Principles of ethics about author's scientific and research articles published in magazine “Przegląd Papierniczy” of SIGMA-NOT Publishing House

(developed on the basis of the COPE – Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines)

 

SIGMA-NOT, as a publisher of professional magazines, is required to take necessary steps to uphold ethics in copyright material, publishing high-quality articles and counteracting unethical actions in science.

Following the rules of ethics is expected to be equal to every participant of the publishing process: authors, editors, reviewers and publisher.

 

Editor’s responsibilities

 

The editor evaluates the material in a completely objective and fair manner,

not discriminating authors due to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, ethnic and geographical origin. He makes his decisions only on the bases of the content of the analyzed article, taking into account its originality, scientific value, clarity of presenting issues, the importance of research or information for the scientific and technical circles in a given field.

The editor treats all materials received from the authors as confidential and he does not provide information about them to those who do not participate directly in the publication process (authors, editors, reviewers etc.) and he does not use them in their own scientific activity without the written consent of the author.

The editor allows the author to publish criticism relating to the parts of criticized article.

The editor does not block the possibility of publishing negative research results.

The editor and the Editorial Office pay special attention to the applicable requirements of legal rights regarding copyright.

 

Reviewer’s responsibilities

 

The task of the review process is to help the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Office in making decisions on the publication of the article and possible help to the Author in correcting or improving his work.

A reviewer should objectively assess whether he can take a review of the article having regard to the substantive scope of the material and the time frame defined by the Editorial Office.

The reviewer does not undertake a review if it finds occurrence of  conflict of interest resulting, for example, from financial, personal or business relationships with any of the authors of the article, company or institution.

The reviewer treats all materials received from the Editor as confidential and does not transfer information about them to third parties without permission of the Editorial Office and he does not use them in their own scientific activity without the written consent of the Author. The review should be prepared in an objective, clear, unambiguous manner, without personal references and critical remarks should be supported by concrete arguments.

The Reviewer should inform the Editor if he finds a statement in the content of the article with a significant degree of similarity to that appearing in other publications which he knows.

 

Author’s responsibilities

 

The author submits only the original and previously unpublished materials to the Editorial Office, at the same time declaring that he is entitled to the right to dispose these materials. It is unacceptable to submit articles to several publishers.at the same time.

The article should be prepared taking into account the proper citation of sources and present methods, research and results in a clear way and legible to allow tracing the course of reasoning of Author and possible repetition of research by other researchers in a given field. The article should take into account the state of knowledge in a given field, and test results should be detailed and objectively described and analyzed. If partial results have been published earlier, the author should inform about it the Editor and put information about it in the article.

Author declares that the research data used in the publication were not fabricated or manipulated.

The authorship of the article is limited to those who have had a significant impact on concept, assumptions, methods, research and interpretation of results and development of subject matter. All those who have made a significant contribution to the article they must be listed as co-authors. The author submitting the publication should disclose contribution of individual authors in the creation of the publication and make sure that every co-author accepts submitting the article to the journal and the final version of the article.

The author should notify the Editors of significant errors in the publication and interact with the Editor in order to correct or rectify it.

The author should store the source research data in order to share it at the request of the Editorial Staff or authorized institutions.

The author confirms in justified cases that all tests have been carried out respecting the ethical and formal principles in force in a given field of science (e.g. the consent of bioethical committees).

The author should inform about the sources of financing the publication, the institution's contribution scientifically-research, associations and other entities (financial disclosure) and about possible conflicts of interest that may involve the publication of the article.

 

Proceedings in the event of finding unethical practices

 

In situations where there is a suspicion of unreliability in the published or reported article, in particular regarding the phenomenon of plagiarism, ghostwriting" or "guest authorship, the Editor takes up the actions to clarify the matter, first he asks the Author' about his opinion. In case of confirmed dishonesty significantly violating the principles of ethics, the Editor takes further steps. They may include publication of information on detected dishonesty and notification of units at which the Author is affiliated

Any manifestations of mistrust in science are documented by the Editorial Office.