Publishing Ethics and Malpractice Statement

This code of publication ethics aims to define the standards of ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing in the journal “Medieval Bulgarian Literature” and to settle the most important issues between Authors and the Editorial Board. The code is designed to provide a set of minimum standards to guarantee originality and quality of the publications. It serves the interests of readers and the entire scholarly community and supports the spread of knowledge and the advance of humanities. The code rests upon values and principles that promote good practice and discourage misconduct. It is in accordance with internationally accepted ethical rules and standards for scientific research and contributes to the self-regulation of the scholarly community as a supplement to legal regulations. The journal “Medieval Bulgarian Literature” is committed to following the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).

All scholarly publications are predicated on research and present the theoretical and practical results of that research by making them public. We uphold three basic forms of academic acknowledgment: an exhaustive list of cited literature, citing and quoting according to established rules, and expressing gratitude to colleagues for their advice or help. All papers submitted to “Medieval Bulgarian Literature” should not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Plagiarism in any form is not acceptable.

Responsibilities of the Editorial Board
The Editorial Board assesses the submitted papers and invites for peer-review independent international experts in the field. It is Chief Editor’s duty to guarantee an impartial and competent peer-review process. The members of the Editorial Board do not disclose information about the submitted papers and preserve the anonymity of both authors and reviewers. If submitted paper is rejected, members of the Editorial Board should not provide information about it or submit it for publication elsewhere.

The Editorial Board is responsible for the quality of the published papers. The editors accept or reject a manuscript based on its significance, originality, clarity of exposition, and relevance to the disciplinary focus of the journal, and they notify the author about their decision.

The members of the Editorial Board participate in the peer-review process and see to the thoroughness and accuracy of the submitted information. They communicate with the authors and coordinate the revisions with them. The Editorial Board may return articles for corrections or revisions.

In case of dishonesty (plagiarism, misleading information, data misuse, republishing of the same article elsewhere, etc.) the journal “Medieval Bulgarian Literature” will not accept the submitted paper for publication.

Responsibilities of Authors
Authors bear responsibility for its authenticity and originality of published research. They are obliged to adhere to the Code of Ethics and to guarantee that the submitted paper is original, not published, and not submitted for publication elsewhere.

Authors are obliged to cite all the works they have used and properly follow the citations guide of the journal.
Authors must present the results of their research with clarity and precision, describe their working methods, and provide sufficient detail and references to permit others to verify their conclusions. Fraudulent data is inadmissible.
Authors are obliged to disclose all external sources of finance and to notify about potential conflict of interest.

Responsibilities of Reviewers
All papers submitted to “Medieval Bulgarian Literature” are subject to a double-blind peer-review process according to the journal’s scholarly and editorial standards. Peer review facilitates the final editorial decision to accept or reject a paper. It may also help the authors in improving their articles.

Reviewers should in time inform the Editor in Chief if they consider themselves incompetent in the field or if they are not able to participate in the peer-review process for any reason.
Reviewers must present an objective, clear, and well-grounded opinion and support it with evidence.
Reviewers do not disclose information about the submitted manuscript.