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Publication ethics and malpractice statement

Agreement upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor-in-chief, the peer reviewers and the publisher. (The following ethic statements are based on COPE‘s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors).

Publication decisions 
The publication of an article in our double-blind peer-reviewed journal concerns linguistics, applied linguistics and philology fields. The designed editor and the editor-in-chief of the XLinguae journal are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor-in-chief may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor-in-chief confers with other editors or reviewers in making this decision. They evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The reviewers also evaluate the general scientif level of authors by the aid of the personal questionnaires. The editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research.

Duties of Reviewers and Editors 
Double-blind peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the experts from the scientific board and may also assist the author in improving the paper. If any selected editor referee who feels unqualified to review the research and the manuscript article should notify the editor-in-chief and excuse himself from the review process.
Manuscripts received for review are treated as confidential documents and are reviewed by anonymous editorial staff. They will not be shown to or discussed with others except the editor-in-chief´s authorisation. Reviews should be conducted objectively: editor referees express their views clearly with supporting arguments, noting the marks in the evaluation sheet. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review is to be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement, an observation, derivation, or argument that had been reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge. 
After the Call for papers deadline, the editor responsible for drafting the journal issue will invite two reviewers (experts in the research area) to review the submitted study/ studies. After making anonymous assessments, the editor sends information on the acceptance or non-acceptance of the study to the author (the one who sent the study). The author defends the comments and sends back a revised study in the timeframe determined by the editor. The editor and the editor-in-chief complete the essentials and create the issue.
Editors who abuse their function in the journal in order to get published without review process and several times or who do things which are considered malpractice will be excluded from the editorial board.
The editor-in-chief cannot abuse his function either. He or she may submit an article to the review process once per 4 years under the same conditions as other authors. 
Papers submitted with the topic that do not reflect the scope of the journal or abilities of our editors (as for example reviewing chinese or arabic, and so on) will be rejected without reviewing process.

Duties of Authors 

The Publisher encourages prospective authors to contact the corresponding editor as described below:
The 2022 Xlinguae axes are determined in the section SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.

Authors might contact but not for submitting articles.
Only original research papers and reviews can be submitted to the XLinguae journal. According to the Slovak law statute Act n. 618/2003, the editor decides about copyright and does not offer any remuneration. It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to the SVO, s.r.o. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and of course the XLinguae journal, to the widest possible readership in paper and electronic formats as appropriate. The articles that were not called for will not be sent back to the authors. We strongly encourage you to send the final, revised version of your article, electronically, by mail to xlinguae(at) without paying the publication fee. In case the paper is accepted, authors are obliged to pay publication fee. All original articles are subjected to a double blind peer-review process.
If the XLinguae journal board decides to call for thematic issues or extensive empirical studies (up to 108 000 characters or 60 standard pages), these will be also peer-reviewed. Only after the decision of their publication, names of the reviewers will appear at the end of each long study due to its easy registration as a journal monograph.
Proofs will be sent to authors if there is sufficient time to do so and if there is a necessity to do so. ("Proofs" means proofreading sheets or corrected articles. Articles are corrected by our native speakers under condition they are on a sufficient level. Minor grammatical or orthographic changes are usually done in the end of the reviewing process. This sort of correction is communicated by mail in order to get author´s agreement).
Proofs in which reviewers ask questions or ask to reformulate paragraph or status are sent to the authors. They should be corrected and returned to the Editor within few weeks. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted.

Ethical oversight and human subjects protection
The Journal takes seriously the issue of human-subjects protection and imposes the following guidelines related to ethical oversight and informed consent rules:
No investigator may involve a human being as a subject in research covered by these regulations unless the investigator has obtained the legally effective informed consent of the subject or the subject's legally authorized representative. An investigator shall seek such consent only under circumstances that provide the prospective subject or the representative sufficient opportunity to consider whether or not to participate and that minimize the possibility of coercion or undue influence. The information that is given to the subject or the representative shall be in language understandable to the subject or the representative. No informed consent, whether oral or written, may include any exculpatory language through which the subject or the representative is made to waive or appear to waive any of the subject's rights, or releases or appears to release the investigator, the sponsor, the institution, or its agents from liability for negligence.

