Review process for research papers
Research papers submitted for publication by the OPI PIB Publishing House are subjected to an internal review – an assessment done by the Editorial Board and a process of external academic review.
A research paper submitted as a publishing proposal is subjected to an internal evaluation procedure by the Editorial Board. A submitted paper is subject to an initial assessment in terms of adhering to the formal requirements and the following criteria:
- the choice of the subject: the text focuses on science and the content is aligned with the subject;
- the text’s merit and methodology: the text has been prepared properly in terms of merit, based on adequate and up-to-date knowledge and it contains properly written footnotes. The text is analysed cohesively and is understandable, attached drawings and tables meet high quality standards;
- the scientific relevance of the paper: the text has an original character against the backdrop of research up to this point, subject matter and methodology are innovative or they contribute significantly to the current state of knowledge, appropriate and cutting-edge research methods are used;
- substantial correctness of the research paper: the text is substantially valid, it is based on the current state of knowledge, the chosen methodology was used appropriately, the text is rhetorically sound and displays deductive logic, the results match the presented results, a synopsis in English is correctly formulated;
- significance of the topic drafted by the author for the development of a given field in Poland;
- The scientific level of the publication as compared with other science publications published by OPI PIB.
A positive evaluation of the Editorial Board allows for the acceptance of the paper in our publishing plan.
An external open review (reviewers and authors are allowed to know each other’s personal details) ends with an unequivocal conclusion which may involve:
- accepting the paper without corrections,
- accepting the paper after introducing necessary corrections,
- rejecting the paper.
The reviewers perform their evaluation of research papers based on the same criteria that are mandatory in the case of external evaluation by the Editorial Board. An author receives the results of the review and if the review contains recommendations about accepting the paper in the publishing plan under the condition of implementing specific corrections, the author is obliged to implement those corrections. In the case of introducing corrections to a research paper, a reviewer formulates an evaluation along with the indication of which parts of the paper require correction.
In the case when one of the reviews is negative – the text is not subject to rejection and the Publishing House makes a decision not to accept the publication in the publishing plan.
In particularly justified cases, the Publishing House can send a research paper for the double bind review process – reviewers and authors are not aware of each other’s personal details. The procedure in the case of this review is the same as in the case of an open review. The decision to submit a research paper for the double-blind review is made by the Publishing House.
Decisions on whether to include a given text in the publishing plan are communicated to the authors by a representative of the Publishing House.
The OPI PIB Publishing House accepts the following types of publications:
- research monographs, habilitations, doctoral dissertations, research reports, expert commentaries, dictionaries and lexicons;
- manuals for scientists, students and entrepreneurs;
- popular science studies focusing on science, and research and development undertakings.
Texts submitted as proposals to be published are accepted in the electronic form as text files. Please send them to email@example.com.
A research paper submitted for publication is presented to the Editorial Board. The Board verifies as to whether the text is compatible with the scientific profile of the OPI PIB Publishing House, and that the text is compatible not only with the rules of scientific methodology, but also in terms of formality and aspects of merit. The basic condition for publication is a positive publication opinion of the Publishing House.
All research papers also undergo an external scientific review. Each paper is submitted to two independent reviewers who are experts in the field of the article. The basic condition to accept a science publication for publishing and the beginning of the editorial process hinges on receiving positive recommendations from both reviewers.
Editorial work concerning the research paper accepted for publication entails editing, professional typesetting, language correction, technical correction, graphic cover design, graphic text design of the whole publication and printing. The authors are informed about the progress of each step by a representative of the Publishing House.
The OPI PIB Publishing House sends the mandatory copies to libraries, in accordance with article 3, section 5 of the mandatory library copies Act from November 7, 1996.
The ethical standards of publication used by the OPI PIB Publishing House are based on the rules of The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the recommendations of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, written in the brochure, Dobre praktyki w procedurach recenzyjnych w nauce (‘Good Practice in Review Procedures in Science’, Warsaw, 2011), and also on the basis of general ethical science rules.
The OPI PIB Publishing House pays particular attention to the application of ethical standards by all sides participating in the publishing process. The OPI PIB Publishing House is guided by just and ethical procedures of qualification, selection and opining on texts submitted for printing. The Publishing House makes a decision to accept a paper for printing based on clear and transparent criteria.
In order to ensure the highest quality of our publications, whether a particular paper will be accepted or rejected, we take the importance of this text, its originality, clarity and transparency into account. We evaluate its influence on science in the opinions of independent reviews. Adhering to the rules of source credibility, use of quotations and loan words is of utmost importance to us. We require the authors’ paper or thesis to be original and to respect the copyrights of other people. By respecting these laws, we reject texts in which we detect the infringement of ethical rules (e.g. duplicated publication, plagiarism, fabricated data, untrue author list, ghostwriting, guest authorship). Inserting materials protected by copyright law into a publication (text fragments, illustrations, engravings, outlines, tables, material from other books, works of art. etc.) is possible only when an author provides written consent from the owner of the appropriate copyright.
In a suspected case of ethics infringement, the procedures recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics shall be implemented.
We guarantee the confidentiality and security of the personal data of authors and all collaborators. We do not use the materials made available by authors in any manner not previously agreed upon with the author.