Terms of publication

Faculty of Law at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice is the publisher of the scientific journal STUDIA IURIDICA Cassoviensia. The scientific nature of the journal determines that the contributions submitted for publication shall meet the formal, structural, and content requirements. These requirements, the review process, and the subsequent publication are described in the following Terms of publication in the scientific journal STUDIA IURIDICA Cassoviensia.

I. Principles of publication ethics



By sending a manuscript to the publisher an author confirms that his/her text is an original piece of work which has not been published yet. Any plagiarism, submission of identical or already published manuscripts and fraudulent misrepresentation are considered by the publisher as unacceptable and unethical. Non-original works and works which are plagiarism will not be published by the publisher. Original work published as a working paper or in other language version, is not considered as an obstacle in publishing. The Principles are based on the following sources of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics): 



In the event that an issue which is not explicitly regulated by these Principles occurs, the abovementioned sources of COPE applies subsidiarily. Before any initiation of cooperation, the publisher will inform authors, editors and reviewers about these Principles. The publisher will simultaneously inform authors, editors and reviewers about the existence of documents of COPE and their subsidiary applicability.



In case of doubts about compliance with the conditions of publication ethics, the editorial office will check the submitted contribution through the anti-plagiarism system CrossRef. 



The publisher must act in an objective manner without discrimination of sex, orientation, religion, political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors. All articles must be reviewed and accepted on the basis of their content and academic value. In the case of complaints, publisher must allow authors to respond on it and must examine the complaints.



In case that an author discovers a substantial error or inaccuracy in the published paper, it is the author´s obligation to notify the journal editor without undue delay and cooperate with the editor to correct or retract the paper. Should the journal editor discover by any other means than upon the author's notice that such a substantial error or inaccuracy has occurred, it is the right (and the obligation) of the journal editor to take action to correct such error or misstatement or, in case of a serious ethical misconduct or where the paper is seriously flawed or misleading, even retract the paper, if needed. The author of the paper is obliged to provide necessary cooperation requested by the journal editor.



Obligations of authors: 

Authors i) guarantee that a submitted manuscript is his/her original work, ii) comply with the formal requirements laid down by the publisher including rules for the citation of sources, iii) comply with the duty to state a co-author, and at the same time do not state as a co-author a person that did not participate in the preparation of a manuscript, iv) guarantee that the same manuscript has not been sent for publication to another conference proceedings, monography or a journal at the same time, v) guarantee that a submitted manuscript has not been published yet, vi) comply with the citation ethics and state all used sources including a proper secondary citation, vii) inform the publisher about any doubts as to the originality and the authorship of manuscripts, viii) in order to ensure anonymity of the review process (double - blind peer review), the authors are obliged to provide the editors with the text of the manuscript in an anonymized form to avoid identification of the author from its content or references.



Obligations of editors

Editors i) are responsible for the content and the quality of the journal, its professional focus and the diversity of articles, ii) respect the requirement of originality, iii) respect the confidentiality of information related to the publication (e.g. peer review), iv) prevent the possible conflict of interest of authors and reviewers, v) decide upon the inclusion of manuscripts in the journal by taking into account reviews in case of publishing in a peer-reviewed section, vi) ensure that decision about inclusion of a manuscript is based solely on its academic quality, regardless of whether it is a manuscript requested by the editorial board or a manuscript submitted for special or thematic issues, vii) do not include into the journal a manuscript, which is suspected not to be original and/or is a result of plagiarism.



Obligations of the reviewers

Reviewers i) act impartially and constructively with the use of material and objective arguments without any personal outbursts against an author and by their activities contribute to the informed decision of the editorial board and to the improvement of peer-reviewed manuscripts by acting, ii) comply with guidelines from the publisher, iii) comply with the anonymity of a review process (double blind peer review) and respect the confidential nature of the publication process, iv) comply with deadlines stated by the editorial board, v) avoid the conflict of interest, and where appropriate, inform the publisher about a potential conflict of interest, vi) always draw attention to a suspicion of plagiarism.

II. Formal requirements



The maximum range of the article depends on its type: as for the scientific articles, the range is limited to maximum of 15 standard pages, for the scientific studies maximum of 25 standard pages, and for the reviews maximum of 3 standard pages. The Editorial Board reserves the right to divide the article into several parts that can be published in various issues of the journal. 


The Article shall be submitted for publication in the text editor Microsoft Office 2010 or higher in the “docx” format. 


Page margins throughout the text shall be adjusted by 2.5 cm from each side of the page (left, right, top and bottom). The text shall be justified and the single line spacing shall be used. 


