The ethics and malpractice statement

Forum Scientiae Oeconomia is a peer-reviewed journal. The following statement presents the ethical behaviour of all parties involved in the process of publishing articles for this journal.

Ethical Guidelines for Authors

When you submit a paper to Forum Scientiae Oeconomia, you are confirming that you have read these ethical guidelines, agree to the contents and have taken any appropriate actions.


By submitting a paper to Forum Scientiae Oeconomia, it is understood that all authors have thereby declared that they have read and agree on the content of the submitted paper. 


Submissions may be rejected by journal’s Editorial Office if it is felt that the work was not carried out within an ethical framework.  Forum Scientiae Oeconomia published by WSB University adheres to the principles outlined by COPE – Committee on Publication Ethics ( ) and follows their guidelines in respect of publication ethics and managing problems when they arise.

Competing/conflicting interests 

Authors must make a declaration in their paper of all potential competing interests involving people or organizations that might reasonably be perceived as relevant. 


Plagiarism in any form constitutes a serious violation of the principles of scholarship and is not acceptable. Examples of plagiarism include: 

  1. Word-for-word copying of portions of another's writing without enclosing the copied passage in quotation marks and acknowledging the source in the appropriate scholarly convention.
  2. The use of a particularly unique term or concept without acknowledging the original author or source.
  3. The paraphrasing or abbreviated restatement of someone else's ideas without acknowledging that another person's text has been the basis for the paraphrasing.
  4. False citation: material should not be attributed to a source from which it has not been obtained.
  5. False data: data that has been fabricated or altered in a laboratory or experiment; although not factually plagiarism, this is clearly a form of academic fraud.
  6. Unacknowledged multiple authors or collaboration: the contributions of each author or collaborator should be made clear.
  7. Self-plagiarism/double submission: the submission of the same or a very similar paper to two or more publications.

Publication and authorship

  1. All published papers should be in accordance with the thematic scope of the journal, which includes the following areas: world economy and finance, organizational theory, development and restructuring of organizations, strategic management, marketing, HRM, Innovations and entrepreneurship, CSR and business ethics.
  2. All submitted papers are subject to strict peer-reviewing process by at least two independent reviewers who are experts in the area of the particular paper.
  3. All papers published in the journal are written in English.
  4. Any form of scientific fraud and the infringement of intellectual property rights will be disclosed.

Authors' responsibilities

  1. Authors must guarantee that their manuscripts are their original work.
  2. Authors must guarantee that their manuscripts have not been previously published elsewhere.
  3. Authors must guarantee that their manuscripts are not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.  
  4. Authors must guarantee that their manuscripts have been submitted with the full knowledge and approval of Institutions given as the affiliation of the authors.
  5. All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research.
  6. Authors must identify all sources used in the preparation of their manuscript.
  7. Authors assign copyright or license the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to WSB University.

 Reviewers' responsibilities

  1. Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  2. Reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Any kind of similarity between the manuscript and other published paper must be immediately brought in to notice to the Editor-in-Chief.
  3. Reviewers should be independent experts with no conflict of interest and relationships with any of the authors or institutions connected to the papers.
  4. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and the reviewers should express their views clearly with the supporting arguments and with no personal criticism of the author.
  5. In case, the reviewer feels that it is not possible to complete the review process, he/she must inform the Editor-in-Chief immediately so the manuscript could be sent to any other reviewer.

Editors’ responsibility

  1. Editor-in-Chief has a full responsibility and authority to reject an article at the stage of desk evaluation.
  2. Editor-in-Chief must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated. After passing this evaluation, the manuscript is then forwarded to at least two reviewers for blind peer-review. Each of them will make a recommendation to accept/reject or modify the reviewed manuscript.
  3. Based on the review, Editor-in-Chief has the right to accept or reject the manuscript, or can send it for the modification,
  4. Editor-in-Chief must ensure that each manuscript is reviewed for its intellectual content.
  5. Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the content and overall quality of the publication.
  6. Editor-in-Chief must ensure that information regarding the manuscript is kept confidential.
  7. Editor-in-Chief should preserve the anonymity of reviewers and authors during the review process.
  8. Theme editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.
  9. Theme editors should base their decisions solely on the papers' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication's scope .
  10. Theme editors should act if they suspect misconduct and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.
  11. Theme editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.
  12. The final decision on the publication of a manuscript is taken by the Editor-in-Chief.


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