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Personal data of the authors, reviewers and members of the Scientific Board, subscribers and partners of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin are protected according to the Act of 29 August 1997 on the Protection of Personal Data (Journal of Laws 2014 No. 1182, as amended.) 

Authors retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under the Creative Commons Attribution License Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0which allows articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction, as long as the original work is correctly cited.

 

 

The criteria in favour or against publication are:
  • paper relevance to the field of the journal;
  • usefulness of the undertaken research for science and technology;
  • paper originality and tackling current issues;
  • content quality;
  • research quality;
  • appropriate terminology, methods, illustrations and references;
  • preparing a paper for submission according to the instructions for authors.

The process of peer-review lies at the heart of scientific publishing. The editorial office of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin protects the integrity of the paper quality with international standards on detecting plagiarism.

The SJ performs the following actions to prevent or detect plagiarism:

  • using expertise of the Scientific Board members who are acknowledged international experts in their disciplines;
  • proper selection of reviewers;
  • providing open access to all published papers;
  • indexing papers in internationally accessed databases;
  • making public the information about sources of funding for the research presented in papers.

In the case of detecting plagiarism, the editorial office of the SJ takes appropriate actions to reveal scientific misconduct of authors, notifying the right authorities, employers and prosecution included.

A potential conflict of interest exists when an author, editor, publisher, reviewer or Scientific Board member has a personal or financial interest or belief that could influence his/her actions or affect objectivity.

The following are the most obvious examples of conflicts of interests:

  • financial relationships - direct (employment, stock ownership, patents) and indirect (consultancies to sponsoring organizations, paid expert testimony), e.g. an author carried out research commissioned by the reviewer;
  • personal relationships especially in academic competition or intellectual passion;
  • personal beliefs that are in direct conflict with the topic of investigation.
Both author(s), reviewers and editors take into account the consideration that when there is a conflict of interest they will take appropriate actions in order to avoid it and will inform everyone it may concern.

The procedure for reviewing papers in Zeszyty Naukowe, Akademia Morska w Szczecinie (Scientific Journals of The Maritime University of Szczecin) takes into account the recommendations of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The authors who submit a paper for publication in a scientific journal agree to the review process. The submitted papers are formally evaluated by the Editorial Board and then are reviewed by two reviewers, who are specialists within the relevant field. The paper is never evaluated by the reviewer with the same affiliation as the author. All reviews are anonymous - both the author and the reviewers do not know each other's names ("double-blind review"). The paper is given a reference number for future correspondence. The author is notified of the review process result.


The list of reviewers is always published in the last issue of the SJ for a given year. The list of reviewers cooperating with the magazine is published on the website. The paper is published when it receives two positive reviews.

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In order to prevent scientific misconduct, the Editorial Board of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin (Zeszyty Naukowe Akademii Morskiej w Szczecinie) introduced a procedure, consistent with the guidelines of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, protecting against "ghostwriting" and "guest authorship":

  1. If necessary Authors are required to submit their papers with a declaration of authorship specifying the contribution of individual authors (to concepts, principles, methods, etc. used in the paper) and their affiliations. The main responsibility lies with the author submitting the publication (the declaration template is available on the website of the Quarterly).
  2. If necessary Authors are required to provide information about funding sources and contribution of research institutions, associations and other entities to the publication.
  3. All detected cases of "ghostwriting" and "guest authorship" will be exposed, including notifying the appropriate entities (institutions employing the authors, scientific societies and associations, etc.).
  4. All detected cases of scientific misconduct are documented.

For "ghostwriting" we take the cases when someone has made a substantial contribution to a publication and thier participation as an author has not been revealed or when their role has not been described in the acknowledgments. "Guest authorship" ("honorary authorship") are situations when an author's contribution is insignificant, despite of the previous declaration.

 

 
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