Code of Ethics
 
Ethics Policy of the Journal
Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations

1. PREAMBLE

1.1    Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations is committed to maintaining a standard of ethics commensurate with its mission of publishing high quality original scholarly research in the field of international relations, taking into account different viewpoints as well as theoretical and research approaches.

1.2   This statement of publication ethics outlines the journal’s policies for ensuring its double-blind peer review and publication process are rigorous, objective and fair. Authors, Editors and Reviewers must all meet the standards set out in this Ethics Policy.

1.3   Queries about the journal’s Ethics Policy should be directed to the Editorial Board (irjournal@uw.edu.pl). In the event of suspicion or violation of ethical standards of the journal Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations, the Editorial Board or an independent Commission, guided by best practices and principles recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), will undertake investigation and draw consequences depending on the validity and degree of violation and circumstances (e.g. withdrawal of material from print, publication of explanations and/or corrections of the author (s), notification of relevant entities).

2. AUTHORS

2.1   Manuscripts submitted to the journal must be original. They must not have been previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere, whether in Polish, English or other languages. Authors may not submit a manuscript to Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations that is under review elsewhere; nor should they submit a work that is under review by Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations to another journal.

2.2    Manuscripts should not include plagiarism, falsification, fabrications or omission of significant material. They should especially avoid practices such as: ghost writing (preparing the article was commissioned for remuneration to a third party) and ghost authorship (the person who contributed significantly to the article is not mentioned as a Co-author). Authors are expected to cite relevant scholarship of others, even if the works or ideas are not quoted verbatim or paraphrased. Plagiarism constitutes a serious breach of publication ethics and is unacceptable. If instances of plagiarism and/or self-plagiarism are detected, manuscripts will be rejected, and the Author(s) may be banned from making future submissions to Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations.

2.3   “Self-plagiarism” (dual publication) is unacceptable scholarly practice. If a typescript draws upon a work by the Author that was previously published, that is in press or that is under consideration for publication elsewhere, the Author must cite this work in the manuscript. If exact sentences or paragraphs that appear in another work by the Author are included in the manuscript, the material should be put in quotation marks. While self-citation is acceptable, Authors should avoid excessively citing their own published work.

2.4   Authors may develop different aspects of their research in more than one manuscript. If, however, a manuscript differs from another work by the same Author primarily in appearance while having almost the same content, that manuscript will not be considered as an original work and will be rejected. Authors must inform the Editor of possible overlapping material in earlier manuscripts or publications and they may be requested to send this work to the Editor.

2.5   All scholars (and only those scholars) who have made significant contributions to the work should be listed as Co-authors. Minor contributions by others (such as data collection, data coding or commenting on earlier versions of the paper) should be cited in the manuscript's acknowledgements.

2.6   Authors are responsible for respecting and preserving the privacy, dignity, well-being and freedom of research participants. They must seek informed consent from research participants (such as interviewees or participants in surveys) and should respect confidentiality or anonymity, if requested.

2.7   Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations follows a double-blind review process, whereby Authors do not know the identities of Reviewers and vice versa. Authors and Reviewers must respect the confidentiality of the review process and not reveal their identities. Authors should provide typescript revisions promptly. If Authors cannot meet a given deadline, they should contact the Editor as soon as possible to determine whether the deadline can be extended or whether the paper should be withdrawn from the review process.

2.8   Book reviews or review essays should not be influenced by personal relationships between the Authors of the reviews or essays and the Authors of the reviewed books. Authors of book reviews and review essays are responsible for assessing their impartiality and fair-mindedness with respect to their relationship towards the author or the authors of the reviewed books. They must advise the Editor of potential conflicts of interest before providing a book review or review essay.

2.9     The views and opinions expressed in the articles are based on the Authors' knowledge and personal beliefs and are their sole responsibility.

2.10   Authors should check their manuscripts for possible breaches of copyright law (e.g., where permissions are required for quotations, artwork or tables taken from other publications) and secure any necessary permissions before submission.

3. EDITORS

3.1   The key mandate of the Editors is to exercise editorial independence. They will fulfil their roles in a professional manner that reflects the standards set out in this Ethics Policy. They will assess manuscripts only on their scholarly merits, without personal or ideological favouritism or malice. The Editors are committed to encouraging theoretical and methodological pluralism while ensuring manuscripts are original, scholarly rigorous and accessible to readers.

3.2   Every submitted manuscript will be assessed by at least two Reviewers, who will provide reports on the assessed document. The Editors will select potential Reviewers based on their published contributions to the field, their general scholarly standing and their previous experience as Authors or Reviewers. The Editors will endeavour to ensure diversity amongst Reviewers in terms of institutions, geographic location and sub-disciplinary focus. Reviewers should not be from the same institution as the Author(s) and their academic profiles should align with the empirical, theoretical and/or methodological focus of the submitted manuscript.

3.3   Authors may request that certain Reviewers are not to be used, but decisions on such requests will be at the Editors’ discretion. Editors should strive to ensure the timely review of all manuscripts and respond promptly to inquiries from Authors about the status of a review.

3.4   The Editors are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of the double-blind review process. They and their editorial staff shall not disclose information about a typescript and its reviews to anyone other than the Reviewers and the Author(s) of a given typescript and, if appropriate, to other members of the Editorial Board and/or of the Advisory Board. The Editors will not divulge information that might identify the Author(s) to the Reviewer(s) or vice versa. The identities of the Reviewers may only be revealed if the Editors receive permission to do so from the Reviewers themselves. All submitted manuscripts, reviews and other material related to the peer review process will be securely stored by the Editorial Board for archiving and assessment purposes.

3.5   Editors may not submit any manuscript that they have authored to Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations. Editors should also excuse themselves from considering any manuscript in which they have a real or potential conflict of interest (for example a case in which the Editor has supervised the Author's dissertation).

3.6   The Editors must provide Author(s) with a justification for editorial decisions on manuscripts. The Editors should do so though clear, concise but comprehensive editorial communications that include Reviewers’ comments and offer suggestions to the Author(s). However, manuscripts that patently do not meet the basic requirements for a scholarly article may be rejected at the outset without such explanations.

3.7   Responsibility for acceptance or rejection of manuscripts rests with the Editors, who will base their decisions on the collective assessment embodied in the Reviewers’ recommendations.

4. REVIEWERS

4.1   In keeping with the double-blind review process used by Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations, Reviewers should decline a request to review a typescript if they have already provided comments on that typescript or an earlier version of it to the Author. If Reviewers are aware of the identity of an Author or Co-author of a manuscript, they should inform the Editor. Reviewers should respect the confidentiality of the review process and should not discuss the typescript with anyone other than the Editor.

4.2   Reviewers should evaluate manuscripts objectively, fairly and professionally. They should avoid personal biases in their comments and judgments. They should be candid in expressing any concerns about the manuscript to the Author. Reviewers should provide enough detail to the Author to justify their scholarly judgments and recommendations to the Editor. Reviewers should be prompt with their reviews (no longer than 21 day after receiving the manuscript for review). If a Reviewer cannot meet the deadline given, he or she should contact the Editor as soon as possible to determine if the deadline should be extended or a new Reviewer should be selected.


This statement of publication ethics summarises the current policies and practices of the Editorial Team of the journal, Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations. In formulating this statement, we acknowledge with gratitude the following sources that we drew on for guidance:
• “Publication ethics”, Mezinárodní vztahy/Czech Journal of International Relations, https://mv.iir.cz/ethics
• “Ethics Policy”, Journal of International Business, https://www.palgrave.com/gp/journal/41267/authors/ethics-policy
• The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) https://publicationethics.org/
 
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