The Ethical Code of the Editorial Board of Croatian and Comparative Public Administration is based on the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/Best_Practice.pdf). These determine the standards to which the Editorial Board shall adhere when publishing scientific and other papers in the CCPA.
The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board shall assume responsibility for all content published in the journal. The right to the freedom of scholarly and professional expression, with the aim of satisfying the public interest, shall be given priority. Any requirements which may be of scholarly and professional assistance to the readers, the authors, or the public as a whole shall be taken into consideration. The Editorial Board shall constantly strive to improve the quality of the journal, with a particular focus on establishing a transparent procedure to ensure the quality of the published materials. In accordance with the belief that replicability is a key element of the scientific method, the Editorial Board shall undertake to make available to the scientific community all the materials necessary to verify the claims published in the journal. Thus the Editorial Board shall support the publication of any corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies regarding the papers published in the CCPA.
The Editorial Board shall insist on informing the public about the financial support received by the research whose results are published in the journal, so as to ensure the objectivity of results and highlight any potential conflict of interest.
The Editorial Board shall undertake to publish any paper that has been recommended for publication following the peer-review process. This shall also apply to cases when a new Editorial Board takes over, whereby the new Editorial Board will be required to abide by the decisions made by the previous Editorial Board with regard to the publication of papers that have previously been peer-reviewed. The Editorial Board shall make the peer-review process, as well as the complaints procedure, clear and publicly available. Potential reviewers will be asked to disclose any potential conflict of interest which might affect their review of a paper. In the case of a double-blind peer-review, the reviewers’ anonymity must be ensured by the Editorial Board.
The Editorial Board shall adhere to all laws and legislation regulating the protection of the data which is collected during the research process and used in the research paper, but which is not relevant to comprehending the paper as such. If readers of the paper are able to identify individuals who were involved in the research, the Editorial Board shall do all within its power to ensure written consent to the publication of the data, except in such cases where public interest outweighs the personal. Nevertheless, the Editorial Board shall insist on ethical research and take care that papers based on the research published in the CCPA have followed the guidelines on ethical research. The Editorial Board shall also take care that authors have obtained the consent of the relevant institutions.
The Editorial Board shall react promptly in all potential cases of unethical or unprofessional conduct, following the guidelines of the COPE. The Editorial Board will consider all allegations and request a response either from the author the allegation refers to, or another relevant individual or body. If the existence of unprofessional or unethical conduct is confirmed, the Editorial Board shall do all within its power to publicise this in good faith and at the earliest opportunity.