Geoscience Research Reports

They have been published as regular periodical journals in printed form by the Czech Geological Survey since 1952. A free access to full-fledged texts of single articles has been provided since 1991 in electronic form.

Geoscience Research Reports inform the general public about current state of knowledge in a wide variety of geologic subjects. Here the reader will find the results of research conducted by the academia, by the public as well as private sectors. The articles are distributed into individual science topics – regional geology, stratigraphy, Quaternary research, engineering geology, paleontology, mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, mineral resources, geophysics, geological information system and international activities. Articles published here have a high professional standard and are peer-reviewed. The multicolour publication supplied with English abstract ranks high in the List of the reviewed non-impact periodicals approved by the Government Research and Development Council.

Ethical standards followed by the editorial board and publisher of Geoscience Research Reports

In assessing the scientific merit of submitted manuscripts, the peer-reviewers together with the editors of the journal and the chairman of the editorial board are obliged to comply with ethical standards of publication. This is the duty of all editors, reviewers, and authors.

Authors’ responsibilities

  • The principal author and/or co-authors are solely responsible for ensuring that the observations and numerical data reported in their manuscript are accurate and relevant.
  • The manuscript must not contain unreferenced content reproduced from other sources, and data must not be deceptive or fraudulent.
  • The manuscript submitted to Geoscience Research Reports must not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • The manuscript must contain a complete list of references, as well as acknowledgement of research funding (from a grant, research programme or any other source).
  • Authors are obliged to maintain accurate records of data used in their published manuscript and, on reasonable request, to provide access to these data after the manuscript is published.
  • All the authors of a manuscript should have made a significant contribution to the research described in it.
  • Authors and/or co-authors are obliged to notify the editor or publisher of the journal promptly if a significant error in their paper is identified.
  • Authors are obliged to co-operate with the editors and publisher of the journal in the peer-review process.

Reviewers’ responsibilities

  • The reviewer is expected to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively.
  • Reviewers must keep unpublished manuscripts in the process of review strictly confidential. The content can only be discussed with members of the editorial board.
  • The reviewer is obliged to alert the editor to any parts of a manuscript copied from other publications without acknowledgement.
  • The reviewer should point out relevant published work that has not been cited in the list of references.
  • The reviewer should avoid any conflicts of interest.
  • The reviewer must not advance different scientific opinions to the detriment of the authors.

Editors’ responsibilities

  • The editorial board must accept manuscripts for review without prejudice.
  • The assessment of manuscripts submitted is based solely on their scientific merit, without any reference to commercial interests.
  • The editorial board accepts only papers that contain preliminary information about original new research. The manuscripts must not have been previously published or considered for publication elsewhere.
  • Reviewers are chosen on the basis that they have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funders of the research.
  • When the reviewers propose rejection of a manuscript, the editor of the journal will discuss the issue with the chairman of the editorial board. The chairman will then notify the author about the decision of the editorial board and explain the reasons for rejection.
  • When significant errors are found in a published paper, the editor is obliged to issue a corrigendum notice.
  • The editors and publishers of the journal are obliged to preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
  • The editorial procedure must not influence the text, tables or illustrations of the paper in a negative way.

In its capacity as the publisher of Geoscience Research Reports, the Czech Geological Survey adheres strictly to the principles and ethical standards listed above.