THE LITERATURE/LITERATURATA Journal endorses and respects the norms of conduct and international standards that have been established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and can be found free of charge on their website - http://publicationethics.org/. Documents in this regard include the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers -https://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_..., COPE Conflict of Interest Policy at https://publicationethics.org/competinginterests and Handling competing interests: https://publicationethics.org/resources/discussion-documents/handling-competing-interests-january-2016-0#:~:text=Key%20points,of%20the%20individual%20or%20organisation
THE LITERATURE/LITERATURATA Journal insists that authors, editors, reviewers and readers be aware of and comply with the Conflict of Interest Policy, which is consistent with the COPE Conflict of Interest Policy on https://publicationethics.org/competinginterests and Handling competing interests: https://publicationethics.org/resources/discussion-documents/handling-co...
Each author is required to disclose his/her affiliation and sources of funding for the project that may create a conflict of interest;
The author must provide information on:
- their institutional affiliation
- funding information, if available
- competing intellectual or financial interests in the last 5 years
Every author, editor reviewer and reader should familiarize themselves with the actions to be taken when a conflict of interest is suspected: https://publicationethics.org/sites/default/files/conflict-of-interest-publlished-article-cope-flowchart-v2.pdf
If the editors doubt the transparency of the process and prove inaccuracies, they reserve the right to reject the manuscript.
If an anonymous report of a violation of the Conflict of Interest Policy is received and verification of the report proves a violation, the editors reserve the right to reject the manuscript.
Any reader of THE LITERATURE/LITERATURATA Journal may report an irregularity to the editors, who are obligated to preserve the reader's anonymity.
Editors are obliged to respect the subordination stated in Editors: https://naum.slav.uni-sofia.bg/en/literaturata/editors
Decisions of both the editorial team and the reaction board are subject to discussion to protect the integrity of the publication if a violation of any policy is suspected.
Members of the editorial team and editorial board may be replaced if:
- working for another journal would lead to a conflict of interest,
- often accept manuscripts that do not meet the requirements,
- are proven to be non-compliant with the norms of conduct and international standards set by the Committee on Publication Ethics
The editors have the right to propose new team members who are proven scholars in their field, respect the norms of conduct and international standards that have been established by the Committee on Publication Ethics.
It is unacceptable for members of the editorial team to have decision-making authority in two or more journals that compete for the same manuscripts.
It is unacceptable for the editors to accept an invitation to be a guest editor from a competing journal for an initiative that may be published in this journal.
Since its inception 16 years ago, the journal LITERATURE/LITERATURATA has invited to its staff scholars whose scholarly interests are public; editors who have proven their professionalism; and it does not admit to its staff editors who would violate norms of conduct and international standards.
If THE LITERATURE/LITERATURATA Journal decides to invite a new member to its team, the journal must request a list of the candidate's scientific interests and contributions.
The anonymous referees of the journal prepare their reviews following all the rules stated in these ethics. The reviewers of the journal shall be habilitated persons only. On average, they produce 4 anonymous reviews for each issue.
The reviews are approved by members of the editorial team, who have equal rights and undertake to comply with the rules described in these Ethics.
If a conflict arises, it is discussed by all editors and a majority decision is made in a timely manner.
THE LITERATURE/LITERATURATA Journal insists on honesty and professionalism in all aspects of publication. It publishes original texts of significance to the intellectual community, presented in the best possible form and to the highest standards. The same high standards are upheld by our authors and reviewers. Authenticity, integrity and fairness - on the part of authors - and fairness, objectivity and confidentiality - on the part of editors and reviewers - are among the priorities that help us achieve our goal.
THE LITERATURE/LITERATURATA Journal highly values the work and time of its authors. For this reason, the editors become familiar with the topic of the manuscript submitted through the Scholar One System and promptly inform the author in which of the next issues it may be included. The author reserves the right to withdraw his/her manuscript and publish it in another edition, and LITERATURE is obliged to respect this decision and not to publish the text. The reviewer must register the review in Scholar One System within two months.
THE LITERATURE/LITERATURATA Journal insists that all authors and readers be familiar with and abide by the Authorship Policy in order to enforce the ethical obligations and requirements of the journal.
