Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher. The ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

All of the information was processed in accordance with COPE, Committee on Publication Ethics (if there are any changes within the standards or breach of given standards - Studia sportiva takes an immediate action).

Publication Ethics Processes

  1. Studia sportiva expects for all submissions to be original and not published in any other journal.
  2. Submissions must be free of unethical practices, which includes: plagiarism, falsification/fabrication of the data, falsely attributed contributions to the paper by the author collective, missing ethical statements or approval of ethical committee if the research requires human data, slicing of the paper, use of stolen data and other practices that violate ethics principles (see more at point 11).
  3. Suspicions of alleged unethical practices can be raised by any of the journal editors, reviewers, authors or reader to any of the journal editors (who then raise the issue to the editor in chief).
  4. Editor in chief is responsible for investigating all alleged unethical practices.
  5. If the claim is supported by the evidence, editor in chief informs authors of the paper and invited them to provide an explanation.
  6. If confirmed, editor in chief will inform the institution of the authors about found unethical practices.
  7. If it happens during review process, the process will be stopped until the case is clarified. Based on the results, the review process will either continue or will be halted.
  8. If the review process hasn´t started, the paper will be rejected.
  9. If the paper was already published, the paper is retracted with retraction notice on the website under Article Corrections and Retractions.
  10. In the case of repeated offense (2nd substantiated unethical practice), the author receives a lifetime ban from publishing in Studia sportiva.
  11. Studia sportiva adheres to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (


Scientific Misconduct

In the event of suspected or proven scientific misconduct, fraud or plagiarism, the publisher will undertake, in close cooperation with the editors, all necessary steps to clarify the situation and correct the article. Part of this process is the immediate publication of a notice of correction, or, in the most serious cases, withdrawal of the works in question.

More information can be found here - under ABOUT THE JOURNAL


Ethics Committee Approval

we ask you to provide the copy if your research requires one


Informed Consent and Ethical Principles (when working with human data)

All activities in conducting research must comply with ethical principles and relevant national, EU and international legislation. Example is - the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights. The most common ethical issue usually include: the protection of children, patients and other vulnerable populations, privacy and data protection. Authors need to make sure the publishing of research results of a study in which all research participants have signed informed consent and have been given full information on the possible effects of research intervention. Informed consent should contain an option to withdraw from the research for any reason. 

Authors should indicate whether the procedures followed have been assessed by the responsible ethical committee (institutional and national), or if no formal ethics committee is available/needed (when the research involves human data).   


Publication Decisions

The editor of the Studia Sportiva is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor 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 may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play

The editor at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author (s).


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.


Editor Responsibilities

  • is responsible for the anonymous, unbiased, and transparent review process
  • is responsible for the time frame in which the review process is progressing
  • does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, a political declaration, ethnic or geographic origin of the author (s)
  • maintains confidentiality; manuscripts are given to the people working on review process (and technical parts of the journal)
  • makes sure the chosen reviewers are qualified to asses the chosen topic in manuscript
  • reacts immediately if there is any problem reported by the authors.
  • if some errors occur, editors decide if the manuscript will be corrected or revoked.