Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Publication Ethics and  Malpractice Statement
for the “Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne” (“Central European political studies”)
ISSN 1426-8876

The “Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne”  provides a forum for the presentation of research results, exchange of thoughts and discussions on the theory and practice that make up political science today. The papers and reviews published come from authors from the whole of Poland and abroad.

The Editorial board of “Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne” (“Central European political studies”) is responsible for, among other, preventing publication malpractice. Unethical behavior is unacceptable and the “Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne” (“Central European political studies”)   Editorial Board does not tolerate plagiarism in any form.

Authors who submit articles have to affirm that manuscript contents are original. Furthermore, authors of the articles recommended for publication are obligated to submit an assurance that their paper is an original work and has not been published, submitted, or accepted elsewhere in any form.

The following duties outlined for editors, authors, and reviewers within the “Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne” (“Central European political studies”)  are based on the COPE Code of Conduct.

The “Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne” (“Central European political studies”) team  is to be fully committed to good publication practice and accept the responsibility for fulfilling the duties and responsibilities, as set by COPE Code of Conduct.


1.    Publication Decisions

Based on the editorial board’s review, the editor can accept or reject the manuscript or can send it for modifications.

2.    Review of Manuscripts

The editor must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor, who may make use of appropriate means, to examine the originality of the contents of the manuscript. After passing this test, the manuscript is forwarded to two reviewers for double-blind peer review, and each of whom will make a recommendation to publish the manuscript in its present form or to modify or to reject it.

3.    Fair Review

The editor ensures that each manuscript received by the “Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne” (“Central European political studies”) is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to authors’ sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc.

4.    Confidentiality

The editor must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.

5.    Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

The editor of the “Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne” (“Central European political studies”) can not use unpublished materials, disclosed in submitted manuscript for his/her own research, without prior written consent of the author(s).



1.    Reporting Standards

Authors should accurately present their original research, as well as objective discussion of its significance. Manuscripts will follow the submission guidelines editorial requirements of the “Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne” (“Central European political studies”) .

2.    Originality

Authors must ensure that their work is entirely original.

3.    Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication

Author should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. It is also expected that the author(s) will not publish redundant manuscripts, or manuscripts describing the same research in several publishing venues, after the initial manuscript has been accepted for publication.

4.    Acknowledgement of Sources

Author(s) should acknowledge all sources of data used in the research and cite publications that have been influential in research work.

5.    Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited only to those who have made a significant contribution to conceiving, designing, executing and/or interpreting the submitted study. Others who have made significant contribution should be listed as co-authors. Authors should also ensure that all the authors and co-authors have seen and approved the final submitted version of the manuscript and their inclusion as co-authors.

6.    Data Access and Retention

Authors should provide raw data related to their manuscript for editorial review and must retain such data.

7.    Disclosure of Financial Support

All sources of financial support, if any, should be clearly disclosed.

8.    Fundamental errors in published work

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her submitted manuscript, then the error or inaccuracy must be reported to the editor.



1.    Confidentiality

Manuscript reviewers, the editor and the editorial staff must not disclose any information regarding submitted manuscripts. All submitted manuscripts are to be treated as privileged information.

2. .Acknowledgement of Sources

Manuscript reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Any kind of similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or with any other published paper of which reviewer has personal knowledge must be immediately brought to the editor’s notice.

3.    Standards of Objectivity

Review of submitted manuscripts will be done objectively and  reviewers shall express their views clearly, with supporting arguments.

4.    Promptness

If a reviewer believes it is not possible for him/her to review the research reported in a manuscript within the designated guidelines, or within stipulated time, he/she should notify the editor, so that the accurate and timely review can be ensured..

5.    Conflict of Interest

All reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding bodies.



In order to maintain the high quality of articles and reviews as well as high ethical standards, the editorial office of Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne [Central European Political Studies] informs that the following rules apply to the procedure for submitting articles/reviews (hereinafter: articles):

1. Articles submitted to publications that are deemed to contain signs of plagiarism are rejected.

2. The author submitting an article for publication declares that the article is not subject to a similar procedure in another journal or in another form.

3. By submitting an article, the author declares that there is no conflict of interest in any form in relation to the submitted article.

4. Comments indicated by the reviewers/reviewer that refer to possible plagiarism practices may lead to the Editorial Board’s decision to reject the application. If a violation of good publishing practices is suspected, the Editorial Board may appoint an additional reviewer whose task will be to verify the reviewer’s comments in relation to possible plagiarism practices. The final decision on this matter is made by the Editorial Board.

5. If information about a violation of good publishing practices occurred after the publication of the article, the author is obliged to immediately prepare an appropriate correction, and an appropriate information/explanatory note is published in the next issue of the journal.