THE PUBLISHING ETHICS OF THE JOURNAL ŠKOLSKI VJESNIK
The publishing ethics of the journal Školski vjesnik is based on documents, recommendations and guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), recommendations of The Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK) and recommendations of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia. The publishing ethics of the Školski vjesnik refers to the rights and obligations of all participants in the process of collecting, reviewing and publishing papers:
1. Responsibility of the Editorial Board
All papers undergo an initial evaluation by the Editorial Board which decides whether the paper can be considered for publication and submitted for peer-review. Race, gender, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation or political affiliation of the author do not in any way condition the evaluation of the manuscript. The Editorial Board discloses information about submitted manuscripts exclusively to reviewers and editors.
The Editorial Board protects the freedom of scientific expression and considers the scientific and professional needs of readers, authors and the general public. The Editorial Board is continuously working to raise the level of quality of the journal, which includes clear procedures in the evaluation of submitted papers. As verifiability is a key determinant of scientific knowledge, the Editorial Board ensures that authors provide members of the scientific community with available methodological and other data used in the analysis, which is necessary for the process of verifying published content. Regarding that, the Editorial Board supports and accepts the policy of publishing corrections, clarifications or withdrawals of disputed papers published in the journal.
In all cases of possible unethical or unprofessional actions, the Editorial Board will react promptly by following instructions and ethical procedure of the COPE. The Editorial Board will consider all allegations and seek answers and clarifications from the authors or other relevant stakeholders. If unprofessional and unethical actions are proven, the Editorial Board will warn of such actions in the journal and / or on the journal’s website to they do not recur.
Also, reviewers are required to warn of a potential conflict of interest that could affect the objective evaluation of the scientific paper they are reviewing. Namely, it is not acceptable for a reviewer to be a participant in the same project, a mentor or otherwise involved in the preparation of the peer-reviewed paper, and accordingly, the Editorial Board has developed procedures for managing its conflicts of interest. Thus, the Editor-in-Chief is exempted from making decisions in cases when his associates publish papers in the journal, but the decision is made by the Executive Editor or the former Editor-in-Chief if he is a member of the Editorial Board.
Also, the Editorial Board undertakes to comply with all laws, bylaws and other regulations related to the protection of information collected during the research process, on which the scientific paper is based. The Editorial Board will make sure that authors follow guidelines on ethical conduct in the research process and ensure the consent of the competent institutions. If deemed necessary, the Editorial Board may ask authors to confirm whether they have obtained the consent of the competent institutions or to explain how they have resolved possible ethical dilemmas. The Editorial Board will take special care that papers that have successfully passed the peer-review process are published in a timely manner, as a rule in one of the next three issues of the journal. This includes the fact that in the event of a change in the Editorial Board, the new Editorial Board will respect decisions of the previous Editorial Board regarding the order of publishing articles that have successfully passed the peer-review process. Information on how to conduct the peer-review process is publicly available on the journal’s website (http://skolskivjesnik.ffst.unist.hr/).
2. Responsibility of authors
By submitting the manuscript, authors confirm the authenticity of the content and guarantee that submitted papers have not been partially or completely previously published on another language or in another publication. Authors should ensure that any paper by other authors is appropriately cited. Authors are solely responsible for a potential case of plagiarism whether it was discovered during the peer-review process or after the publication of the paper in the journal. Authors who publish results of original research should present accurate information and objectively show their importance. Data and methodology used in research should be properly stated because false claims represent unethical behavior and are unacceptable. The authorship of the manuscript refers to those authors who worked on the paper. Authors should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the manuscript and agreed to submit it to the Školski vjesnik.
Authors are obliged to inform readers and the general public about sources and relevant aspects of the research within which papers published in the journal were created in order to ensure the objectivity of the results and interpretations and to eliminate possible conflicts of interest. Authors should inform the Editorial Board if there is any conflict of interest during the initial submission of the manuscript. If authors discover inaccuracies in already published papers, they are obliged to immediately inform the Editorial Board. If possible, the correction will be published, otherwise, the article will be withdrawn.
3. Responsibility of reviewers
After an affirmative initial evaluation by the Editorial Board, papers undergo a mutually anonymous peer-review process in which neither the identity of the author nor the identity of the reviewer is revealed. The peer-review process is conducted by at least two reviewers who assess whether the paper meets established academic professional standards and journal standards. In case reviewers disagree on the category of the paper, the decision is made by the Editorial Board and the Editor-in-Chief or the paper is sent to the third reviewer.
Reviewers assist the Editorial Board in making the editorial decision as well as the author to improve the quality of the manuscript. Reviewers who do not consider themselves competent to review submitted manuscripts should immediately notify the Editorial Board, which will contact another reviewer. The same procedure is followed if the reviewers inform the Editorial Board that they will not be able to submit the review within the set deadline.
During the review process, reviewers should be completely objective. Reviewers must make reasoned objective comments for the expressed opinion but must not express any personal criticism of the submitted manuscripts. Reviewers should suggest relevant sources that the author has potentially not cited in the paper. Reviewers are required to promptly notify the Editorial Board if they discover overlaps between manuscripts in the peer-review process and any other published paper. Reviewers should treat manuscripts submitted for peer review as confidential documents. Reviewers are not allowed to review and / or discuss submitted manuscripts with others. Reviewers may not use the information or ideas obtained from the peer-review for personal gain. If reviewers are in a conflict of interest arising from competing relationships, cooperation and / or other relationships, they may not accept the review.