Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Online Journal of Primary and Preschool Education (OJPPE) is a speer-reviewed scholarly journal focused on the area of preschool and primary education published by the department of pre-primary and primary education at the University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem.

Main goal of the journal is to provide space for academic and professional workers from general practice allow them to publish results of their pedagogical research in a scientific journal with transparent anonymous reviews, free of charge.

The journal is published with the support of the international scientific council consisting of experts who actively work as university professors and assistants.

Articles submitted for a review have to be original works with the area of interest concerning primary and pre-primary education and has to fulfil the citation norm requirement as a scientific article or an overview study. Other contributions such as articles from the field of methodology, theory of education, discussions, reviews, dissertation excerpts etc. Can be published only with the approval of the editors and can be included only in the section of the journal which contains text which don’t require review processing.

The journal reviewers and editors are particularly interested in themes such as:

  • preschool education
  • primary education
  • teacher training of  preschool & primary teachers
  • special education in preschool and primary education
  • inclusive education in preschool and primary education
  • history of primary and preschool education
  • comparative studies in the area of primary and preschool education

 

The journal is published twice a year, always in June and December and publishes articles in Czech, Slovakian and English language, where abstracts have to be always added in English. All contributions are also published on the website www.ojppe.eu.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Other texts

Text of different format than standard research paper (reviews, dissertation abstracts, discussions, teoretical and methodological papers...)

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All submitted articles will be assessed by the OJPPE editorial staff according to requirements during the first round of the review process. After the approval, the contributions will be given for assessment at least to another two independent reviewers.

If an article/contribution will not succeed during the approval process, author shall be notified within a 14 day period from the first submission. The editorial staff reserves the right to reject any article/contribution, or to recommend any language, formal or content corrections before the review process itself. If the editorial staff assumes that the article/contribution doesn’t fit the basic requirements of a scientific paper, or if the text is too long, or significantly deviates from the journals area of interest.

 

Main criteria of the reviewers for the submissions are mainly:

  • general author requirements and article writing
  • specific structure requirements
  • validity and correctness of the article

○      methodology

○      relevant sources

○      suitable research evaluation

  • originality – the theme of the article has to be original and in support of the area of interest
  • terminology
  • relevant citation form APA (more information here)
  • English written texts will be reviewed for the language quality

Contributors will be noted about accepted or rejected articled via e-mail no later than 3 months after the official submission via online system. All contributions are judged only through the online system. If the review process takes place after issuing of the journal issue, the contribution (if considered to have positive outcome) will be automatically printed in the next issue of the journal.

After successfully going through the review process, the editorial staff has the right to place the contribution to a specific issue of the journal.

 

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

OJPPE follows Code of Conduct and Best Practice Gudileines fo Journal Editors of the COPE.

 

Duties of the Editors-in-Chief and the Associate Editor

Fair play

Submitted manuscripts are evaluated for their intellectual and scientific content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality

The Editor-in-Chief, the handling Associated Editor responsible for the submitted manuscript and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an Editor's own research without the explicit written consent of the author(s).

Publication decisions

The Editor-in-Chief of the journal or the handling Associate Editor is responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles should be published. The Editor-in-Chief and the handling Associate Editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's Editorial Board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The
Editor-in-Chief may confer with the handling Associate Editor, other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Responsibilities of peer reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions

Peer review assists the Editor-in-Chief and the handling Associate Editor in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.

Promptness

Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the Editor-in-Chief so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the Editor-in-Chief.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported 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 data of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating 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 submitted manuscript.

Duties of authors

Reporting standards

Authors reporting results of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented
accurately in the manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than
one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of a manuscript

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant
contributions should be listed as coauthors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authorsv(according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Data access and retention

Authors could be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the paper for editorial review. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least ten years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data center), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Hazards and human or animal subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal’s Editor-in-Chief or publisher and cooperate with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate erratum.