The journal follows a code of conduct prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Duties of Authors:
- Declaring that all the data contained in the submitted texts are original and true to the best of their knowledge.
- Declaring that the submitted text has not been subjected to a reviewing process in another journal.
- In the case of a larger number of authors – listing all the authors and co-authors and indicating their contributions.
- Indicating all sources of funding for the research and all institutions that provided it with support.
- Disclosing information about any potential conflict of interest that may arise in the process of reviewing and editing the submitted texts.
- Obtaining permission for the publication of all copyrighted objects that have been attached to the text (e.g. illustrations and photos).
- Active and diligent participation in the reviewing process by responding to the reviewers’ comments.
- Promptly informing the editorial staff of any errors and inaccuracies spotted in the text.
- Preparing the text for publication in a manner that enables verification of the statements contained therein and providing it with metadata, footnotes and a bibliography prepared in accordance with the editorial guidelines. All sources of information used by the author must be properly cited.
- Unethical publication practices, especially plagiarism, non-disclosure of authorship or co-authorship (ghostwriting), unjustified attributing authorship to third parties (guest authorship) and unauthorized use of other people’s research, will cause the article to be rejected.
- The authors of texts published in the journal are not obliged to share the research data created during the preparation of the text, unless requested by reviewers. At the same time, the editorial staff strongly encourages making research data available by the authors in a variety of ways (e.g. by depositing the research data in an online repository).
Duties of Editors:
- Deciding on the publication or rejection of the submitted texts based solely on their scholarly value and compliance with the profile of the journal.
- Subjecting the submitted texts, after their initial assessment by the editorial staff, to a double-blind peer review.
- Respecting confidentiality of the information related to editorial work and providing it, if needed, only to the authors, reviewers and other members of the editorial staff.
- Promptly informing of a possible conflict of interest and withdrawing from the process of editing a given text if such a conflict is found.
- Editing the texts accepted for publication in terms of content and language. The final shape of the text is approved by the author after a possibility to make corrections.
Duties of Reviewers:
- Assessing the text in order to help the editors decide whether or not to accept it for publication and to help the author to improve the quality of the text.
- Preparing the review in such a way that it contains only objective and substantive comments, formulated in a comprehensive and unambiguous manner.
- Respecting the rules of confidentiality, not disclosing the prepared reviews and submitting them only to the members of the editorial staff of the journal.
- Reporting to the editorial staff the possibility of a conflict of interest that may result from reviewing a given text.
- Immediately informing the editorial staff of all noticed violations of best practice in publication ethics, such as plagiarism, ghostwriting and guest authorship.
- Reviewers are not allowed to use the reviewed texts, either in their entirety or in excerpts, for their own purposes.