In its editorial policy, the “Човешки ресурси & Технологии = HR & Technologies” Journal follows the international standards for publishing ethics. It is extremely important for the Editorial board to follow the generally accepted principles, norms and good practices for ethical behavior in the publishing activity, set out in the guidelines of: the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines; Elsevier Publishing: Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK).
The code of ethics applies to all participants in the publication process: publishers, editors, authors and reviewers. The rules address ethical issues such as: objectivity and equal treatment of all articles and authors by editors, originality and plagiarism, confidentiality, citation and data fraud, possible conflict of interest.
Duties of Editors
- Objectivity and equality: The Editorial board evaluates the presented manuscripts based on their scientific and practical merits, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and political views of the authors.
- Confidentiality: The editorial board has no right to discuss the submitted materials with third parties, except with the reviewers, the publisher and the author.
- Decision to publish: The Editorial board decides to publish on the proposal of the Editor-in-chief, in accordance with the opinion of the reviewers and adhering to the editorial policy of the journal for copyright protection and against all forms of plagiarism and fraud.
- Conflict of interest: Reviewers should refrain from reviewing and immediately alert the Editor-in-chief in the event of a potential conflict of interest based on personal acquaintance, financial commitment, various forms of mutual cooperation with the author. Editorial board members and reviewers should not use ideas and information in unpublished manuscripts without the consent of the authors.
- Ethical Violations and Complaints: The Editorial Board will take immediate action in all cases of received signals of unethical conduct, including plagiarism, incorrect citation, manipulation of data and results. The measures include contacts with the affected parties and institutions to reveal the truth of the ethical violations. This process may lead to the withdrawal of the manuscript or, if it has already been printed, to the publication of established ethical violations.
In cases of rejection of a manuscript, the Editorial board recommends that the authors submit the article to another publisher. Authors have the right to request a review, but only if they provide convincing evidence to the editor-in-chief of inaccuracies by the reviewers. In this case, it is possible to appoint a new expert review, which is final.
Obligations of Reviewers
- Contribution to the editorial decisions: The precise work of the reviewers is the basis of the decisions of the editorial board for publication. In addition, reviewers’ suggestions can improve the quality of manuscripts. The editorial board of the magazine “Човешки ресурси & Технологии = HR & Technologies” relies on all authors whose articles have been published to contribute their expertise as future reviewers.
- Timeliness: Any reviewer who does not feel sufficiently competent in the scientific field of the proposed manuscript or is prevented from submitting the review within the expected timeframe must immediately notify the editor-in-chief that he or she refuses to review it.
- Confidentiality: Reviewers should respect the principle of confidentiality and not discuss with third parties any information relating to the proposed manuscript.
- Standards for objectivity: The review should be prepared impartially and on the basis of an objective assessment of the manuscript. Reviewers are expected to express their views competently, clearly and with sufficient arguments.
- Recognition of sources: Reviewers must strictly monitor the correct citation and use of data and sources. Establishing a significant similarity between the peer-reviewed manuscript and an already published article requires notification to the editor-in-chief.
- Declaring a conflict of interest: Reviewers should refrain from reviewing when a conflict of interest arises based on professional, personal, financial and other affiliations with the author. Reviewers should not use ideas and information in unpublished manuscripts without the consent of the authors.
Obligations of the authors
- Compliance with standards, access to and retention of data: Authors must base their conclusions on objective data, accurate calculations and scientific arguments. References to previous studies must be appropriate and performed correctly. The author must keep the data used long enough and make it available on request so that the reader can reproduce the study, in case she/he so wishes.
- Originality and plagiarism: Submitted manuscripts must be original. If the author uses parts of other own or foreign works, they must be cited. Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable.
- Repeated or simultaneous publication: Unethical and unacceptable behavior is the offering of already published articles or the simultaneous offering of one article in several journals.
- Recognition of sources: It is necessary to correctly cite all sources used to create the manuscript.
- Authorship of the article: Only those who have a significant contribution to the writing of the article should be named as authors. Anyone who has made a significant contribution to the article should identify themselves as co-authors. Co-authors must agree with the option offered for publication.
- Declaring a conflict of interest: Authors should declare conflicts of interest that may affect the final results of the study.
- Fundamental errors in already published works: The discovery of significant errors in already published works obliges the author to cooperate with the Editorial board in withdrawing the article or publishing a revised version.
Obligations of the Publisher
- The Publisher warrants that advertising, reprinting or other commercial activities do not affect editorial decisions.
- The Publisher facilitates communication with other magazines and / or publishers if this improves the publishing activity.
- The Publisher cooperates with other publishers and organizations in setting standards for publication ethics.