open and transparent manner;
  • The Editorial Team enables reviewers to use appropriate standard forms for their assessment of submissions, provided through the OJS system, thus ensuring comparability of reviews;
  • The Editorial Team ensures the confidentiality and security of personal data as well as of any information concerning the submitted articles, which can be disclosed only to the appropriate parties concerned;
  • The Editorial Team publishes a collective list of reviewers for each volume of the journal, without disclosing reviewers of any particular submission to the journal, however.

Duties of Authors

  • The Authors declare that they are familiar with the publication ethics adopted by EJHR;
  • The Authors submit a declaration that their work is an original one, not infringing the rights of third parties, prepared independently and not published or submitted anywhere before;
  • The Authors understand that the data reported in their submissions should be represented objectively and accurately and warrant the conclusions that are drawn in the submissions;
  • The Authors ensure that all the work of other scholars is acknowledged and properly cited;
  • The Authors submit a declaration that they accept the journal’s policy of providing a double-blind, anonymous review and thus remove their personal data from the text to ensure anonymity of the review;
  • The Authors submit their contributions in the template provided on the journal website, appropriate for the type of their contribution, to ensure the standard quality of format and bibliographical style, required by the journal;
  • If the articles are co-authored, all the contributors to the submissions are appropriately acknowledged as co-authors or collaborators; any change in authorship (changing the Author names or adding/dropping an Author) can only be allowed if a valid reason is provided and only if all other authors express their consent; prior to publication, this might entail the restarting of the review process, while after the publication, it is not possible, unless the error in Author names is the sole fault of the Editorial Team.
  • The Authors declare that they have obtained the necessary copyright for any drawings, illustrations, cartoons etc. for which the copyright is held by a third party;
  • The Authors agree to an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0. International Creative Commons License (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0) on their work;
  • The Authors declare the acceptance of the specific data protection rules abided by the journal;
  • The Authors put their best effort in checking the page-proofs before the publication, as well as updating their affiliation and biographical information to be published on the article website too; however, should the Authors notice fundamental errors in their submission after they have been published, they should promptly contact the Editors to establish the best ways of rectifying the errors.

Duties of Reviewers

  • The Reviewers follow the general guidelines of objective assessment of submissions provided by the journal as well as specific criteria of assessment of full-length research articles, commentary articles and research notes;
  • The Reviewers use the electronic OJS system to fill in the appropriate review forms, thus ensuring confidentiality and anonymity of their reviews;
  • The Reviewers decline their duty if they feel there are unqualified to assess the submission or if they are not able to complete the review in the time specified in the review request;
  • The Reviewers decline their duty if they discover a conflict of interest that could compromise the independence of their assessment; 
  • Book Reviewers make sure there is no conflict of interest between them and the authors of the books under review; in the opposite case, they should decline their reviewing duty.

Scholarly misconduct

  • EJHR advises authors that “ghost-writing" (using an unnamed author to write the article without revealing their identity) and "guest/gift authorship" (including an author who has made little contribution to the article among its authors) constitute manifestations of scholarly misconduct;
  • The submission of the publication to EJHR at the same time as the submission to another journal (“dual submission”) as well as a submission to EJHR of an article previously published in another journal or another publication outlet (“redundant publication”) are considered manifestations of scholarly misconduct too;
  • EJHR requires information about the sources of financing the publication, the contribution of research institutions, associations and other entities ("financial disclosure");
  • EJHR documents all manifestations of scholarly misconduct, especially violating the rules of ethics which are considered binding in academia;
  • Any suspicion of plagiarism or fabrication of data is immediately acted upon by reviewers, editors and editorial assistants – the case is investigated by the Editorial Team and if it is confirmed, the submission concerned is declined without the possibility of resubmission.