Procedure of paper reviewing

Editorial staff makes a preliminary assessment of the submitted manuscript taking into account the following criteria: thematic field of the paper is appropriate and adequate to Journal’s profile, description of methodology and results of own research, bibliography, layout and length of the paper. After the preliminary assessment all the manuscripts submitted for publication will be pre-reviewed by the editorial staff and the reviewers. The reviewers will be chosen from among recognized academics and scientists familiar with the thematic field of the paper. Two models of relation between an author and a reviewer can appear: (1) a double-blind review process - the author and the reviewer will be anonymous to each other, (2) model in which a reviewer must sign a declaration stating lack of conflict of interest. A conflict of interest should be understood as one of the following: - direct personal relation between the two (family relationship, legal relationship), - reporting relationship, - a direct scientific cooperation within two years prior to reviewing process. Names of the reviewers of papers in particular issue are not disclosed; the Journal publishes a list of reviewers annually. Review must be prepared in written form and must include a definite conclusion whether the paper should be published. If both reviews are positive, authors receive both the review and their papers with reviewer corrections. The author is requested to correct the paper according to reviewer’s recommendations. When paper has many authors only the first one gets the documents. The authors receive information of acceptance or non-acceptance of the paper for publication and review content, independently of whether reviews are negative or positive. If reviews are negative there is no possibility to correct the paper and submit to publish again.

The reviewers are requested to consider the following problems:

  • the paper represents scientific level and contains new ideas,
  • the research methods are correct and properly described,
  • paper presents the results of own research and must have the "methodology"
  • and "results" sections,
  • the title of the paper is appropriate and adequate to its content,
  • the analysis and synthesis of results are proper,
  • used statistical approaches are correct and sufficient,
  • conclusions are proper and resulted from research presented in the paper,
  • language correctness of paper, sufficiency of figures and tables,
  • whether the summary contains the description of methods applied and drawing conclusions,
  • bibliography sufficiency,
  • whether the paper had been already published in the same or similar form.

The review form

The editorial staff ask authors to pay attention that the information on issuers contributing to the creation of every publication (essential contribution, financial, etc.) are transparent. Readers should be sure that the authors of the publication present the results of their work in the fair and honest manner. This proves an ethical behaviour of researchers and the highest editorial standards. Detail statement of publication ethics and publication malpractice are presented here.
Authors of the publication take responsibility for the copyright to the published text. All detected instances of misconduct („ghostwritting” and „guest authorship”) will be disclosed. „Ghostwritting” means that someone has contributed to this publication substantially, but was not disclosed as a co-author and his name was not mentioned in acknowledgment. "Guest authorship" refers to a situation where the co-author did not participate in the creation of publication or his contribution was insignificant but was still listed as a co-author.

The editors reserve the right to ask authors to submit the statements revealing contribution of individual authors in creation of every publication and information who is the author of used concepts, principles, methods, etc. The statement must also indicate affiliation of all authors. The first author submitting paper takes the principal responsibility for the published text.

Receipt of the paper by the editorial staff means that the authors accept the above procedure of reviewing.