Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Espes is intended as an open online forum for contemporary debates in aesthetics and the philosophy and theory of art. Appearing twice a year - in June and December - the Journal publishes a wide variety of contributions including (1) research articles, (2) survey papers, (3) short essays and discussion pieces, (4) Slovak or English translations of seminal essays in the field, (5) interviews, (6) conferences reports, as well as (7) book reviews on a broad number of topics ranging from aesthetics and the philosophy of art to art theory and art history. Periodically, the Journal publishes special thematic issues, which explore different topics in the current aesthetic discourse. Coordinated by one or more guest editors, thematic issues are advertised through a call for papers, which is published in the section Announcements of the journal website.
On an annual basis, a section of the Journal is also dedicated to hosting thematic Symposia. Comprising five short contributions plus an introduction authored by a guest editor, symposia bring together renowned scholars and researchers to discuss specific questions and concerns in the contemporary aesthetic debate.
Espes is especially meant to serve as a platform for promoting original research work in aesthetics produced in the context of Central Europe, particularly in Slovakia and in the Czech Republic.

Theoretical orientation
The Journal adopts a pluralistic theoretical approach to the arts and aesthetics, supporting different orientations and trends in the fields of philosophy of art and literature, the visual arts, music, dance, architecture, theater and drama, as well as art history and art theory. The Journal also encourages interdisciplinary studies and explorations of non-traditional aesthetic issues.

Targeted Audience
The Journal is addressed to a wide, local and international circle of scholars, philosophers, aestheticians, art theoreticians and historians but also fosters a broader readership due to its interdisciplinary nature.

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Section Policies


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Research Articles

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Survey Papers

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Short Essays and Discussion Pieces

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Book Reviews

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Conference Reports

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Peer Review Process

The Journal follows the guidelines of double-blind peer review, which means that both the reviewer’s and author’s identities are concealed from each other throughout the review process, which is supervised by the editors. The authors’ name should therefore not appear on manuscripts and any reference to the authors’ previous works should be in the third person. All articles will be double-blind-refereed except when invited. The submitted work must not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. It is the responsibility of the authors to obtain permission to use any previously published material. The decision of the editorial board is final.


Open Access Policy

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.



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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Ethical guidelines for journal publication

ESPES is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles. Conformance to standards of ethical behaviour is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the experiments. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable. Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the art. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. 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.

Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. 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, companies, or institutions connected to the papers. All peer reviews will be carried out by external and anonymous reviewers.


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