Publication ethics

Publishing ethics


Ethical principles in the journal

The following are the standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in publishing in the Meluzyna journal: the author, the journal editors and editorial board, the peer reviewers and the publisher.

All articles submitted for publication in the journal are peer reviewed for their authenticity, usefulness and ethical issues.

The journal editors monitor the ethical standards of scientific publications and take all possible measures against any publication malpractices.

Publication decisions

The Editor-in-Chief of the Journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the Journal should be published. The editor should be guided by the editorial policies of the Journal and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editor may confer with the members of the Editorial Staff, the Editorial Board or reviewers in making this decision.

The decision concerning an acceptance or rejection of a paper for publication is based on its importance, originality and its relevance to the scope of the journal.

Fair play
The Editor-in-Chief and the reviewers evaluate manuscripts for their scientific content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
The Editor-in-Chief, the members of Editorial Staff or the Editorial Board must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the authors of the manuscript, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript will not be used in the own research of the Editor-in-Chief or the members of the Editorial Staff or Editorial Board without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions: Peer review assists Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Staff in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Promptness: A selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and decline to review the paper.

Confidentiality: The manuscripts received for review will be treated as confidential documents. They will not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor-in-chief or editorial staff.

Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers should attempt to identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that a result or argument has been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest: Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used to personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


COPE English

COPE Polish

Conflict of interest statement

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards: Authors of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. The paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
In case of suspicion of plagiarism, the case will be thoroughly investigated.
The Editors warn that in the case of evident plagiarism the work will not only be rejected, but also the Author's superiors will be informed about the situation.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication: Authors should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or conference. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal or conference constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources: Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Ghostwriting: The editors of Melusine support the policy of prevention of ghostwriting and guest authorship as they constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Every incident will be reported to corresponding scientific institutions.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the Journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

The Editorial Board is always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies if necessary.

The Editorial Staff suggests to potential contributors of the journal, reviewers and readers to dully follow this guidance in order to avoid misconceptions in academic writing. Editors will blind referee all manuscripts as will reviewers, to the guidelines explicitly highlighted by COPE.

Open Access
The Journal provides open access to all published papers. The following license will apply to the articles: CC BY SA

CC-BY-SA Polish
CC-BY-SA English

The publication of the article in the journal "Meluzyna" is free for authors.