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.)
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:
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:
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.
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":
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.