Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

General rules
We make every effort to ensure that our readers can be certain that the authors, reviewers and editors of articles published in “Studia Semiotyczne” apply the principles of good academic practice presented in the COPE guidelines. These includes the general principles of:
  • reliability and honesty of research which is published in “Studia Semiotyczne”;
  • reliability and honesty of reviews submitted to the Editorial Office;
  • meticulousness in the editing of published texts;
  • transparency of communication between authors, reviewers, editors and readers;
  • respect for each participant in the publication process;
  • avoidance of conflicts of interest and maintenance of editorial independence.
Anyone who believes that any of the principles above has been violated in the publication process of “Studia Semiotyczne” should submit their reservations to the Editor-in-Chief or to the President of the Polish Semiotics Society (who is the Publisher’s representative).
Below, we present some details of the rules above (further details are included in the above-mentioned COPE documents).
We assume that the author of the work is any person who:
  • accepts responsibility for the content of the work,
  • made a significant contribution to the conception of the work,
  • collected, analysed or interpreted data used in the work,
  • wrote the work or made significant modifications to it and/or chose the final version.
The corresponding author of the work is the author representing all of its authors. Corresponding authors are asked to confirm that they are authorized to be in this position in their correspondence with the Editorial Office. Along with the submission of work for publication in “Studia Semiotyczne”, the corresponding author declares that:
1. the work is his/her own work or the joint work of all co-authors and does not infringe the copyright of third parties (the Editorial Board is not responsible for such infringements),
2. the work has not been published previously and is not under consideration for any other publication (placing a preprint on the author’s website, in an institutional repository or in a preprint archive is not treated as an earlier publication),
3. the work does not contain previously published fragments or results of the author’s/co-authors’ work without indicating the place of their publication,
4. each author of the work is listed in it, and
5. each person listed as a co-author is an actual author of the work.
We do not tolerate any form of unethical behaviour related to the violation of rules 1–5 (i.e. forms such as: plagiarism, self-plagiarism, ghost-writing, ghost authorship or guest authorship). Any unethical behaviour found will be disclosed and reported to appropriate institutions.
Peer review
All articles published in “Studia Semiotyczne” are subject to a double-blind review procedure, i.e. a procedure in which the reviewer and the author remain anonymous to each other (except when the reviewer wishes for his name to be revealed). The review procedure consists of three stages.

In the first stage, the Editors make a preliminary assessment of the compliance of the submitted text with the journal’s profile and the applicable editorial standards. The review process is ended in the event of explicit deficiencies in this respect.

In the second stage, the text is transferred to the leading editor, who is either the guest editor, if the text is submitted for a special issue, or the Editor-in-Chief, otherwise. After a general appraisal of the themes of the work, the leading editor selects two independent specialists as candidate reviewers, at least one of whom is an external reviewer (the list of external reviewers from 2016-2022 is available here). In case of refusal, new candidates are appointed. The Assistant Editor mediates all interactions between the editor of the issue, reviewers, and the author, maintaining the rules of double-blind peer review.

The third stage begins with the receipt of the two reviews by the Editorial Board. They can be of three kinds: 1) the text is accepted unconditionally, 2) the text is rejected or 3) the text is accepted conditionally, provided the author introduces corrections in accordance with the reviewers’ suggestions. In the event that only one review is positive, the leading editor decides to end the procedure or selects another candidate as a reviewer.

Authors are informed about the results at each stage of the review process.

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the proper conduct of the review procedure, including clarifying possible suspicions of manipulation or fraud.
Other rules
The editorial office does not charge authors any fees.
The authors of articles must support the review process. In particular, they are obliged to correct the indicated defects or, in the event of non-acceptance of the comments contained in the reviews, to provide the Editorial Board with a justification for declining to amend the work.
Authors support the editing of their texts. In particular, they should adhere to the guidelines provided by the Editorial Board (details here), attach anonymized versions of their submitted articles, and undertake that, if their papers are accepted, they will make corrections and return the corrected versions within the time limit specified by the Editorial Board.
The submitted article should contain an abstract, a list of keywords and an attached bibliography.
The submitted article should contain information about each person and institution that contributed significantly to its creation (in the form of a substantive, financial or organizational contribution).
We do not censor the published texts.
We do not tolerate the dissemination of false information that may damage the reputation of any individual, group or organization.
In the event of an author or editor error, we publish an appropriate corrigendum, erratum or an apology. In the event of a flagrant violation of the rules of publication ethics by the author, the work is withdrawn from publication.
The editors maintain an electronic archive of all texts published in “Studia Semiotyczne”.
Open Access Statement
The journal “Studia Semiotyczne” provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Full-text access to scientific articles of the journal is presented on the official website in the Archives section.
The journal “Studia Semiotyczne” is an open access journal, which means all its content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author as long as they cite the source.
The authors of the submitted works agree that as soon as their texts are accepted for publication, they grant the Polish Semiotics Society a public license under the terms of Creative Commons recognition of authorship 4.0 (CC BY). On this basis, the authors accept the possibility of re-use of the articles by the Polish Semiotics Society without the need to obtain their prior consent. Articles published in “Studia Semiotyczne” may also be read, downloaded, printed, distributed and processed without any restrictions, provided that the authorship and place of the original publication are correctly marked. The authors retain their copyright without any other restrictions. The full text of the CC BY license agreement is available at:
The authors of the submitted works undertake to ensure that any translations or reprints contain information about the first edition of their work in “Studia Semiotyczne”.
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