The editors of the Theological Yearbook inform authors that a ghostwriting firewall is used in the publishing process.
Reliability in science is one of its foundations and as such, readers of the magazine should be sure that the authors of the publication present the results of their work in a reliable and honest way. Proof of the ethical attitude of the researcher and the most important editorial standards should be the disclosure of information about all entities contributing to the publication. Examples of procedures which contravene the policy of openness and honesty in science are ghostwriting and guest authorship.
How should these terms be understood?
- We have to do with ghostwriting when someone has contributed to the publication without revealing his or her participation as one of the authors or without referring to his or her role in the acknowledgements included in the publication.
- We have to do with guest authorship (honorary authorship) when the participation of the author is negligible or none, although he or she is the author/co-author of the publication.
To prevent the cases of ghostwriting and guest authorship, the Editorial Board of the Theological Yearbook have introduced the following procedures:
- Authors who send their publications to the editors should disclose the contribution of individual authors of the publication, giving their affiliation and information, who is the author of the concepts, assumptions, methods, statistical summaries, etc., used in the preparation of the publication. The main responsibility for the correctness and reliability of the information lies with the author submitting the work for publication.
- The Editorial Board informs authors that any cases of scientific misconduct detected will be disclosed, including notifying the relevant entities (institutions employing the authors, scientific societies, associations of scientific editors, etc.). The Editorial Board will remove any articles in which the author has committed scientific misconduct from the online version, and give the reason for its removal. The editors will also publish this information in the following printed version of the journal.
- The Editorial Board obliges authors of the submitted texts to provide information on possible sources of financing of the publication; the contribution of scientific and research institutions, associations and other entities to the creation of the scientific text (financial disclosure).
The editors will document all manifestations of scientific misconduct, in particular breaking and violating the ethical principles in force in science.