Principles of Editorial Ethics. In order to counteract unfair publishing practices, the Scientific Publishing House of the Railway Research Institute has adopted and applies the Principles of Editorial Ethics, in accordance with the guidelines of the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)

IK publishing policy

  • The Publisher decides which texts will be published. Reviewers' opinions (editorial review) regarding the scientific value of the work, reliability and originality of the problem play an essential role.
  • The rules for qualifying monographs and articles for printing are transparent, and the applied procedures ensure high substantive and editorial quality of the publication.
  • The Publisher uses all available means to prevent plagiarism, abuse and publication of false data. For this purpose, it uses the program.
  • The Publishing House undertakes activities in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, counteracting the phenomena known as "ghostwriting" and "guest authorship".
  • The Publisher ensures the personal data confidentiality and security.
  • The Publisher has the right to withdraw the text after its publication, if:
    • the work does not present an appropriate technical and scientific level;
    • the work bears plagiarism or violates the principles of editorial ethics.


Rules binding the Author

  • The Author is required to provide a reliable description of the research work carried out and an objective interpretation of the results. The work should contain information enabling identification of data sources. Presenting and interpreting data and research results that are inconsistent with the principles of publishing ethics is unacceptable and may result in the text being withdrawn.
  • The Author is obliged to mention publications that they used to create the text in the bibliography attachment. The Author may submit only their own original texts for publication. The research and/or information from other scientists used in the publication should be clearly marked to indicate that this is a quotation.
  • Authors submitting multi-author texts for publication are required to disclose the contribution of individual authors to its creation (including the affiliation of the authors and information on who is the author of the concept, assumptions, methods, protocol, etc. used in creating the text). Hostwriting, guest authorship are a manifestation of scientific misconduct and any detected cases should be debunked, including notification of relevant entities, such as institutions employing the Author, scientific societies, associations of scientific editors, etc.



Rules for reviewing publications

  • The Reviewer prepares reviews commissioned by the Publisher. In this way, the Reviewer influences the decisions made by the Publisher. T may also, in consultation with the Author, indicate which parts of the work should be corrected or supplemented.
  • Scientific publications are reviewed by academic staff from academic centres throughout Poland, and in special cases by experts in the field.
  • The Reviewer is required to provide a review within the set time.
  • All reviewed papers and their reviews are confidential. Disclosure of work to third parties is unacceptable (except for persons who participate in the publishing process).
  • The review should be substantive and objective.
  • The Reviewer should report to the Publisher any significant similarities between the reviewed text and other papers.
  • The Reviewer cannot use the reviewed work for their personal needs and benefits.
  • The Reviewer should not judge the text in cases where there may be a conflict of interest with the Author, about which the Reviewer should notify the Publisher.