Journal's ethical standards

BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE JOURNAL
Forum Historiae (hereinafter FH) is an open access online peer-reviewed scholarly journal. It is published by the Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The journal is managed by editors (with an editor-in-chief in charge), in cooperation with the National and International Editorial Boards of the journal, which are composed of scholars from the fields of social and human sciences from Slovakia and abroad. The editors supervise the compliance of the articles with ethical standards and monitor the quality of published papers. Ethical standards are binding for FH editorial staff as well as for authors who publish in the FH journal. FH is published online twice a year, in the form of monothematic issues. The editors, in collaboration with the editorial staff, are responsible for the selection of articles and their formal aspects.
Forum Historiae is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.
Publishing of articles in FH is free of charges, no fee or any other kind of financial compensation can be asked from the authors.
FH accepts manuscripts and publishes articles in English, Slovak, and Czech.

THE DUTIES OF THE EDITORS
The board of editors ensure that the published articles correspond to internationally accepted ethical principles and academic conventions, and prevent commercial pressure to misuse and influence intellectual and ethical principles. The editors commit themselves to constantly improving the quality of the journal, to promoting freedom of expression, to ensuring the independence of the editors and of the scientific discourse and to protecting intellectual property.

ORIGINALITY OF THE ARTICLES
FH journal publishes only original and previously unpublished articles that have undergone a peer review process. The professional quality of each submission is assessed by at least two reviewers. Reviewers are scholars working in an academic or university environment or in other specialised institutions. The review process is anonymous. Editors do not accept plagiarised articles or articles which do not meet the scholarly criteria.

THE EDITOR'S OBLIGATIONS
The editor (or editors) has a right to decline a submitted article if it does not correspond with the thematic focus of the forthcoming number. As regards the publication of the article, the editor (or editors) and editorial board decide whether an article will be published or not, taking into consideration the outcome of review process. If the editor and author is one and the same person (an editor who aspires to publish in the journal which s/he edits), then the review process must be conducted independently of the editor-author and without his/her interference. Only reviews and transcripts of historical documents may be published without the review process. The editor (or editors) cannot be in a conflict of interest with the authors of submitted articles. The editor (or editors) safeguards the anonymity of contributors and reviewers. The editors, reviewers and editorial board assess the quality of articles regardless of the age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnic origin or political views of the author.

THE AUTHOR'S OBLIGATIONS
Individual issues of the FH journal are monothematic. The editor (or editors) approach scholars and professionals in the selected scientific field with an offer to publish an article and/or issues a Call for Paper. Potential contributors may also contact the editorial staff with articles for possible publication.
The results of the review process are binding for the authors. The condition for the publication of an article is that the author is obliged to incorporate the recommendations of the reviewers to the extent determined by the reviewers. Authors are required to comply with the citation norms and editorial standards of the FH journal published at http://www.forumhistoriae.sk/web/guest/redakcia. Every individual who participated in the research and writing of an article must be listed as a co-author. However, a person who was not involved in the research or writing cannot be listed as a co-author. An author has the right to appeal against the decision not to publish an article. The appeal must be addressed to the editor-in-chief. The appeal is decided on by editors, and in exceptional cases, in cooperation with the National or International Editorial Boards of FH. In submitting the article the author agrees to the above mentioned ethical standards.
Authors agree with unlimited and free of charge access of their published articles in FH and in the databases of scientific and scholalry journals.

THE PEER REVIEW PROCESS AND THE REVIEWERS' OBLIGATIONS
The review process is anonymous and confidential. Each article is reviewed by two anonymous reviewers. The reviewers critically assess all relevant aspects - such as originality, quality and relevance of the methods and sources used, quality of analyses - of the paper under review. Reviewers must avoid ad hominem criticism of the author. A third party has no access to the review report. Reviewers must not be in a conflict of interest with the author, with the submitted research and/or with the organization or individuals who finance or otherwise support the research. Reviewers are chosen by the editors of the particular issue based on academic orientation and erudition. Reviewers are scholars working in an academic or university environment or in other specialised institutions.
Any contentious issues, which are not regulated in these ethical standards will be dealt with in accordance with the rules of Committee on Publication Ethics.(http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines).