About journal

About us

Přehled výzkumů (PV) is a peer-reviewed open access archaeological journal published since 1956 by the Institute of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Brno (www.arub.cz). The journal has been published twice a year in printed form since 2011. The peer-reviewed section of the journal features original research articles by domestic and foreign scholars. The journal’s thematic scope includes a wide range of issues related to the study of the history of mankind from its earliest manifestations in the Palaeolithic to the present using the methods of archaeological research and related social science and natural science disciplines. The focus of interest of published studies is the territory of Central Europe. The peer-reviewed section of the journal is complemented by a mandatory summary of reports on the excavations of all authorised archaeological organisations in Moravia and Silesia. Current events in the discipline are presented in the Varia section.

Přehled výzkumů is registered in the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) and appears on the List of Non-Impact Factor Peer-Review Periodicals Published in the Czech Republic. It has been on the list of journals in the Scopus database since February 2018, where it is indexed since volume 58. Individual studies are provided with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the journal applies the system of online first for the purpose of publishing the online versions of studies before the complete journal volume is released.

Journal focus

The Přehled výzkumů journal is interested in articles which:

  • fall chronologically between the Palaeolithic period up to the present day;
  • introduce original research results or innovative methods for acquiring knowledge;
  • present significant advances in research methods and approaches in archaeology and related scientific disciplines;
  • form regional, supraregional and broadly defined discussions with a focus on the area of Central Europe;
  • are a foundation for additional future research.

Author’s benefits

  • The journal is freely accessible in the full open access regime.
  • The journal does not charge authors any article processing charges (APC).
  • Fast editorial and review process with the possibility to publish articles in the online first regime.

For more information, see Instructions for Authors and Author Declaration. Additional queries should be sent to pv@arub.cz.

Publication ethics

The Ethical Principles The Editorial Board is aware of the need of the integrity of scientific publications and of observation of ethical criteria in scientific research and publication. It sees to it that the journal publishes positively authorized original scholarly works, adopts measures preventing plagiarism and expects the same acting from the authors and reviewers. It enables freedom of scholarly opinion and discussion, it sees to it that anti-discrimination rules regarding gender, sexual orientation, religion, political orientation, ethnicity or geographical origin are obeyed. Editors of Přehled výzkumů are therefore fully identified with the principles of the publication ethics declared and published on the websites of the Committee of Publication Ethics: https://publicationethics.org/

All participants in the publishing process in the Přehled výzkumů journal must observe the following rules and obligations:

  • Authors’ responsibities:
    • Originality and plagiarism – Authors should ensure that they submit only entirely original work. If any work and/or words of others have been used, this has to be appropriately acknowledged. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should also be cited. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptableAuthors must sign a statement declaring that all data in their article are original and genuine (see Author’s statement – download).
    • Declaration of generative AI in scientific writing – Where authors use generative artificial intelligence (AI) and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process, authors should only use these technologies to improve readability and language. Applying the technology should be done with human oversight and control, and authors should carefully review and edit the result, as AI can generate authoritative-sounding output that can be incorrect, incomplete or biased. AI and AI-assisted technologies should not be listed as an author or co-author, or be cited as an author. Authorship implies responsibilities and tasks that can only be attributed to and performed by humans. Authors must disclose the use of generative AI and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process by adding a statement at the end of their manuscript in the core manuscript file, before the References list. The statement should be placed in a new section entitled ‘Declaration of Generative AI and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process’.
      Statement: During the preparation of this work the author(s) used [NAME TOOL / SERVICE] in order to [REASON]. After using this tool/service, the author(s) reviewed and edited the content as needed and take(s) full responsibility for the content of the publication.

      This declaration does not apply to the use of basic tools for checking grammar, spelling, references etc. If there is nothing to disclose, there is no need to add a statement.