In seeking informed consent, the following information shall be provided to each subject:
(1) A statement that the study involves research, an explanation of the purposes of the research and the expected duration of the subject's participation, a description of the procedures to be followed, and identification of any procedures which are experimental.
(2) A description of any reasonably foreseeable risks or discomforts to the subject.
(3) A description of any benefits to the subject or to others which may reasonably be expected from the research.
(4) A disclosure of appropriate alternative procedures or courses of treatment, if any, that might be advantageous to the subject.
(5) A statement describing the extent, if any, to which confidentiality of records identifying the subject will be maintained.

As a double-blind peer-reviewed journal, it comprises these types of studies:
Scientific studies
 with research results (template-page: 10-20 pages)
- actual themes and problematic fields from linguistics, applied linguistics and philology, philosophy
- title of the study, name of the author, full address of the institution the author works for, e-mail
- noticeable text paragraphing (titles, subtitles)
- translated citations coming from foreign authors´ work as well as citations from original works (in the text)
- if the contribution is a part of research, please indicate the full name and project registration number
- abstract in language you write the contribution as well as in English (max. 600 characters per each of them)
- key words in both languages (5-6)
- citations are part of the text (see below)
- notes (make point about basic pieces of information - e.g. citation from original work between quotes, short message and so on.)
Extensive empirical studies (only when there is a Call for extensive empirical studies)
 (standard-page length: 60 pages)
- actual themes and problematic fields and research from linguistics, applied linguistics and philology
- title of the study, name of the author, full address of the institution the author works for, e-mail address
- noticeable text paragraphing (titles, subtitles)
- translated citations coming from foreign authors´ work as well as citations from original works (in the text)
- if the contribution is a part of research, please indicate the full name and project a registration number
- abstract must be in English (max. 600 characters per each of them)
- key words in both languages (5-6)
- citations are part of the text (see below)
- notes (make point about basic pieces of information - e.g. citation from original work between quotes, short message and so on.)
Book reviews
- a full bibliographic reference about the book that is (being) reviewed: author, title, town, editor, year, number of pages, ISBN (as title of the book review)
- types of the book reviews: a) informative (max. 1 page), b) analytical (max. 5 pages)
- author of the book review, full name and address of the institution the author works for, e-mail.


Citation form:
- message in text: (Harmer, 1991: 12) or (Harmer, 1991) or Harmer (1991: 12) or Harmer (1991)
- full references in the list of bibliographic references

Bibliographic references
Book bibliographic reference
Harmer, J. (1991). The Practice of English Language Teaching. London: Longman. ISBN 0582 04656 4
Birova, J., & Andrejcakova, M. (2010). Competence phonologique chez les etudiants en francais. OEP. ISBN 078 99 456 213  

Journal bibliographic reference
Lah, M. (2009). Évolutions des manuels. Didactique du FLE dans les pays slaves 2(2), pp. 9-12. ISSN 1337-9283.
Mrkva, J., Mrkvova, A., & Kilmanova, F. (2021). Impact on learning French. Contemporary education 12(2). Doi code ...

If there is a number of works cited from one author from the same year, please, use the following form: e.g. 1971a, 1971b... 
(no diacritic marks in the Bibliographic references, neither in brackets in the text)

Authors of research studies should present an accurate account of the work performed as objective discussion of its significance. Manuscripts in MS Word must be submitted using the elements listed below and must be written in one of the following languages (Slovak, Spanish, French, Russian and English) following the rules of academic style where high-quality grammar and style are essential. 

Submissions must include:
- the main text of the very final author´s version of the scientific article about language, linguistics (phonetics, morphology, lexicology, terminology, pragmatics, stylistics, syntax), methodology of teaching language or translation, philosophy (without author´s identification) sent in attachment using the ARTICLE TEMPLATE format (title, introduction, main text, research results, conclusion, appendixes, bibliographic references, citations of relevant research mentioned in scientifically recognized monographs, databases - Scopus, WOS and scientifically recognized journals) 
- the personal questionnaire QUESTIONNAIRE format (sent as an attachement)
the following elements (to be sent in the e-mail): title, authors (maximally 5 authors), affiliations (academic institution address), contacts, academic e-mails, abstracts in English and in the language of the written text (Slovak, Czech, Italian, Spanish, French, Russian or English), key words in English and in the language of the written text (Slovak, Czech, Italian, Spanish, French, Russian or English), author´s agreement to receive a printed copy if the article is accepted, author´s note that the submitted article was not published elsewhere and is not under consideration by any other journal, link to your university or academic website in case  you do not provide academic e-mail address.

