Publication ethics, responsibilities, and malpractice statement

Hradec Economic Days publication ethics, responsibilities, and malpractice statement are based on the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and there are added several custom rules. We expect all participating parties involved to comply with these standards. We do not tolerate unethical behavior. Any article that does not meet the standards, will be rejected or removed (by blocking individual article access in the open-access repository). If a rule violation is committed by the member of a series committee, the misconduct is assessed by the editors and if necessary by the heads of executive departments. That leads to several possible outcomes accordingly to the nature of misconduct such as a warning note from editor-in-chief or head of the department, a temporary ban from the committee, or a lifetime ban from the committee.

Author responsibilities and malpractice statement come from „Responsible research publication: international standards for authors“ by Elizabeth Wager & Sabine Kleinert: 

  • The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.
  • Authors should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
  • Authors should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
  • Authors should adhere to publication requirements that the submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere.
  • Authors should take collective responsibility for the submitted and published work.
  • The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.
  • Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.

Moreover:

  • Authors must report any content errors they discover in their article.
  • Authors must send the article that is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • Authors confirm that they obtained written permission required to include any copyrighted material in the article.
  • Authors confirm that they agree and they have the permission of their employer to publish under the Creative Commons license in Hradec Economic Days or Hradecké ekonomické dny series.
  • Authors should avoid unnecessary or artificial paper splitting and submit no more than two articles.
  • Authors must provide on the editor demand the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review.

Reviewer responsibilities and malpractice statement come from „COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers“ by COPE:

  • Reviewers should respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of the article or its review, during or after the peer-review process, beyond those that are released by the series.
  • Reviewers should not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.
  • Reviewers should declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the editors if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest.
  • Reviewers should not allow their reviews to be influenced by the origins of the article, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations.
  • Reviewers should be objective and constructive in their reviews, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory and from making libelous or derogatory personal comments.
  • Reviewers should acknowledge that peer review is largely a reciprocal endeavor and undertake to carry out their fair share of reviewing and in a timely manner.
  • Reviewers should provide an editor with personal and professional information that is accurate and a true representation of their expertise.
  • Reviewers should recognize that the impersonation of another individual during the review process is considered serious misconduct.

Editor responsibilities and malpractice statement are based on „Responsible research publication: international standards for editors“ by Elizabeth Wager & Sabine Kleinert:

  • Editors should take responsibility for everything they publish.
  • Editors must disclose any conflicts of interest to the heads of all arranging departments.
  • Editors should make fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer-review process.
  • Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct.
  • Peer reviewers and authors should be told what is expected of them in a timely manner.