Ethical requirements and a note on misuse of texts

The author submitting an article is liable for any violation of copyrights as well as other resultant problems. In particular, the author should obtain a proper permission from other authors/editors/publishers to use fragments of their publication, especially charts, graphics and other similar sources. If the work has several co-authors, the submitting author must first obtain a proper permission from the other co-authors so that the above-mentioned editorial requirements can be fulfilled.

Ghostwriting and guest authorship

Those whose contribution with regard to the submitted text was negligible or minor should not be listed among the authors. In order for practices such as ghostwriting and guest authorship to be prevented, the editors require that the submitting author be able to reveal the input of particular authors on demand, particularly their ties and input data (information on the author of a concept; on hypotheses and methods; protocols and other documents that were produced in the course of preparing the article). The primary responsibility for the contents of the article rests with the submitting author. Taking into account that ghostwriting and guest authorship are the symptoms of far-reaching scientific dishonesty, the editors will report each of such cases to appropriate institutions (the academic units that employ the authors, scientific organisations, associations for academic editors, etc.)

Anti-plagiarism rules

Submitting a text is tantamount to the author/s declaring that they are the article’s factual and only authors as well as that the text is original and has not been published elsewhere or submitted and considered for publication in any other journal (regardless of the character of the publishing house). The editors reserve the right to verify the truthfulness of this declaration, including the use of a plagiarism software. In case of multi-authored articles, the person who submits the text simultaneously declares that they have been authorised by all the other co-authors to do so.

Information on funding

If the writing of the text has been made possible with the support (e.g. writing scholarship, research grant, etc.) offered to the author/s by grant-providers, research institutions, associations or other organisations, the author is obliged to provide the source of the funding of the publication in the ‘Acknowledgments’ section that is to be placed in a file containing the author/s’ details and the grant designation (e.g. the registered number of the decision made by the National Science Centre). This is also where the author/s should provide information on a possible conflict of interests. We wish to inform that the journal complies with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) standards (see https://publicationethics.org/ and https://publicationethics.org/files/Principles_of_Transparency_and_Best_Practice_in_Scholarly_Publishingv3.pdf for the COPE Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing).