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Instructions for authors

Contributions concentrating on the subjects of microeconomics, management, marketing, personnel, and financial management as well as on problems of national economy, the economy of regions or other economic subjects connected with competitiveness are accepted for the publication in the Journal of Competitiveness.

Only contributions meeting the following requirements can be published in the journal:
1A) Original scientific article based on own research, which contains all parts of a scientific article
(introduction, theoretical solutions, objectives and methodology, results, discussion, conclusion), or
1B) Overview essay (own scientific review), which is not based on original research, but has scientific value, the structure of a given article is not strictly specified
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 »). 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 in docx, rtf) sent to the address The acceptance of the article for publishing will be confirmed by e-mail. Any submission fees and article processing charges are not required.

Contributions for Issue 1/2017 are accepted until December 31, 2016.
Contributions for Issue 2/2017 are accepted until March 31, 2017.
Contributions for Issue 3/2017 are accepted until June 30, 2017.
Contributions for Issue 4/2017 are accepted until September 30, 2017.


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
- Actual 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 » .

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 colors. It is therefore necessary to use only black fonts and all pictures and tables should be clear and legible in single color.
The actual text of the contribution should be divided into chapters where possible. Headings can be maximum in two levels and numbered (e.g. 1 TITLE OF CHAPTER, 1.1 Title of sub-chapter.
Tables and figures should be numbered and references to them must be in the text. Acceptable labeling for a table is Tab.1 and Fig. 1 for a figure. The title of the table or figure and the source should follow. The text should be composed in such a manner that there are not a greater number 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. They can be supplied as separate documents (jpg, xls, doc). The quality of the above is the responsibility of an author.
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 must be a reference in the text.

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 Authors can also use citation machine at
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:

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:
- Does the theme and the character of the contribution correspond to the criteria defined by the journal?
- Does the formal treatment of the contribution meet the requirements of the prescribed formatting and the sequence of its individual parts?
- Are the language use and the style of the contribution adequate?
- Is the list of used literature and sources of information sufficient and up-to-date?
- Are citations and list of the used literature arranged properly and according to existing standards?

Based on editor’s positive review, the contribution proceeds to the peer review process. Editors have the right to reject contributions that are not in accordance with the journal’s editorial purpose and do not meet the above criteria.
The Editorial Board decides about the acceptance of a contribution.

The publication of a contribution must be recommended by at least two independent reviewers (external peer review).

The evaluation mainly addresses 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 specialised 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 suitably 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 on the part of the author on the analyse issue?
• Are the conclusions and results of the contribution valuable and of use?
• Are the bibliography and sources sufficient and up-to-date?

The author is notified about the result of the peer review by e-mail. 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, which gives to publisher belong to him/her without limitations. He/she has not any obligations that would obstruct the providing of licence to publisher. The author provides the right to use the work to publisher.

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