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


Studia Politologiczne has a procedure in place to prevent ghostwriting and guest authorship.

To counteract „ghostwriting” and „guest authorship”, the Editorial Board of Studia Politologiczne has procedures to block „ghostwriting” and unacknowledged guest authorship. „Ghostwriting” and „guest authorship” are scientifically unreliable and dishonest. All detected cases will be disclosed, including notifying the proper entities (institutions employing the authors, scientific societies, associations of scientific editors, etc.).

We are dealing with „ghostwriting” when a person who has made a significant contribution to the 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.

We are dealing with „guest authorship” („honorary authorship”) when the author’s participation is negligible or none despite the fact they are listed as an author/co-author of the publication.

The author(s) is obliged to disclose the sources of financing for the publication, such as research grants from scientific and research institutions, associations and other entities („financial disclosure”).

The Editorial Board of Studia Politologiczne requires all authors with reasonable claims to authorship to be named, including their institutional affiliations. The authors should declare their contribution(s) to the manuscript including the development of the concept(s), assumption(s), method(s), protocols for data analysis, interpretation and conclusions. This information can be provided in a separate note (email) to the Secretary of Studia Politologiczne.

The Editorial Board of Studia Politologiczne documents all signs of scientific unreliability, especially of breaking and infringing the principles of ethics binding in science.

The Editorial Board of Studia Politologiczne do 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 this information is made available only in connection with the publishing procedure.

Submitted articles are evaluated in accordance with substantive criteria and ethical principles. The assessment is not influenced by personal factors such as race, origin, sex, religion or political beliefs of the authors.

Articles that have not been published may not be used by Editorial Staff, in whole or in part.


The Reviewers cannot have any conflict of interest. In case a conflict of interest occurs, the reviewers are obliged to inform the Editorial Office about this fact immediately.

Each scientific article submitted for publication is reviewed by two independent external reviewers. The double-blind procedure adopted by the journal «Studia Politologiczne» guarantees that the author and the reviewers do not know each other’s identities. The reviewer chosen by the Editorial Board of «Studia Politologiczne» to assess the submitted text is obliged to inform the editorial office on a lack of possibility to review the text due to a lack of qualifications or a lack of time. In such a case the Editorial Board immediately indicates another reviewer. The text submitted for review is treated as confidential material. The Reviewer cannot show and/or discuss the text with other persons apart from the members of the Editorial Board of the Journal. Research results, data, opinions and statements included in the text submitted for publication cannot be used by the reviewer in their own studies until the publication of the article. The reviewer’s basic duty is an objective evaluation of the text. Critical remarks made due to personal reasons are inappropriate. Any comments, estimations and suggestions should be indicated in a clear way and supported by arguments. The following criteria are considered in the reviewing process: original and scientific character of the submitted text; compatibility with the thematic profile of the Journal; the way of realizing scientific goals and a clear presentation of the research problem; appropriate use of the literature of the subject; adequate justification of statements and conclusions. The Reviewer informs the Editorial Board on the suspected plagiarism or so-called self-plagiarism by the person submitting the text for publication and indicates the fragment/fragments of the text arousing doubts.


The Authors are obliged to reveal any conflict of interests which could affect the interpretation or conclusions following from the article. The Authors are obliged to indicate the sources of financing and the contribution of other entities in the creation of the article.

The Authors should present results of research in a reliable, credible, honest and unambiguous way. The journal «Studia Politologiczne» publishes only original articles which were not submitted in another journal, monograph or collective work. Submitting the same text to be published in a few places is unethical and unacceptable. The key criteria in the assessment of the submitted text are also objectivism of analyses and a clear presentation of the problem. Untrue statements, falsification of research results, manipulation of the data are considered unethical and unacceptable. In each case when statements, research results or data by other authors are referred to, such a fragment must have a reference and/or it must be included as a quotation.

The Authors should prepare the text based on the latest literature of the subject which is of key importance to the presentation of the research problem. Information obtained in a conversation or correspondence with third parties can be quoted only with a clear, written consent of these persons. Cases of so-called guest authorship and ghostwriting are regarded as unethical and unacceptable. Authorship is limited to the persons who had a considerable influence on the establishment of the concepts, assumptions and research methods as well as on the realization of the research idea. In case the text is prepared by a few authors, each of them is obliged to submit the author contribution statement. Each has to give a separate consent for the article to be submitted for publication in the journal «Studia Politologiczne».