Ethical rules

High scientific and ethical standards in the publication process are a priority for the editorial team. They follow the principles set out by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) and apply to members of the editorial board, scientific council, authors, reviewers and publishers of the journal.

Ethical rules applicable to the editorial team 

The editors of the journal, in cooperation with the international scientific council, conduct an initial evaluation and selection of the articles submitted by the authors. Only original, linguistically and methodologically correct materials are accepted to further stages of the publishing process. If the article receives a negative preliminary assessment of the editorial team, it is not sent to review and print. The editorial team notifies the author of its decision in writing. A text that has not been accepted for publication may be stored in the journal's archives, accompanied by an appropriate note, but in no way may it be used without the author's consent. In the case of a positive initial opinion of the editorial team, the article is sent for review by two independent reviewers - the review procedure is confidential and follows the double-blind review process. The author is informed in writing of the results of all assessments (that of the editors and both reviewers).

At all stages of the review process of the materials received, the editors and the reviewers take into account substantive and linguistic criteria only. The editorial team does not formulate assessments of a personal nature, referring to the nationality, religion or gender of the authors. The editorial team guarantees the authors the opportunity to get acquainted with the full content of the review, while keeping it confidential.

In order to ensure the originality and high quality of published articles, the journal refers to the most up-to-date evaluation procedures and to the CrossCheck system. CrossCheck is a project submitted by CrossRef and iThenticate to provide professional assistance in preventing the publication of copyright infringing works and other academic misconduct. CrossCheck provides high quality tools to compare documents with the world's largest database of scientific materials from various sources, from numerous publishers. Works with improper citations or plagiarisms will be rejected by the editorial office, and violations of copyright or good scientific practice will be reported to the management of the institutions employing the author.

Ethical rules applicable to authors

By sending an article to the editorial board of "Poznańskie Studia Slawistyczne", the Author agrees to the review process adopted in the journal, as well as with the rules of professional conduct

By sending an article for publication, the author also declares that the work is original and that he or she has unlimited copyright (personal and economic) to the work submitted for publication (this also applies to appendixes: illustrations, charts, etc.), which are then transferred to "Poznańskie Studia Slawistyczne".

In case of co-authorship, it is necessary to send a statement on the percentage share of individual authors. The statement can be downloaded from the journal's website. 

Authors submitting a paper for printing are responsible for its quality and originality. Any form of scientific misconduct (e.g. quoting other authors’ works without a proper reference, not revealing the authorship or assistance from research funding institutions) will result in the rejection of the article by the editors. It is also the responsibility of the author to ensure that the proposed article has never been printed in an identical form before. If the paper presents a modified version of an older publication, this should be clearly indicated when the article is sent to the editors.
 The editorial team has the right to decide whether or not to publish the paper. In case of a positive decision, the paper will be accompanied by information about the place and form of the first publication.

Collective works submitted for publishing must be accompanied by information about the actual number of authors, the authors' affiliation, as well as their contribution to the work (i.e. information about the author of each part of the work, the theses, the methodology, etc.). The author is also obliged to provide, where relevant, information about the sources of financing of the paper, the contribution of scientific and research institutions and associations, or other entities. The main responsibility for the accuracy of this information lies with the author submitting the text. In the case of a multi-author work, each article should be accompanied by a handwritten signed statement of the author that he/she agrees with the content of the work and guarantees the robustness of the paper.

The editorial team is obliged to remind that ghostwriting (hiding a significant contribution of another author to the paper) and guest authorship or honorary authorship (claiming the authorship of a person whose contribution to the work was insignificant or non-existent) are considered to be manifestations of scientific unreliability, and any such cases will be exposed. In order to avoid such cases in “Poznańskie Studia Slawistyczne”, the editorial team kindly asks all potential authors to honestly disclose the actual contribution to the publication (including affiliations and the type of the contribution, i.e. information about who is the author of the concepts, assumptions, methods, etc. used in the preparation of the publication). We would also like to inform that the main responsibility lies with the author submitting the manuscript.

The editorial team will document every form of scientific misconduct, especially breaking and violating of ethical rules applied in science.

The article is submitted for publication via the Open Journal System of the Adam Mickiewicz University, see). This allows for immediate archiving of the original text file, which will be submitted to two external reviewers after the editorial decision is taken. The Open Journal System of Adam Mickiewicz University also allows for the archiving of subsequent versions of papers (taking into account, for example, the comments of reviewers or corrections made by the author). This guarantees transparency of the publishing process and eliminates potential errors (e.g. resulting from an inappropriate file being sent for publication). 

Ethical rules applicable to reviewers

The review procedure is compliant with the requirements of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, published in the guide Dobre praktyki w procedurach recenzyjnych w nauce (Good Practices in Review Procedures in Science).

The reviewer shall not be called upon to review the article if there is any suspicion of a conflict of interest that arises, for example, from cooperation or other relationships between the reviewer and the author.

The reviewer is obliged to issue a substantive opinion on the article submitted. The opinion may not contain comments of a personal nature or value judgements not justified by substantive arguments. The reviewer's assessment should include answers to questions asked in the reviewer's form (the editorial team is responsible for submitting the form to the reviewer - the form can be also downloaded from the the journal's website on the Open Journal System of Adam Mickiewicz University).  The review must end with a clear conclusion - positive or negative - regarding the publication of the article under review. In the event of divergent or contradictory opinions of the reviewers, the editorial team shall appoint a third reviewer or ask for an evaluation of a scientific journal member specialising in a given field. An expert review obtained as a result of such a procedure shall be binding on the editorial team.

Review forms with the signature of the reviewers and the date of their completion are placed in the archive of the journal.

The reviewer shall not use the evaluated articles or their fragments for his or her own purposes without the written consent of the author.