    • Disclosure – All pertinent sources of financial support for a project enabling the creation of the manuscript should be disclosed.
    • Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication – Authors should not submit the same manuscript or articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal concurrently. Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. In addition, manuscripts under review by the journal should not be re-submitted to copyrighted publications.
    • Authorship of the manuscript – Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as coauthors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication. All co-authors must be clearly indicated at the time of manuscript submission. Requests to add co-authors after a manuscript has been accepted will require approval of the editor.
    • Fundamental errors in published works – When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in her/his own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editors or publisher and to cooperate with the editors to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum.
    • Guidelines for authors – Authors must follow the guidelines for authors and the citation rules.
    • Reviewers process –Authors are obliged to participate in the review process, respond to reviewers’ comments and make the suggested modifications based on the reviewer’s comments. In disputed cases, the authors may appeal to the editors of the journal stating their objections in order to defend their statements or retract the paper.
  • Editors’ responsibilities:
    • Peer review process – All research articles published in Přehled výzkumů have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by at least two anonymous referees coming from different academic background. Editors inform the authors about the process of double-blind peer review evaluation and uphold its objective and fair conduct. Editors ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions and they provide guidance to reviewers on everything that is expected of them. Editors encourage the reviewers to comment on the originality of submissions, to be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism and to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review the article in question.
    • Publication decisions – Editors of Přehled výzkumů are responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted should be published. Editors 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.
    • Fair play – Editors evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit and relevance to the scope of the journal, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
    • Disclosure and conflicts of interest – Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper will not be used by the editors or the members of the advisory board for their own research purposes without the author’s explicit written consent. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. The editors are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint, or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. The editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication.
    • Confidentiality – Editors or editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. Editors ensure the protection of both the authors’ and the reviewers’ identity and maintain the confidentiality of the material submitted to the journal while under review.
    • Dealing with possible misconduct – Editors are aware of their duty to act if they suspect misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to them, both in the case of published and unpublished papers. Editors should make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a proper investigation into alleged misconduct is conducted, while following the COPE flowcharts where applicable. Editors should make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem. Errors, inaccurate or misleading statements will be corrected promptly and with due prominence. Editors should follow the COPE guidelines on retractions.
  • Reviewers’ responsibilities:
    • Protection against misuse – Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal or other gain (see Review form – download).
    • Confidentiality – Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
    • Objectivity – Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author(s) is inappropriate. Referees should express their opinions clearly with supporting arguments.
    • Avoiding conflicts of interest – Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors or institutions connected to the paper.
    • Acknowledgement of sources – Reviewers should identify cases in which relevant published work referred to in the paper has not been cited in the reference section. They should point out whether observations or arguments derived from other publications are accompanied by the respective source. Reviewers should notify the editor of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
  • Responsibilities of the editorial board:
    • The editorial board continually endeavours to enhance the professional and formal quality of the journal, supports freedom of speech, and in compliance with generally accepted ethics, is willing to publish corrections, retractions and apologies by prior arrangement.
    • The editorial board issues instructions concerning the editorial work (guidelines for authors, peer-review process, reviewers, etc.).
    • The editorial board guarantees that the above-stated rules are observed.

License terms

  • 1. Author’s statement

    By submitting a work (hereinafter referred to as the “Work”) to the Přehled výzkumů journal (www.arub.cz/prehled-vyzkumu; hereinafter referred to as “PV”) for consideration for publication, the author grants the Institute of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno (hereinafter referred to as “ARÚB”) a license to the Work, under the following conditions:

    1.1 The author declares that the Work is free of copyright or other legal defects, that it was neither published anywhere else nor simultaneously offered for publication.

    1.2 The author declares that he/she is the genuine author or the joint author of the Work and his/her freedom to grant the license is not limited or excluded, and that the author is entitled to dispose of the Work, in particular, but not limited to:

    1. the Work is not subject to the work of employee where the employee would not be entitled to exercise the rights to the Work,
    2. use of the Work within the scope of the granted license is not limited by the conditions of a grant or other financial support (e.g. GAČR – Czech Science Foundation, TAČR – Technology Agency of the Czech Republic),
    3. use of the Work within the scope of the granted license is not limited by third-party rights (e.g. copyright, the right to the protection of personal data),
    4. the Work is not the work of co-authors, where the other co-authors would not agree to grant the license.

    1.3 In the case that the Work is the work of co-authors, the author declares that all co-authors have been informed of these License terms and that he/she is authorised to grant ARÚB the license under these License terms on behalf of the co-authors.

