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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission of a paper implies that, if accepted for publication, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the Publisher. By submitting the manuscript authors declare the agreement of all authors with the conditions in the copyright notice. Authors also declare that the submission has not been previously published, nor it is submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format (DOC of DOCX format).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements. The paper is carefully formatted according to the template of the journal (see below). Special attention is paid to the exact application of the Harvard referencing convention to both continuous citations and the list of references.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • If a reference has a DOI number assigned, it will also be provided in the list of references.
  • The core results, findings or conclusions of the paper are emphasized in 1-3 research highlights (bullet points - max. 100 characters per bullet point including spaces). The highlights are submitted in the form of a text into the submission form in the editorial system.
  • Authors are required to suggest two experts appropriate for the evaluation of the paper. The experts should be outside the affiliation of the authors, outside the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, and at the same time both experts should be from different affiliations. The reviewers are submitted into text fields in the submission form of the editorial system.
  • The blind review is ensured. Manuscript doesn't contain any information on names of author(s), affiliations, funding grants, etc. Authors' names, detailed affiliations and funding grants only occur in the description of the paper (in the editorial system).

Author Guidelines

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

The Journal on Efficiency and Responsibility in Education and Science publishes papers in the following categories:

  • full research papers,
  • short communications,
  • review studies,
  • book reviews (on invitation only).

Published articles may comprise an empirical study using an acceptable research strategy, such as a survey, case study, experiment, archival analysis, etc. It may contain a theoretical study aimed at advancing a current theory or adapting a theory to local conditions. It may arise from theoretical studies aimed at reviewing and/or synthesizing an existing theory as well. Concepts and underlying principles should be emphasized, with enough background information to help orient any non-specialist reader in the particular subject area.

The manuscript should focus on at least one of the following topics:

  • the theory and methodology of pedagogy and education;
  • the theory and methodology of science;
  • human resources and human relations management;
  • knowledge management and knowledge engineering;
  • systems engineering and information engineering - applications in education and/or science;
  • quantitative methods for education and/or science.

The manuscript must also deal with one of the key topics of the ERIES Journal (the issue of efficiency and/or responsibility); otherwise it will not be published in the ERIES Journal.

General information

  • Manuscripts are accepted only in English. If authors are not native speakers, using proofreading services are strongly recommended. This helps to avoid negative comments from reviewers. Consequently, a sufficiently high level of language quality prevents delays in the review process.
  • A typical manuscript submitted as a full research paper should extend to between 7,000 and 12,000 words (including tables, figures and footnotes); A short communication should not exceed 7,000 words (including tables, figures and footnotes), and a review study should not exceed 9,000 words (including tables, figures and footnotes). Manuscripts that significantly exceed these limits will be critically reviewed with respect to the length.
  • A typical manuscript consists of the following sections: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements (if necessary), References, and Appendix (if necessary).
  • The abstract should amount to between 100 and 200 words for all types of manuscripts.
  • Each manuscript should contain up to 6 keywords. All keywords must follow alphabetical order, separated by commas.
  • Research highlights contain core results and findings or conclusions of the manuscript. Highlights comprise 2-4 bullet points (max. 100 characters per bullet point including spaces). Highlights are also submitted as a text into the submission form in the editorial system. Examples of highlights:
    • The assessment of the quality of higher education institutions via quantitative approach;
    • The level of self-efficacy (GSES) of CULS students is significantly elevated;
    • E-learning barriers in higher education and responsibility of school leaders;
    • A proposed financing model for the Czech higher educational system.
    • The introduction must provide a short review of the current state in the area of the manuscript focus. The author should refer to significant sources, particularly scientific journals and conference proceedings listed in the Web of Science (WoS), Scopus or ERIH databases. The Introduction follow a clear structure leading to the main problem statement (objective of the manuscript). The author should finish this section with a simple description of how the manuscript is divided to sections.
    • Materials and methods must contain methods used for the given research. Furthermore, the author must describe the materials or data used in the research. More importantly, if the manuscript stems from the author’s previous work(s), the author should briefly describe this point as well.
    • Results should describe the author’s main findings and goals achieved according to the described materials and methods in the previous section. Results should keep a clear structure and must answer the main objective stated at the end of the introduction. There is no exact limit for the length of this section. The author should present all relevant findings with regard to their research.
    • The discussion represents one of the most important parts of the manuscript. The author must compare the findings with other relevant works in the field. The author must discuss the applicability, pros and cons of the achieved results and – if a problem was stated or discovered – a possible solution to the problem. Please bear in mind that no manuscript can be accepted for publication without a proper discussion. A missing discussion leads to reservations from reviewers.
    • The conclusion should summarize the manuscript and stress the important point(s) of it. Moreover, the author may conclude with topics for future work. The conclusion should not exceed half a page.
    • All details required by any funding and grant-awarding agencies should be mentioned in the Acknowledgement(s) as follows:
      • “This article was supported by the [name of the grant agency] under the [name of the grant] Grant, number [number of the grant].”
      • In the case of multiple funding, the author should mention all relevant funding and grant-awarding agencies divided in separate clauses.

