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. All submissions to Studia sportiva must be original and free of unethical practices.
  2. Unethical practices include plagiarism, data falsification, data fabrication, paper slicing, paper written by someone else for the authors, and other practices that violate the generally accepted research ethics principles.
  3. The Editor-in-chief is responsible for investigating all alleged unethical practices.
  4. In case of an alleged unethical practice, the Editor-in-chief informs the authors of the paper, provides the necessary evidence and invites the authors to provide explanation.
  5. Concerns about unethical practices can be expressed by the Editor-in-chief and Editorial board members, paper reviewers, authors, readers and other people who have encountered such practices.
  6. If an unethical practice is identified during the review process, the review process is stopped until the case is clarified. The review process continues if the alleged unethical practice is not substantiated.
  7. If an alleged unethical practice is substantiated for a paper that has not been yet sent for review, is currently under review or has been accepted but not published yet, the paper is rejected.
  8. If an alleged unethical practice is substantiated for a paper that has already been published, the paper is retracted and a retraction notice is published in the next available volume of the journal. For completeness of the bibliographic records, the text of the retracted paper remains online, but with a watermark “Retracted”.
  9. In case of a second substantiated unethical practice, the author receives a life-time ban for publication it Studia sportiva.
  10. 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 is described below, under TRANSPARENCY


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.