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Instructions for authors

(updated from Issue 4/2018)

The Journal of Competitiveness accepts scientific articles focused on the defined areas.

Only scientific contributions meeting the following requirements can be published in the journal:
1) The scientific article based on own research containing all parts of a scientific article (introduction, theoretical solutions, objectives and methodology, results, discussion, conclusion).
2) The article is original and has not yet been published.
3) The author has the copyright including the permission to use it freely.


The author confirms these facts by signing a statement ( PDF, DOC »). The statement must be signed by all authors (all signatures on the one list). This statement should be sent by mail or by e-mail (original or scanned) along with the contribution to the editors.

The author is responsible for originality and professional as well as formal accuracy of the contribution.

Contributions in the Journal of Competitiveness are published in the English language only. Contributions are accepted in the electronic form and format MS Word - doc (alternatively docx, rtf) sent to the address redakce@cjournal.cz. The acceptance of the article for publishing will be confirmed by e-mail.

The Journal of Competitiveness is published 4 times a year:
Issue 1 - March 31
Issue 2 - June 30
Issue 3 - September 30
Issue 4 - December 31


The publication fee is EUR 150. The Editor-in-Chief can reduce the publication fee.


The structure of a contribution

The structure of a contribution for acceptance is binding, namely in the following form:

  • Title of the contribution
  • Name of the author and co-author(s) (without academic degree titles)
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • JEL Classification
  • The text of the contribution (shall correspond to the structure of a scientific article: introduction, theoretical solutions, objectives and methodology, results, discussion, conclusion)
  • List of references
  • Particulars about author(s) (name including academic degree titles, workplace, e-mail address)


A template of a contribution can be downloaded here » (v.10/2018).


Instructions for writing a contribution

  • Maximum size of the manuscript is 15 pages (format A4).
  • The contribution should be submitted in such a form that it can be published in black and white colours. It is therefore necessary to use only black fonts and all pictures and tables should be clear and legible in single colour.
  • The text should be composed in such a manner that there is not a greater number of figures or tables on a single page. Tables and figures in landscape format are not acceptable.
    Figures and tables should be supplied in a sufficient quality for print. Figures and schemes are recommended to be supplied as separate documents (jpg, xls, doc, pdf, eps, etc.). The quality of the above is the responsibility of an author (300dpi resolution recommended).
    Equations and formulas are denoted by numbers in round parentheses and it is recommended to be produced by Editor of equations or inserted by the jpg format.
  • The list of references should be complete and accurate. For each work shown in the list of references, there must be a reference in the text. References should be arranged alphabetically. More than one reference from the same author(s) must be sorted chronologically with regard to the year of publication.

Citations in the text and the list of references should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association. Details concerning this referencing style can be found at http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/apa. Authors can also use citation machine at http://citationmachine.net/
References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters "a", "b", "c", etc., placed after the year of publication.

Notes under the line are not acceptable.

Authors are required to complete the reference in a list of literature used with DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if it has been assigned to the publication. To search for the DOI, please visit: http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/


Important notice: In case of failure of the above instructions for authors, journal editors will reject the contribution due to formal reasons and it will not be evaluated further.


Procedure for the peer review

In the first phase, the contribution is evaluated by the journal editor. The evaluation is primarily aimed at meeting the following criteria:

  • the theme and the character of the contribution corresponding to the criteria defined by the journal;
  • the formal treatment of the contribution following the Instructions for authors, including the prescribed formatting for a scientific article;
  • a stylistic and linguistic level required;
  • citations and list of the used literature arranged properly and according to the existing standards.

The editor has the right to reject contributions that are not in accordance with the journal’s editorial purpose and do not meet the above criteria and informs the author about this matter via e-mail.

Based on editor’s positive review, the contribution proceeds to the peer review process. In the peer review process, minimum of two independent reviewers evaluate the quality of an article submitted and make a proposal regarding further procedure.

The evaluation is primarily aimed at meeting the following criteria

  • Is the subject of the contribution in accordance with the overall topic of the journal?
  • Is the theme of the contribution relevant and of interest for specialized readers?
  • Does the formulation of the title and the abstract correspond to the actual content of the contribution?
  • Are the goals of the contribution appropriately set out and clearly formulated?
  • Is the theoretical argument of the contribution appropriate and well-articulated?
  • Are appropriate research methods employed for dealing with the issue?
  • Are the main results and conclusions of the contribution clearly formulated?
  • Does the contribution have a clear structure which corresponds to the established goals?
  • Does the contribution contain appropriate critical views and opinions of the author on the issue analysed?
  • Are the conclusions and results of the contribution valuable and of use?
  • Are the bibliography and information sources sufficient and up-to-date?

The author is notified about the content and result of the peer review by e-mail.

The Editorial Board decides about the acceptance of a contribution. The publication of a contribution must be recommended by at least two independent reviewers.

After the publication of the journal, each author receives a copy of the printed version of the issue.

The Editorial Office and the Editorial Board retain the right to reject the contribution. The author claims that copyrights given to the publisher belong to him/her without limitations. He/she has no obligations that would obstruct providing the licence to the publisher. The author provides the right to use the work to the publisher.

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