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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Agreement upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor-in-chief, the peer reviewers and the publisher. (The following ethic statements are based on COPE‘s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors).

Publication decisions 

The publication of an article in our double-blind peer-reviewed journal concerns education, educational research, pedagogy, methodology fields. The editor-in-chief of the PEGAS Journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor-in-chief may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor-in-chief confers with other editors or reviewers in making this decision. They evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers 

Double-blind peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the experts form the scientific board and the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. If any selected editor referee who feels unqualified to review the research and the manuscript article should notify the editor-in-chief and excuse himself from the review process.
Manuscripts received for review are treated as confidential documents and are reviewed by anonymous editor staff. They will not be shown to or discussed with others except the editor-in-chief´s authorisation. Reviews should be conducted objectively: editor referees express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review is to be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement, an observation, derivation, or argument that had been reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge. 

Duties of Authors 
Authors of contributions and research studies should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Manuscripts in MS Word must be written in one of the following languages (English, Slovak, Russian) following the rules of academic style where high-quality grammar and style are essential. Submissions must include – apart from the main text – the following elements: title, authors, affiliations, contacts, abstracts, key words, and when applicable: introduction, main text, research results, conclusion, appendix, references. Papers should be formatted into A4-size pages, with the title and whole author´s names in 10-point, abstracts, key words, main text, bibliographic references and professional signature in 9-point Times New Roman, in single-spaced one-column format. Figures and tables must be sized as they are to appear in print. Figures should be placed exactly where they are to appear within the text. Other formats are not acceptable. Authors submit their papers electronically through e-mail to the Journal's submission address
The paper should be sent from the professional (academic institution) e-mail address in two folders. In the first folder, there will be the author´s name, the whole professional institution address, an academic e-mail address. In the second folder, there will be the very final author´s version of the scientific article about selected educational topics (without author´s identification). Besides, the author submits, in the second e-mail article attachment, two formats of abstract and key words and the title of the article. The first format of abstract and key words will be written in the language of the article (English, Slovak, Russian). The second format of abstract and key words as well as the title of the article are obligatory submitted in English. In the e-mail which will contain the two folders, the author will write a note that the submitted article was not published elsewhere and is not under consideration by any other journal. The authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review. The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if they have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Authors should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. 

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication. All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author´s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

All manuscripts will be subject to a well established, fair, unbiased peer review and refereeing procedure, and considered on the basis of their significance, novelty and usefulness to the journal´s readership. The reviewers' identities remain anonymous to authors. The review process may take several weeks. Each paper will be provided with a paper ID for further reference and anonymous reviewers will be in contact with you via if the article is accepted with the minor changes. 

The review output will be one of the following decisions: A, Accept; B, Accept with minor changes; C, Reject. 
A, The paper is accepted if it fulfils the scope of the journal, treats a new theory, an innovative approach or is a result of research led in the field of education (see the journal´s scope), is written in scientific English, Russian or Slovak, was not published elsewhere, is not under the review process elsewhere, no authorship misconduct is revealed. 
B, The paper is accepted with minor changes if it fulfills the scope, the level of scientific writing and a condition of the innovation or research but there occur small mistakes of the formal side.
C, The paper is rejected if one or more A´s conditions are not maintained.
If required, authors need to revise the paper according to reviewer's comments. After publishing, the authors will receive a copy of the journal or may download the journal from the website. They are supposed to point it out in the first document when sending the mail with the article.

The complete versions of the journal issues in PDF are published on the journal‘s webpage on February and September. 

Slavonic Pedagogical Studies Journal online ISSN 1339-9055 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. 

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