Publication Ethics

Lyuboslovie is Open Access, which means that all published articles are freely available to the readers. They are also allowed to download and distribute the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking the publisher or the author for permission as long as the article is correctly cited with its title, original authors and publisher’s details.

In its publication policy Lyuboslovie follows the general strategy of Shumen University, which observes the accepted international standards of publication ethics. The Editorial Board regards it as their inherent obligation to follow the rules defined in:


Our licensing policy is guided by the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) principles.

The rules of ethics apply to all participants in the publication process: authors and reviewers, editors and publishers.


No fees are required from the authors for either article submission or publication.


Copyright for articles published in Lyuboslovie is retained by the authors, however the first publication rights are granted to the journal. As authors retain their publishing rights they can upload their work on institutional websites, social academic networks, etc. What is more, the authors are allowed to archive both the submitted version and the published version to any database as long as this is mentioned explicitly.

Plagiarism statement

Every article submitted for publication to Lyuboslovie is checked for plagiarism and duplicate publication during the initial editor screening and before double-blind peer review. If there are any plagiarism allegations, we act in accordance with the COPE Guidelines. If plagiarism is acknowledged in an already published article, we will consequently publish an apology, in which the plagiarist will be identified.

Malpractice Statement

Lyuboslovie follows the best practices on ethical issues, corrections and retractions.

  • One of the important responsibilities of the Editorial Board of Lyuboslovie is the prevention of publication malpractice. Any kind of unethical behavior is not acceptable, and plagiarism in any form is not tolerated. In case of any allegations we will act in accordance with the COPE Guidelines.
  • All contributors to the work submitted for publication should be acknowledged and the sources used cited correctly.
  • When submitting articles to Lyuboslovie authors also submit an Ethical statement to affirm that manuscript contents are original. Submissions already published, in press, or currently considered for publication elsewhere will be turned down.
  • Any suspicion of malpractice is treated very seriously. In such cases the Editorial Board would contact the related parties and institutions to establish the veracity of ethical violations. Provided the malpractice is proved, the manuscript will be withdrawn from publication or, if the paper has already been published, the revealed ethical violations will be made public.
Corrections and Retractions

Lyuboslovie will regard very carefully any report about unreliable content or data which may result from honest errors or research misconduct and may lead to scientific inaccuracy of the published material. When honest errors are detected, they require the publication of a correction. Four categories of corrections are applicable to the submitted articles: Erratum or Publisher Correction, Corrigendum or Author Correction, Retraction or Addendum. We are responsible to keep the integrity of the scientific content. The correction procedure depends on the publication stage of the article as it is pointed out in the Correction and Retraction Policy. In all cases, we will follow the COPE Retraction Guidelines and in our communications with all parties involved.

Peer Review Process

All submitted materials are refereed. The research articles are subjected to a double-blind peer review process, which takes a maximum of six weeks. The double-blind review process ensures the anonymity of the reviewers and authors. Our peer reviewers follow the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.

Conflicts of Interest

Authors, peer reviewers, and members of the editorial team should notify the Editor-in-chief about any suspicion that can cause a Conflict of Interest in connection with the submitted materials. The Conflict of Interest Policy is relevant to all research articles in Lyuboslovie, including the sections Classical Heritage, Academic Reviews, and Documents and Memory.


If a complaint is submitted by an author, in order to ensure a high standard of service, we will deal with it fairly, quickly and effectively. Further details can be found in our Complaints Policy.


Lyuboslovie is archived in

Bulgarian National Library “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” (print, full text)

Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL) (digital, full text).

eLibrary (digital, full text)

SCRIBD (digital, full text)