The author has made a significant contribution to the conception of the text, analysis or interpretation of the data;
The author is responsible for writing the text and for critically reviewing it for intellectual content;
The author to exercise final approval of the version to be published;
The author to be responsible for all aspects of the work, ensuring that issues relating to the accuracy or integrity of any part of it are dealt with appropriately.
When an author collective has created the text:
Each member of the team must meet the specified criteria for authorship;
Have an equal vote with all others in approving the final manuscript;
Take responsibility for their part of the text;
Be trusted by their colleagues to carry out their work with integrity;
Each team member is expected to complete the Privacy and Consent Statement;
Authors who do not meet the above criteria for authorship should not be acknowledged as authors, but their work should be acknowledged with their names and specific contributions.
Duties of editors:
- must strive to meet the needs of readers and authors;
- must comply with the author's wishes if he/she wishes to withdraw his/her text, and this should not affect future collaboration with him/her;
- must strive to constantly improve their journal;
- must implement mechanisms to ensure the quality of the material they publish;
- must protect freedom of expression;
- must maintain the integrity of academic documentation;
- must prclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards;
- must always be prepared to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when necessary;
- must make fair and impartial decisions, without being driven by commercial considerations, and should ensure a fair and competent peer review process;
- should apply an editorial policy that promotes maximum transparency, completeness and reliability of information;
- should take care to preserve the anonymity of the author by not advancing manuscripts for peer review until the author has removed identifying information
- must send reviewers manuscripts only in the Scholar One System, thus ensuring an independent review process through double-blind, anonymous peer review. It implies that the reviewer and the author have no information about each other, including the institutions they represent;
- must ensure that the two-month deadline for submitting the completed review to the Scholar One System is met
- must take care to preserve the integrity of what is published by making corrections;
- must check for authorship originality each text through StrikePlagiarism.com plugin, part of the e-learning system of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"- https://elearn.uni-sofia.bg
- must not tolerate attempts at cheating or plagiarism;
- must check any alleged abuse;
- if a text is proven to violate these ethical rules, the editors must decide not to publish it;
- must ensure that the Privacy and Consent Statement, which each author can access, is adequately completed. The editors' attention should be focused on the following requirements: that the manuscript is the author's, that it has not been published in another journal, and that the author consents to inclusion in an issue of the journal; and that the author confirms that there is no conflict of interest with THE LITERATURE/LITERATURATA.
- Must not approve for publication any text that does not meet the requirements of the Privacy and Consent Statement.
Obligations of reviewers:
- must make fair and impartial decisions, without being guided by commercial considerations, and should follow a fair and competent peer review process
- may only review a text in the Scholar One System, thus ensuring an independent review process through double-blind, anonymous peer review
- must not in any way give away the author's identity and institutional affiliation when reviewing in the Scholar One System
- must implement editorial policies that promote maximum transparency, comprehensiveness, reliability of information, and complete anonymity between author and reviewer
- must meet the two-month deadline for submitting the completed review to Scholar One System
- must take care to preserve the integrity of what is published by making corrections to texts and notify editors promptly if there is any suspicion of misuse in publications
- have the right to recommend a text for publication after editing by the author, the anonymity of both parties being guaranteed by Scholar One System
- must not tolerate attempts at fraud or plagiarism
Obligations of authors:
- must submit their manuscripts to Scholar One System, and send their short (creative biography) presentation additionally to editors' emails
- must submit articles in accordance with the journal's ethical guidelines;
- must confirm through the Privacy and Consent Statement, and Scholar One System, that their manuscripts are original; have not been published in other journals. Authors must consent to inclusion in an issue of the journal and declare that they have no conflict of interest with THE LITERATURE/LITERATURATA.
- They must adhere to the Publication Requirements - https://naum.slav.uni-sofia.bg/literaturata/requirements , observing that their manuscripts are anonymous
- are not allowed to choose their reviewers in Scholar One System
- must present their scientific results clearly without falsifying or manipulating data;
- they must try to describe their methods unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by other scientists;
- authors are obliged to make corrections to their articles that are reflected in the peer review without violating the general two-month time limit set for the peer review process.