PUBLICATION ETHICS AND PUBLICATION MALPRACTICE STATEMENT
An important aspect of the editorial and review policy, as well as the work of the journal Šolska kronika, is its publication ethics. The guidelines it follows are based on the editorial policy of the Elsevier publishing company and the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The statement defines the ethical conduct of all the participants in the publishing process (authors, reviewers, editorial committee and editors).
DUTIES OF THE EDITOR AND EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT
Decision on suitability
- The editor must provide authors with instructions for writing contributions.
- The editor must send every article to at least two reviewers who are experts in the history of schooling and education in Slovenia. The editor, editorial department and reviewers are bound by the anonymity of the procedures.
- After consultation with reviewers and the editorial committee, the editor’s duty is to assess whether the article is suitable for publication.
Principle of fairness and professionality
- The suitability of the articles shall be assessed regardless of the race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, nationality or the author’s politics.
- The editorial department must not reveal the still unpublished data from the article without the author’s permission; the information about the author must be withheld from the reviewers.
- If after the publication of the article ethical complaints or mistakes emerge, the editor must publish a correction.
DUTIES OF REVIEWERS AND THE REVIEWING PROCEDURE
Principle of objectivity and respect
- Reviews must be objective and respectful towards the author, and must not express personal criticism.
Conflict of interests
- In the case of a conflict of interests in connection with the author, an institution or organisation, the reviewer must not carry out the reviewing procedure.
Confidentiality and anonymity principle
- The reviewer must preserve the confidentiality of the information obtained during the review process and must not use it to personal advantage.
- Reviews are anonymous, the reviewer does not have access to the author’s name, and the author does not know the name of the reviewer. Anonymity is ensured by the editor.
Acknowledgement of sources and plagiarism
- The reviewer must draw the author’s attention to the published works the author has failed to acknowledge in the text. The reviewer must inform the editor if there is any suspicion of plagiarism or of the substantive similarity of the article with an already published work.
The reviewer’s contribution to editorial decisions
- The reviewer completes a form proposing the article for publication, suggesting the appropriate category of the article, and adding notes and comments to enable the author to improve the article. The reviewer must appropriately substantiate all the proposals.
Withdrawing from a review
- If a reviewer judges that he or she will not complete the review within the agreed deadline, the reviewer can withdraw, whereby he or she must inform the editor in writing at the earliest possible date.
DUTIES OF AUTHORS
- In writing their articles, authors must follow the instructions published on the Slovenian School Museum’s website and in each issue of Šolska kronika.
- Findings in articles must be presented clearly and accurately, the data should be reliable and verifiable.
- Articles must contain references that are sufficiently clear and facilitate further research by other authors.
Originality and plagiarism principle
- Literal quotations should be in inverted commas, without changes, and suitably cited. Plagiarism is an unethical act and is not permissible in publishing and considered a criminal act.
- Authors are fully responsible for the content and originality of their academic work and research results. At the same time, they are bound by the requirement for accuracy and correctness in citing works by other authors.
Multiple and simultaneous publication
- Authors are bound to single publication and articles must not have been published previously or be in the process of being published in another publication.