Ethical Guideline for Authors, Editors and Reviewers

The publication of scientific papers is one of the core ways in which we serve the science community. Central to this service are certain responsibilities addressed to editorial board members, authors, editors and reviewers in order to maintain the high ethical standard relating to the publications of manuscripts in the journal published by us.

In cases where this guideline is breached – or appear to be so – we will follow and act accordingly the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (more details: https://publicationethics.org/resources ).

I. Authors

  • By submitting the paper the authors confirm that it is their original work. If the authors have used the work and/or the words of others that this has been appropriately cited.
  • The authors are not allowed to send their manuscript for consideration, when it is subject to assessment in another journal.
  • Authors must ensure that data have been collected in an ethical manner.
  • Any conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest must be disclosed.
  • Do not make significant changes to your manuscript without informing the Editorial Board. Significant change include new content, new data, or change in the list of the authors.
  • Individuals who did not make significant intellectual contribution should not be listed as authors. Contributors whose contribution is not significant enough for authorship (e.g. language consultation, data collection etc.) can be acknowledged in an Author’s Note, mentioning the role they played in the publication.
  • All those who have made significant contribution should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author should ensure that all the co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed with the terms of publication.
  • Authors are required to properly cite sources that have significantly influenced their research and their manuscript. Parts of the manuscript, including text, equations, pictures and tables that are taken  from other works must be clearly marked, e.g. by quotation marks accompanied by their location in the original document (page number).
  • Authors must report any errors they discover in their manuscript to the editor without delay. When authors discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is their obligation to promptly notify the Editor (or publisher) and cooperate with him/her to retract or correct the paper.
  • The authors are aware that the publication remains archived, citable and accessible.
  • In case of positive assessment of the Contribution, the author confirms with his/her signature that the contribution is his/her own work and has not violated the rights of the third party. By signature he/she confirms the publication of this Contribution and distribution of printed copies, distribution of electronic copies for all electronic media and formats (posting on the Journal’s official web-site, any e-print services and electronic databases or repositories).
  • By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree to abide by the Editorial Policies of the Central European Journal of Labour Law and Personnel Management.

II. Reviewers

  • The reviewer should accept the manuscripts, which fall into his/her area of expertise. This is because in order to maintain high standards of the review process.
  • Reviews should be accurate, substantive and objective. They should communicate their judgement of the submission based on its merits and contribution to the scientific literature.
  • Reviews should contain documentable and specific information about the strengths and weaknesses of the submission.
  • Reviewers are responsible for providing suggestions on how to make the manuscript more relevant, readable and complete.
  • Information obtained through evaluation of the manuscript is confidential.
  • It is the responsibility of the reviewer to provide a recommendation to the editor for the disposition of the manuscript, categorizing it into one of 4 groups.
  • 1. Accept without modification
  1. Accept with minor modification (manuscript requires modifications to improve its quality)
  2. Major modifications required (manuscript requires extensive revision prior to potential acceptance)
  3. Reject (manuscript is of low quality or low interest to the readership)
  • Reviewers are obliged to treat the author with respect. They do not evaluate the manuscript if they have a conflict of interest resulting from cooperating or other relationship that they have with the author(s) of the assessed manuscript.
  • Reviewers have to inform the editor, resp. the Editorial Board about any relevant information that might be a reason to reject publication of the manuscript.
  • Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of the review process – cannot disclose information from the reviewed paper. The manuscript must not be shown to or discussed with other experts as authorized by the editor.
  • Reviewers have 14 days to complete the review. Failure to complete the review during this time period leads to a reminder email.

