Ethical Code

    1. General provisions

1.1.    Social Pathology and Prevention (S.P.P.) is a peer reviewed scientific journal focused on the problems of socio-pathological phenomena and their prevention. The journal is published twice a year in printed and electronic versions, and only in English. The editorial office accepts articles dedicated to social pathology and prevention from the aspect of the fields of pedagogy, psychology, sociology, social work, special education, criminology, penology, addictology, etc. All articles are subject to anonymous review proceedings and each manuscript is peer reviewed by two independent reviewers; the review proceedings and assessment of the manuscripts is objective.

1.2.    The Ethical Code of the journal describes the principles of the publishing ethic of the journal, which have binding force for the authors, the editor in chief, the editorial board members, the executive editors and the reviewers.


    2. Authorship and authors' responsibility

2.1.    By sending a text to the executive editors, the author declares and affirms that:

a)            the text sent in has not been published anywhere yet,

b)            the text sent in is not undergoing any review or similar proceedings in another journal, anthology, etc.,

c)            the text sent in or pictures, photographs, etc., respectively, are the author's original endeavours and the author has not withheld the names of any co-authors or persons that have been significantly involved in the research or in the creation of the manuscript and that should be asked for consent with publishing; all such persons must be listed as co-authors,

d)           the author has observed all formal requirements.

2.2.    The authors have to state all sources and literature used and quote them properly in compliance with the copyright. The authors must refer and state the works of other authors, as well as their own works, if they cite them in exact wording or if their wording has influenced the final form of the article.

2.3.    By providing the text to the editorial board, the authors agree that their manuscript will be subject to independent bilaterally anonymous review proceedings. The authors commit themselves to become actively involved in the review proceedings and to eliminate any errors or include any comments according to the review opinions.

2.4.    The authors commit themselves to state any financial or otherwise significant conflicts of interests that could be related to the interpretation or publishing of the manuscript text.


    3. Review proceedings

3.1.    The editor in chief and the editors assess the manuscripts only based on their professional qualities; the assessment must not be influenced by the authors' nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or political opinion. The manuscripts can be refused by the editorial board if they do not meet the requirements or the content orientation of the journal. The executive editors register all manuscripts offered, including those refused before the review proceedings.

3.2.    After having assessed the manuscript, the editor in chief selects two independent experts with professional orientation corresponding to the professional orientation of the article. The editor in chief cares to avoid personal or labour-legal relation of the assessors and the author. If the review opinions are contradictory, the article will be sent to a third reviewer for external examination.

3.3.    The review proceedings are bilaterally anonymous, which means that the author does not know the reviewer's identity and the reviewer does not know the author's identity. The executive editors of the journal reserve the right to adapt the author's article before passing it to the editorial board or to the reviewers to ensure maximum level of anonymity. Particularly, they reserve the right to delete the names of the author, co-authors, information about grant support, the author's and co-authors' workplaces. But the elimination of information will not have impact on the contents of the article.

3.4.    The review proceedings are independent and objective; the reviewers commit themselves to assess the manuscript impartially, objectively, professionally and in a high quality. The reviewers are obliged to treat the manuscript confidentially; they are not allowed to provide the manuscripts or their parts to any third parties. If a reviewer receives a manuscript with apparent identity of the author or co-author, the reviewer must inform the executive editors about that fact. Any reviewer must refuse the elaboration of an opinion if there is suspicion of conflict of interests. The reviewer shall inform the executive editorials in case of suspicion of plagiarism or breach of copyright.

3.5.    The author has the right to become familiarized with the review opinions.


    4. Editor in chief and editors

4.1.    The editor in chief and the editors shall treat the manuscripts sent in confidentially and sensitively and avoid providing information on the manuscripts or on the review proceedings to any other persons except the authors and the reviewers.

4.2.    The editors care to provide anonymity of the manuscripts and of the authors and reviewers.

4.3.    If the editorial board receives a manuscript from any of the journal editors, the review proceedings must be directed by another editorial board member. The editors must not review the manuscript if there is potential conflict of interests.

4.4.    The editorial board records and archives all articles sent to the editorial board, as well as the information about the development of the review proceedings including review opinions.

4.5.    The final decision of acceptance or refusal of the manuscripts is always in the editor in chief's responsibility.

4.6.    The editorial board commits itself to publish all corrections or apologies, if facts requiring them come out.

4.7.    The editorial board is responsible for observing the rules of publishing ethic and it has adopted all measures against plagiarism and unfair practices.