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Ethical standards

1. Publication and authorship

The paper must include a list of references. Their content, form and structure must respect the international citation standards ISO 690 and ISO 690-2. Guidelines for the authors provide examples for usual citation situations.

All authors are obliged to respect copyright laws and publication’s ethical principles against plagiarism. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property and is protected by copyright laws, just like the original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under the copyright protection laws as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file). Plagiarism is the act of taking another person's writing, conversation, song, or even idea and passing it on as your own. This includes information from web pages, books, songs, television shows, email messages, interviews, articles, artworks or any other mediums. Whenever you paraphrase, summarize, or take words, phrases, or sentences from another person's work, it is necessary to indicate the source of the information within your paper using an internal citation. It is not enough to just list the source in a bibliography at the end of your paper. Failing to properly quote, cite or acknowledge someone else's words or ideas with an internal citation is plagiarism. Do not forget to cite unpublished sources (e.g. papers in press or personal communications).

Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source is usually enough to prevent plagiarism. In the case of copyrighted material it is necessary to obtain the permission to use this source.

It is strictly forbidden to publish the same manuscript more times. When submitting your manuscript for publishing you cannot submit the same manuscript for any other publication until your manuscript is definitely rejected for publishing. In the case of resubmitting you should provide information about previous submissions (i.e. name of journal, reviewer comments) to editors.

It is recommended to acknowledge all organisations/persons that provided support for your activities presented in the manuscript. Especially financial support and/or data providers should be properly referred (using the full name and identification of the source).

2. Author's responsibilities

3. Peer review / responsibility for the reviewers

The review process is anonymous, the author does not know who will review his work, and vice versa, the reviewer does not know the author of the publication which is being reviewed. The task of the reviewer is to assess professional quality and originality of the paper and remind his shortcomings and recommend or not recommended paper for publication. The comments from the reviewer are communicated to the author by editors. According to them, the paper must be repaired and completed.

Peer reviewers should:

4. Editorial responsibilities

5. Publishing ethics issues

Ostrava, Czech Republic

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