Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Acta Avionica is a scientific-reviewed journal that aims to publish original, unpublished scientific and professional works in the field of basic and applied research of aviation experts and researchers. The journal is issued by the Faculty of Aeronautics, Technical University of Kosice, Slovak Republic, published at least twice a year since 1999.

The journal comprehensively covers the aviation issues of all positions in industry, research, and academic institutions, as well as through actual information on important practical results and innovations of the aviation industry with the gradual extension of the area of aerospace and space technologies.

  1. Aviation education and training of civilian and military personnel, didactics of aviation training for aviation security and safety, human factors in aviation, measurement of aviation personnel performance.
  2. Air transport, air traffic management, air traffic control and safety - aircraft piloting, aviation safety, airport security, air traffic management, search and rescue, accident investigation and prevention, forensic aviation engineering.
  3. Aircraft operation - theory, aircraft and aircraft engine maintenance and repair design, aircraft technical and operational security, diagnostics, aircraft aerodynamics, design, modeling and simulation, material development and related issues.
  4. Avionics and sensors - air navigation systems, tracking systems, communication systems, flight and aircraft control, monitoring, indicators, displays, electronic and electrical aircraft systems, measurement and measurement equipment, sensors and sensor systems, research, development, design, testing and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and related issues.
  5. Astronautics - space technologies and related issues.
  6. Interdisciplinary studies and application areas - meteorology and climatology, astronomy, traffic management and economics, civil engineering / building management and airport infrastructure, aviation and environmental protection, aviation and fire protection, airport and critical state infrastructure, crisis management in transport, aeronautical ergonomic system, aviation law, legal aspects of the protection of interests in the air transport and transport process, pedagogical sciences, GIS, aviation psychology, sociology, logistics, forwarding, tourism and transport.

Apart from the main topics given above, the Editorial Board welcomes papers from other areas of aviation. All papers will be blind reviewed. Accepted papers will be available online (free access) and in the printed version. No publication fee for authors. The journal structure consists of scientific articles, professional articles, review articles, short notices, advertisements and promotions.


Section Policies

Scientific articles

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Specialized articles

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Articles of review

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This section contain other types of articles such as book reviews, opinion articles and commentaries.

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Peer Review Process

A scientific journal has a council of referees consisting of experienced researchers within the journal’s field. These experts review the submitted articles and assess their quality, both scientifically and according to content. They decide if the article is to be published directly, should be amended or refused. This process is known as peer review and the aim is to ensure scientific quality.

Acta avionica uses double-blind reviews. Therefore the information on the authors should be omitted from the submitted papers. The authors should refer to their previous work in an impersonal manner (not "In our previous work we showed ..." but "It was shown previously ..." or similar). However, the authors must include their information in the submission form.

At least two referees outside the author's country will examine the manuscript and their comments will be returned to the author. There are four possible outcomes:

  1. Accept - the paper will be published as is.
  2. Minor revision - the author will be required to revise the paper as per the referees' comments. The revised paper should be returned to the editor with whom the author was in contact together with a separate file detailing the changes and the replies to the referees' comments. The paper will be accepted at the editor's discretion.
  3. Major revision - the author will be required to significantly revise the paper as per the referees' comments. The revised paper should be returned to the editor with whom the author was in contact together with a separate file detailing the changes and the replies to the referees' comments. The paper will then undergo another, final round of refereeing.
  4. Reject - the paper will not be published.

The time to review and make a decision is extremely variable since it is sometimes difficult to find suitable reviewers, and there may be delays in receiving reviewer reports. The Editor-in-Chief and editorial office make all efforts to minimize the time from submission to first decision. The journal aims to make a first decision (after review) within 40–60 days, but cannot guarantee this. 


Open Access Policy

Acta Avionica Journal is open access journal. Published articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License Creative Commons License

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Benefits of open access for authors, include:
  • Free access for all users worldwide
  • Authors retain copyright to their work
  • Increased visibility and readership
  • Rapid publication
  • No spatial constraints


Ethical principles

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

The mentioned ethical standards are binding for all subjects involved in the publication of the journal Acta Avionica.

The main objective of ethical standards is to define the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved in publication process, which are authors of the journal (journal publisher, journal editorial bodies) and reviewers, so maximum quality, neutrality, objectivity and transparency in the journal Acta Avionica is ensured. 

These ethical standards are processed according to the standards of good publication manners proposed by the international forum Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and contained in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Duties of authors

The author is obliged to become familiar with the instructions for authors, as well as the ethical standards of the journal Acta Avionica.

By submitting a manuscript to the redaction office author declares that the submitted work is original, authentic and written exclusively for the journal. Further he/ she declares that he/she has full and unrestricted copyright on work, and that this work has not been and will not be offered for publication until a final decision of journal Acta Avionica will be released about its publication/ non-publication.

The author is responsible for the content of the work, any plagiarism is unacceptable. In this context, the author also declares that his contribution was written in accordance with the standards of scientific work, while respecting the proper and full citation of used authors and their works, as well as the citation standards in relation to foreign ideas, which are correctly stated in the references. The author confirms all this by signing the journal license agreement.

In case that the work was processed with financial support or with the participation of another person, it is essential to clearly indicate these facts, including disclosure of financial support sources of the project, the sponsor, the grant. The author is obliged to avoid offensive statements that could harm other people or the reputation of the journal. In case that the author finds a fatal error in the published work, he/ she is also obliged to immediately inform the journal and collaborate during correction process.

