Journal of the Polish Association of Sanitary Engineers and Technicians

Ethical Principles in Publications

(on the basis of COPE guidelines – Committee on Publication Ethics)

Heating, Heating, Ventilation – as a scientific journal is obliged to take action to comply with ethics in scientific publications, publishing high-quality articles and counteracting unethical phenomena in science. 
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Adherence to ethical principles is expected equally to all participants in the process of publication: authors, editors, reviewers 
and publishers.

Editor`s Responsibilities

Editor evaluates the material in a completely objective 
and fair ways, without discrimination against the authors based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, ethnicity and geography. His decisions is based solely on the contents of the article analysed taking into account its originality, scientific merit, clarity of presenting issues, the validity of studies or information for the scientific and technical community in the field.

Editor treats all materials received from authors as confidential, 
and does not provide information about them to people who are not directly involved in the publication process (authors, editors, reviewers, etc.), and does not use them in his own scientific activity without the written permission of the author.

Editor enables the author publication of polemics when the author`s article has been subjected to criticism in the journal. 

Editor does not block the possibility to publish negative research results.

Editor with the Editorial Board pay special attention to existing legal requirements for copyright.

Reviewer’s Responsibilities

The task of the review process is to help the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board in making decisions about the publication of the article and helping the author and possible assistance in correcting or improving his work. 

The reviewer should objectively assess whether he can undertake the preparation of the article review taking into account the scope of factual material and timeframes specified by the Editorial Board. 

Reviewer does not undertake the preparation of the review if he finds the existence of a conflict of interest arising e.g. from financial, personal or business relationships with any of the authors, company or institution. 

Reviewer treats all materials received from the Editor as confidential, 
and does not provide information about them to third parties without the consent of the Editor, and does not use them in his own scientific activity without the written permission of the author. 

Review should be prepared in an objective, clear and unambiguous way, with no personal references and no critical remarks unless supported by concrete arguments. 

The Reviewer should inform the Editor in the case of significant similarities in the article content to those found in other publications that he knows.

Author`s Responsibilities

The author sends to the Editor only original and unpublished materials. It is unacceptable submitting articles to several publications at the same time. 

The article should be prepared taking into account the proper citation of sources, and should present methods, studies and results in a clear 
and legible manner so as to allow tracing the course of Author`s procedure and possible repetition of studies by other researchers in the field. The article should take into account the state of art in the field, and the results should be carefully and objectively presented and analysed. If the partial results have been published, the Author should inform the Editor and put the relevant information in the article. 

The author confirms that the research data used in the publication have not been fabricated or manipulated. 

The authorship of the article is limited to people who have had a significant impact on the concept, assumptions, methods, research and interpretation of results and substantive development of the article. All persons who have made significant contribution to the article must be listed as co-authors. The Author declaring publication should disclose the contribution of individual authors to the publication and ensure that all contributors accept the application to the Magazine and the final version of the article. 

The Author should notify the Editorial Board of the observed significant errors in his publications and interact with the Editor in correction or rectification 

The Author should keep the test data source for possible making them available on request to the Editor or authorized institutions. 

The Author acknowledges in the justified case that all studies have been carried out with respect for ethical and formal principles being in force in the field of science (e.g. the consent of the bioethics committee).

The Author should inform about the funding sources of the publication, contribution of research institutions, associations and other entities (financial disclosure) and about possible conflicts of interest that may be associated with the publication of the article.

Acting in case of unethical practices

In a situation where there is a suspicion of misconduct in the case of an article published or filled on paper, in particular concerning the phenomenon of plagiarism, “ghost-writing” and “guest authorship”, the Editor-in chief is taking action to clarify the matter, first asking for comment on the author. In the case of proven misconduct violating ethics rules significantly, the Editor takes further steps, which may include, among others, publication of information about the unreliability detected and notification the employer of the Author. Any manifestations of misconduct in science are documented by the Editors.

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