Ethical standards and procedures and editorial policy

Aiming to counteract unfair publishing practices, the Publisher promotes the principles of publication ethics in accordance with the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Rules applicable to the Publisher:
  • The Publisher undertakes to ensure compliance with applicable publishing standards and principles of publishing ethics.
  • The Editors avoid bias and evaluate each paper only on its merits. The Authors' race, religion, origin or political beliefs have no influence on the evaluation of the texts.
  • The Publisher decides which texts will be published. When accepting texts for publication, the opinions of Reviewers, the scientific value of the paper, the originality of the topic and its compliance with the thematic scope of the journal are taken into account.
  • Persons authorized to have information about the submitted articles are: the Author, selected Reviewers, Editors and other persons involved in the publishing process.
  • Unpublished texts may not be used by anyone involved in the publishing process without the written consent of the Authors.
  • The Publisher obliges Scientific Editors to ensure the scientific reliability of published articles. For this purpose, he gives them permission to make editorial corrections.
  • The Publisher has the right to withdraw the publication after its release if there is evidence of the lack of credibility of the research presented, if unintentional errors are made, e.g. methodological ones, or if features of plagiarism or violation of the principles of publishing ethics are identified.
  • If necessary, the Publisher is ready to publish errata, corrections or rectifications.

Rules applicable to the Author:
    The Author may submit only his or her own, original texts for publication, free from plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Authors should not submit the same paper for review and publication in more than one journal.
  • All people who influenced the final shape of the article should be included as co-authors. The submitting Author is obliged to describe the contribution of individual Authors to the creation of the article and provide the affiliation of all Authors.
  • The Author is obliged to include in the bibliography all publications that he used when creating the article.
  • Authors should disclose any potential or actual conflicts of interest that may have influenced the interpretation of the results of the paper.
  • The Author is obliged to include information on all sources of financing in the text.
  • The Author asked to present raw research results used in the publication is obliged to provide the Publisher with access to this data.
  • The Authors are obliged to comply with the ethical principles for scientific medical research based on the Declaration of Helsinki. The methods section in original articles and scientific journals should clearly state that the study has been approved by the appropriate ethics committee. All personal data of respondents must be treated as confidential.

Ethical rules for Reviewers:
  • The Review should be objective, and all the Reviewer's comments should be substantively justified and presented in a clear and understandable way for the Authors and the Editors.
  • The Reviewer is obliged to inform the Publisher in the event of a possible conflict of interest with the Authors.
  • All reviewed articles are confidential, which means that the Reviewer cannot disclose the content of the works to third parties or use them for his own purposes.
  • The Reviewer is obliged to deliver the review within the prescribed deadline, and if it is impossible to meet the deadline, he should inform the Publisher about this.

Advertising policy:
  • The Publisher allows printing of announcements and advertisements.
  • All announcements must be approved by the Publisher and the Editor-in-Chief. Ads are a separate section from content. Advertising in a publisher's journal does not constitute a warranty or endorsement of any particular product, service, company or any claims contained in such advertisement by the publisher or the editors. Advertising is clearly distinguished from editorial content. All advertisements should identify the advertiser by trademark or signature. The publisher shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, actual, direct, incidental or consequential damages.
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