The International Journal of Sports Humanities (hereinafter referred to as IJSHU) is an online, open-access and peer-reviewed scientific journal that adopts the COPE philosophy – Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, which strives to uphold the standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). IJSHU, as a community of scholars, believes that ethical publishing requires active participation by authors, peer reviewers, editors, and the publisher in the process. For this reason, IJSHU expects compliance with the ethical principles summed up below.
Ethical principles of the editor and publisher
In its activities, the editor is responsible for the publication of works of authorship, and must follow the following principles:
– The decision made whether to accept or reject articles must be based solely on their scholarly merit, their importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the journal’s mission and advancement of the Sports Humanities
– The editor should evaluate manuscripts content regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, origin, social status, or political affiliation of authors.
– Data from manuscripts submitted for peer reviewing process must not be used for personal purposes or passed on to third parties without the explicit written consent of authors. Information obtained in the process of editing must always be kept confidential and never used for personal gain.
– The editor should not allow a manuscript to be published if there is any suspicion of plagiarism.
– In case of detection of a conflict of interest, the in conjunction with the publisher must take all necessary measures to redress.
Ethical principles of reviewers
The reviewer provides scientific expertise and must be impartial by following the principles mentioned below:
– Manuscripts received for review should be treated as a confidential material, which cannot be transmitted to third parties who are not involved with full powers in the peer review and editing process from the editors.
– The reviewer is obliged to give objective and reasoned assessments of study results. Personal criticism of the author is not allowed.
– The reviewer should not use unpublished data from manuscripts submitted for consideration for their own purposes.
– If the reviewer, in their opinion, is not qualified to assess a manuscript, or cannot be objective, in the case of a conflict of interest with the author or an organization, should inform the editor with a request to exclude them from the review process.
Principles that should guide the author of scientific publications
The author is responsible for the novelty and validity of the results of scientific research, and they follow the principles below:
– The authors should provide accurate research results. False or fraudulent statements are not acceptable.
– Authors should ensure that the results of studies outlined in the manuscript submitted are entirely original. Plagiarism in any form is unethical and not acceptable.
– All people who have contributed to the research, which has led to the results showed in the study submitted to IJSHU must be recognized.
– Authors should not submit the manuscript to IJSHU, which has been submitted to another journal and is under consideration, as well as an article already published.
– Co-authors of the article should include all persons who have made significant contributions to the study. It is unacceptable to designate people who did not participate in the study.
– If the author finds significant errors or inaccuracies in the article on the phase of examination or after being published, they must as soon as possible notify the editor.