Publication Ethics

Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik employs a double-blind peer review system. The publication of a contribution is expected to follow standards of ethical behaviour by all parties involved in the act of publishing: editors, authors and reviewers. Reviewers are asked to verify that the submission adheres to best practice in avoiding research misconduct.

The editors, the boards and editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the author and reviewers. The members of the international advisory board assist the editorial board in the search for and selection of external reviewers. Submissions are evaluated solely for their intellectual content without any bias to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. Editors and peer reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have a conflict of interest. Material from submitted, unpublished submissions should be kept confidential and must not be used by others without the explicit written consent of the author.

Authors are requested to confirm that their article is their own original work, that it does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity, and cannot be construed as plagiarising any other published work, including their own previously published work. Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should appropriately cite or quote publications that have influenced the content of their work. In the case of multiple-authored submissions, the lead author ensures the consent of all named co-authors to publication and to being named as a co-author. All persons who have made significant scientific or literary contributions to the work reported should be named as co-authors. Others who have participated to a lesser extent should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. Authors must disclose all sources of funding for the research reported in the paper. They must declare any potential conflict of interest – be it professional or financial – which could be held to arise with respect to the article. Authors who discover a major error in their own published work are required to notify the publisher or editor and assist with withdrawal or correction of the submission. Authors should not submit contributions with essentially the same content as previously published work, except if expressly communicated and agreed; and authors should not submit a (partial) pre-edition of a work that is planned to be published again. By submitting an article to Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik authors declare that the submission is complete and that the exploitation rights to the work have not been exercised elsewhere either fully or partially. Authors have to confirm that they possess the copyright and/or right to use all parts of the work; this especially applies to images in the work.

Reviewers are asked to return their reviews within one month (in exceptional cases, no more than two months). They must not show or discuss the contents of the manuscript with others. The purpose of peer review is to assists editors in making editorial decisions and possibly also to assist the author in improving the paper through editorial communications. Material from submitted, unpublished manuscripts should be kept confidential and must not be used by others without the explicit written consent of the author. Reviewers should not consider reviewing manuscripts in which they have a conflict of interest. Reviewers are expected to express their opinions objectively. They should avoid statements damaging to the author's reputation. Critique should be directed against the work, not the author. 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 work of which they have personal knowledge. Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik adheres to the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journals (http://publicationethics.org/resources/code-conduct).

Peer Review Policy

Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinisitik adheres to a policy of double-blind peer review by two external experts. In order to ensure appropriate review, author name(s) should appear only on the title page. References to any prior work by the author should be masked and internal identifications in the text should be avoided.

Each article submitted to the journal first undergoes an internal review by the editorial board and internal experts. During the first stage, articles are assessed regarding content relevance, general research level, style and language.

If an article is accepted for peer review, two external reviewers who are specialists in the appropriate fields will evaluate the article in a template with the possibility for the addition of comments. The reviewers are asked to complete their peer reviews within no more than two months. In its selection of peer reviewers, the editors of Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik respect possible conflicts of interest.

If a member of the editorial board or a project collaborator of a board member submits an article for publication in Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik, the board member is excluded from the internal and external evaluation process due to conflicts of interest.

Complaints or appeals by authors resulting from the peer review process are discussed with the author. If the author is able to prove that a comment by a peer reviewer is wrong or biased, the necessary steps will be taken (usually, the solicitation of a further peer review).

Complaints or appeals by an author against a critical peer review are discussed with the author if the author is able to prove a wrong or biased comment by the peer reviewer.

Policy for Copyright

Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik concludes a contract with the author defining the rights of publication as follows: The author declares that the exploitation rights to this work have not been and will not be exercised elsewhere either fully or partially. S/he declares, with binding effect for herself/himself and her/shis legal successors, that s/he grants the Austrian Academy of Sciences the worldwide, exclusive, transferable right to use for reproduction and distribution for all impressions, editions, and reprints to be determined by the Academy for the duration of legal copyright.

Parallel publications of articles from periodicals or anthologies on the intranet of the author's home institution are only permissible after their publication by the Austrian Academy of Science's publishing house and must include an indication of the source and a link to the publication on the publishing house’s homepage.

Authors are only permitted to make accessible in a themed repository or in the repository of their home institution the simple text version (such as a Word document) of a journal article or contribution to an edited collection or of conference proceedings. Such dissemination is not permitted for the version published by the Austrian Academy of Science's publishing house (authorised version)

Online publication
Immediate and free access to the public for the article through a release on the server of the Austrian Academy of Science's publishing house is possible upon request in exchange for payment of a contribution towards expenses of 2,000 EUR per article.

For all publications of the Austrian Academy of Science’s publishing house, this type of online release occurs ten years after the first publication, without additional cost.

Articles may also be published by third parties two years after the first publication by the Austrian Academy of Science’s publishing house (non-exclusive publication rights of the publishing house starting from the end of the second year).