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 items 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.
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.