All parties involved in the publication process (authors, editors, reviewers) are required to adhere to the following ethical standards which are developed in compliance with the Code of Conduct and the Best Practice Guidelines of COPE (Committee of Publication Ethics). The present Publication Ethics govern the regulation of the standards for ethical conduct to which all parties involved in the publication process for the journal “Etudes balkaniques” issued by the Institute of Balkan Studies&Centre of Thracology (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) shall conform. The Publication Ethics also play an important role in the policy of the Editorial Board and aim to guarantee the exclusive publication of papers of the highest possible quality.
- By submitting their manuscript for publication the author declare that the submitted text is entirely their own work and that it has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, that all used sources of data and knowledge are acknowledged and appropriately referred to and cited, and that the manuscript does not contain inaccurate, deliberately falsified or fabricated data. The authors should inform the editors about any significant inaccuracies or errors which they notice subsequent to submission or upon the publication of their paper.
- The reviewer are expected to evaluate the papers they have agreed to review in accordance with the highest academic standards in their field of expertise, to declare any possible conflict of interest which could bias their review, to decline to review manuscripts that they are not competent to review, and to report in their reviews any kind of noticed academic misconduct, including errors, inaccuracies, lack of important references, plagiarism, or other. The reviewers may not use any part of the reviewed text in their own research before the text's publication.
- Being the final decision-makers about the publication of each submission, the editors are the guarantors of the integrity of Etudes balkanique's publication record. In case of academic disputation following/regarding the publication of an article or a review, or concerning technical errors in the journal, the editors reserve the right to publish further details in a following issue within a Discussions rubric.
Fair and Transparent Peer Review Process
- All received manuscripts which fall under the scope of Etudes balkaniques' are sent for a blind review to two independent reviewers. Exceptions are made for invited papers and for book reviews which are only subject to non-blind editorial estimation. If the assessments of the two reviewers differ significantly, the paper is sent to a third reviewer. The final decision about the publication of a submitted text is taken by the editorial team. Once taken, the final decision may not change unless, in the case of a positive decision, a serious fraudulence has been discovered in the accepted paper.
- The editors' decision about the publication of a submitted manuscript is based entirely on the manuscript's relevance to the Etudes balkaniques' scope and the manuscript's academic quality. The decision is taken without regard to the author's gender, nationality, citizenship, academic or institutional position, religious affiliation, political or sexual orientation.
- Both the editors and the reviewers are obliged to treat submitted manuscripts as anonymous and confidential during the whole review process.
- The editors may not disclose the reviewers' identities.