Acta Oeconomica Pragensia
Acta Oeconomica Pragensia
Acta Oeconomica Pragensia
Journal of Central and Eastern European Economic and Management Issues

Instructions for Authors

Articles in the AOP journal are primarily intended to exchange information between academic staff and within the practical sphere. PhD students and mentors are also invited. The contents of the AOP journal consist of three sections.

a. Original Research Articles

The main content of the AOP journal is comprised of original research articles. These involve a fully fledged empirical analysis, supported by the current level of knowledge and the scientific apparatus. An original research article is based on previous research that corresponds with the demands and the method of assessment and is divided into the introduction, objective, applied data and methods, results, discussion and conclusion. The author of the article should communicate their theoretical basis, define the concepts used, and introduce the method of empirical data processing. The primary goal of the article is not to give or promote a particular opinion, but to present substantiated research results and scientific knowledge. The original research articles take the form of full research articles (in the case of quantitative research) or case studies (in the case of qualitative research). The manuscript of the article is always subjected to an anonymous review process, from which at least two independent reviews will emerge.

b. Reviews and Consultations

The AOP journal publishes reviews and theoretical and empirical consultations. A review article contains an overview of the literature in the form of a coherent text focused on the specific issue. The authors of the review article define the current level of knowledge using the conclusions of high-quality domestic and foreign scientific publications. A review article must include a critical assessment of cited works and the identification of further research opportunities. The goal of the empirical consultation is to present new or lesser known facts (data) regarding a specific issue in the form of a neutral description based on primary sources. The aim of the theoretical consultation is to contribute to the theoretical, conceptual or methodological research debate. Review articles and consultations may also introduce important personalities from the social science fields. This section can also include expert articles based on professional experience as well as information on current economic and management developments in Central and Eastern European countries. The review articles are subject to anonymous review procedures and any exception to the norm must be duly substantiated by the Editorial Board of the AOP journal.

c. Book Reviews

A book review applies to one or more new book publications that were published in the English language no later than three years prior to the expected review’s publication and which concerns the economic and managerial issues of Central and Eastern European countries. The review introduces the author, presents the goal, structure, and contents of the book, the basic theses, and highlights its strengths and weaknesses. Each review must include a critical assessment of the book and its contribution. The review may also include discussions with other publications and may contain scientific apparatus. Book reviews do not undergo the standard review procedure for articles and consultations: the assessment and decision on publication are within the competence of the AOP Editorial Board.

It is assumed that the paper submitted for publication has not been submitted elsewhere and will not be submitted to any other publisher without the AOP publisher's consent. A condition for the publication of a paper in the journal is a licence agreement signed by the author.

Article specification:

  • A concise and informative title
  • Title Page: The name(s) of the author(s); The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s); The e-mail address, and telephone number(s) of the corresponding author; ORCID and/or ResearcherID (if available)
  • Abstract: Please provide an abstract of 150 to 300 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.
  • Keywords: Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.
  • JEL: An appropriate number of JEL codes should be provided. This classification system is prepared and published by the EconLit: https://www.aeaweb.org/econlit/jelCodes.php?view=jel
  • Texts should, normally, be no longer than 10,000 words, including references. Any materials that are relevant, but not essential, should be included as an online only Appendix.
  • Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.
  • Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables.
  • Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section on the title page. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.
  • References: In alphabetical order. Use Harvard referencing style (author-date) (http://www.citethisforme.com/harvard-referencing)
  • Graphs have to be also sent in .xls or .xlsx format including source data. All graphs and figures have to be numbered in the order of their placement in the text. Pictures are preferred in black and white contrast and should be submitted in high resolution (min. 300 dpi) in JPG, PNG or TIFF format.

The contributions are submitted in English electronically in doc or docx format (e-mail: aop@vse.cz or klara.simunkova@vse.cz). Please, use paper template.

Review process:

  1. The editorial office receives an article from the author in electronic form.
  2. All submitted articles are checked for plagiarism using iThenticate software before starting review process. Manuscripts that fail to pass the plagiarism detection will be rejected and returned to the authors.
  3. The Editor of the journal sends the article to the Editor-in-Chief, who verifies that the topic of the article is consistent with the journal’s regional and professional orientation. If this is not the case, the article is desk-rejected and the author is informed by email.
  4. The content of each paper is subject to an independent double-blind peer review process, resulting in at least two reviews (1 in-house reviewer, 1 external reviewer), and discussed by the Editorial Board. All reviewers are at least Ph.D. graduates in the relevant academic discipline or have long-term professional experience. The author is informed about the result in writing. The author will receive at least two reviews evaluating the quality of the content (international relevance, scientific contribution, goal formulation, abstract, quality of the theoretical overview, adequacy and use of methods, quality of discussion and conclusions, importance for theory/practice), and the formal quality as per the instructions issued for authors. If the opinions of the reviewers significantly differ, an additional reviewer is appointed.
  5. The Editorial Board, which has the full text of the articles and review opinions available, decides on the adoption or rejection of each article for publication. The Editorial Board has the final say and decides by an overwhelming majority of all members.
  6. The reasons for the rejection of an article and all required amendments, in the case of positive reviews, are communicated to the authors by email.
  7. If a paper is not accepted for publishing, the editorial office is entitled to keep one written copy of it. There is no legal title to having a paper published.
  8. Only accepted papers undergo professional language proofreading. Authors can use the text proofreading services offered by the editorial office free of charge.
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