Publication ethics

The present statement is committed to ensuring publication ethics and quality of articles. Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: authors, editors, reviewers, and publishers. 
The successful completion of the publication process depends excessively on the correct and ethical relations between the participants which include the assuming and discharging of certain obligations. This document specifies these obligations on the basis of the guidelines of Elsevier Academic Publishers and on the Best Practice Guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Authors’ texts should present an accurate account of the research performed as well as an objective discussion on its actuality and significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. The papers should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

The manuscripts should be entirely original works of the authors. Using the work and/or words of others that have not been appropriately cited or quoted is inadmissible.

Authors should acknowledge ethically and properly all row data of others used in the article as well as cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, etc., must not be used or reported without explicit written permission from the source.

Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently is unacceptable. In case of a new publication of the same text, the due permission of the author and the editors of the primary issue should be acquired.

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data on which the text is based for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide access to such data.

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the preparation of the text, if any, should be disclosed.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in the submitted article, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the Editorial Board, so that the due corrections are made. If such errors are discovered by a third party it is the author’s obligation to withdraw the manuscript or correct them providing evidence to the Editorial Board of the correctness of the text.


Issue editors have an important role in realising the policy of Art Studies Quarterly to publish thematic issues. The scholars undertaking the compilation of a thematic issue are expected to suggest topics covering significant and up-to-date matter. The issue editors are expected to include in the thematic issue manuscripts which elucidate the chosen subject thoroughly and from different view points in order to enhance the reputation of Art Studies Quarterly as a respected academic periodical.

Issue editors should suggest original articles to be included in the thematic issues of Art Studies Quarterly. No plagiarism, similarity or overlapping of the manuscripts with other publications to their knowledge are acceptable.

Issue editors should make sure the submitted manuscript is not offered to any other journal concurrently. They should also ensure that the manuscript does not result from multiplying the contents and results of the same research in a number of texts submitted to different editions. In case of a new publication of the same text the due permission of the author and the editors of the primary issue should be acquired.

The manuscripts submitted by the authors should be considered as confidential documents.

Issue editors should not use for research unpublished materials and such reported in the manuscripts submitted without the explicit consent of their authors.

It is issue editor’s obligation that all manuscripts to be included in the thematic issues are meeting the requirements of Art Studies Quarterly


The Editorial Board of Art Studies Quarterly bears the sole right and responsibility for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published or rejected. The Editors should be conscious of the fact that publishing the respective work is a legal act having a great importance both for scholars and their audience. The decisions on publishing or rejecting articles are based on the peer reviewers’ appraisals; on the journal’s publishing policy; on the requirements in force regarding copyright infringement and plagiarism.

The members of the Editorial Board must not disclose any information about the submitted manuscripts and observe the established peer reviewing procedure.

A member of the Editorial Board must not use in his/her own research unpublished materials and scientific ideas disclosed in a submitted manuscript without the explicit written consent of the author. Members of the Editorial Board should rescue themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive or collaborative relationships with any of the authors or institutions connected to the manuscript.

The Editorial Board of Art Studies Quarterly should take needed measures, when complaints, claims and disagreements regarding a submitted manuscript or published paper have been presented. Generally measures include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving a due reply to the respective complaint. When necessary that may also include further communications to competent institutions and research bodies. Any complaint should be taken into consideration by the Editorial Board rejecting or upholding it via publishing a note about the corrections made in the text under question, etc. Every reported act of unethical publishing behaviour must be taken into account with the due concern, even if it is discovered years after publication.


Peer review assists the editors in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the authors in improving their papers. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication, and guarantees the scientific quality of the texts published.

Each manuscript is given to two external reviewers, whose research work is closest to the subject of the manuscript. They receive an anonymous copy of the manuscript, which they evaluate on the basis of the criteria given in the article evaluation card available here.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to evaluate the research reported in the manuscript or is unable to provide on time the review should notify the Editorial Board and resign from reviewing the article.

The manuscripts received for reviewing should be treated as confidential documents.

Reviews should be well grounded objective evaluations of the manuscripts. Personal criticism of the text contents is inadmissible.

Reviewers should notify the Editorial Board about a relevant published work that has not been cited by the author and turn the attention to any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research. Reviewers should not evaluate manuscripts provided they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with any of the authors or institutions connected to the papers.