Publication ethics and malpractice statement

Publication ethics and malpractice statement

Filozofija i društvo (Philosophy and Society)

Filozofija i društvo (henceforth ‘FID’) is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards. In order to ensure the outcome of providing our readers with an academic journal of high quality, FID is guided by the following principles


Authors for FID need to ensure that the submitted article is the original work of the submitting author(s) and does not significantly draw on the work of others in ways other than the usual academic references. They must also make sure that the submitted article is not wholly or in part a re-publication of the author’s earlier work, and contains no fraudulent data.

It is the authors’ responsibility to check that all copyrighted material within the article has permission for publication and that material for which the author does not personally hold copyright is not reproduced without permission.

Authors must ensure that the manuscript submitted is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.


FID is a peer-reviewed journal, and Authors are obliged to participate in our double blind peer review process.

Authors need to ensure that all data in the submitted article are authentic. They must make sure that all authors have significantly contributed to the research submitted in the article, and conversely, that all the contributors to the article are listed as authors. The authors are expected to adhere to the Research Ethics standards within their respective countries, and where necessary to obtain Ethics Committee’s clearance for research that involves potential risks. Where the research involves empirical work with individuals, such as in surveys or questionnaires, authors must ensure that no infringement of the rights to privacy of the subjects occurs and that statements and information obtained from such persons are duly anonymised. This applies both to textual citations and to images and any supplementary audio or visual material. Authors should also ensure that all authors provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

It is assumed that by submitting the article for consideration in FID the author has accepted the responsibilities described in sections 1 and 2 above.


Both the Reviewer (Referee) and the Author remain anonymous throughout the ‘double blind’ review process. Reviewers are selected according to their expertise in particular fields.

Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding sources for the research. If such conflicts exist, the reviewers must report them to the Editor without delay and exempt themselves from the review process.

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse him/ herself from the review process.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.

The Editorial team will ensure reasonable quality control for the reviews. With respect to reviewers whose reviews are convincingly questioned by authors, special attention will be paid to ensure that the reviews are objective and high in academic standard. When there is any doubt with regard to the objectivity of the reviews or quality of the review, additional reviews might be demanded.


The Editors hold full authority to accept or reject an article. They must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the articles they consider for publication. Editors have a responsibility to protect the anonymity of reviewers and authors as per the highest academic standards.

If an Editor feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a submission, they will declare it to the Editorial Board. The other Editors will then select reviewers and make all decisions on the paper.

An editor will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political attitude of the authors.

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.


Members of the Editorial Board ensure the monitoring and safeguarding of the publishing ethics. This comprises the strict policy on plagiarism and fraudulent data, the strong commitment to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed, and the strict preclusion of business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.

Whenever it is recognized that despite all editorial efforts, this policy has been violated and a published paper contains a significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distorted

report, it will be corrected promptly. Any correction or retraction will be clearly identifiable to readers and indexing systems.

All authors should disclose 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 project should be disclosed.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Open Access Policy

FID is an open access journal. There are no paper charges and all articles can be downloaded free of charge, used and shared freely by individuals as they are (unmodified) for non-commercial purposes. When using published works appropriate credits should be given to authors and the journal according to CC license (CC-BY-NC-ND).

Self-archiving Policy

FID endorses self-archiving of the final published version (Publisher’s version/PDF) of the article, not just peer-reviewed final drafts. Author’s Pre-print, Author’s Post-print (accepted version) and Publisher’s version/PDF may be used on author’s personal website and departmental website, or deposited in an institutional repository and non-commercial subject-based repositories any time after publication. Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged for deposit of Author’s Post-print (accepted version) or Publisher’s version/PDF and a link must be made to article’s DOI.

FID is indexed and archived by the DOAJ and DOI Serbia

FID webpage on DOAJ:

Withdrawal and Retraction Policy

It is a general principle of scholarly communication that the editor is solely and independently responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal shall be published. In making this decision the editor is guided by policies of the journal’s editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. An outcome of this principle is the importance of the scholarly archive as a permanent, historic record of the transactions of scholarship. Articles that have been published shall remain extant, exact and unaltered as far as it is possible. However, very occasionally circumstances may arise where an article is published that must later be retracted or even removed. Such actions must not be undertaken lightly and can only occur under exceptional circumstances, such as:

Article Withdrawal: Only used for Articles in Press which represent early versions of articles and sometimes contain errors, or may have been accidentally submitted twice. Occasionally, but less frequently, the articles may represent infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like.

Article Retraction: Legal limitations upon the publisher, copyright holder or author(s), infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like. Occasionally a retraction will be used to correct errors in submission or publication.

Article Withdrawal

Articles in Press (articles that have been accepted for publication but which have not been formally published and will not yet have the complete volume/issue/page information) that include errors, or are discovered to be accidental duplicates of other published article(s), or are determined to violate our journal publishing ethics guidelines in the view of the editors, may be “Withdrawn” from FID. Withdrawn means that the article content (HTML and PDF) is removed and replaced with a HTML page and PDF simply stating that the article has been withdrawn according to the FID Policy on Article in Press Withdrawal with a link to the current policy document.

Article Retraction

The retraction of an article by its authors or the editor under the advice of members of the scholarly community has long been an occasional feature of the learned world. Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this best practice is adopted for article retraction by FID:

In the electronic version, a link is made to the original article.
In the electronic version of the original article, a link is made to the retraction note and it is clearly stated that the article is retracted.
The original article is retained unchanged save for a watermark on the.pdf indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”
In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur where the article is clearly defamatory, or infringes others’ legal rights, or where the article is, or we have good reason to expect it will be, the subject of a court order, or where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk. In these circumstances, while the metadata (Title and Authors) will be retained, the text will be replaced with a note indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons.