The editors of the journal Media - Kultura - Komunikacja Społeczna [Media – Culture – Social Communication] follow the rules of publication ethics according to the guidelines of COPE – Committee on Publication Ethics.

The evaluation of articles, reviews, reports, and messages submitted to the editorial staff is of a purely substantive nature and does not depend on race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, an origin of citizenship and political beliefs of the author(s). The editors do not reveal any information about the publishing process to anyone other than those who are authorized to possess them.

The editors are responsible for the honest, fair and professional conduct of the review procedure of the texts sent to the editorial office.


The authors submits a statement confirming that the paper is original and does not violate the copyrights of third parties; it has not been previously published and is not filed in the editorial office of another journal. Multiple submissions and redundant publicatins are not considering.

According to the ghostwriting procedure, the editors ask for information in the submitted papers on the contribution of individual authors to the publication (who is the author of the concepts, assumptions, methods, etc. used in the preparation of publications). At the same time, the editors reminds that ghostwriting as well as guest authorship are manifestations of scientific misconduct, and the main author is responsible for this type of practice.

Texts in which non-authorized practices have been detected will not be published. Any changes concerning the authorship of papers sent to the editorial board must be notified to the editor in writing in the form of a declaration signed by all authors. The editors do not make decisions in disputes regarding the determination of the authorship of the submitted texts.

The editors also asks for information on the sources of financing of the publication, the contribution of scientific research institutions, associations and other entities (“financial disclosure”) in the submitted articles.


The reviewers commit themselves to objectivity in the assessment of the paper, guided by its substantive value and the formal correctness.

Each review is made by independent reviewers in accordance with the double blind peer review rules. The reviewers do not know the names of the authors of the publication, the authors do not know the names of the reviewers. Reviewers are selected from a different institution to the author of the paper. The reviewers confirm that there are no conflicts of interest with the authors.

The reviewer fills in a special review form. From the texts sent to the reviewers, all data enabling the author’s identification, in particular, the name and surname of the author of the article and its affiliation, are deleted. The reviewer is obliged to refrain from preparing the review when he feels incompetent to the assessment of the author’s issues when the preparation of the review prevents a conflict of interest when the preparation of the review is not possible in the editor’s time designated by the editors.

The publisher and the editors undertake adequate actions to clarify the situation regarding plagiarism, scientific dishonesty and unfair preparation of each article, review, report, and communication. Counteracting these types of threats may involve the necessity to refrain from publication of unfairly prepared papers.

All complaints and appeals are carefully handled as quickly as possible. The editors are open to post-publication discussion and corrections. The editors encourage the publication of open data in repositories for future use. 

The entire publication process is carried out in accordance with respect for copyright, intellectual property rights, with no conflicts of interest and with all ethics and protection from malpractice.