Journal of Diplomatic and Social Studies

Recenzovaný časopis / Peer-reviewed Journal // ISSN 2570-9852 (tištěná verze/print) / ISSN 2570-9844 (on-line)

JDSS is a peer-reviewed academic journal. JDSS editors consider the review process to be a key prerequisite for the quality of the journal and strive for its objective, factual and rapid course.

Papers (articles), with the exception of reviews, news, medallions, and some other minor texts, are reviewed in anonymous review process by at least two reviewers.  A double-blind review process ensures anonymity and is maintained between the authors and the reviewers, unless required otherwise by either party.

Submitted manuscripts must meet besides content also formal requirements set for scientific text given in the "Guidelines for Authors" (published on the magazine webpage, or sent on request).

The Managing Editor or his / her deputy has the right to reject a submission prior to review if it does not fulfil the basic standards required for the publication of an academic text, if it clearly lies outside the JDSS's scope. This decision of the Managing Editor or his / her Deputy must be justified for the editorial board of the jourjnal. Editorial board members have the right at any time to request manuscripts offered to the editors, including those that the Managing Editor refused priot to the review process. The Managing Editor has the right to recommend linguistic, formal, and content modifications to the manuscript prior to its submission for review.

The author is sent a notification of filing the manuscript for the peer review process. The JDSS editors reserve the right to edit the accepted manuscripts.

The standard duration of the review process is 12 weeks from the date the editors received the text in a form that corresponded to the instructions set out in the section Instructions for authors. The JDSS editors pursue to ensure the 12-week deadline; however, the editors shall not be liable for any delay being caused by the reviewers.  

The editor in chief or his deputy may recommend an author to carry out a linguistic, formal and content editing before the article is submitted for the peer review process. In case the author rejects to carry out the proposed changes, the editor in chief may, after careful consideration, decline or submit the article for the review process. The editor in chief or his deputy may also return the article to the author in case of the article being too extensive or too short.

For the text evaluation the editor in chief or his deputy chooses experts in the field of the text in view of the fact the reviewers and authors are not closely connected in work, institutional, personal or any other respect. The reviewers fill into a standardised review form, whether the text is recommended for acceptance, revision or decline. Their decision is justified in their report in which they should also include recommendations for the text adjustment.

Reviewers have a duty to become familiar with the ethical standards of JDSS, the form of a review report and the way of its formulation.

With regard to the report content, the editor in chief or his deputy shall notify the author whether the text is accepted, accepted on condition of adjustments execution, requires revision or whether it has been rejected.   In case the author is asked for revision or their text has been rejected, the editor in chief or his deputy indicates the most serious reasons.

If the author presents a revised text, the editor in chief or his deputy at first decides whether the revision has been sufficient, otherwise, the editor in chief or his deputy may reject or return the text for its completion.  The texts, in which it is easy to demonstrate that the author has eliminated all substantial issues identified in the course of the review process, the editor in chief or his deputy may accept those without any further examination and submit them for approval to the editorial group. Regarding the revised articles which are re-assessed, reviewers may be one or more of the former ones or at most one new reviewer.

In case the author does not consider some of the recommendations factually justified, they can explain their opinion in a letter addressed to the editor in chief. Its content will then be introduced to subsequent reviewers and when the text goes for the final consultation it will be introduced also to the editorial group and/or the editorial board.

The final decision on texts acceptance or rejection  is always made by the editor in chief or his deputy and these decisions are presented for consultations to the editorial group, respectively to the editorial board. In case of the author´s disagreement with the editor in chief´s decision, the author may explain their reasons in a letter which the editor in chief submits to the editorial board.

The authors of manuscripts and the reviewers of articles remain in each other's anonymous relationship unless they wish and inform the JDSS editorials thereon.

The received articles undergo a language proofreading. Yet,  the lack of grammar and editing may be a reason for a manuscript rejection despite it meets the content focus of the journal.

Confirmation of  a text acceptance for publication in JDSS is provided only after the article acceptance has been discussed by the editorial group, respectively the editorial board, with a positive result.  The confirmation of the author´s text offer to JDSS is not provided by the JDSS editors.