Publication charges

  • There are no submission fees, no processing fees, no publication fees or page charges for ERIES Journal.

Review procedure

  • The manuscript is submitted to a double-blind-peer-review process before publication. Please ensure that the authors’ names do not appear in the submitted manuscript. The authors´ names should appear only in the editorial system, these metadata are not sent to the review process.
  • Commentaries by reviewers will be summarized and sent to authors by email who can choose to revise their papers in line with these notes. Re-submitted manuscripts should be supplemented with a description of the changes made and other responses to reviewers’ comments (see the Template of the Replies to reviewers´ comments in the Download section) so that the desk-editor can easily see where changes have been made.

Style guidelines

  • Authors are asked to use the Times New Roman text font, size 12, normal spacing and justified.
  • The work should be a simple one-column text (please, do not follow the final formatting of the ERIES Journal as a template). The Technical editor will arrange the manuscript after its acceptation.
  • Chapters should not contain numbers, chapter titles are in bold, size 13; sub-section titles use a bold font, size 12. Using another level of sub-sections requires bold letters, italics, size 12.
  • Authors should also use italics for emphasis; however no page numbers, page headers or footers are allowed.

Tables and figures

  • The numbers of all tables and figures must observe the order of their appearance in the text. All tables and figures must be referred to in the text and titled in the following manner: “Table 1: [the name of the table], [the year(s) captured in the data], (reference if necessary)”, and “Figure 1: [the name of the figure], the year(s) captured in the data], (reference if necessary)”.
  • Titles should be written in the Times New Roman font, size 11, as well as the text inside the table(s) or figure(s).
  • Authors should bear in mind that the journal is printed in the A4 size, monochrome print (no colours). Therefore, authors are kindly asked to use greyscale. Keeping this condition, authors should also ensure that all figures used in their text are readable.
  • The use of expressions such as “above” or “below” are disapproved in the manuscript when referring to used tables and figures. Tables and figures can be moved within the text during final modifications by the Technical editor. Authors should always refer to the tables or figures directly using a caption.
  • If a manuscript includes large tables or figures, authors can place them in the Appendix.
Alternative Costs Benefits
Alternative 1 12 20
Alternative 2 14 17
Alternative 3 8 15

Table 1: The name of the table, 2000-2012 (source: own calculation) 

Figure 1: The name of the figure, 2000-2012 (source: Adair, 1988) 

Equations 

  • Equations should be inserted in invisible tables for alignment, see example below. Each equations must be numbered, the number written in bold within thin parenthesis on the right side. The numbers of the equations must follow a continuous order and each equation must be referred to in the text as well, using its number in parentheses.
 
Equation example
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We recommend using MS Word's integrated equation editor.

References 

  • References should keep alphabetical order and each reference must be mentioned in the text as a continuous quotation and vice versa. The Harvard referencing convention is required; see below:
  • Referencing in the text:
    • In the case of one author: “Shopova (2014) states that digital literacy must be considered as a situated practice.“

    • A direct quote from a book or journal article with one author: “Regarding the digital literacy, Shopova (2014: 30) states that ‘digital literacy must be considered as a situated practice’.” or “Regarding the digital literacy, ‘digital literacy must be considered as a situated practice’ (Shopova, 2014: 30).”

