The Editiorial Board of “Polish-Ukrainian Studies” works to maintain the highest ethical standards and takes all possible care to prevent neglect or any other offence in this area.

In particular, decisions of The Editiorial Board are guided by:

  • intellectual property law
    When making a decision about publication The Editiorial Board takes into account intellectual property law and other relevant legislation.
  • no discrimination legislation
    The Editiorial Board observes ‘no discrimination’ legislation of the Republic of Poland.
  • confidentiality/conflict of interest policy
    Members of the Editorial Board cannot reveal any information related to submitted manuscripts (including their reviews) to any third party (i.e. any person not involved in editorial process). The Editorial Board does not disclose reviewers’ data to the authors and vice versa. The Editorial Board does not appoint reviewers who remain in official direct superiority to the paper’s author or who maintain with him/her other personal relationship (provided the Editorial Board knows about it). Members of the Editorial Board cannot discuss in public the details of submitted papers before their publication without the author’s consent.

Duties of the reviewers:

  • support in decision-making
    Reviewers support the Editorial Board in decisions related to the publication of submitted manuscripts.
  • timly submission of reviews
    Each reviewer is obliged to declare whether s/he is able to prepare a review in allocated time. The Editorial Board should be informed as soon as possible of any delays or inability to prepare a review on time.
  • objectivity
    Reviews should be prepared in an objective manner. Any ad personam critique is considered inappropriate. Views should be presented politely, clearly and openly and should be supported by adequate argumentation. Opinions should be expressed constructively and ad meritum.
  • confidentiality/conflict of interest
    The details of reviewed papers are confidential. They cannot be discussed with anybody beyond the Editorial Board. The details of the reviews are also considered confidential. It’s forbidden to use any information obtained during the review process for any personal gain.
  • anonimity
    Reviews are prepared anonymously. Reviewers’ data are not disclosed the the authors.
  • sources
    Reviewers are obliged to inform the Editorial Board about any suspicion of violation of intellectual property rights as well as to pay attention to misquotations, misattribution of authorship or errors in footnotes and bibliography of reviewed papers.

Authors are obliged:

  • to properly attribute authorship/reveal conflict of interest
    An authorship should be granted solely to person(s) who substantially contributed to the paper. Other people involved should be mentioned in a footnote as supporting/auxiliary personnel, e.g. field researchers. The Editorial Board considers ghostwriting/guest autorship unethical and any cases of it will be exposed and reported to relevant bodies (employing entity, scientific societies, etc.). Ghostwriting is a practice when a person contributed substantially to a paper without revealing his/her authorship or when this person is not mentioned in acknowledgement. Guest authorship, on the other hand, is a practice when someone’s contribution is minimal or nonexistent, but his/her name appears as an author of a paper. To prevent such practices authors are obliged to present to the Editorial Board – together with a submitted paper – a statement of authorship.
  • access to raw data
    Authors can be asked by the Editorial Board to deliver raw data of a paper submitted for publication. Therefore authors should store such data.
  • multiple/competitive submissions
    Submission of the same paper to multiple journals is regarded as unethical and is forbidden.
  • major errors
    In a situation when an author discovers major error or inaccuracy in his/her paper, s/he is obliged to promptly inform the Editorial Board. Similarly, the Editorial Board when reveals such errors is obliged to take all necessary steps to correct them.
  • originality and plagiarism/confirmation of sources
    Authors can submit only original papers. They are also obliged to reveal sources used in submitted manuscripts in footnotes, citations and bibliography and properly attribute authorship. Authors cannot use information obtained in a private situation without this party’s consent. They cannot also use classified data without permission of relevant bodies.

The Editorial Board keeps records of any academic dishonesty in submitted material, in particular any violation of scholarly ethics.


Autorzy publikujący w czasopiśmie respektują Kodeks Etyczny naukowca:

COPE – International standards for editors and authors

Kodeks Etyki Pracownika Naukowego

The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct

Ethical guidelines for journal publication – Elsevier