CAAS JOURNALS ETHICAL STANDARDS

All the 11 journals published by the Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS): are subjected to the highest ethical standards. All the authors, reviewers, and editors and co-editors are required to conform to the following ethical rules. In case of any doubts regarding the Ethical standards, do not hesitate to contact the Executive editors of the particular journal: http://www.agriculturejournals.cz/web/.

The CAAS ethical standards are in accordance with the COPE standards.

Obligations of Editors-in-Chief and Associate Editors:

The Editor-in-Chief has a complete responsibility and authority to approve the submitted publication or reject it. The Editor-in-Chief may delegate this responsibility to Associate Editor.

The Editor (both Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors) has to confirm the receipt of the submitted manuscript within five working days and ensure an efficient, fair and timely review process.

The Editor makes the editorial decision in a responsive speed will communicate them in a clear and constructive manner.

The Editor should clearly identify the manuscripts that are fully within the scope and the aim of the particular CAAS journal.

The Editor has to treat the submitted manuscripts without regard to the race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s).

The Editor should approve to review process and publication only manuscripts of the highest quality,

The Editor(s) and the editorial staff will not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration or its disposition to anyone other than those from whom professional advice is sought.

To recuse him or her from processing any manuscript if he or she has any conflict of interest with any of the authors or institutions related to the manuscripts.

The Editor has to respect the intellectual independence of authors.

In case the Editor-in-Chief is an author of the article, then the editorial responsibility must be delegated to an Associate Editor.

Editors should avoid situations of real or perceived conflicts of interest.

The Editor has to choose appropriate reviewers for the particular manuscript (that has been approved for the review process) considering the area of expertise of the reviewer.

Editors must ensure that all the reviewers‘ identity is kept confidential.

The Editor(s) cannot use any part of the content of the submitted manuscript for his or her own future research as the submitted manuscript is not published yet, except with the consent of the author.

The Editor must respond immediately and take a proper action when ethical problem occurs concerning a submitted or a published manuscript.

Authors’ responsibilities:

The authors before the submission of the manuscript should carefully read and then follow the Instructions to authors of each CAAS journal http://www.agriculturejournals.cz/web/.

The authors must claim, that the submitted manuscript (or any of its part) is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere nor has been already published (or if so the relevant works must be cited in the manuscript.

The authors must ensure that the manuscript is original, prepared to a high scholarly standard and fully referenced using the prescribed referencing convention.

The authors should ensure, that all the authors participated actively on the manuscript preparation and contributed substantially to study planning, data collection or interpretation of results and wrote or critically revised the manuscript and approved its final submitted version. And that all the people that are listed as authors of the manuscript are aware of and have agreed to be listed and no person who meets the authorship criteria has been omitted.

The authors have to ensure that all the authors agree to the manuscript publication in the particular CAAS journal (online – Open Acess and printed version) after any amendments arising from the peer review.

The authors should accurately acknowledge the funding sources related to the submitted manuscript.

The author(s) must carefully read all the conditions included in the copyright form and to accept the copyright during the submission process.

The author(s) must clarify that all the data used in the manuscript has been acquired following the ethical research standards. They have to ensure that all the experiments performed comply with the current Czech and EU laws and regulations and WMA relating to the transport, housing and use of animals in research if applicable.

When submitting the manuscript, the authors should propose at least 3 reviewers, preferably from different institution or country, to avoid any conflict of interest. The contact emails of the proposed reviewers should be institutional (not the public email addresses as gmail.com).

The author(s) must declare any potential conflict of interest at any state during the publication process.

The authors must cooperate with the editors in retraction or correction of manuscript if necessary. The authors should immediately inform the editors whenever any obvious error in his or her published manuscript is identified.

Reviewers’ responsibilities:

The reviewer after receiving the invitation to review the manuscript should immediately inform the editors whenever he or she feels incompetent to review the assigned manuscript or sees difficulties to meet the deadline of the review completion. The reviewer should inform the editors if there is any possible conflict of interest related to the assigned manuscript. For example in case the reviewer is invited to review manuscript of his or her colleague from the same institution etc.

In case the reviewer cannot review the manuscript, he or she is asked to suggest another expert from the field of expertise.

The reviewer has to treat the manuscript in a confidential manner and not to use any part of the content of the reviewed manuscript for his or her future research as the reviewing manuscript is not published yet.

The main task of the reviewer is to help to improve the quality of the manuscript with the appropriate care and attention, review the manuscript objectively and being constructively critical.

The reviewer should inform the editors whenever he or she finds similarities between the reviewing manuscript and another article either published or under consideration to another journal.

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