CODE OF ETHICS

Ethics

Good practices in the publication process in Political Preferences journal (e-ISSN: 2449-9064)

Political Preferences Journal’s mission is to promote wide-ranging, multidisciplinary empirical research into politics (we welcome approaches especially from the spheres of  political science, psychology, philosophy and history).

We publish articles and reviews by authors from Poland and from abroad.

Journal’s Editorial Board will not tolerate unethical behavior, such as plagiarism, data  falsification or fabrication. Authors, on submission of the manuscript to our journal are requested to testify to the originality of their work. Authors of the manuscripts that have been accepted for publication will be asked to sign a statement that the manuscript they presented to the Editorial Board is their original work and has not been submitted to other scientific journals.

Members of the Editorial Board, authors and referees subscribe to the principles of  COPE Code of Conduct. Members of the Editorial Board  act  in accordance with the rules set by the Committee on Publications Ethics, which can be found here.

Editors’ duties:

1.  Decision about publication
The reviewing process starts with the editorial team doing a preliminary selection of submitted manuscripts. The criteria chosen are originality and the conformance of the manuscript’s theme with the journal’s profile.  Editorial board’s opinion is the basis for the editor-in-chief’s decision as to the further processing of the manuscript– it can be accepted, rejected or sent back to the Author to be modified.

2. Reviewing process
The reviewing process starts with the editorial team doing a preliminary selection of submitted manuscripts. The criteria chosen are originality of research, conformance of the manuscript’s theme with the journal’s profile. The manuscript sent to the Editorial Board should be in accordance with the journal’s technical requirements.

Political Preferences journal employs a double-blind review process. At least one referee is of different nationality than the Author. Authors and referees remain anonymous during this process. Referees' recommendations can be threefold: recommendation for publication, modification/revision or recommendation to not publish the manuscript.

3. Standards
Editorial Board declares, that all manuscripts received are being evaluated on the basis of their intellectual input, not according to the Author’s sex, race, religion or citizenship. 

4. Confidentiality
The author-editor relationship is founded on confidentiality. All information and communication between editors and authors pertaining to the submitted manuscripts is confidential. 

5. Disclosure and conflict of interests
No member of the Editorial Board shall in any way use the unpublished, submitted materials in their own research without the permission of the Author\Authors. 

6. Ghostwriting and guest authorship policy

The editors of Political Preferences lead the policy of ghostwriting and guest authorship prevention:
1. The editors require that Authors should reveal individual co-authors’ contribution to the publication - a statement of individual affiliations and contribution should be provided. However, the Author submitting the manuscript will chiefly be held responsible.
2. The editors reserve the right to reveal all aspects of scientific dishonesty.

Authors’ duties:

1. Standards
The manuscript sent to the Editorial Board should be in accordance with the journal’s technical requirements.

2. Originality
Authors, on submission of the manuscript to our journal are requested to testify to the originality of their research.

3. Multiple publication of manuscripts
Authors are required to testify that manuscript they submitted to the journal has not been published in another journal or book.

4. Acknowledgement of research sources
Authors should acknowledge all sources of data  and publications used in their research.

5. Authorship
Identification of authors and other contributors is the responsibility of the researchers.

Authors are required to include a statement of responsibility in the manuscript that specifies the contribution of every author. Individuals who contributed to the work but whose contributions were not of sufficient magnitude to warrant authorship should be identified by name in an acknowledgments section. Authors are required to approve the final version of the manuscript before publication.

6. Errors and inconsistencies in an already published manuscript
If the Author becomes aware of any mistake or inconsistency in their manuscript, they are to notify the Editorial Board without delay.

Referees’ duties:
1. Confidentiality
Referees, the publisher and the Editorial Board are not to disclose any information pertaining to the submitted manuscripts. All works received are treated as confidential information.

2. Attesting to the genuineness of the presented research
Referees must attest to the genuineness of the presented research. Any similarities of the submitted manuscripts or overlapping fragments of them to any existing work should be immediately reported to the Editorial Board.

3. Impartiality
All manuscripts submitted are being assessed objectively. Referees are to justify their reviews in a scientific manner.  

4.  Promptness
If the referee believes they cannot finish the reviewing process in time, they should notify the Secretary of the Editorial Board.

5. Conflict of interests
There can be no conflict of interests between the referees, authors and  institutions that fund authors’  research projects which results are then presented in the submitted manuscripts.