Research

Faculty scientific journals and WP

The Faculty financially supports and long-term publishes the following scientific peer-reviewed journals, from the beginning maintained by the Council for Research, Development and Innovation on the list of peer-reviewed non-impact periodicals published in the Czech Republic. All papers are subject to double blind review, the full content of individual issues is free to download, and the entire review and publication process is free for authors. At the same time, the Faculty publishes since 2019 its Working Papers (FFA WP).

  • The Czech Financial and Accounting Journal is published quarterly in Czech. The main goal of the journal is to acquaint the Czech and Slovak professional public with current research in the field of finance and accounting in the Czech Republic and abroad.
  • The European Financial and Accounting Journal  is published quarterly in English. The journal is indexed in various international databases, including ERIH+. The main goal of the journal is to acquaint the international professional public with current research in the field of finance and accounting in Europe.
  • The Valuation journal is published in co-operation with the Institute of Property Valuation at VŠE. The main goal of the journal is to acquaint the Czech and Slovak professional public with the latest findings and research results in the field of business valuation and property valuation.
  • FFA Working papers are a peer-reviewed series, published electronically in English. FFA WP are intended mainly for the academic staff and doctoral students of the Prague University of Economics and Business and focus on all areas of finance and accounting.

Publications

Research and publishing activities form an integral part of academic work of lecturers and doctoral students. At the core of the Faculty’s publishing activities are articles in professional peer-reviewed journals (domestic and foreign), research monographs, and textbooks. Preparation of a text under assistance of a professional discussion carried during scientific conferences forms a standard part of the publication process. Books and scripts by the Faculty authors published at Oeconomica Publishing House can be purchased directly at Oeconomica Publishing House or its stores.

Citation responses to publishing activities of the Faculty staff can be tracked in the Web of Science, Scopus or Google Scholar databases. An up-to-date list of the best journals in various economic fields according to the Chartered Association of Business Schools (ABS) is given e.g. here.

Upcoming publications are listed in the edition plan for the relevant year.

Students publish mainly their qualification theses (bachelor’s, diploma, doctoral). Information on the qualification theses contains the Study and Examination Regulations. For pieces of work prepared at the Faculty of Finance and Accounting, the conditions are regulated in more detail by the Decree of the Dean of the FFA No. 3/2014, regulating certain conditions of study at the FFA. All qualification theses, including opponent reviews, are published; the Faculty does not support any “secrecy” (postponement of publication) of qualification theses.

Academic staff may work on habilitation theses as part of the habilitation procedure. Information on the habilitation theses is here.

Register of publications prepared by the staff and students

All qualification theses, including opponent reviews, are published here. The list of all publications prepared by the Faculty staff and students is registered with the University’s Database of Publishing Activities (PC VSE). Requests for inclusion in the database are submitted to the Dean’s Assistant (Ms. Darina Kubová) using the form, including the proof of publication. For each book publication (textbook, professional monograph, etc.) published outside the VŠE publishing house, the author submits a protocol on the check of originality (for details, see Ms. D. Kubová or Ms. A. Bernasová). Deadline for 2019 inclusions: by 14 February 2020.

Within Information on journals, the PC VSE database allows to search journals in the fields of Web of Science (WoS), Scopus, or FORD. The journals are sorted according to AIS (and split into quartiles), the WoS classification also allows including the category “Show Impact Factor” (IF) for sorting journals in the given field according to IF. The header of each list shows the median of the relevant indicator (FORD – AIS / IF and SJR, WoS – AIS, and IF, Scopus – SJR).

Research and publication ethics

The Faculty does not tolerate any forms of violation of research and publication ethics and any detected violations are sanctioned. Considered as violation of research and publication ethics is in particular

  • use not proper or untrustworthy data,
  • material, financial or personal conflict of interest in research, publishing or qualification proceedings,
  • plagiarism and auto-plagiarism practices,
  • inauthentic citation and non-citation of used sources,
  • incorrect co-authorship in research results and publications,
  • violation of the anonymity of the opponent and review procedures and any other unsuitable interventions in selection procedures in the area of grants, publications, and qualification proceedings.

The Faculty requires for all the final theses of its students and the qualification pieces of work of its academic staff a systematic check of originality.

The Faculty also restricts publishing and presentations in untrustworthy and in the scientific community not recognised publishing houses, journals [1, 2] and conferences (the so-called predatory practices [1]).

Instructions on how to recognise unethical practices in the selected areas can be comprehensively found in English e.g. here or on the website of CIKS VŠE.

Publication competitions

Prague University of Economics and Business organises a school-wide ESOP (Excellent Student Professional Works) competition announced by the University’s Rector for students of the bachelor’s and subsequent master’s degrees (seminar, bachelor’s and master’s theses). At the same time, the University organises the Rector’s Award competition for a prestigious publication for the academic staff and doctoral students.

The Faculty organises a competition for students of bachelor’s and subsequent master’s degrees for the best seminar work or article under the name S.O.S. (Student professional competition). The winners are nominated for a school-wide award in the ESOP competition. The Faculty also organises a competition for the academic staff and doctoral students for the best publication (article, professional book, and textbook) Publication Competition of the Dean of the FFA. The winners are nominated for a school-wide award as part of the Rector’s Award competition for a prestigious publication.

On a regular basis are organised also the following other competitions:

All proposals are submitted exclusively to the Faculty assistant for research and doctoral studies. Proposals for conferences are sent according to instructions of the conference organisers, for the “EY and KFUA Competition” to the secretary of the Department of Financial Accounting and Auditing. The schedule of competitions and submission of contributions is available here.

Faculty competition S.O.S.

Publication Competition of the Dean of the FFA

Students and academic staff who methodically guided the winning student in processing of the awarded work receive a reward themselves.

Research

Academic staff of the Faculty carries out research either within research projects and grants, or as an individual research activity. Research results are being published for the professional public in professional publications or disseminated to the general public. Research projects carried out at the Faculty are usually implemented as:

  • projects of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic
  • projects of other domestic or international agencies and institutions (TA CR, ministries, EU, Center on Budget Policy, etc.)
  • contract research for the private sector (financial institutions, associations, companies), using innovation vouchers that allow to link capacities of the Faculty with requirements of the private sector
  • internal projects within the Internal Grant Competition.

The list of all research projects carried out by the Faculty members is here. Guidelines for contract research are here. The catalogue of support is here.

Research evaluation

  1. External framework (RVVI, MŠMT)

Results of Evaluation according to M17+

Indicative scaling of research organisations with institutional funding (tripartites)
MODULE 1 Evaluation of the selected results (field reports and report for VO)
MODULE 2 Bibliometric analyses (field reports and reports for VO)

  1. Evaluation on VŠE

Assessment of individual faculties is based on the peer review evaluation carried out by an expert panel using, among other things, criteria such as recalculated long-term publishing performance, structure of publishing activities with a focus on the quality of external, respectively international, publications, results in publication competitions, quality and scope of secured scientific grants, fulfilment of international publication standards, or improvement of a scientific qualification profile of the faculties.

  1. Evaluation of FFA

Evaluation within the Faculty is based on annual assessment of the medium-term and current scientific and publication performance. Into account are taken the quality of evaluated publications (AIS / JIF / SJR percentile or the level of prestige of the publishing house), the publisher’s country of origin, the structure and scope of acquired scientific or innovative projects; reflected are also the results of applied research.

Internal Grant Competition

Doctoral students along with academic staff can apply for the Internal Grant Competition of Prague University of Economics and Business. The main goal of these grants is to support the research activities of doctoral students; the projects are therefore not primarily aimed to support the research of academic staff. In case of obtaining the grant, researchers receive funds for two to three years to solve the submitted research project. At the end of each year, they submit to the Grant Council of the Faculty (GCF) a progress report on the solution of the project to be discussed.

At the Faculty, there are annually implemented approx. 15–20 projects with the total cost of over CZK 3 million. Current rules of the Internal Grant Competition are available here. Internal instructions for researchers from the FFA: publication plan and evaluation of the fulfilment of the publication plan. Together with each project proposal it is necessary to submit also the IGC Project Card.

After the end of the project, the researcher personally submits to the Grant Council of the Faculty all publication outputs originated from the project (both published and reviewed, or under development) and at the same time s/he presents the project’s results (sample presentation and sample list of publications for the IGC project).

Provided the GCF has evaluated the project and requires a provision of additional information on the ongoing publications (usually within approx. 12 months following the project evaluation), researchers will provide the administrator of research and doctoral studies with a printed copy of the articles to be filed with the PC VSE or a proof of acceptance / non-acceptance of the output (e.g. printouts of e-mail communications with editors of the given journal) + Report on the implementation of the ongoing/reviewed publications according to the example here.

Deadlines for the new round of IGC 2021+

  • Deadline for new applications and interim report of multi-year projects at FFA (Ms. A. Bernasová): 16 December 2020 12:00 (check before the application closes in InSIS)
  • Final report for the completed projects and faculty complementary reports on supplementary fulfilment of the publication plans for previously completed projects at FFA (Ms. A. Bernasová): 19 January 2021 before 12:00 (check before the application closes in InSIS)
  • Meeting of GCF FFA: 3 February or 4 February 2021, 9:00 – NB 139 (including presentations of results by the researcher for completed projects)

Conferences

Academic (research) conferences are usually organised by universities or international (national) professional associations. While the number of conferences is inexhaustible, the most prestigious are congresses or conferences organised by e.g. the European Economic Association (EEA) or the American Economic Association (AEA). In the Czech Republic, the economic domain is covered by the Czech Economic Society and its biennial conference.

Conferences can be searched worldwide using various platforms (1, 2, 3, 4). Funding for conference participation is usually conditioned by active participation, i.e. presentation of a paper and its publication in the proceedings of papers (or proceedings of abstracts). Within the academic community it is assumed that provided the conference proceedings are included (indexed) in the Web of Science WOS database (i.e. they appear on the list of so-called Conference Proceedings Citation Index–Social Science & Humanities CPCI-SSH) or Scopus, there should be guaranteed an adequate quality of both the contributions and the associated review process. However, a contribution in a collection included in the WoS / Scopus database is not the same as an article published directly in a journal included in the WoS / Scopus database.

When choosing a conference, it is necessary to avoid the so-called predatory or fake conferences. These “conferences” often joint together several “conferences” in the same place and time, thematically are very fragmented (since they try to maximise the number of received and mainly paid-for contributions), the time between the submission and review of the contributing papers is very short (only a few weeks) and the review procedure is formal (there is no actual review of the quality of the submitted paper). These “conferences” also often take place in exotic and tourist-attractive places, respectively (the so-called congress tourism). Characteristic of predatory conferences is spamming of their participation offers. Another feature of predatory conferences is that they are not organised by established and respected universities or associations. The list of potentially problematic conferences may be found here. Nevertheless, the list is not (neither can be) exhaustive and for each conference, the applicant must e.g. assess whether the conference is of a good quality based on the above criteria. The List of Established Scientific Conferences in the Fields of FFA will certainly help.

Possible corrections and suggestions for inclusion of other conferences should be directed to the research and doctoral study assistant via e-mail referentkads_ffu@vse.cz.

Regular events (jointly) organised by FFA

One-off events (jointly) organised by FFA