Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Ostrava Journal of English Philology follows and honours the general ethical principles of publication in research, as declared by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics – for more details see Since the aim of the Ostrava Journal of English Philology is to contribute to the development of knowledge in the field of English philology, the editorial board examines all submitted contributions to ensure that they do not misrepresent research results, which could damage the trust in the journal.


All articles submitted to the Ostrava Journal of English Philology must be original, and cannot be submitted to other journals for simultaneous consideration. It is not acceptable to submit manuscripts that have been published previously. All quotations and paraphrases must be properly documented in accordance with the journal’s guidelines.

Contributors to the journal are obliged to

  • acknowledge all sources
  • - provide a list of references and/or statements of financial support for their research paper - participate in the peer review process (they are expected to redraft the paper or revise it critically in accordance with the recommendations of reviewers, provided that publication of the paper is conditioned upon such redrafting) - avoid any form of plagiarism

Fraudulent research and knowingly inaccurate statements and plagiarism in any of its forms constitute unethical behavior and are considered unacceptable. In such cases, the contribution will be rejected (see Peer-review process).

Authorship of submitted articles shall be limited to those who have made a substantial contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the work. The leading author ensures there is a full consensus of all co-authors in the final approval of the version of the paper to be published.

Peer-review process

All submitted articles are reviewed in a double-blind review process and read by the editorial staff. Reviews are elaborated by scholars who are experts in the given fields. To avoid conflicts of interest, these reviewers are not allowed to be affiliated with the institution of the author. Authors and reviewers are required to inform the editors about all conflicts of interest relevant to the work under consideration. In the review process, the editors do not disclose the identity of authors and reviewers. The editors are obliged to inform the authors about the results of the review process and to give them important feedback (based on the independent peer reviewers’ reports) which may lead to an improvement in the quality of the article. The reviewers are responsible for giving an objective, unbiased assessment of the submitted manuscript. In the case of any doubts regarding possible plagiarism, the reviewers draw attention to such doubts. If the editors detect plagiarism or any other cases of misconduct, the author’s work will be rejected and his/her institution will be informed. The reviews contribute to the final editorial decision-making process.

Editors and editorial board

The editorial board makes a constant effort to improve the professional and formal quality of the Ostrava Journal of English Philology. Editors will ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept confidential before publication. The editors reserve the right to make changes to the language, form and style of the papers submitted. The editor and editorial board of the journal are solely responsible for making decisions on which articles submitted to the journal shall be published.

Copyright and access

By submitting a contribution for publication in the Ostrava Journal of English Philology, the author of the text gives consent to the publication of the article in the Journal’s electronic archive, which can be accessed openly via the journal’s website. The Journal retains the copyright to the articles. Any requests for reprints must be sent to the Editor-in-Chief. Any commercial re-use of published articles, in part or in whole, is subject to prior approval and negotiation of the terms of such a re-publication. The publisher of the Ostrava Journal of English Philology is the University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. The copyright is owned by the Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. The journal is available online – all issues can be found on The printed version can be purchased or a subscription taken out here: . All issues are archived in printed form in the Czech National Library and some other libraries in the Czech Republic, and also at the Department of English and American Studies of the University of Ostrava. The electronic versions of these issues can be found in the Electronic Archive section of the journal’s website.

Updated: 12. 11. 2019