    • A direct quote from a book or journal article with two authors: “Fischer and Lipovská (2014: 48) state that ‘Humanities and Social sciences spend less than 14.5 hours studying during the workweek’.” or “Regarding the study workload, ‘Humanities and Social sciences spend less than 14.5 hours studying during the workweek’ (Fischer and Lipovská, 2014: 48).”

    • A direct quote from a book or journal article with three authors: “Flégl, Vydrová and Tichá (2014: 73) conclude that with regard to a university level, ‘all PhD students are dissatisfied with their research results’.” or “‘PhD students are dissatisfied with their research results with regard to a university level (Flégl, Vostrá Vydrová and Tichá, 2014: 73).”

    • A direct quote from a book or journal article with more than three authors: “Novotná et al (2014: 47) point out that students ‘learned to look for the solution, not to give up’.”

  • Creating a reference list:
    • Book with one author: “Krejci, I. (2000) How to write good references: Few steps for excellence, Prague: ERIES Publishing.”

    • Book with two authors: “Krejci, I. and Flégl, M. (2005) Avoiding doubts in reference styles, Prague: ERIE Publishing.”

    • Book with three or more authors: “Houška, M., Krejci, I. and Flégl, M. (1997) To become a master in your research: motivation is the essential, Brno: University Press.”

    • Book – second or later edition: “Krejci, I. (2000) How to write good references: Few steps for excellence, 2nd edition, Prague: ERIES.”

    • Book by same authors in the same year: “Krejci, I. and Flégl, M. (2005a) Avoiding doubts in references styles, Prague: ERIE Publishing.” and “Krejci, I. and Flégl, M. (2005b) Handle your references correctly, Brno: ERIES Press.”

    • Book with an editor: “Houška, M. (ed.) (2015) Quality discussion must be the basis of your research: Three important steps, Prague: ERIES Publishing.”

    • Books with an anonymous or unknown author: “The structure of your manuscript (2005) Olomouc: K&F Publishing.”

    • Journal article: “Shopova T. (2014) ´Digital Literacy of Students and Its Improvement at the University´, Journal on Efficiency and Responsibility in Education and Science, Vol. 7, pp. 26-32.”

    • Journal article with both volume and issue number: “Shopova T. (2014) ´Digital Literacy of Students and Its Improvement at the University´, Journal on Efficiency and Responsibility in Education and Science, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 26-32.”

  • In case of any doubts see the guide in pdf document down bellow.

  • The author(s) should check their references according to misspelled names, and years.

  • When the cited items have DOIs (Digital Object Identifier), author(s) must add DOI persistent links to the regular references. The persistent links should be active. 

  • Example of the persistent link: http://dx.doi.org/10.7160/eriesj.2013.060105

  • Example of the reference with the included DOI: “Rauchová, T. and Houška, M. (2013) ‘Efficiency of Knowledge Transfer Through Knowledge Texts: Statistical Analysis’, Journal on Efficiency and Responsibility in Education and Science, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 46-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.7160/eriesj.2013.060105

  • The author(s) may retrieve articles’ DOIs at: http://www.crossref.org/guestquery7/

Author Identity

  • Please do not include authors’ names into the submitted manuscript. The registration of the article through the ERIES webpages must include full names, affiliations, and email addresses. One author must be identified as a corresponding author. In this case, please include a postal address and a telephone number to contact the author. Please bear in mind that no changes to affiliation can be made after the manuscript has been accepted for publication. Also bear in mind that the email addresses will normally be displayed in the article PDF and online on the ERIES Journal website. 

Printed version

  • The ERIES Journal is published both in an online and a printed version. When the manuscript is published the corresponding author will automatically receive two copies of the printed version of the particular issue and volume.

Printed version

  • The ERIES Journal is published both in an online and a printed version. When the manuscript is published the authors will automatically receive two copies of the printed version of the particular issue and volume.
  • Two copies will be sent by the Editorial team to the corresponding address.

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