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Principles of publication ethics

Principles of publication ethics

Last update: 27.03.2015

Principles of publication ethics



    • 1. The scientific journal Slovak Statistics and Demography (hereinafter only „journal“) is published by the Statistical Office of the SR. The journal is issued in both printed and electronic form.
    • 2. The journal is headed by the Editorial Board composed of professional experts representing various fields of statistics and demography. The editorial board is responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles to the journal should be published.
    • 3. An article is the author´s literary work including graphical elements- tables, graphs, maps and pictures- released in the journal in print form and after an interval of three months also in electronic form. The submitted article has the nature of a draft until approved by the editorial board.
    • 4. An author is a natural person who prepares for the journal a research paper draft based on experiences gained from scientific research. An author should also be considered a natural person who is authorized by the editorial office or upon its own initiative to prepare a non-research paper draft - an information, publication review, note, gloss, interview etc. (hereinafter only “non-research paper draft). The drafts of research and non-research papers should have one or more authors (co-authors). Non-research paper drafts should also be governed by the principles of publication ethics.
    • 5. The research paper drafts are subject to reviews. The review proceeding is mutually anonymous, i.e. the authors should not be given any information about the reviewers of their articles, similarly the editorial office should not disclose any information to reviewers on the authors of research paper drafts.
    • 6. Review reports are not provided to the non-research paper drafts. Information, publication reviews, notes, glosses, interviews and drafts of other articles should be published only after the approval of the editorial board.



    • 1. The research paper draft submitted to the editorial board for the journal Slovak Statistics and Demography should neither be subject to review proceedings with another journal, nor should it be published in another specialised or other journal. The submitted non-research paper drafts should also be original (not yet published).
    • 2. If the author submits an amended or supplemented research paper draft to the editorial board, at the end of the text he/she should indicate the scope of the paper´s amendment and an information about when and where has the original article been published.
    • 3. Authors should be responsible for the accuracy and correctness of data contained in the research or non- research paper drafts, including personal data disclosed pursuant to the guidelines for authors. They should continue to bear responsibility for the accuracy and correctness of the methodology used, the interpretations of conclusions and for the accurate and precise citation of literary sources used in the research paper proposals. Plagiarism and the use unreliable sources are unacceptable and are considered serious breaches of publication ethics.
    • 4. If the paper draft has more authors they should decide in what order their names will be published. A person should not be referred to as a co-author who was not significantly involved in the preparation and elaboration of the research paper draft, or has not conducted its own research whose knowledge is the content of the research paper draft, neither a person who has not given approval for publishing the final version of research paper or their name in the list of co-authors.
    • 5. At the end of the research paper draft, the authors are required to indicate all the public resources used to finance their research or the publication of the results contained in the research paper drafts and other forms of aid as well.
    • 6. During the review proceedings, the authors are required to actively cooperate with the editorial office of the journal, remove or correct mistakes pointed out by reviewers and they should immediately notify the editorial office about all the serious mistakes or inaccuracies, even if the mistakes were discovered later by themselves.
    • 7. If the authors of research papers do not accept the suggestions and recommendations of reviewers, they have the right to inform the editorial board through the Executive Editor. In such cases, the editorial board should follow special rules. The resulting opinion of the editorial board should be binding for the authors of research paper drafts.
    • 8. Authors have the right to withdraw their research paper drafts if they do not accept the opinion of the editorial board. The editorial office which is obliged to respect the authors´ decision.



    • 1. The reviewers of research paper drafts are recommended to the editorial office by members of the editorial board. When ordering the review reports, the Executive Editor should take into account that the reviewers and the authors of the research paper drafts do not have the same workplace.
    • 2. The reviewers should not be exposed to a conflict of interest with the authors and the research funders which is the content of the research paper drafts. Reviewers should immediately report to the editorial office whether or not they can develop review reports for the submitted research paper drafts within the deadlines set by the editorial office.
    • 3. The reviewer should develop a review report and upon request of the editorial office should complete a special review report questionnaire. It is concerned at the quality, originality, invention and the contribution of the research paper. The review report and the special questionnaire should be submitted by e-mail to the editorial office, in due time and both of the signed documents should subsequently be forwarded to the editorial office even in paper form.
    • 4. The reviewers evaluate the content and formal aspect of the submitted research paper drafts. They are obliged to draw attention to the possible professional malpractice of authors and other shortcomings of drafts as well. Reviewers should also notify the editorial office, if they discover that similar research papers have already been published in other journals or conference proceedings, or the authors have not used in their research paper drafts relevant sources for supporting their arguments.
    • 5. A review report should be written in a clear, concise and comprehensible manner, if possible, helping to improve the final version of research paper draft in terms of form and content. An aggressive tone of the reviewer derogating the author and the reviewer´s personal criticism of the author are considered to be inappropriate.
    • 6. Review reports must be objective and are confidential. The editorial office provides them anonymously (without names) exclusively to the authors of research paper drafts and to the members of the editorial board serving as a basis to decide whether the proposal should be published in the journal.



    • 1. The publisher authorizes the editorial office to issue the journal. The journal´s editorial office is externally represented by the Executive Editor.
    • 2. The author should be acknowledged receipt of the research paper draft by the editorial office. It should have the right to reject those proposals which do not correspond to the expertise of the journal, do not respect its scientific nature, or if it finds that the submitted research paper draft does not follow principles of publication ethics.
    • 3. Before sending the research paper drafts to the reviewers, the Executive Editor should check whether they comply with the formal requirements pursuant to the author´s guidelines. If necessary, the proposals are redacted and authors are advised to make some contentual, stylistic, graphic or other changes in the text.
    • 4. The Executive Editor should put emphasis on the correctness, objectivity and impartiality, in the communication with authors, reviewers and the members of the editorial board. He/she should notify the editorial board of the potential suspicion of a conflict of interest and their possible consequences.
    • 5. The editorial office should protect the confidentiality of personal data, the content of review reports and the correspondence with authors and reviewers as well.
    • 6. The editorial office should publish on the website guidelines for the authors and when necessary, update them with the approval of the editorial board.
    • 7. After the approval by the editorial board, the editorial office should ensure publication and updating of the principles of publication ethics at the website and should constantly remind the authors and reviewers about the rules of publication ethics.



    • 1. The editorial board should guarantee the binding nature and respect to publication ethics by all persons involved in the preparation of the journal.
    • 2. The editorial board should maintain the journal´s scientific expertise. It should also point out the shortcomings or the possible professional misconducts and give final approval for the publication of research paper drafts.
    • 3. The editorial board should approve the content of individual issues of the journal. It has the right not to include the research paper draft into the journal´s next issue immediately after its approval.
    • 4. The editorial board should not give consent for publication of not yet peer-reviewed research paper drafts.
    • 5. The editorial board should investigate suspicions of breaches of publication ethics. Serious breaches may lead to termination of cooperation with the infringer during the whole period of publication of the journal.


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