CODE OF ETHICS OF THE THIRD SECTOR QUARTERLY

This Code contains guidelines for the Board of Editors and other stakeholders of the editorial process in order to ensure factual, scientific and linguistic quality of the published content, while observing the principles of reliability, transparency and legal compliance of the foregoing. 

 

  1. GENERAL OBLIGATIONS OF THE BOARD OF EDITORS
  1. The Editor is obliged to decide whether or not a text submitted to the Board of Editors of the Quarterly can and ought to be published in the periodical. The final decision is made jointly by the Editor and Publisher.
  2. The Editor’s decision should be based on current principles and guidelines concerning publication of texts in the “Kwartalnik Trzeci Sektor” Quarterly and in compliance with applicable legal regulations, especially concerning copyright or other intellectual property rights.
  3. The Editor shall pro-actively search for and collect feedback from authors, reviewers, readers and other stakeholders of the periodical on how to improve the editorial process.
  4. The Editor shall react to malpractice or suspicious practice, such as plagiarism or ghost writing.
  5. The Editor shall evaluate the impact of the editorial policy of the periodical on the process of searching for and contracting authors, the quality of texts and the content of the respective issued of the periodical. If need be, the Editor shall propose and make changes in the editorial policy.
  6. The Editor shall promote the good brand of the periodical and disseminate reliable information about the brand.

 

  1. RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE READERS
  1. In order to ensure the quality of texts, the Board of Editors shall ensure reliable reviews – where applicable – concerning statistical data in the studies published in the periodical.
  2. The Board of Editors shall make sure that non-reviewed texts are clearly separated from reviewed texts. The Board of Editors shall know the origin of the texts – they are mainly commissioned texts.
  3. The Board of Editors shall clearly identify the authors and their affiliations. Only the necessary data shall be provided.
  4. The Board of Editors and the Publisher shall ensure that the texts are available to a wide group of interested readers.

 

  1. RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE AUTHORS
  1. The Board of Editors shall publish explicit principles and guidelines concerning the topics and compilation of texts accepted for publication, the reviewing procedure and subsequent processing of texts.
  2. The Board of Editors shall make sure that the publication of a given text shall not constitute a conflict of interests with other competitive editorial processes.
  3. The Board of Editors and the Publisher shall agree with the authors on the principles of recognising authorship and transferring authors’ economic rights.
  4. The Board of Editors shall select reviewers with adequate knowledge, reliability and objectivity.
  5. The Board of Editors shall inform the authors of the result of the reviewing procedure (if such procedure is applied).
  6. The Board of Editors and the Publisher shall determine the procedure in the event of violations understood as failure to observe the principles applicable to authors and reviewers or suspected breach of the law.
  7. The Board of Editors shall determine the principles of publishing texts written by authors associated with the Board of Editors or the Publishes.
  8. The Board of Editors shall treat all authors equally, regardless of their affiliation or association with the Editors.

 

  1. RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE REVIEWERS
  1. The Board of Editors shall deliver to the reviewers’ guidelines to evaluate texts and compile a written review.
  2. The Board of Editors shall make sure there is no conflict of interests or other circumstances that could affect the reliability and objectivity of reviews.
  3. The Board of Editors shall use reviewers representing different scholarly and expert circles.
  4. The names of the reviewers of texts published in the respective issues of the Quarterly shall not be disclosed to the public.

 

  1. RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE SCIENTIFIC BOARD OF THE PERIODICAL
  1. At least once a year the Board of Editors and the Publisher shall present to the Scientific Board information on the output of the periodical, the editorial process, cooperation with the authors and efforts taken in order to ensure the quality of the periodical and its recognisability.
  2. The Board of Editors shall receive and, if possible, apply in its work, recommendations of the Scientific Board.
  3. The Board of Editors shall ensure that members of the Scientific Board have unconstrained access to all texts published in the periodical.

 

  1. RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE PUBLISHERS
  1. Differences of opinion between the Editor and the Publisher concerning the profile of the periodical, the publishing process or the selection of authors shall be settled through discussion and joint arrangements.
  2. The terms of cooperation between the Editor and the Publisher are governed by an agreement.
  3. The Editor shall regularly contact the Publisher on matters concerning the periodical.

 

  1. QUALITY ASSURANCE
  1. Decisions to accept a text for publication shall be made through a discussion between the Board of Editors and the Publisher.
  2. The originality of every reviewed text is verified by means of anti-plagiarism software.
  3. Another element of quality assurance, in the case of reviewed texts, is the “double-blind review” procedure, which means that two independent reviewers, unknown to each other, are commissioned to evaluate a text.
  4. Linguistic quality (correct grammar, spelling, syntax) is assured by double linguistic review and proofreading.

 

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