Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement (PEMS)

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement (PDF)

Studia Politologiczne adheres to the core practices of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). In cases of suspected misconduct, the editors follow the COPE guidelines.

PEER REVIEW PROCESS: Every article that qualifies for the review procedure is sent to two external reviewers not connected with the editorial board. Reviewers are appointed from among specialists who are not affiliated with the same institution as the author/authors of the text. In the case of foreign authors, at least one reviewer does not come from the same country as the institution with which the author is affiliated.

The editorial board sends the reviewers a version of the article that does not contain the author’s data (such as first name, surname, institutional affiliation), while the reviews sent to the authors do not contain the personal data of the reviewer. Therefore, the author’s nationality, ethnicity, political views, gender, race and religion cannot affect the review process.

If a reviewer chosen to assess a submitted text cannot do so for want to qualifications or time, they must inform the editorial board about this, in which case the board immediately selects another reviewer. All texts submitted for review are treated in confidence, and reviewers cannot show or discuss a text with anyone other than the members of the editorial board. Research results, data, opinions and statements included in a text submitted for publication cannot be used by the reviewer in their own studies until the article has been published.

Reviewers must not have any conflict of interest. Where one occurs, the reviewer concerned must immediately report this to the Editorial Office.

The basic duty of a reviewer is to evaluate the text. Critical remarks made for personal reasons are inappropriate. All comments and suggestions should be clearly stated and supported by arguments. We consider the following criteria in the review process: the original and scientific character of the text; its compatibility with the thematic profile of the Journal; how clearly the research problem is presented and the scientific goals achieved; appropriate use of the literature on the subject; adequate justification of statements and conclusions. A reviewer informs the editorial board if they have any suspicion of plagiarism or self-plagiarism on the part of the person submitting the text for publication, and specifies what passages of the text raise doubts.

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING: The paper version of Studia Politologiczne is the original version.
Articles published in Studia Politologiczne are available free of charge in their full versions on the journal's website, as well as on social media.
All articles are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License PL (CC BY). The full text of the license is available here:

AUTHOR FEES: The Editorial Board does not charge any fees for submitting or processing articles, though all submissions go through the review process.

PROCESS FOR INDENTIFICATION OF AND DEALING WITH ALLEGATIONS OF RESEARCH MISCONDUCT: All articles are checked with dedicated antiplagiarism software, and any cases of plagiarism detected are handled according to the COPE guidelines. Any cases of research misconduct result in the rejection of the article concerned. Authors should be aware that the Editorial Board will take severe steps regarding research misconduct, including informing the author’s affiliated institution. It is vital for us to safeguard the scientific credibility and reliability of the journal, and in this we rely on the cooperation of our authors and reviewers.

PUBLICATION ETHICS: Studia Politologiczne has a procedure in place to prevent ghostwriting and guest authorship, which are dishonest practices. All detected cases are disclosed; this includes notifying the relevant entities (the institutions employing the authors, scientific societies, associations of scientific editors, etc.).

Ghostwriting is when a person who has contributed significantly to a manuscript does not disclose their participation as one of the authors, or when their role is not mentioned in the acknowledgements included in the publication.
Guest authorship is when an author’s participation is negligible or none, yet they are listed as the author/coauthor of the publication concerned.

Authors are required to disclose their sources of funding for publication, such as research grants from scientific and research institutions, associations or other entities (‘financial disclosure’).

All authors with a reasonable claim to authorship must be named, along with their institutional affiliations. Authors should declare their contribution to the manuscript, including the development of the concept, assumptions, methodology, methods of data analysis, interpretation and conclusions. This information can be provided in a separate note (email) to the editor of Studia Politologiczne.

The editorial board does not disclose any information about works submitted for publication to persons or entities other than the authors, reviewers, editors or representatives of the publisher, to whom such information is made available only in connection with the publishing procedure.
The articles submitted are evaluated according to substantive criteria and ethical principles, without taking into account personal factors such as race, origin, sex, religion or political beliefs of the authors.
Articles not selected for publication may not be used by the editorial staff, in whole or in part.

ACCESS: All scientific articles published in Studia Politologiczne are available in the open access system.

ARCHIVING: No archiving services are planned.

REVENUE SOURCES: Studia Politologiczne is co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the most significant scientific journals (information available on the journal's website) and subscriptions to the paper edition of the Journal.

ADVERTISING: The journal does not publish advertisements.

DIRECT MARKETING: An invitation to publish scientific articles in Studia Politologiczne is available on the journal's website and on its FB profile.
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