Ethical Standards COPE

The standards of publication ethics and academic integrity in "The Studies of Warmia" comply with the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

"The Studies of Warmia" is committed to respecting ethical standards (COPE) at all stages of the publishing process (collaboration with authors, reviewing, writing and publishing texts). Below we list the most important expectations set forth for editors, reviewers and authors.



  • To act in an honest, objective and fair manner, fulfilling the expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
  • Consider the texts submitted for publication solely on the basis of their scientific value (without taking into account their possible commercial values).
  • Accept and compile submitted texts according to adopted and publicised procedures, and in the event of complaints regarding ethical standards or conflicts of interest proceed as appropriate in accordance with the procedures.
  • Provide authors with the opportunity to respond to any substantive allegations.
  • Consider possible complaints regardless of when the original publication appeared and store the documentation related to such complaints.
  • Editors bear full responsibility and have the right to reject or accept an article. Upon detection of any errors, the editorial team has the right to publish a correction or withdraw the text.
  • "The Studies of Warmia" implement the principles of accuracy in scientific publications and procedures for the detection of scientific misconduct, particularly the instances of plagiarism, "ghostwriting" and "guest authorship."
  • Cases of serious scientific misconduct (instances of plagiarism, "ghostwriting" and "guest authorship") will be disclosed and the relevant authorities will be notified of a copyright infringement.
  • The publisher of "The Studies of Warmia" has introduced procedures aimed at combating the phenomenon of "ghostwriting" and "guest authorship". All authors are required to complete and sign the "ghostwriting" and "guest authorship" declaration.
  • We are always ready to publish amendments and clarifications, and if necessary – withdraw a text and publish apologies.



  • Streamline the decision-making process and improve the quality of a published text by reviewing the manuscript in an objective manner and within an optimal time frame. The evaluation should be objective.
  • Keep confidential all the information provided by the editor or author. Not store the manuscript or make its duplicates.
  • Notify the editor of any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that contained in the reviewed text.
  • The reviewer should be aware of potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional relationships resulting from the collaboration of the reviewer and the author in the same projects or other such relationships), should alert the editor in the event that such a situation occurs and, if necessary, refrain from the evaluation of the submitted text. Reviewers should pay attention to published works that are not yet cited.
  • Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially.



  • All authors commit themselves to participate in the peer review process.
  • The author should keep an accurate record of data related to the submitted manuscript as well as render such data available at a justified request of the editor. In justified cases and where permitted by an employer, funding institution and other interested parties it will be allowed to deposit data in an appropriate repository or a place of storage for the purpose of exchange and further use by other persons.
  • The author signs the license declaration form and the author's declaration to state that all the information contained in the article is true and authentic.
  • The author confirms that the manuscript sent had not been submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • The author declares which parts of the text overlap with other texts published or submitted by him/her for publication (by pointing to and citing these sources). The author provides the editor with a copy of a manuscript that may contain overlapping or closely related content to confirm that all the works in the delivered manuscript are original and point to or quote content reproduced from other sources.
  • The author provides his/her permission to reproduce the content from other sources (this particularly concerns translations).