[Ethics Policy in PDF]
- StBiSl publishes only those articles which neither the entire nor its parts nor its translations have been previously published elsewhere (either in a printed or an electronic medium) or which are not already under another review process other than StBiSl. This agreement and consent is automatically taken by the author by the very submitting of his manuscript to the StBiSl editorial office.
- All the articles published in StBiSl have to meet the criteria of scientific research. They have to be able to present an issue in a respectful scientific debate, to offer new findings on the respective issue and above all to offer an innovative solution. StBiSl primarily accepts the articles from the field of biblical exegesis, biblical theology, biblical philology and biblical archaeology and biblical history. StBiSl also welcomes submissions in biblical exegetical studies of an interdisciplinary character, such as Judaic studies, patristic studies, liturgy, moral theology, etc.
- StBiSl accepts only original, scientific and professional papers regarding knowledge generated by the latest research on biblical science. These have to be a product of the authors’ own independent, scientific inquiry based on the research of the sources and scientific literature and a work written only by them. If citing, i.e. where material or data are taken from other literary sources – including their own published writings, the authors should clearly refer to it in the text of the manuscript by following the specific requirements of the BCS.
- Submitted manuscripts undergo an anonymous peer review process by two or in case of necessity even by three peer reviewers. The reviewers’ identity remains strictly anonymous to the author. The reviewers are chosen by the editor-in-chief principally from among the members of the EB as experts in the field of the reviewed manuscript. The editor-in-chief communicates the results of the review reports to the authors. As part of the review process, submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. See B.2. Publication Ethics.
- Review process and review reports. Manuscripts submitted to StBiSl undergo an anonymous peer review process by two or three peer reviewers. The reviewers’ identity remains strictly anonymous to the author. The reviewers are chosen by the editor-in-chief principally from among the members of the EB as experts in the field of the reviewed manuscript.
In his/her review report, the reviewer makes a clear recommendation either to publish, to revise and re-submit or not to publish a submission and provides reasons for his/her recommendation. If there are two review reports that give contradictory results, the ultimate decision lies with the editor-in-chief.
- Authorship. Regarding authorship, all parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status.
- Acknowledgements. All those who have made a contribution to the article yet do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an “Acknowledgements” section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. Any personal acknowledgements should be supplied separately to the main text.
- Declaration of conflicting interest. StBiSl requires that the authors by submitting their manuscripts declare to the StBiSl editorial office that there are no conflicting interests and respect the good practice in order to avoid any negative impact on their research outcomes.