Ethical Standards of Publishing

The journal Theology and Philosophy of Education (TAPE) is committed to holding the ethical standards and behaviour common in publishing throughout the whole publication process.  The TAPE holds to the standards outlined in the ethical codex of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Therefore, the conduct of the TAPE is fully oriented in accordance with the Code of Conduct issued by the COPE. The articles published in the TAPE must be consistent with the journal’s field of interest and expertise. The article must pass the double-blind peer-review process to be published.

TAPE’s ethical expectations and responsibilities


The Editors of the TAPE are responsible for following the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

The key responsibilities of the editors are especially:

  • responsibility for the quality of the texts published in the TAPE
  • to champion the freedom of expression
  • to maintain the transparent, fair, and professionally correct process of the evaluation of the received texts in order to secure the integrity of the academic record
  • to maintain the intellectual and ethical standards of the TAPE
  • to keep the relationship in accordance with the ethical standards of the journals with all publisher, editors, authors, reviewers, and readers
  • not to be in a conflict of interests


The Reviewers of the TAPE are accountable for following the COPE Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers.

The key responsibilities of the reviewers are especially:

  • to review manuscripts voluntarily and conscientiously
  • to keep the deadline for the review delivery appointed by the Editors
  • not to accept the texts if there is a potential conflict of interests
  • to write the review in an unbiased manner, objectively in accordance with their professional information, accurately and representatively of the expertise
  • to write the review in accordance with all the requirements considered


Further policies concerning Authorship are consequential to the COPE Authorship document:

  • to submit texts meeting the ethical and legal standards
  • to submit texts presenting the results of their research activities in a clear and accurate manner
  • not to submit texts containing either manipulated or invented data or results or plagiarism
  • to claim any circumstances of a potential conflict of interests

Ethical misconduct

Every action taken concerning ethical misconduct follows the COPE ethical guidelines.

TAPE expects all manuscript submissions to be in accordance with established publication standards and ethics. The case of proven misconduct (such as Plagiarism, Redundant publication, Defamation, etc.) will lead to the action resulting in one or more of the following:

  • Publication of a correction
  • Retraction of the published article
  • Refusal of future publication

Any ethical misconduct is supposed to be reported immediately to the executive team of the TAPE (members of the Editorial Team are also members of the executive team unless otherwise specified; the head of the executive team is the Editor-in-chief unless otherwise specified). Anyone (author, reviewer, editor, publisher, or reader) can submit a proposal for ethical misconduct to the executive team. The executive team runs the investigation – the outcomes of the investigation are archived.  The final decision on the consequences of the proven misconduct is drawn by the Editorial Board after the evaluation of the evidence collected.