For the text, Times New Roman font shall be used. The title of the article shall be of the size of 16 points, bold, in capital letters, and centred horizontally; the titles of the abstract, introduction, and of each chapter shall be of the size of 12 points in capital letters and bold; the title of the subchapters of the size of 12 points and in bold; and the plain text within the chapters and subchapters of the size of 12 points. The text of the abstract shall be of the size of 12 points in the italic. The font of the size of 9 points shall be used for the footnotes. Under the title of the article shall be placed the name and surname of the author (without academic and scientific titles), centred horizontally, in bold and of the size of 12 points; under the name and surname, the affiliation of the author shall be indicated in italic, the size of 12 points, centred horizontally. 


Indentation for every paragraph shall be 0.5 from the left side. 


References and comments shall be inserted as the footnotes that appear at the bottom of each page. The citations and the like references shall be made in the same manner and shall comply with the applicable citation standards (STN ISO 690, STN ISO 690-2) and other laws (especially the Copyright Act). Footnotes are numbered consecutively in Arabic numbers from 1 to x while the number of each footnote is written as a superscript and is not followed by a full-stop (e.g.: “1”). 


The journal publishes articles in the Slovak, Czech, and English languages. If the article is written in the Slovak or Czech language, beside the abstract in Slovak/Czech language it shall contain the abstract in English, as well. If the article is written in English, it contains abstracts in both, English and in the Slovak or Czech language. 


The article shall comply with the grammatical and stylistic rules of the language in which it is submitted for publication. The author is responsible for the linguistic and stylistic editing of the article. 

III. Structural requirements



Considering the fact that articles are being published in the scientific journal, they shall consist of the structural elements, as follows: the abstract in the Slovak/Czech language, abstract in the English language, introduction, the text of the article, conclusion, bibliography, author´s affiliation. This does not apply to the reviews. 


Abstract consists of approx. 100 to 150 words. It shall provide the reader with an overview of the content and focus of the article. English translation of the abstract must be substantively identical to the Slovak/Czech wording. If the article is written in the English language, the abstract is written also in the Slovak or Czech language. 


The introduction of the article shall contain the grounds of the research matter, state of affairs in the research field, object and methods used by the author in his/her research, the results of which are presented in the article. 


Within the text, the author provides for his/her insight on the matter subject to the research, the author's arguments in support of his/her viewpoints, the different attitudes of other authors, the existing problems, etc., related to the topic. The text is structured to the necessary number of chapters and subchapters in order to maintain its clarity and consistency. It is necessary to structure the text into paragraphs, as well. 


At the end of the article, the author presents the results reached, scientific questions for further discussion, as well as his subsequent research focus in the given field. 


The bibliography part shall include the list of bibliography used in the article in alphabetical order. The references shall be stated in accordance with the applicable citation standards (e.g. STN ISO 690). Examples of references are given at: this link 


The author´s affiliation shall contain the author´s full name, including academic and scientific titles, his/her work position, identification of his/her employer (name and address), telephone and e-mail contact. 


The template of formatting and structure of scientific articles and scientific studies is available at this link 


The author is obliged to include in the list of bibliography also the reference to the assigned DOI identifier, should the literature cited has one assigned. Verification of assigned identifiers shall be done by the author at https://search.crossref.org 

IV. Content requirements



The journal may publish only so far unpublished scientific articles from all of the fields of law in the Slovak Republic, the European Union, International law, as well as other countries (especially for the purpose of comparison). The journal may not publish any revised articles and studies of the author, i.e. those that have already been published, with minor variations, in other journals, monographs or proceedings. 


The author is responsible for ensuring that his/her article shall not violate, or that in relation to his/her article shall not be violated the copyright of other persons, other intellectual property rights, and that there shall be no violation of protection of personal rights or reputation of other persons. For the case that a sanction or damages to pay shall be imposed on the publisher or that the publisher incurs other material or non-material damage due to the violation of the author´s duties stated in the first sentence of this paragraph, the author shall be obliged to compensate for the full amount of the damage thus incurred by the publisher. 

V. Article Submission and procedure of reviews



The author submits his/her article to the editorial office electronically via the web application published on the website http://sic.pravo.upjs.sk. The author is not required to deliver any printed version of the article. The editorial Office shall notice the author via the mail stated by him/her on the receipt of the article by the Editorial Office. 


If the article does not comply with the formal and/or structural requirements stated in these terms, the Editorial Committee is entitled to return the article to the author for the revisions. 


If the article meets the formal and structural requirements stated in these terms or is satisfactorily revised by the author according to the article 5.2 hereof, it shall be submitted to two reviewers (does not apply to reviews). The review procedure is carried out according to the principle of "double-blind peer review". The reviews will then be submitted to the Editorial Board, which shall decide on whether to publish the article in the journal or not. The Editorial Board may also decide on conditional publishing, i.e. the article may be published in case that the author revises the paper in accordance with the instructions of the Editorial Board. 


Should the Editorial Board decide on publishing or conditional publishing of the article, the article shall be published in the journal issue designated by the Editorial Board. The author by submitting the article for publication in the journal fully agrees with the Terms of License Agreement as published on the website of the journal.