The Code of Ethics of Slaviyanski dialozi is based on the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and aims to provide a most favourable environment to accommodate the creative dialogue between authors, translators, editors, and reviewers.

Responsibilities of the Editorial Board

The editorial board must comply with all rules of honest and constructive dialogue with all participants in the creative process.

All members of the editorial board have an equal say when discussing and voting on any given issue.

All members of the editorial board bear the responsibility of scouting and vetting valuable researchers and translators, as well as helping with the process of establishing the journal’s prestige.

All submissions are evaluated objectively and according to their qualities, regardless of their authors’ sex, gender, social status, or religious affiliations. Submissions influenced by political or institutional factors are considered unacceptable.

In the case of implied or proven scientific contradiction, fraud, or plagiarism, the editorial board discusses the situation and makes a majority decision.

The chief editor offers for discussion content and timetables for the publishing of separate issues, as well as disputes. All decisions are made by an open vote.

All members of the acting editorial board must keep a strict level of confidentiality and are forbidden to comment issues that may undermine the journal’s or the participants’ authority in the public sphere.

The editorial board cannot offer any work to another journal without the knowledge and permission of said work’s author.

It is an important point in our ethics of publishing to avoid conflicts of interest. To that end, all manuscripts are reviewed by persons who are not relatives of the author and are outside of the institiution which the author is representing or affiliated with.

The journal adheres to the the principle of bilateral anonymity, which both the chief editor and all members of the editorial board are responsible to maintain.

All submissions by authors or translators, as well as peer reviews, are confidential and are kept within the digital archive of the journal, to which only the chief editor has access.

Responsibilities of the Examiners

Examiners are chosen by the chief editor after consulting the editorial board.

Examiners must approach the provided text responsibly and professionally. They must reject a text if they feel inadequate about the topic or consider that their participation would create a conflict of interest. Their decision to accept or reject a text must be made clear within a week after receiving it.

After confirming their participation, examiners must present their review in three weeks’ time from the day they were invited by filling out their reviewer’s evaluation form. It is encouraged that they use Track Changes if they have suggestions or remarks about the reviewed text but in such a way that their identity remains concealed. By directing the author’s attention to specific points in the manuscript or translated text, they help perfecting the published material.

Examiners must survey not only the quality of the text but also whether the technical requirements are being met. They must highlight every part of the manuscript where there has been incorrect use of outside sources or omissions of sources in the main text and the bibliography.

Each reviewer’s card and text version of the reviewed material are confidential. Only the chief editor and the author have access to them.

Responsibilities of the Authors

Authors of scientific articles and reviews of new issues, as well as translations of fiction must submit only unpublished material.

Scientific articles must be innovative—they must offer original and soundly argumented theses.

Authors must correctly cite their sources. Even the slightest attempt at plagiarism is deemed inadmissible.

Authors must report conflicts of interest, if such occur.

Only the author is considered responsible in the case of presenting incorrect scientific data.

Authors must treat recommendations and critique with respect and comply with them. If they wish to reject them, they need to present convincing argumentation.

Authors must react to any inconsistencies or questions that the examiners might raise. If they do not send a reply to the email address of the publisher in the span of two weeks, the editorial board retains the right to refuse to publish the submitted manuscript or postpone it until a future discussion takes place.

Authors should refrain from sending self-edited texts before they receive an examiner’s assessment as this would hinder the workflow. They are allowed to make their own edits only after they receive back the reviewed text.