Publishing ethics

The editors of Elementy. Sztuka i Dizajn make every effort to ensure the compliance of published texts with standards of scientific integrity. Articles submitted to the journal are verified for compliance with rules of publishing ethics to prevent unfair practices such as plagiarism, ghostwriting or guest authorship.

Our regulations are based on the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Obligations and rights of editors:

  1. Providing authors with clear guidelines on editorial standards and rules.
  2. Choice of articles and the right to decide on the rejection of an article inconsistent with the profile of the journal or prepared contrary to the editorial rules of the journal.
  3. Ensuring a reliable and professional review process to authors, including the careful choice of reviewers of scientific articles and the opportunity to respond to reviewers’ comments, and ensuring the secrecy of correspondence with authors and reviewers.
  4. Concluding a contract with the author after accepting an article for publication.
  5. Reliable verification of every notification of unethical behaviour, particularly concerning violations of ethical rules defined as plagiarism, ghostwriting or guest authorship. Ghostwriting occurs when the article fails to disclose the name of a person who made an important contribution to it. Guest authorship occurs when a person who made little or no contribution to the article is specified as its author or co-author.
  6. In the case of confirmed violation of the standards of scientific integrity, the editorial staff notifies heads of units being the workplace of authors.

Obligations and rights of authors:

  1. Submitting only original articles that have not been submitted for publication or published in another journal or book. Sending an article is tantamount to the author’s statement that the submitted article is his/her independent work.
  2. Submitting the article within the agreed time-limit.
  3. Intellectual reliability, including the presentation of own research in the article in a fair and straightforward manner, not concealing important facts or data, as well as sources of financing and authorship.
  4. The right to contact editors and reviewers (via editorial staff)
  5. The right to information about the course and result of the review process and about the date of publication of the article.

Obligations and rights of reviewers:

  1. Reliable, substantive and objective evaluation of the submitted article. Each review should be in writing and contain information about the scientific value of the article, as well as the justification of final evaluation. It should be concluded with a recommendation about the acceptance (upon making corrections indicated by the reviewer) or rejection of the article.
  2. Carrying out the review within the agreed time-limit.
  3. Disclosing suspected plagiarism or deficiencies in data quoting (data manipulation).
  4. Not making use of knowledge about the reviewed work before its publication and not disclosing it to third parties.
  5. Informing the editorial staff about a potential conflict of interest (particularly about direct personal relations with the author, any professional reporting relation with the author, or direct scientific co-operation with the author) and resignation from the review if such conflict may occur.