Publication Ethics Policies

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).

By submitting a manuscript to the EBR, accepting the review invitation, or acting as an editor you agree to comply with the following academic ethical principles, which are based on COPE’s guidelines (https://publicationethics.org/).

Authorship and contributorship

The EBR publishes original scientific articles that are written according to rigorous academic research and ethical standards. All authors of research papers submitted to the journal should make a substantial contribution to the process of paper development and are accountable for the published work. The EBR considers that a ‘substantial contribution’ is made when each and all authors participate in any of the following stages of manuscript preparation i) the conception of the work; ii) the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; iii) drafting and/or revising the important intellectual content; iv) final approval of the version to be published.

Contributions to the work that do not meet the criteria of authorship may be accredited under Acknowledgments. Examples of such contributions include, but are not limited to, supporting the study, general mentoring, collecting data, and acting as study coordinator.

Authors should define the incremental contribution of the paper by referencing relevant work on which the paper is based. Conference papers and working papers may be submitted to EBR, however, the manuscript should not be simultaneously considered for publication in other journals. All submitted manuscripts are checked by using plagiarism detection software.

When submitting the manuscript, the corresponding author is requested to explicitly confirm that:

  • The submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere in any peer-reviewed publication in any language.
  • Any third-party materials have been referenced and permissions secured, as appropriate.
  • All co-authors of the manuscript submitted to the journal made a substantial contribution to the process of paper development.
  • All co-authors agree with the submission of the manuscript to the journal.
  • The manuscript is not concurrently submitted to another journal or considered for publication elsewhere.


All complaints, concerns, or appeals regarding authorship issues or the peer-review process, including concerns raised post-publication, should be addressed to the EBR Editors-in-Chief, who shall investigate the claims by first, requesting information from all parties involved and second, propose a course of action in line with academic ethical principles as outlined by the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE; https://publicationethics.org/). Submissions can be halted in the review or publication process until the issue are resolved. In situations, when Editor-in-Chief is involved in the complaint, the Editorial Board members, led by the most senior member, investigate the claims and propose a course of action.

Conflict of interest

Conflict of interest may arise for editors, authors, and reviewers in situations that might affect their ability to present or review work objectively. Such situations may include relevant financial interests (for example, patent ownership, stock ownership, consultancy, or speaker fees), or personal, political, or religious interests. Authors are asked to declare a conflict of interest when submitting a revised manuscript. The Editor-in-Chief will decide whether relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed. Reviewers (subject editors) are obliged to inform the subject editor (Editor-in-Chief) of any conflict of interest as soon as such a situation becomes apparent. The Editor-in-Chief decides whether a relevant conflict of interest should be disclosed. If the Editor-in-Chief encounters a conflict of interest, he/she must withdraw from particular decisions and deputize the decisions.

Data sharing and reproducibility

When submitting the manuscript to EBR, authors are NOT required to submit the primary data to an appropriate institutional or general open-access infrastructure repository. However, as open access to primary data is important, we recommend that authors consider making primary data available by following these recommendations:

  • Research data
    The research data, accompanying the scientific publication, are the intact integral parts of data that underlie the presentation and conclusion of the publication. Data sharing allows for various further analyses. Ensuring the integrity and comprehensive documentation of data for other uses can be best achieved by transferring the data to a disciplinary data centre, or, if this is not possible, in the appropriate institutional or general open-access infrastructure repository (see explanation under Data deposition title).
    • A scientific publication (e.g. an article) should be accompanied by the information necessary to understand the data on which the authors based their findings, as well as information on where this information is available.
    • Data can be an image, a text, a numeric, etc. The data should be as full, detailed and comprehensive as possible to also include unused portions of the data collected, which may be useful for further analysis. They should also include any additional materials and tools that help to replicate and understand the published analyses.
    • Data may have been originally collected for publication purposes, in which case we are dealing with primary data. Alternatively, the authors may have used secondary data.
      In the case of primary data, the authors should ensure that the data is available according to the bellow ‘Data deposition’ requirements to the editorial staff when submitting the publication (e.g. an article) for review. In the case of secondary data, the authors cite the data in the article and indicate where they are available for re-use.

  • Exceptions
    Exceptions to data sharing are justified when it comes to personal and sensitive data, when no consent has been obtained for sharing, or for reasons of protection of intellectual property, or to avoid revealing endangered areas, groups or species. In these cases, it is possible to share the data in an anonymized manner, or under conditions of controlled and regulated access. Editors and reviewers must have the information available in agreement with the data archive, including the conditions of deleted information on authorship if the archive allows double-blind review. Exceptions and specifics for access to data should be explained by the author in the accompanying Data Availability Statement and publicly available metadata.

  • Access to data
    The data should be available to editors and reviewers when the article is submitted for review, and to all others by the publication of the paper at the latest. An embargo on access to data is permitted exceptionally, however only with reasonable provisions on the permissibility of such an embargo and with appropriate additional justification.

  • Data deposition
    Data (image, text, numeric data etc.) collected for publication purposes should be available to the editors when submitting the article or the repository where the data is stored should be indicated.
    Data (especially data suitable for reuse and/or secondary analysis) can be shared via recognized data repositories. Primarily data should be submitted in a domain-specific repository, e.g. national data service providers at Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA – ERIC), such as Slovenian Social Science Data Archive (ADP), or other domain specific data archives. If this is not possible, please submit to another appropriate data repository, such as Zenodo. For an overview of international repositories, see The Registry of Research Data Repositories. Please select a repository that issues a persistent identifier (DOI is preferable).

  • Data citing
    Upon submitting your manuscript to EBR, please indicate in which repository you have deposited the data. The data should be cited properly, for example:

    In-Text Citations
    Parenthetical citation: (Name, Date)
    Narrative citation: Name (Date)

    Reference list entry:
    Name (Date). Title (Version number) [Type]. Publisher. https://doi.org/xxxxx/xxxxx

    More info about APA 7 style citation at:

  • Author support

    For submitting the data, please follow the instructions of the selected data repository.

Intellectual property

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.

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