ETHICAL CODE OF THE ANNUAL OF SOFIA UNIVERSITY “ST. KLIMENTOHRIDSKI”, FACULTY OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION
Ethical commitments of the Editor in chief and the Editorial board.
The responsibility for accepting or rejecting a manuscript lies upon the Editor in chief. His duty is to provide a responsible and reasonable approach towards the manuscripts. The Editor in chief, along with the Editorial board, decide who will review the manuscripts. The reviewers cannot be in a lower academic and scientific position than the author/s. Manuscripts can be rejected without being reviewed if the requirements of the Annual are not kept or if there is a discrepancy with the subject of the Annual or if there is any form of plagiarism at present.
The Editor in chief and the members of the Editorial board must respect the intellectual property of the author/s. The Editor in chief and the members of the Editorial board cannot give away any information, concerning the manuscripts during the process of reviewing, different from the one that they can share, from the position of editors. If there is a positive review at present, the manuscript will be published in the Annual.
If there is a lack of reviewer with appropriate qualities in the disciplines of Journalism, Public communication, Publishing and research, Media and communications, Public relations, an external representative may be contacted if he/she can provide the needed expertise.
There can be no dependency, discrimination, or pressure, based on ethnicity, gender, religious, political, or any other feature between the Editor in chief, the editorial board, the reviewers, and the authors.
The Editor in chief and the members of the Editorial Board have the right to invite a second or a third reviewer when there is a doubt, concerning the correctness of the assessment of the first reviewer.
Ethical commitments of the authors
The main obligation of each author is to provide a new investigation of a present interest that is discussed objectively.
Each author has to be aware of the fact that the volume of the Annual is restricted and must be used reasonably and in an economical manner.
Each author must cite every publication that is laying on the basis of his article and that will quickly engage the reader to the main hypothesis, which is essential for the understanding in depth of the manuscript.
It is unacceptable to submit a manuscript describing the same study in more than one journal unless a new manuscript is presented, rejected, or withdrawn from publishing. It is acceptable to propose a manuscript that represents an extended version of previous communication, but only if the Editorial Board is informed about the case.
The authors are advised to avoid fragmentation of the investigated problem and to aim at interpretation of the whole subject.