Colloquia Theologica Ottoniana

ISSN: 1731-0555     eISSN: 2353-2998    OAI    DOI: 10.18276/cto

Open access

Colloquia Theologica Ottoniana is an open access journal, which means that all content is available for free for users and their institutions. Users are permitted to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of papers or use them for any other lawful purpose without prior consent from the publishers or authors. This is compliant with the BOAI’s definition of open access.


Colloquia Theologica Ottoniana is licensed under Creative Commons-Attribution and Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-SA).

You are free to:

  • share - copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format,
  • Adapt - remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Under the following terms:

  • attribution - you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • sharealike — if you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  • no additional restrictions - you may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.


Detailed license terms and conditions:

The journal applies the following identifiers: DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for electronic documents and ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) for authors and contributors.

Editors' responsibilities

The final decision concerning the text’s publication in CTO is made by the editor-in-chief whose particular obligation is to care for equal treatment of all authors regardless of their sex, race, citizenship, sexual orientation, religious or philosophical beliefs. The editor-in-chief’s decision is exclusively based on scientific grounds.

The editor-in-chief and the editorial team do not disclose any information concerning the submitted articles to any party except the author, reviewers, potential reviews, other editorial advisors and publisher. Materials presented in the submitted article are not used by the editor or editorial team for their own research purposes unless it is agreed by the author.

Reviewers’ responsibilities

The editors make every effort to select expert reviewers on the subject related to the proposed article. Any parties appointed as reviewers, who consider themselves incompetent in a given field or who know that they are not able to meet the task of preparing a review within a given time, should promptly notify the editors.

All texts submitted for reviewing should be deemed as confidential by the reviewers. They must be neither disclosed nor discussed with any other parties.

The main task of the reviewer is to verify whether the reviewed work is a scientific text and it does not contain substantive errors. The review may also contain polemical elements, but they should be decisive for the conclusion of the review only if the polemic reveals the inconsistency of the author.

Reviews should be objective, substantive and cultural. Any criticism related to the author's scientific view, philosophical or religious beliefs, which could be guessed when reading the text, is inappropriate. The criticism should be based on factual arguments only.

Authors’ responsibilities

Authors are requested to exclusively submit original texts of scientific nature (references, bibliography, proper style, etc.). In general, papers describing the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Submission of the same article to more than one journal is deemed as incompliant with the policy adopted by CTO and unacceptable. 

In the event of publication, authors consent to use their works under CC-BY-SA license, which allows other parties to copy, distribute and transmit the work as well as to adapt the work and to make commercial use of it.

All parties, who significantly contributed to the article, should be mentioned as their co-authors. Authors in contact with the editors shall undertake to ensure that any and all co-authors approved of the article’s final version and consented to its publication.  

The CTO editors particularly oppose dishonest practices known as "ghostwriting" (failure to disclose a person who significantly contributed to a publication) and "guest authorship" (adding a person who hardly contributed to the article as a co-author). Such practices are deemed by the CTO as shameful signs of scientific misconduct. To avoid such phenomena, the editors have implemented the following procedure:

  1. Upon the article’s submission, authors fill in declaration of contribution of individual parties in article’s preparation (by stating their affiliation and contribution, i.e. information who is the author of the concept, assumptions, method, protocol, etc. ), however, the party submitting the manuscript is mainly responsible for the accuracy of provided information.
  2. It is highly recommended to provide the source of the research financing, e.g. research grant, scientific scholarship, etc. 
  3. Upon the occurrence of ghostwriting or guest authorship, the editors shall disclose the information to the offender’s employer as well as relevant institutions.
  4. The editors document and discloses other cases of scientific misconduct: data fabrication and/or falsification, plagiarism, etc.).

Sources of our policy

The above principles have been designed to follow the recommendations made by the COPE Committee on Publication Ethics contained in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers as well as the "Good practices in scientific reviewing procedures".

What we do if we suspect redundant (duplicate) publication:

COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)