- Journal management
- Duties of editors
- Peer-Review Process
- Concurrent reviews
- Conflicts of Interest
The EBR is organizationally supported by the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana, and co-financed with the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS). Such organizational and financing structure allows EBR not to charge any submission, publication, or subscription fees, thus enabling the widest possible reach and access to the research community.
The governance structure of the Journal ensures that editorial decisions are unbiased and independent.
EBR is managed by two Editors-in-Chief and an Editorial Board composed of subject editors. Subject Editors are appointed by Editor-in-Chief.
Editors-in-Chief are responsible for the EBR’s strategic and operational activities at the top level, foremost making sure that the scope and aims of the journal are being met. Editors-in-Chief are fully independent in managing the journal and in editorial decisions.
The EBR has an Editorial Board composed of Subject Editors, who are reputable scholars in their fields of expertise. The Editor-in-Chief assigns submitted manuscripts of sufficient quality to Subject Editors and, as a principle, relies on Subject Editors’, as well as reviewers' judgments whether an article should be accepted or not. The decision by Editor-in-Chief is final.
The Subject Editors are appointed by the Editor-in-Chief in line with the aims and scope of the journal, as well as the envisioned editorial policy. When appointing members of the Editorial Board, a balance is sought between disciplines, research methods, academic experience, and background, as well as gender. Subject Editors are responsible for carrying out the main stages of the peer-review process: working with reviewers and evaluating the manuscripts.
The Editorial Assistant is responsible for the technical support in the submission and review process, as well as for the publishing process once the manuscript is accepted.
Solicited manuscripts are limited to thematic special issues and announced through open Calls for papers. Proposals for thematic special issues should be sent to Editors-in-Chief who have the right to accept or decline such proposals. In arriving at decision, the Editors-in-Chief may seek the advice of Editorial Board members.
Duties of editors
EBR is committed to ensuring integrity and ethically sound publishing. Therefore, EBR closely follows the suggestion of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), as laid out in the COPE guidelines (Promoting integrity in scholarly research and its publication | COPE: Committee on Publication Ethics).
- Publication decisions The Journal editorial team are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. Members of the team confer and refer to reviewer recommendations in making this decision, constrained by legal requirements related to libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. Editorial decisions are not affected by the origins of the manuscript, including the nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race, or religion of the authors. Final decision on every manuscript is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief with consideration of reviewer comments, authors Reponses and revisions, and the papers clarity, quality, novelty, and relevance to the overall aim of the Journal.
- Confidentiality, disclosure, and conflicts of interest During the review process, editors must not disclose information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, and other editorial advisers. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's, reviewer’s, or any other reader’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Readers should be informed about who has funded the research or other scholarly work and whether the funders had any role in the research and its publication and, if so, what this was.
- Author relations Editors strive to ensure that peer review at EBR is fair, unbiased, and timely. The journal has established policies for handling submissions from editorial board members to ensure unbiased review. Author instructions provide guidance about criteria for authorship.
- Reviewer relations EBR encourages reviewers to comment on ethical questions and possible misconduct raised by submissions (e.g., unethical research design, inappropriate data manipulation), and to be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism. Reviewers' comments should be sent to authors in their entirety unless they contain offensive or libelous remarks. Contributions of reviewers to the journal are regularly acknowledged, and EBR ceases to use reviewers who consistently produce discourteous, poor quality, or late reviews.
- Quality assurance Editors should take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material they publish, recognizing that different sections have different aims and standards. Editors should seek assurances that the research they publish has been approved by an appropriate body (e.g. research ethics committee, institutional review board) where one exists. Editors should be alert to intellectual property issues and work with their publisher to handle potential breaches of laws and conventions. Errors, inaccurate, or misleading statements must be corrected promptly and with due prominence.
All submitted manuscripts to the EBR are reviewed using a double-blind review process. After screening the manuscripts for their fit with the journal's aims, scope, and quality standards (including plagiarism, a potential conflict of interest, and other possible ethical concerns), the Editor-in Chief passes suitable manuscripts to appropriate subject editors. Subject editors can either desk reject the paper or start the review process. At submission, the authors can propose potential reviewers, however, the EBR editors have the right to appoint reviewers at their discretion. The reviewers can recommend that the paper is accepted, rejected, a major revision or minor revision is needed. Based on the reviewers' assessment and recommendations, the subject editor proposes one of the following decisions regarding the manuscript: accept, reject, or revise. As a principle, the Editors-in-Chief rely on these judgments when making the final decision regarding the publication of manuscripts, but they have the final authority for the acceptance/rejection of an article. Editors and editorial team members are excluded from the review process and publication decisions when they are (co)authors of submitted manuscripts.
Authors must submit the names, addresses and/or e-mail addresses of two potential reviewers with the manuscript. The editors have the authority to decide whether or not to include the suggested reviewers.
Reviewers assist the editorial team in making editorial decisions. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.
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 himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. References to the ideas of others should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
All authors of research papers submitted to the journal should make a substantial contribution to the process of paper development and will be accountable for the paper in its published form. Authors should define the incremental contribution of the paper by referencing relevant work on which the paper is based. Submitting a paper that is substantially the same as a previously published paper is considered a serious breach of professional ethics and may result in the editor informing officials at the authors' institutions of this breach. Papers that are improved versions of working papers or published in conference proceedings are also considered for review.
Manuscripts that have been rejected are not eligible for further consideration by the EBR journal. If a resubmission is allowed, it is explicitly stated as such in the editor's decision.
An article that is concurrently reviewed in another journal can not be in a review process at EBR.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors and reviewers are required to inform the editors of the conflict of interest. The authors are explicitly requested to declare any conflict of interest at the submission of a revised manuscript. The reviewers are obliged to inform the subject editor or Editor-in-Chief of any conflict of interest as soon as the such situation is manifested. Descriptions of potential situations of conflict of interest are provided in the Publication Ethics policies.
Economic and Business Review is an open-access journal. No publication charges or author fees are made. All articles are permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute. Permitted reuse is defined by the following user licenses: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND).
The authors retain the copyright in addition to the scholarly usage rights and the University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business receives the publication and distribution rights.
The EBR does not accept adverts from third parties.