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Quality standards 

KOME uses a dual system consisting of internal editorial review and external double blind peer-review as a quality control mechanism, in which every manuscript has to be evaluated before being published. According to the international standards, KOME publishes only and exclusively original articles that have not been published previously. If a related manuscript is submitted elsewhere while the manuscript is under consideration at KOME, a copy of the related manuscript should be sent to the editors. By submitting the manuscript, the author(s) definitely declares that his or her contribution has not been published elsewhere and that he/she accepts the publication in KOME. Once their article has been accepted for publication, author(s) will be asked to transfer the ownership of his or her article to KOME. 

Peer review process

Submissions are first reviewed by an assigned editor who decide in advance to send the manuscript out for peer review or reject it without further review. This decision normally takes about one to two weeks.

Rejection by an editor can be based in a variety of reasons, among others but not limited to: 

  • - manuscripts which does not represent the profile of KOME (see profile)
  • - manuscripts which does not meet our editorial criteria 
  • - obvious similarities with a recently published article
  • - plagiarism
  • - major grammatical and/or interpretational problems 

In case of an unambigous situation, editors are encouraged, but not obliged to invite the authors to revise their manuscript to address specific concerns before a final decision is made, or indicate to the author the type of further work which is required to justify a resubmission. 

Editors may decide to send out the manuscript for external peer review and identify potential reviewers based on their expertise and scientific reputation. Each submitted manuscript will be given to two reviewers. Reviewers are not permitted to know the author(s)' name and the reviewers’ names are also unknown to the author(s) of the manuscript. The time frame available to reviewers for making their decision is a maximum of four weeks. After the reviewing process, decision with written justification will be sent to the editors and conveyed to the authors. Decisions can be summed as follows: accepted, accepted with modifications, rejected. Maintaining that the publishers base their decision mainly on the experts' suggestions without being bound to them, manuscripts will be


published if 

Review1

Review2

Accepted

Accepted

Accepted

Accepted with modifications

 

published after modifications if

Review1

Review2

Accepted with modifications

Accepted with modifications

 

rejected if

Review1

Review2

Accepted with modifications

Rejected

Rejected

Rejected

 

assigned to a third reviewer if

Review1

Review2

Accepted

Rejected


The manuscript 

The total length of manuscripts should be 4-8000 words (blanks and notes included, without abstract and bibliography). Authors considering sending longer or shorter pieces are advised to discuss the matter with the editors in advance of submission. Manuscripts should be written in a commonly accepted word processing format, preferrably .pdf (withoust restrictions), .doc or .rtf. An abstract of 100-150 words, covering the main purpose, topics and findings addressed in the article must be supplied, with a list of at least five keywords. Standard type formatting(12-point font, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 1.0 inch margins) should be used throughout. Endnotes must be kept to a minimum and appear at the end of the article, before the list of references. In line with the interdisciplinary profile of the Journal, articles should be accessible to those not specialised in their particular subjects. Excessive technicality, overuse of jargon and methodological protocols are advised to be avoided in favour of direct and clear language. Referencing – in the text as well as in the bibliography − should follow the Harvard system. 


KOME’s editorial policy about redundant (duplicate) publication 

As stated in the section „Quality Standards”, KOME expects original articles for submission that have not been published previously. The editors define attempt to redundant publication as submitting a paper which is substantially identitcal to a previously published paper by the same author(s), without attribution of the original source(s). Usually, the editors tend to reject any paper belonging to this category. Nevertheless, there are instances when dual publication may be acceptable. Abstracts and posters at conferences as well as results presented at meetings are not considered by KOME as prior publications. Substantially rewritten and/or enhanced conference proceedings may also qualify for the status of „original articles”, and

materials translated from an original publication in a different language can also be considered as non-redundant. In these cases, an attachement of the source article to the submission is strongly advised, and an in-text footnote refering to the source article, under the title of the submitted paper, must be included.

 

KOME’s editorial policy about plagiarism 

The editors define plagiarism as the (verbatim or rephrased) use of someone else’s words, work or ideas without adequately crediting the original source in the submitted article. If plagiarism is confirmed in a submission, the editors will discuss the situation with the author(s). If a satisfactory explanation from the author is provided to the editors, minor cases (e.g. one „honest error”, or a non-native speaker copying only short phrases) will result in a request to rework the manuscript and include proper references. If a satisfactory explanation from the author is not provided to the editors, or clear plagiarism is detectable (copying large blocks of text, ideas or data presented as if they were by the author’s etc.), the submitted paper will be rejected and the editors will contact author’s institution, passing KOME’s concerns to the author’s superior, or a person in charge for research governance.

 

Open Access policy 

KOME does not charge readers or their institutions for access. All authors and readers have the right to download, copy, distribute, modify, create derivative works and display publicly the articles in electronic, digital, or print form, provided that the post-print version of the articles are not sold for a profit and the first Publication by KOME, with an URL link and complete bibliographic details, is referenced.


Submission 

All submissions to KOME must be send as e-mail attachments to the address of  the

Editorial Office

Authors should not be identified in the attachment itself, but only in the body of the e-mail to which the document is attached. Other editorial correspondence may be sent to the editors with the same email. 


KOME’s editorial policy about submissions by our own editorial staff

 

Future contributions by our editorial staff will fall into two categories. On the one hand, editorials, the writing of which is clearly part of the tasks of an editor, and possibly, on the other hand, „normal” original research or review papers. Editorials are not peer-reviewed, and does not require a formal submission to the journal: they always represent the editor’s opinion on a relevant issue independently from the fact that they are usualy unsigned. Thought there are some controversy regarding the practice of editors or editorial board members publishing in their own journal, we consider that there are reasons for allowing our editorial staff to publish in KOME, as we are against to limit possibilities of publication available to colleagues. We are convinced that an appropriate route to take in these cases is to make the review process as transparent and rigorous as possible. For this sake, the review process is slightly modified when handling a submission by the members of our editorial staff. In case of a manuscript submitted by one of our editors, the editor in question will be excluded from all aspects of the review process, including preliminary editorial decision about sending the manuscript to reviewers as well as the choice of peer reviewers. Final decisions about publication or rejection will be made by an editor who is not among the authors of the manuscript. In additions, all reviews will be made publicly accessible from the website to provide maximal transparency.


Book reviews 

KOME welcomes proposals for books to be reviewed, but reviews submitted without prior request will be automaticaly rejected by the editors.







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