A ghostwriting firewall in the editorial policy of the Review of Psychology


To ensure the highest degree of scientific reliability of the journal, the Editors of Review of Psychology will soon implement appropriate procedures to counteract ghostwriting and guest authorship. These procedures will be described in "Information for Authors", which will be available on the journal's website.

What is a ghostwriting firewall?

Integrity in science is one of the foundations of scientific quality. Readers should be assured that the authors of publications present the results of their work in a transparent, fair and honest way, regardless of whether they are the original authors or have used the help of a specialized entity (a natural or a legal person). Transparency of information regarding the contribution of entities to preparing a publication (content-related, material, financial input, etc.) is the proof of an ethical attitude of a researcher as well as high editorial standards of the journal which publishes his/her work. It is also a manifestation of good practice and social responsibility. Ghostwriting and guest authorship are practices that violate the ethical norms accepted in research.


  • Ghostwriting is the process whereby a person makes a substantial contribution to a publication, without revealing their share in the work as one of the authors or without being credited in the acknowledgements to the publication.
  • Guest authorship (honorary authorship) is a situation in which a person listed as an author/co-author of a publication has contributed little or not at all to the creation of the publication, and yet is mentioned as its author (co-author).


To prevent cases of ghostwriting and guest authorship, the Editors of Review of Psychology have introduced suitable procedures, specific to the discipline of psychology, and have implemented the following solutions:

  1. The authors are required to disclose and notify the Editor of the contribution of individual authors in the creation of the paper submitted for publication (with their affiliations and information on contributions from each author regarding the study concept and design, the assumptions, methods, and protocols used in the preparation of the paper, etc). The corresponding author holds the main responsibility for providing correct information in this respect.
  2. The Editors stress in "Information for Authors" that ghostwriting and guest authorship are examples of scientific misconduct. Any detected cases will be revealed and the relevant bodies (affiliate institutions, scientific societies, associations of scientific editors, etc.) will be notified.
  3. Authors are required to disclose information about the sources of funding of their articles as well as about the contribution of research institutions, associations and other entities (financial disclosure).
  4. The Editorial Board will document all forms of scientific misconduct, especially violations of the rules of scientific ethics.


Autor: Barbara Cichy-Jasiocha
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 09.02.2019, godz. 14:02 - Barbara Cichy-Jasiocha