Publication Ethics

The Editorial Board of „Scripta Historica” (former „Słupskie Studia Historyczne”) makes sure that all ethical standards listed below are complied with in order to ensure the reliability of the scientific articles published in the journal.


Complying with the following rules aims to avoid unethical conduct in the publication process and in particular:

  • plagiarism (presenting the whole or a part of another author’s paper as your own including unreferenced citing or paraphrasing),
  • auto-plagiarism (presenting the whole or a part of an article which has already been published or submitted to another journal as new and not yet published),
  • duplicating articles (presenting the same data, information and conclusions without reference in more than one article)
  • fabricating data (presenting data and information which have not been confirmed by sources or experiments)
  • guest/honorary/courtesy authorship (attributing articles to people who did not partake in writing them, the authors’ supervisors in particular)
  • ghost authorship (not revealing the real author of the whole or a part of the article).

The Editorial Board of „Scripta Historica” should counteract any conflicts of interest among members of the Editorial Board, the Authors and the Reviewers. The following are considered a conflict of interest:

  • direct reporting lines,
  • direct scientific cooperation in the last two years preceding the review,
  • direct personal relationships.
Duties of the Editorial Board

Members of the Editorial Department are obliged:

  • to make decisions about publishing the submitted articles solely on the basis of their scientific value and the reviewers’ evaluation, irrelevant to their ethnic and social background, religion, viewpoints, race, gender, sexual orientation and the author’s affiliation,
  • to post online information about the guidelines for the authors of submitted articles and the review procedures,
  • to inform authors about the decisions concerning acceptance or rejection of the submitted article including the reviewers’ justification and conclusions as well as suggestions for corrections,
  • not to make any use of the submitted papers for other purposes than publishing,
  • to publish the corrections, rectifications or apologies whenever it is necessary,
  • to resign from editorial work on an article in the case of conflicting interests with the author,
  • to respect the obligation of confidentiality concerning the authors of the submitted articles until they are published and the reviewers’ conclusions,
  • to comply with the rules suggested by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Duties of the authors

Submitting an article is tantamount to ensuring that:

  • the research presented in the article was conducted in compliance with the principles of research integrity and the article is based on real data,
  • the article is original, not published before (excluding translations) and not submitted to another journal,
  • the list of authors of the article is complete and all listed authors contributed to writing it,
  • the author of the article obtained permission from the copyrights holders of any illustrative material used in the article to publish them.

The authors of the articles are obliged to:

  • cooperate with the Editorial Board in the review and publishing process of the submitted article,
  • disclose a potential conflict of interests in the editorial process to the Editorial Board
  • disclose relevant information in the article if it is a reprint or translation,
  • disclose in the article information about received financial support.
Duties of the Reviewers

Reviewers are obliged to:

  • conduct a reliable and unbiased assessment of the article,
  • to withdraw from the review if the subject of the article falls outside the scope of their competence,
  • prepare a report including opinions with the aim of improving the academic value of the article,
  • disclose a potential violation of ethical principles in the article under review to the Editorial Board,
  • maintain the duty of confidentiality in relation to the reviewed article and not to make any use of it for other purposes than the review,
  • disclose potential conflicting interests to the Editorial Board.