Publication ethics and malpractice statement

The Journal’s publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is based, in large part, on the guidelines and standards developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Publication and authorship

Authors need to ensure that the submitted article is the work of the submitting author(s) and is not plagiarised, wholly or in part. They must also make sure that the submitted article is original, is not wholly or in part a re-publication of the author’s earlier work, and contains no fraudulent data.

It is also their responsibility to check that they have received permission to use and publish all copyrighted material within the article and that material for which the author does not personally hold the copyright is not reproduced without permission.

Finally, authors should ensure that the manuscript submitted is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.

Authors responsibilities

Acta Musei Moraviae, Scientiae Geologicae is a peer-reviewed journal, and Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process. Authors need to ensure that all the data in the submitted article is correct and authentic. They must make sure that all authors have significantly contributed to the research submitted in the article, and that all and only the contributors to the article are listed as authors. Authors should also ensure that all authors provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

Peer review and reviewers’ responsibilities

Both the Reviewer and the Author may remain anonymous throughout the peer-review process. Reviewers are selected according to their expertise in their particular fields.

Reviewers have a responsibility to be objective in their judgments; to have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, with respect to the authors and/or with respect to the research funders; to point out relevant published work which is not yet cited by the author(s); and to treat the reviewed articles confidentially.

Editorial responsibilities

Editors hold full authority to reject/accept an article; to accept a paper only when reasonably certain that it has satisfied the highest academic standards; to promote publication of corrections or retractions when errors are found; to preserve anonymity of reviewers; and to have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept. If an Editor feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a submission, they will declare it to the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board will select reviewers and make all decisions on the paper.

Publishing ethics issues

Members of the Editorial Board ensure the monitoring and safeguarding of the Journal’s publication ethics. This comprises the strict policy on plagiarism and fraudulent data, the strong commitment to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed, and the strict preclusion of business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.

Whenever it is recognised that a published paper contains a significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distorted report, it will be corrected promptly. If, after an appropriate investigation, an item proves to be fraudulent, it will be retracted. The retraction will be clearly identifiable to readers and indexing systems.