PUBLICATION RULES

PUBLICATION RULES

Copyrights
The Socio-Economic Modelling and Forecasting publications are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Rules for publication
The basic principles of reviewing publications in Socio-Economic Modelling and Forecasting (SEMF):

  1. At least two independent reviewers are appointed for the assessment of every publication;
  2. A recommended solution is a model in which the author(s) and the reviewers do not know each other’s identities (so-called “double-blind review process”);
  3. A review must have a written form and end with an explicit conclusion as to the release of an article or its rejection;
  4. The principles of qualifying or rejecting a publication:
    • After the article is received, it is verified with reference to its compliance with formal requirements;
    • Only articles which fulfil formal requirements established by the Editorial Board are sent for a review;
    • The review result is the Reviewer’s opinion (following the review template) informing about:
      • rejection of the article,
      • qualification for publication without corrections,
      • admission for publication after completing and correcting it according to the Reviewer’s suggestions,
  5. Decisions regarding the order and the choice of the positively reviewed articles for the consecutive issue are taken by the Editors-in-Chief during a meeting of the Editorial Board, taking into consideration the following aspects:
    • Concurrence of the subject of the article with the profile of the journal;
    • Reference to the latest and most significant publications;
    • References to the core sources related to a given subject;
    • Importance, controversiality of the subject, etc.
  6. The names of the reviewers of individual publications/issues are not disclosed. Once a year, the journal publishes a list of cooperating reviewers.

Clarification of Policy on Ghostwriting and Guest Authorship

Integrity in science is one of its qualitative foundations. Readers should be certain that the authors of publications present the results of their work in a transparent, reliable and honest way, regardless of whether they are its direct authors or they used help of a specialized entity (a natural or legal person).

The exhaustive information on Ethics and Malpractice is available in the guidelines established by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland: “Scientific Research and Articles Solidity and Intellectual Rights Respect”

Unacceptable practices include “ghostwriting” and “guest authorship”.

  • “Ghostwriting” occurs when someone has made a significant contribution to the creation of the publication without disclosing their participation as one of the authors or without mentioning their role in the acknowledgements contained in the publication.
  • “Guest authorship” (“honorary authorship”) occurs when the participation of the author is scarce or has not taken place at all, and still their name is given the author/co-author of the publication.

In order to counteract cases of “ghostwriting” and “guest authorship”, the editors of Socio-Economic Modelling and Forecasting are introducing the following procedures:

  1. The Editors require from the Authors to declare originality of the article (which means that the article cannot include any borrowings from other works, which could result in liability of the publisher. Papers cannot infringe any third party’s rights).
  2. The Editors require from the Authors of publications to disclose the contribution of individual authors towards the creation of the publication (by giving their affiliation and contributions, namely the information who the author of the concept, assumptions, methods, protocol, etc. is), however, the biggest responsibility rests on the author submitting the manuscript.
  3. The Editors require from the corresponding author to ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
  4. The Editorial Board informs that any disclosed cases of unethical attitudes will be unmasked, including notification of proper entities (institutions employing the authors, scientific societies, scientific associations, etc.).
  5. The Editorial Board requires information on the sources of financing the publication, the contribution of scientific and research institutions, associations and other entities (“financial disclosure”).
  6. The Editorial Board documents any manifestations of scientific dishonesty, particularly breaking and violating the principles of ethics valid in science.

Therefore, all the authors are required to carefully complete the statement prior sending the proposal of an article for publication (download the statement). We kindly inform that the articles of persons who will not comply with these requirements will be rejected for formal reasons.