, 17 2009 .

Publication Ethics & Publication Malpractice Statement

The editorial team of “Polis. Political Studies” journal is aware of the fact that publication malpractice continues to be a troubling problem of the academic community. The most obvious and reprehensible instances of misconduct include plagiarism, duplicate submission, misappropriation of research results and fraud. We categorically denounce all these forms of malpractices as well as any other abuses of publication ethics.

We are convinced that violation of both copyright and moral standards not only is ethically inappropriate, but also impedes development of scientific knowledge and undermines authority of the political science. Therefore we consider it to be a joint task of all our authors, editors, peer-reviewers, readers, and the whole academic political science community to cooperate and exchange information in order to overcome any publication malpractices.

“Polis. Political Studies” journal pledges to take all necessary measures to identify and prevent such unacceptable practices, to closely analyze all incoming information for any sign of malpractice. In the process of peer-reviewers selection, the editorial team does its best to avoid possible clash of interests and biased approach to the manuscripts.  

Violation of publication ethics will result in immediate withdrawal of the corresponding manuscript. In case of clear evidence of such malpractice the editorial team will retract previously published articles and, if there is irrefutable evidence of such malpractice, it will publicly report on the disclosed facts of unethical behavior. In cases of clear defamation, violation of law or copyright the editorial team will enforce its right to remove the corresponding article from the Journal’s web-site and online databases. Such extreme measures are to be introduced under maximum transparency and publicity only.

“Polis. Political Studies” journal continuously ensures transparency of its publication policy and its requirements for submission of publication. We consider  such transparency to be a part of responsibility equally shared by our authors, readers, and academic community in general. Therefore in our work and interaction with authors and peer-reviewers we are guided by the general principles of the journalist and publishing ethics. 

The Journal does not accept payments for publication; any attempt to offer such payment could result in rejection of the submitted manuscript.

“Polis. Political Studies” journal is bound by the principle of confidentiality, applying to review and publication processes. It also implies preservation of anonymity of both authors and reviewers in the process of peer-review. We require the same level of ethical responsibility from our peer reviewers.

The editorial team constantly shares its experience with other journals and publishers and is always open for partnership. We will closely observe evolution of publication practice and correspondingly review our own rules and procedures for them to remain up-to-date to the leading world academic standards.

Editorial team