Duties of journal (publisher and editorial bodies)

The journal and its sections - journal publisher and the members of the Editorial Board – bind themselves to act and approach everyone involved in the publication process in accordance with the ethical standards of the journal Acta Avionica, with morality and exclusion of any racial, sexual, religious, ethnic or political discrimination.

The journal accepts instruments that allow authors and others to draw attention to violations of ethical standards, as well as measures to prevent its violations. The journal binds itself to promptly resolve any complaints, archive them and take remedial action in collaboration with the complainant.

The editorial office accept manuscripts of scientific texts and original theoretical and research studies which are corresponding with the content of the journal. The journal focuses on political science, modern history, international relations and security studies. Manuscripts are reviewed in anonymous reviewing procedure by at least two reviewers. As long as their opinions substantially differ, the editorial office determines a third reviewer.

The editorial office makes the decision about the publication of text upon results of anonymous reviewing procedure, which focuses on the assessment of academic value of manuscript. Manuscript review process is always executed regardless to the author. Without reviewed procedure the journal publishes only informative manuscripts, news and reviews. Editors or editorial office members who publish their own journal cannot abuse their position.   The journal maintains the anonymity and prevents origins of conflicts of interest between authors, journal and its managing components and reviewers.

Duties of reviewers

The reviewer is obliged to become familiar with the ethical standards of the journal Acta Avionica, with the review form and method of its execution.

Results of the reviews procedure form the basis for editor’s office decision-making about the publication / non-publication of the reviewed manuscript.

The reviewer approaches to an assessment of the text objectively, impartially and responsibly. Reviewer binds himself to process the review in a time with the required quality. In the case of a conflict of interest, time constraints, lack of expertise or the inability to make the review, he/ she will inform the editorial office at the deadline. Reviewer preserves anonymity and concurrently binds himself not to abuse the acquired information and ideas in connection with the conduction of the review in self-benefit. In case of discovering any content match with already published papers, reviewer will notify the editor office.

Procedure for dealing with cases of unethical acts

Any violation or suspected violation of ethical standards of the journal Acta Avionica, or unethical conduct must be reported to the journal. It is inevitable to provide all the information and evidence to start an investigation of the matter in question.

The journal and all its sections will make an effort to investigate the matter in question and to draw a final decision. The process of investigation in the journal is impartial on the basis of gathering all the relevant evidence. In case of violation of the principles by the journal, an impartial expert is invited.

Minor mistakes are handled internally, or directly with the aggrieved person. Major mistakes are dealt by the journal and it is possible to invite other experts. The employer of the accused may be informed about the ongoing investigation process of ethical standards and behaviour violation. The final decision depends on the seriousness of ethical principles violation or unethical behaviour violation.

The result of the investigation can have the form of informing and advising the aggrieved person, written warning (formal reprimand with an alert notice) or withdrawal of the text or the whole copy of the journal. By the decision the aggrieved person can be prohibited to publish or review contributions or take part in any activity in the journal Acta Avionica. In addition, the final results of the investigation may be reported to a professional organization or to an employer or provided to the superior governing organ for further investigation and the imposition of measures by the nature of the offense.


Plagiarism policy and copyright license agreement


Authors are responsible for ensuring that their works are unique and that they fully acknowledge the source of any content which is not entirely the authors’ own. The journal in cooperation with its partner Elfa, Ltd. will check the articles for plagiarism (i.e. reproducing any content without attribution and permission) using „Plagiarisma“ software tool and considers the inclusion of plagiarised content to be misconduct by the authors. Ensure yourself your article originality is higher than 85 percent to avoid any further problem.


During submission authors will be asked to sign various warranties about the article (see Author Guidelines – Licence agreement for journal AA). These include affirming that it is original and does not infringe any legal or personal rights (e.g. copyright, libel or privacy). Authors retain copyright in their articles, but grant the Acta Avionica Publisher the right of the first publication.

All authors are responsible for ensuring that:

  • the manuscript is their own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work, including their own previously published work;
  • the manuscript has been submitted only to this journal; it is not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere;
  • the manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal.

Non-compliance with any of the above conditions will be considered misconduct and dealt with accordingly. Equally, if authors are found guilty of infringing any of the above, the publisher reserves the right to charge the authors with costs which the journal incurs for their manuscript at the discretion of the Journal’s Editors and the publisher.

All papers will be published open access under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 licence. This ensures that they receive the maximum dissemination because there are no barriers to access. This licence allows readers to disseminate and reuse the paper, but always requires them to grant the authors and the first publication full credit. See the journal policies „Open Access Policy“.

Each author (contributor) agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Faculty of Aeronautics and the editors from any damage or expense that may arise in the event of any breach of warranties under this copyright license agreement.

This agreement should be signed by the authors or in the case of multiple contributors, by at least one of the contributors who agrees to inform other co-contributors the full terms of this agreement and have their full permission to sign on their behalf and returned to Acta Avionica, Rampová 7, 041 21 Košice, Slovak Republic, as soon as possible after the manuscript is accepted for publication.



All articles published by Acta Avionica are freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

Authors of articles, who published in Acta Avionica, are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the copyright and license agreement.


Publication Frequency

Semi-annually, 2 issues per year.


Free of Charge

The Acta Avionica Journal publishes articles free of charge for authors. All articles published by Acta Avionica are freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.


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