Roczniki Psychologiczne / Annals of Psychology follows the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.



1. Publication and authorship
When submitting a paper for publication, the authors have to declare that:
• The submission has not been previously published (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint).
• The submission is not under consideration for publication in another journal.
• The submission is the authors’ original work and no other parties or persons hold copyrights to any part of it.
• If accepted, the publication will not be published elsewhere, including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright holder.
• The authors acknowledge the relevant published and unpublished work (e.g., articles in press) by referring to it and including it in the list of references.
• In case of any changes in authorship (addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts) before the accepted manuscript is published, the authors are obliged to submit a change request to the editor. Such a request must contain: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail) from all authors that they agree with the changes.

2. Authors’ responsibilities and rights
When submitting a paper for publication, the authors have to declare that:
• All data described in the article are real and authentic.
• The sources of financial support are acknowledged in the authors’ note and the authors declare no competing financial interest.
• Permissions have been obtained for the use of copyrighted material from other sources.
• Permission is granted for the publication to be available through unrestricted access (i.e., free for all to view and download) via the Journal's website;
• The text adheres to the ethical, stylistic and bibliographic requirements set out in the latest APA Publication Manual.
• The authors have to specify the input of each co-author to the research and publication.
• In case the study requires ethical approval, the authors provide the approval.
• The authors will actively participate in peer review process and provide necessary retractions or corrections of mistakes.
The submission system provides a checklist of what is expected from authors and what standards of manuscript preparation are to be followed (see Submit article).

Authors’ rights:
• The author has the right to post their article published by the Journal on the department’s or personal website or professional profile.
• The author has the right to make printed copies of the article for non-commercial purposes.
• The author is allowed to use the material from the article for educational purposes.
• The author has the right to disseminate copies of the article for non-commercial purposes among colleagues.

3. The peer review process and the responsibilities of the reviewers
Roczniki Psychologiczne / Annals of Psychology guarantees a rigorous double-blind peer review process (see Submit review). The Journal has adopted a policy of masked review for all submissions (see Instructions to authors).

Guidelines for reviewers:
• Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.
• Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments and references as necessary and should not be defamatory or libelous.
• Reviewers should respect the confidentiality of the material supplied to them and should not discuss unpublished manuscripts with colleagues or use the information in their own work.
• If a reviewer wants to pass a review request on to a colleague, they should obtain the editor’s permission beforehand.
• Reviewers should point out relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.

4. Editorial responsibilities
The Editorial Board follows the following rules:
• The editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
• The editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication is based only on the paper’s importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the scope of the Journal.
• The editors take on the responsibility for pursuing cases of suspected misconduct (e.g., plagiarism or fraudulent data) even in submissions they do not intend to publish.
• The editor responsible for a specific submission has no conflict of interest with respect to the article and to the author.
• The members of the editorial board can publish in the Journal, but they must not exploit their position; in such a case, the submission is handled by another editor and peer review is handled independently of the author/editor.
• The editorial system preserves anonymity of reviewers. The list of reviewers is published once a year (see: List of reviewers).
• The editors monitor the peer review process regularly, trying to increase its efficiency and prevent delays.

5. Publishing ethics issues
• The editorial board shall strive to meet the needs of readers and authors and constantly improve the Journal.
• The editors shall take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material they publish and to avoid possible misconduct (e.g., plagiarism, fraudulent data).
• The editorial board shall constantly monitor and safeguard publishing ethics.
• The editorial board shall strive to prevent business considerations from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.
• The editors shall promote the publication of corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies always when needed.
• Any corrections, complaints, and appeals should be sent to the editorial office: rpsych@kul.pl.