Acta Oeconomica Pragensia
Acta Oeconomica Pragensia
Acta Oeconomica Pragensia
Scientific journal of the University of Economics, Prague

Publication Ethics

Acta Oeconomica Pragensia (AOP) publication ethics policy is periodically reviewed with respect to recommendations from COPE.

1. Publication and authorship

The list of the paper’s references must follow the AOP guidelines available at the AOP journal For Authors section. Any acknowledgements authors wish to make such as the research funding reference information should be included in a separate headed section at the end of the paper. This part is available only to the editorial team. The reviewers do not have access to see it as it may suggest/imply the location or name of the author(s). In all reviewed papers, any kind of plagiarism or fraudulent data are strictly prohibited. At the same time, it is forbidden to publish the same research data/outcome in more than one peer-reviewed journal.  

2. First author's responsibilities

First authors (with the position specified within the paper template) submitting their papers are obliged to participate in all stages of the peer review process based on the communication means of the provided contact information. Unconditionally, all authors (second, etc.) of a paper have contributed to the research. Without the statement that all data in the article are authentic, the paper cannot be considered to be reviewed.
All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

3. Responsibilities for the reviewers

Judgments by the reviewers should be as objective as possible. Reviewers must not have conflicts of interest with respect to the research, the authors or the research funding. Reviewers should point out published work relevant to the field of the paper, which is not yet cited.
Material submitted to the reviewers must be treated by them confidentially.

4. Editorial responsibilities

Editorial responsibilities are placed so that all participants such as submissions´ authors, reviewers, readers and other AOP stakeholders have a transparent framework in which they can be acknowledged in their rights and responsibilities related to submitting, reviewing and publication of papers. The editor is accountable for everything published in the journal, thus he/she has complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article. It has to be based on the paper´s importance, originality and clarity, and the study´s validity and its relevance to the journal. There mustn’t be any conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept. The peer review and publishing processes is encouraged to be continuously improved in the light of new findings including reduction of publication misconduct and spreading publishing ethics. Reviewers are always selected with adequate diligence in order to be qualified by business expertise and/or academic research history.  In addition, editors require disclosing any potential competing interest from reviewers before agreeing to review a submission. The editor has a duty to act if there is a suspicion of misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is revealed. This duty extends to all submitted papers regardless of publication or rejection. The editors promise a prompt response to complaints. The editor affirms following the COPE flowcharts where applicable (see

5. Publishing ethics issues

The publisher’s role in ethics issues is to design an ethics system in the journal that can be continuously improved and the publisher also participates in monitoring the enforcement of ethical issues in cooperation with the editor.

The publisher monitors and safeguards publishing ethics by the editorial board. Intellectual property and copyright is always protected. Editorial board independence is ensured. Privacy for research participants, authors and peer reviewers is respected.  The publisher cooperates with editors in the following issues:

  • Editorial independence
  • Research ethics, including confidentiality, consent, special requirements for human and research
  • Authorship
  • Transparency and integrity, for example,  conflicts of interest, research funding, reporting standards
  • Peer review and the role of editorial team beyond that of the journal editor
  • Appeals and complaints

When needed corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies are always published.

Assistance is provided to the parties (institutions, grant funders, governing bodies) responsible for investigation of suspected research and publication misconduct, and where possible, facilitates the resolution of these cases.

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