Polish Geographical Journal

Basic principles

Ethics in publishing

Czasopismo Geograficzne is guided by the ethical principles established on the basis of the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), https://publicationethics.org/.

Manuscripts submitted to our journal should be original and not published earlier. Pursuant to the ethical principles adopted, only those who have contributed to the article should be listed as authors. Crediting oneself for the authorship of other people’s texts, and also referring to them and quoting the fragments without revealing their source is not permitted. The authors are asked to provide information on the sources of funding for publications.

Responsibilities of editors

  • Editors monitor the ethical standards of scientific publications and take all possible measures against fraud cases.
  • The Editorial Board is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted should or should not be published. The decision about accepting or rejecting an article for publication is taken based on its scientific value, originality, transparency and compliance with the thematic lines of the journal.
  • The Editor and members of the Editorial Board ensure that all materials submitted to the journal will remain confidential during the review process. No information about the manuscript will be disclosed to anyone except for the authors, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisors and the publisher.
  • Manuscripts submitted are evaluated in terms of their intellectual content regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, citizenship or political ideology.
  • Unpublished materials revealed in the manuscript submitted cannot be used by editors in their research without written consent of the authors.
  • The Editors of the journal withdraw the publication if it is evident that findings are unreliable, or made as a result of incorrect research procedure (e.g. fabrication of data) or an honest mistake (e.g. miscalculations or an experimental error), or findings were published earlier in a different place without proper citation, permission or justification, or if it is plagiarism.

For authors

  • Authors of original research reports should present a thorough description of the work done and an objective discussion about its importance. The article should accurately demonstrate baseline data. The article ought to contain sufficient details and references to enable others to repeat calculations/experiments. Falsification of results and making false or inaccurate statements is unethical and may result in the rejection or withdrawal of a manuscript or the article published.
  • Authors ought to ensure that they have written a completely original paper and if they have used other people’s work and/or words, quotation is needed. Plagiarism and false data are unacceptable.
  • Submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently is unethical publishing practice and is unacceptable.
  • The first/main author ought to ensure that all co-authors have been considered in the article and that all co-authors have seen the final version of the article, accepted it and have given consent to its submission for publication.
  • When authors discover a serious error or inaccuracy in their own published work, their duty is to notify immediately the editor or publisher of the journal and cooperate with the editor to withdraw or correct the article.
  • The Editors inform that all actions related to scientific dishonesty, especially to ghostwriting and guest authorship will be disclosed and documented. If such cases are suspected, measures will be taken in accordance with the regulations prepared by COPE.

The submission of the article for publication in Czasopismo Geograficzne means the acceptance of the ethical guidelines applicable in the journal by all authors. In the event of ethical breach, COPE measures will be instituted. These principles can be found on the website: https://publicationethics.org/

For reviewers

  • Our journal applies a double-blind review procedure, which means that an author and reviewer do not know their identities. All reviewers are experts in the field covered by the article under assessment.
  • Reviews are to help the editor in taking editorial decisions, and also may help authors to improve their manuscript.
  • Any selected reviewer who feels incompetent to evaluate the research presented in the paper, or knows that its timely review will be impossible, should notify the editor.
  • The entire manuscript under review should be treated as a confidential document. It cannot be shown or discussed with other individuals, except for those authorised by the editor.
  • Reviews should be carried out objectively. Personal criticism of an author is inappropriate. Reviewers ought to express their opinions clearly using relevant arguments.
  • Reviewers may indicate published studies that have not been quoted by authors. All significant similarities or overlaps between the manuscript under consideration and any other published article should be notified to the editor.
  • Reviewers should not evaluate papers when there is a conflict of interests between them and the authors. By conflicts of interests are understood: personal relationships (family connections, legal relationships or conflicts); official subordination; direct scientific cooperation within two years prior to reviewing.