Innovative contribution in the research field 
(linguistics, applied linguistics and philosophy)
The impact of an article is defined as the number of authors that have been influenced by it. Thus, the measure aims at quantifying the paper´s reach, putting emphasis on 

The paper should be formatted into Template pages, with the title in 9-point Times New Roman: main text, bibliographic references and professional signature, in single-spaced one-column format. Figures and tables must be sized as they are to appear in print (the best is to copy them into the text as a figure - print screen of the table). Figures should be placed exactly where they are to appear within the text. Other formats are not acceptable. Authors submit their papers electronically via e-mail to the Journal's Submission addresses:,,,

The paper should be sent from the academic institution e-mail address. If you do not use or do not have your academic institution e-mail address, you are supposed to introduce yourself in a detailed way, otherwise your paper might not be accepted as we cannot know whether you are an academic professional in the field of linguistics, applied linguistics or philosophy. 
The authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review. If you need some corrections of your text in English language, please, use services. If your English is of sufficient level, the paper will be sent to review process. If editors decide that the paper requires large correction process, the author must have his article corrected elsewhere or he/ she might ask our editorial board and be charged some more fees. The authors should ensure they have written work of original contribution, the papers and/or works of other scholars have to be appropriately cited or quoted. Authors should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements are of unethical behavior and are unacceptable. 
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception of a research study, or interpretation of the reported study. All those, who have made significant contributions, should be listed as co-authors (maximum 5 authors). They should be mentioned as those, who participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project so that they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper, and that all co-authors approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission. All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author´s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
The scientific impact of the papers SJR (by Scimago) in XLinguae journal is assured by the established connections with the well-known indexing database ELSEVIER Products – SCOPUS (since 2011) and Scimago.
When sending a scientific paper, authors should note that papers are judged on a date-by-date basis and should respect the deadlines.

Publication Fee
The publication fee is 500 euros per accepted paper.
The publication fee must be paid after the approval was granted by Scientific board and Editor-in-chief.
The scholars have to use the e-mail address from which the paper was sent (payment announcement) so that their study may be easily identified.
The fee must be sent to the following account:
IBAN: SK8311000000002620148945, BIC (SWIFT) code: TATRSKBX
Bank: Tatra banka, a.s., Hodzovo námestie 3, 811 06 Bratislava
Invoice Address: Slovenská Vzdelávacia a Obstarávacia s.r.o., Petzwalova 30, Nitra 94911, Slovakia
IDnumber (ICO): 44618735

All manuscripts will be subject to a well-established, fair, unbiased peer review and refereeing procedure, and considered on their significance, novelty and usefulness to the journal´s readership. We highly recommend you send us papers containing research, innovation, analyses. The reviewers' identities remain anonymous to authors. The review process may take several weeks. Each paper will be provided with a paper ID for further reference and anonymous reviewers will be in contact with you via editors´ adresses. 

Manuscripts which do not reflect the journal´s scope will be excluded.
The review output will be one of the following decisions: 
A, Accept; 
B, Accept with minor changes (several points regarding bibliographic references or other formal mistakes or lapsus in the text); 
C, Reject (the paper is rejected if it does not correspond to the scope of our journal or if the author is committing malpractice, or if the research results do not reflect the correct methodology procedure, or do not introduce an original/ innovative study, or if no research is done, or the study has no relevant citation, or the study with a poor level of scientific language, a study considered by reviewers with poor or nearly no scientific impact in the research field). 
If required, the authors are supposed to revise the paper according to the reviewer's commentaries. After publishing, the authors will receive a copy of the journal and/or may download the study from the journal´s website. They are supposed to write it in the mail.
An invoice is sent to authors if they send complete information (name, address, country, codes, ID, or what they need to have on an invoice) to

Authors who are residents of the countries listed below will not be charged any fees (free of charge). The process of reviewing the articles is guaranteed by the publising house: 
 Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominica, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Fiji, Ethiopia, Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Guatamala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Libya, Liberia, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanamar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nauru, Nigeria, Niue, Niger, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, São Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The complete versions of the journal issues in PDF are published on the journal´s website in January, April, June and October. 
Please, consult the section Submission guidelines.

We do not reply to insultations or hating posts on our journal which are not justified. Our journal is a high-quality linguistic journal with a high reputation. On the contrary, we will be glad to remake or renew or improve if it goes on a justified criticism.

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. 

XLinguae is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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