1. Focus and Scope
AUC Geographica (Acta Universitatis Carolinae Geographica) is a scholarly academic journal published since 1966 that focuses on actual results of research at wide field of geographical sciences: physical geography and geo-ecology, regional, social, political and economic geography and regional development, cartography and geo-information, demography and geo-demography. The journal disseminates research results on geographical theory and methodology and also strives to help solve practical problems in Czech regional, socio-economic and demographical policy-making.
Periodical twice yearly
(Release dates:June 30, December 31)
The Journal is published by Karolinum Press, The Charles University Press.
ISSN 0300-5402 (Print)
ISSN 2336-1980 (Online)
Papers should not normally exceed 8000 words, including references, tables and figures, and must usually be written in English. A short abstract (about 250 words) should immediately precede the introduction. The introduction should clearly indicate the character of the problem to be considered and positioned in relation to relevant scientific literature references and, if possible, the practical relevance of research outcomes should be noted.
All articles are licenced under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0), have DOI and are indexed in CrossRef database.
AUC Geographica is covered by the following services: EBSCO, GeoBibline, SCOPUS, Ulrichsweb and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
The journal has been covered in the SCOPUS database since 1975-1995; 1997- today
SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) (2015): 0.361
2. Section Policies
- Open Submissions
- Peer Reviewed
3. Peer Review Process
Peer review procedure of the Journal is organised by its editorial board. Papers are refereed by experts in the subject. After its approval, the paper is reviewed by two reviewers. At least one of these reviews must be foreign. None of the reviewers must be member of the same department as the author. The editorial review procedure is anonymous.
All submissions must be made online to facilitate rapid accessibility of paper to the peer reviewers. Contributions will only be considered on the understanding that they are not under review for another publication at the same time.
4. Speed of Peer Review
The editors are committed to swift (but rigorous) editorial and peer review process. Therefore, unless exceptional circumstances, the Editors are committed to the following deadlines of the review process:
- i) To inform author(s) no later than 3 weeks after their submission whether the article has been accepted for peer review process or not.
- ii) To send editorial feedback to author(s) no later than 3 month after their submission with the following options for decisions (accepted, minor revision, major revision, resubmit or reject).
5. Publication Ethics
Ethical rules for authors, reviewers and editors: (These rules are derived from the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics - COPE).
- Ethical rules for authors
By submission of the manuscript to the journal, author(s) guarantee(s) that the research as well as the text is original and has not been already published (or submitted for publication) in any language. In exceptional cases, the author might contact the editor and explain his/her reasons for re-publication. Authors are not allowed to submit the same manuscript for consideration to more than one journal concurrently.
Authors are obliged to acknowledge properly any work of others that has been used during the research as well as during the elaboration of the manuscript and properly quote and cite other works that have been used during the course of research. Any sort of plagiarism or infringement of copyright rights must be avoided. All copyright laws and conventions applicable to a given manuscript must be respected. Any material protected by copyright (esp. figures, or extensive quotations) should be reproduced only with written permission by copyright holder and properly acknowledgement. Authors should guarantee that results of their research are properly presented (to allow possible replication of the research by other researchers) and objectively interpreted. Limitations of the data and of research have to be clearly stated. Any fraudulent research procedures or fraudulent interpretation of results are unacceptable.
All persons that made a significant contribution to the research, such as contribution to research focus, design, execution of the research or the interpretation of the results should be listed as co-authors. In case other persons participated in some minor way to research undertaken this should be referred to in acknowledgement. Financial support of all sources used in funding of the research should be acknowledged. All authors are required to clearly state in their paper financial or other forms of potential conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their research. The corresponding author is responsible for guaranteeing that all co-authors are included in the paper as well as that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
In case the work reported involves using materials, procedures or equipment involving special risks, the authors must identify these risks in the paper.
Authors might be requested by the Editors to provide the original data used for a given research and, upon request of the editors should provide public access to these data. Authors should store data for a period of at least 10 years.
In case a major error is discovered by the author(s) in his/her/their work that has been already published, he/she/they must inform the editor as soon as possible and suggest the editor correction of the paper or even its retraction.
- Ethical rules for reviewers
Reviewers should aim not only assist the editor with his/her decisions on publications of a given manuscript, but also to help the author(s) to improve the text as well as his/her research.
In order to guarantee swift and fair review process, revivers should as soon as possible inform the editor whether the topic of a given manuscript fits within his/her domain of knowledge and whether reviewer would commit himself/herself to elaborating the review in due time.
Reviewers are strictly required to treat submitted manuscripts as confidential documents. Reviewers should especially refrain from showing or discussing the manuscript with anybody else except the editor. Reviewer should exert every effort to elaborate the review with maximum objectivity and support all his comments with appropriate and clear arguments. Reviewers are required to report to the editor any work that has not been cited properly by the authors. Likewise, reviewer should notify the editor about any overlap of the text with any other paper.
Reviewer cannot make any personal use or advantage from information obtained during the review procedure. Reviewers should decline reviewing of manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest such as collaborative, but also competitive relationships with any of the authors or their institutions.
- Ethical rules for editors
Responsibility for a decision on publication of submitted articles rests with the editors. The editor´s decision is final. The editor´s decision should properly reflect his/her own judgment of the scientific merit of the paper, as well as the reports prepared by reviewers. The editor will make a special effort to avoid any copyright infringement, plagiarism or other misconduct of the authors. In their decision, the editor would be guided solely by the quality of the paper and would disregard any other aspects such as citizenship, ethnicity, gender, religion, political, sexual or any other orientation of the author(s).
The editor cannot make any personal use of submitted, but rejected manuscripts. The editor(s) is/are especially obliged to conform to anonymity rules, in particular, to guarantee anonymity of reviewers. Likewise, the editor is not allowed to forward any information about the manuscripts submitted to a person except the author(s), reviewers, editorial advisers and the publisher.
6. Publication fee
There are no author fees or charges required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in the journal.
7. Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.