    1.4 The author agrees that if the Work is accepted for publication, the proposal to conclude a license agreement for the Work will be made on his/her behalf to an unspecified number of persons with the content of the agreement determined by reference to the publicly available Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 international license conditions (available from: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/); no such proposal will be made for the Work or elements (e.g. image or photographic documentation) used by the author in the Work under a contractual license with a third party.

    1.5 In the event that any statement by the author proves to be false, the author is aware that he/she is liable for any damages incurred, including any costs associated with any litigation and damage resulting from the violation of the reputation of PV and/or ARÚB.

  • 2. Licensing

    2.1 The author grants to ARÚB a gratuitous non-exclusive license to use the Work in all known uses of the Work (particularly to, but not limited to, reproduction, distribution and communication of the Work to the public), individually, in a collection or together with any other works or elements unlimited regardless of the amount, form and method of expression (including electronic).

    2.2 The license is granted as territorially and quantitatively unlimited.

    2.3 The license is granted royalty-free.

    2.4 The license is granted for the duration of the economic rights to the Work.

    2.5 ARÚB shall be entitled to grant authorisation forming part of the license to a third party or parties, in whole or in part under a sublicense agreement, with or without remuneration.

    2.6 By granting the license, the author agrees to include the Work into scientific and bibliographical databases (e.g. EBSCO, CEEOL) as well as information systems providing informational services where  PV is currently indexed as well as those where it will be indexed in the future.

    2.7 ARÚB is not obliged to use the granted license.

  • 3. Further use of the Work

    3.1 Due to the non-exclusive license granted for the Work, the author shall be entitled to further use the Work. For the purpose of such further use of the Work, the author is obliged to state PV as the source of publication of the Work.

    3.2 The reputation of ARÚB and/or PV must not be adversely affected by the further use of the Work.

  • 4. Various

    4.1 Legal relations based on the license shall be governed by the laws of the Czech Republic; any disputes arising from the license shall be settled by the courts of the Czech Republic.

    4.2 If the Work is rejected for publication by PV, the license shall, from the time of the decision of rejection, be restricted in such a way that it shall only cover the use of Work to the necessary extent within the related editorial activities (e.g. review and archiving).

The authors retain the copyright for all the materials published in the journal.

Open access policy

This journal adheres to the Open Access policy and publishes contributions in “Libre Open Access” mode under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license (full text available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode (dále hereinafter referred to as “CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International”).

  • 1. Information about CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International

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    CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International authorise the user to “share” the Work, i.e. copy, distribute and communicate to the public online. At the same time, the Work may also be included in a collection (e.g. a journal, conference proceedings).

    CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International oblige the user to indicate the origin of the Work (i.e. title, author, source and reference to the licensing terms), and not to use the Work commercially and not to modify a part or the whole of the Work. Therefore, the Work or any part of the Work must not be merged with another protected subject matter (creatively modified, edited, and based on the original underlying work). Persons other than the rights holder must not use the Work available under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International for commercial purposes, as the sharing of the Work must not generate any financial gain.

    CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International does not limit statutory licenses, especially the citation licence. Citing parts of the Work made available under these licensing terms does not give rise to the obligation to licence the Work in which the citation was used under the same licensing terms.

    CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licences apply exclusively to the licensed Work. Certain parts of the content may be used under legal licenses or contractual licenses with third parties. These parts must not be used under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International.

    CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International does not exclude copyright protection, claims arising from it or the realisation of the personal and property rights of the author of the work.

  • 2. Practical implications

    The publication of the Work under the public license terms CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International has, inter alia, the following copyright implications:

    • everyone is entitled to:
      • share the Work – i.e. reproduce, print, distribute (e.g. using P2P networks, upload on file-hosting servers or publishing websites)
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      • the TASL acronym can be used to better remember the information that must be mentioned:
        • T – title,
        • A – author (author, or rightholder or database maker),
        • S – source
        • L – license – a reference to the full version of the public licensing terms CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International. The URL link must be included in printed publications
      • use the Work non-commercially
      • not modify the Work
    • the Work
      • is used in the most restricted manner possible
      • must not be modified
      • can be uploaded to e-learning platforms
      • can be stored in topical and institutional repositories in the form of a “publisher’s edition”, i.e. in the reviewed version, including final formatting and correction
      • must not be used for commercial purposes