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The procedure of qualifying articles for publication

The manuscript of the article sent in electronic form to the address of the editors undergoes two-stage qualification procedures:

  • preliminary evaluation - carried out by the Editorial Board, verifying, among others, whether the submitted text meets the formal and linguistic requirements and the requirement of conformity with the profile of the scientific journal;
  • reviewers' evaluation.

The reviews are sent to the authors. If the reviewer makes detailed comments directly on the manuscript, the author - apart from the text of the review - will receive the manuscript with the marked notes.

The author should respond to the comments and introduce any changes, indicated in the reviews. The revised text together with the replies to the reviewers' comments and the declaration of transfer of copyrights should be sent to the editors.

Editor-in-chief has the right to ask the author to introduce further necessary changes and improvements. In consultation with the editor of the theme, the editor-in-chief makes the final decision with regard to rejecting or accepting the manuscript.

The reviewing procedure

  • The manuscript is evaluated by two reviewers, including at least one reviewer from outside the organization.
  • Authors and reviewers do not know their identities.
  • The review is prepared on a special form submitted to the reviewer.
  • The review contains an explicit, final conclusion:
    • The article is suitable for publication in the presented form.
    • The article is suitable for publication after including specific comments of the reviewer.
    • The article is suitable for publication.
  • The rules on the accepting or rejecting the publication by the reviewers:
    • papers which are not written independently, papers which do not meet the requirements of the journal, papers which contain serious factual/material/substantial errors.
    • The reviewers' comments may include minor changes, which mean, among others: supplementing bibliography with - publications by Polish or foreign authors, updating the text (e.g. taking into consideration new legal acts), arrangement of the contents of tables, making minor additions or abbreviations within the text, checking statistical data, names and titles of works, or major changes, which are understood as, among others: changing the structure of the paper, eliminating some issues from the text, the necessity to refer to the findings of the research conducted by other authors, which may be important for the topic under discussion, expansion of the conclusions section.
  • The surnames of reviewers of particular articles are not disclosed. The list of reviewers is published once a year (in the last issue) and on the website of the scientific journal.
  • The reviewers are bound by the confidentiality rules; in addition, they are not allowed to use the knowledge from the reviewed article before its publication.

Prevention of ghostwriting and guest authorship
In 2012 the editor introduced the procedures preventing the occurrence of the phenomena of ghostwriting and guest authorship. The ghostwriting phenomenon occurs when someone has made a subsequent contribution in the process of creation of the article and did not disclose his or her role as one of the authors or his/her role has not been indicated in the acknowledgments section included in the publication. In the case of guest authorship the participation of the author is negligible or did not take place at all, and yet he/she is indicated as an author or co-author of the publication. They are manifestations of scientific misconduct and a sign of disregard for "good morals" principle.

In order to prevent the occurrence of the presented phenomena, the editors introduce the following procedures:

  • Each author is obliged to sign a statement in which he/she indicates that the work submitted for publication is their own work and does not infringe the rights of third persons.
  • In the case of two or more authors, the editors require the disclosure of the contribution of all the authors in the creation of the publication (including the affiliation and the contribution of each author in terms of concepts, principles, methods, etc.).
  • All the discovered cases of scientific misconduct will be disclosed, and the procedure includes the notification of competent officials as well the author's employer.
  • The editors undertake to record and document any manifestation of scientific misconduct.