During preparation of editions of Právněhistorické studie / Legal History Studies (Charles University journal; below referred to as the Journal) the editorial staff follow a professional and objective approach. The aim of every person involved should be to ensure the publication of texts of a high professional quality and scientific contribution to professional public.
Manuscripts submitted to the editorial staff for publication in the Journal must be an original work of the author. This work could not have been published before, entirely or in part, neither in printed nor electronic format. The exceptions are manuscripts already published in part within the scope of a diploma thesis, rigorous thesis, dissertation, dissertation to qualify for associate professorship appointment (habilitation thesis), etc., supposing that this fact is communicated to the editorial staff by the author in advance.
There is no legal right for the author to claim publication of the manuscript in the Journal since the decision of editorial staff to publish the manuscript is discretionary. The author has the right to be thoroughly informed of the basis of a decision leading not to publish the manuscript.
The manuscript must not be submitted for publication in more than one journal at the same time. The manuscript may be sent for consideration to another journal only after it is rejected by the editorial staff of the Journal.
Authors commit themselves to follow professional standards and methods of scientific work while preparing the manuscript.
Authors will avoid breaching of copyright of other authors, plagiarism, and auto-plagiarism. Authors are obliged to secure the permission from other authors if they plan to use their work, if such permission is necessary, to properly cite and quote works of other authors and of themselves whether they are using literal transcription or just paraphrase the original work.
In case of breaching of any of the above mentioned principles the consideration of subsequent manuscripts by an author may be rejected.
Editorial staff and members of the Editorial Board undertake to ensure objective evaluation of the manuscripts in a constructive, confidential manner, and they shall not misuse their position, neither advantaging nor disadvantaging any manuscript. Manuscripts are evaluated strictly and solely on the basis of their professional qualities and contribution to academia, while the editors and members of the Editorial Board base their decisions on reviewers’ evaluations. Editorial staff will not be partial to any particular school of thought or methodological approach but, on the contrary, shall secure theoretical and methodological plurality.
Editorial office may require the revision of manuscripts on the basis of editorial evaluation and reviewers’ expertise while keeping the plurality of opinions and respecting the freedom of speech. In case that the reviewer will not recommend the manuscript for publication and the editorial staff will decide to publish it, the reviewer is entitled to the explanation of such decision.
Editors must not disclose the manuscript to anyone else but reviewers, authors, co-authors, members of the Editorial Board or other editorial staff of the Journal. Editors and members of the Editorial Board keep the anonymity of the authors and reviewers within the scope of the peer review process.
Reviewers evaluate the manuscripts independently, objectively, and on the basis of their best knowledge. Reviewers are experts in the given field who are not employed at the same workplace as the author of the evaluated manuscript. Reviewers carry out/complete their evaluation report usually within 30 days. No one who has anyhow contributed to the origin of the manuscript as a co-author, advisor, supervisor, or guarantor, etc. can become a reviewer. No information regarding the evaluated manuscript will be submitted to third parties.