III. Editors

  • The Editorial Board is responsible for providing guidelines to authors for preparing and submitting their manuscripts.
  • The Editorial Board should treat all authors with fairness, objectivity, courtesy and transparency.
  • It ensures objective evaluation of the manuscript on the basis of its academic qualities. The editors are responsible for maintaining the balance of high–quality materials to be published.
  • The Board is responsible for making editorial decisions and communicating them in a clear and transparent manner.
  • The authors of already published material have a right to conduct the editorial team and request clarification, correction, publishing apology or retraction. The editor should fully support the decision of the author, however may request additional explanation before publication and/or retraction.
  • It is responsible to establish a system for effective and rapid peer review (double-blind review).
  • Editors are responsible for explaining the details on the double-blind review procedures both to the author(s) and the reviewers. The reviewers get a reminder on rules and procedures accepted by the Editorial Board of the journal.
  • Editors are responsible that the review process is properly encoded and neither the author nor the reviewer are able to detect the identities on the opposite side.
  • In case of complaint filed by an author, reader or reviewer of the journal, the editors shall follow the appropriate CODE procedures.
  • The Editorial Board must disclose any conflicts of interest. They are responsible for establishing and defining policies on conflicts of interests for all involved in the publication process including editors, staff, reviewers and authors.
  • All situations presented as the conflict of interests shall be resolved according to COPE regulations. In such situations, editors and/or publishers are expected to find a relevant case among those described on the COPE site and take action accordingly.
  • The Editorial Board is responsible for informing the authors that their submission will be evaluated according to the journal’s standard procedures and should clearly communicate all other editorial policies and standards.
  • Anyone may inform the Editorial Board at any time of suspected unethical behaviour or any type of misconduct by giving the necessary credible information/evidence to start an investigation.
  • During an investigation, any evidence should be treated as confidential, and only made available to those strictly involved in the process.Minor misconduct (with no influence on the integrity of the paper and the journal, for example, when it comes to misunderstanding or wrong application of publishing standards) will be dealt directly with authors and reviewers without involving any other parties. Outcomes include: a) sending a warning letter to authors and/or reviewers, b) publishing correction of a paper, e.g. when sources properly quoted in the text are omitted from the reference list.
  • In the case of major misconduct, the Editorial Board may adopt different measures: a) publication of a formal announcement or editorial describing the misconduct, b) informing officially the author’s/reviewer’s affiliating institution c) a ban on submissions from an individual for a defined period d) referring a case to a professional organization or legal authority for further investigation and action.
  • When dealing with unethical behavior, the Editorial Board will rely on the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
  • The Editorial Board has adopted that plagiarism, where someone assumes another’s ideas, words as one’s own, is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law.
  • All of the submitted manuscripts are being reviewed with the help of CrossRef – an official Digital Object Identifier(DOI) Registration Agency of the International DOI Foundation.
  • The Editorial Board has a right to refuse the article that does not meet the requirements of publishing ethics.

Editorial Privacy Policy and GDPR Compliance

  • The reviewers and the authors have the right to be informed about the collection and use of their personal data. This is a key transparency requirement under the GDPR.
  • The Editor/ Editorial Board must provide the authors and reviewers with information including: purposes for processing personal data, retention periods for that personal data, and who it will be shared with. This is called ‘privacy information’.
  • The minimum term of data retention is 1calendar year since the day of the first contact.
  • The personal data provided by the author/reviewer will be erased when the personal data is no longer needed or necessary for the purpose, which it was originally collected and processed for.
  • The author/reviewers have the right to restrict the processing of their personal data in certain circumstances.
  • The Editorial Board might share personal information and data of the authors in the cases of plagiarism or other misconduct detected. In this case, the Editorial Board is expected to fully cooperate in investigation.
  • The author’s work affiliation is integral part of articles’ indexation in the international databases and catalogues. It is treated as an open-source data, the authors are recommended to provide it when submitting their manuscripts.
  • The current work affiliation and the contact e-mail are treated as open-source data and are published on the first page of the article. If any of the authors would not like to see their e-mail address public should inform the editor before the article is publicly available online.
  • The Editorial Board resp. the Editor shall not share personal contact information (phone number, e-mail address, skype ID etc. ) with third parties.
  • All the authors and reviewers are asked to respect the privacy of the journal’s Editorial Board, and do not initiate communication via informal contact sources LinkedIn, Facebook etc.

Copyright and Open Access License

The Central European Journal of Labour Law and Personnel Management is an Open Access journal  published under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY.   These journals use a funding model that does not charge users for the on-line access to documents. The Author, by publishing the Article in the Central European Journal of Labour Law and Personnel Management, grants a CC-BY license, which allows for the copying, changing, distribution, showing and performing of the Article, with the retention of the copyright to the Article.

More information on the CC-BY license is available at:

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/?lang=en
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode