The Editorial Staff of the "Wiadomości Statystyczne. The Polish Statistician" ("WS") makes every effort to maintain the highest ethical standards binding in the publishing practice and uses all possible means to prevent abuses and misconduct of the Authors. The adopted rules of conduct applicable to the editors, Authors, reviewers and publisher have been prepared on the basis of the core practices of the Committee on Public Ethics (COPE), available at www.publicationethics.org.
Publication and authorship
- The decision to publish an article is taken by the Editorial Board of the "WS". This decision is based on the outcome of the discussion on the submitted article, which takes into account the opinions expressed in reviews, and depends entirely on the assessment of the article’s value, its originality and clarity of the message, as well as on the close relationship with thematic areas. Articles are published after the Authors agree to the transfer of Author’s economic rights.
- It is the responsibility of the Authors to ensure the full originality of the submitted works, which must not in any part constitute plagiarism or contain false or dishonest information. The use of excerpts from works or statements by other Authors in the text must be accompanied by an appropriate footnote or marked as a quotation.
- Authors are obliged to take part in the peer review process. Published articles should include a list of used materials and (where applicable) information on research funding.
- Authors are not allowed to submit for publication in the "Statistical News" articles that were previously published in the same form in another publishing house. If similar materials have been published or presented during a conference or scientific symposium, the Author is obliged to state this fact when submitting the text.
The editors of the “WS” adhere to the principle of intolerance of the manifestations of scientific misconduct of the Authors of articles consisting in:
- non-disclosure of co-authors, even though they made a significant contribution to the creation of the article – ghostwriting;
- listing as co-authors people with negligible share or not involved in the development of the article – guest authorship.
- Identified cases of scientific misconduct in this area may be disclosed. In order to counteract the ghostwriting and guest authorship, the submitted article should be accompanied by a statement (Author’s Statement – link to the attachment).
- The main responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided, including information on the contribution of particular co-authors to the creation of the article, shall lie with the person submitting the article.
- If Authors discover errors, inaccuracies or incorrect data in their manuscript or already published text, they should immediately inform the Editorial Staff in order to correct or withdraw the text.
- Authors are obliged to indicate any sources of funding for research that serve as a basis for the content of the article or participation of research institutions, as well as to list publications, persons or legal arrangements that influenced the nature and results of their work.
Responsibility of the Editorial Staff
- The Editorial Staff must not be in any conflict of interest with regard to the accepted articles.
- The Editorial Staff is responsible for the selection procedure of reviewers, ensuring anonymity and absence of conflict of interest.
- The Editorial Staff may submit information concerning the manuscript only to the Author, reviewers, publisher or other editorial advisors.
- If a decision is made no to publish the submitted material, the Editorial Staff may not use it in any way without the Author's written consent. If the Author decides to appeal against the decision not to publish his article, the final decision in this matter shall be taken by the editor-in-chief. The editor-in-chief may, after consulting the editors and reviewers evaluating a given paper, change the initial decision of not publishing the article.
Responsibility of the reviewers
- Reviewers are obliged to maintain objectivity as well as confidentiality and refrain from personal criticism. Reviewers should always justify their assessment by presenting appropriate arguments.
- Reviewers are obliged to declare that there is no conflict of interest in relation to the research, Authors or research funding institutions.
- As part of the manuscript review, where appropriate, reviewers should indicate works important for research results, which in their opinion should be referred to.
- If there is a high level of convergence between the content of the reviewed work and other published materials, reviewers are obliged to inform the Editorial Staff about it.
- After completing the review, reviewers should return all materials to the Editorial Staff. The storage of materials by reviewers (in any form) is prohibited.
Rules concerning the editorial process
- the electronic version of the journal is its original version;
- the access to the full content of the journal is open;
- the date of publication of the “WS” issue for open access on the Internet is the daily date of its publication on the journal's website.
- the version of articles posted for open access is their final version;
- the materials published in the “WS” are protected by copyright. The text may be reprinted only with the consent of the Editorial Staff. Content cited from the “WS” should be provided with precise information on its source.
- The publisher declares his willingness to publish corrections, explanations and apologies. Plagiarism and deliberate preparation of data are not permitted. Intellectual and ethical standards always take precedence over the publisher's business needs.