Publication ethics

Publication ethics

The publication ethics of Contemporary European Studies Journal are based on the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) available on The Declaration on Publication Ethics has four sections dealing with the responsibilities of authors, editors, reviewers and the publisher.

Responsibilities of authors

The editorial team assumes that the submitted manuscript is an original version and has not been published previously. Submitting the manuscript to another journal while under consideration by this journal is considered unethical and reason for rejecting the manuscript.

By submitting the manuscript the authors confirm that they are sole owners of copyright for the manuscript. In case the manuscript contains third-party copyright material, the author guarantees that the consent has been obtained from its owner for its use and publication in Contemporary European Studies Journal. Otherwise, the manuscript will be automatically rejected.

Authors guarantee that their work is entirely original and, in case the work and/or words of other authors are used, they are responsible for their appropriate citation.

Responsibilities of editors

Articles published in this journal went through thorough the process of peer review that includes initial assessment by the editor and double blind peer review by at least two reviewers.

The decision on which of the submitted articles will be published is made by the Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary European Studies Journal. The editor follows the journal’s editorial board policy and acts in compliance with effective legal regulations. When making decisions, the editor may consult other editors or reviewers.

The editor will assess the intellectual content of the manuscript, regardless of the author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, citizenship or political views.

The editor or any other member of the editorial team must not disclose any information about the submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisors and the publisher.

Responsibilities of reviewers

Peer-review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and, through communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.

Any invited reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in the submitted manuscript or who knows that they will not be able to complete the review within the deadline requested must promptly notify the editor so that other reviewers can be contacted.

Reviews must be objective. Any personal judgement of the author(s) is inappropriate. Reviewers should formulate their statements clearly and support them with relevant arguments.

Reviewers must also report to the editor any significant similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data of which they have a personal knowledge.

Privileged information or ideas obtained during the review process must be considered confidential and must not be used for personal advantage. Reviewers must decline to review any manuscript if there is a conflict of interests resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with authors, companies, or institutions involved in the manuscript.

Responsibilities of publishers

Contemporary European Studies Journal strives, in cooperation with the editors, to have the roles of editors and the publisher clearly defined to ensure the autonomy of editorial decisions without possible influence by advertisers or other commercial partners.

The journal guarantees the integrity and transparency of the individual published articles regarding: conflict of interest, funding of publication and research, publication and research ethics, cases of publication and research malpractice, confidentiality of information, authorship, corrections, clarifications and withdrawal of articles and timely publication of the content.

In case of alleged or proved scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the publisher, in close cooperation with the editors, shall take all measures to clarify the situation and amend the article in question.