(Studies in Law on Religion)


The Editorial Board of the journal "Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego" will ensure the highest quality of the materials published and will undertake all possible actions against any neglect of publication standards in the journal. All parties involved in the publication process: the author, the editor of the journal, the reviewer and the publisher are obligated to adhere to the ethical standards in publications.


The rules presented below were developed on the basis of Elsevier and the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which were included in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. When stating its policy on publication ethics below, the Editorial Board makes use of the diagrams prepared by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which can be accessed here.


Publication decision

The Editor-in-chief shall be accountable for all materials published in the journal "Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego". The decision to accept or reject a manuscript shall be based on its importance, originality, clarity, as well as the relevance of the research to the subject matter of the journal.

Fair play

Articles shall be assessed based on their quality and importance to the journal, without regard to the origin of the author of the work, his or her nationality, ethnicity, political views, sex, race or faith.


The Editorial Board of the journal is obliged to keep confidential all information regarding a submitted manuscript obtained at any stage of the publication process, excluding the information revealed by the journal.

Disclosure of information and conflict of interest

Information obtained during the publication process must not be used by members of the Editorial Board or reviewers without the explicit written consent of the author.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations

The Editorial Board shall undertake all relevant actions in the event of suspected infringement of ethical research conduct, in relation to both published and unpublished work.


Participation in editorial decisions

Reviewers shall support the Editor-in-chief in making editorial decisions in the publication process.


Reviewers should undertake to review only those manuscripts for which they have the relevant expertise to allow them to present their opinion within a specified period of time.


Reviewers shall be obliged to respect the confidentiality of the peer review process and not to disclose any details concerning the work or the review.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be an objective and constructive assessment of manuscripts under consideration. Reviewers' comments should not contain any offensive or libelous content.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify any published work that was not cited by the author. Any similarity to other authors' publications should be reported to the Editor-in-chief.

Disclosure of information and conflict of interest

Information obtained in the peer review process cannot be used for reviewers' own benefit. Reviewers are obliged to notify the Editor-in-chief of all possible conflicts of interest (the reviewer cannot be related through business or kinship ties or remain in a close personal relationship with the author of a manuscript under consideration).


Data access and retention

The author should keep detailed records of all the source data for his or her publication, and he or she may be asked to provide access to those data, so that they can be used in the publication process.

Originality and plagiarism

The author should confirm that the manuscript submitted for publication is original. All content should be quoted in a proper manner. Plagiarism shall be treated as unethical and unacceptable conduct.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

The author should confirm that the manuscript submitted for publication has not been published and is not subject to the verification/evaluation process in any other journal. Submitting the same publication to more than one journal is unethical and unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of sources

The author should quote the publications which have had an influence on his or her work in a proper manner. Information obtained privately cannot be used without the explicit written consent of the author.

Manuscript authorship

Authorship should be restricted to authors who have participated significantly in the creation, execution and interpretation of the study. The author is obliged to indicate all co-authors, who have made a contribution to the manuscript, and to obtain their consent for publication.


Disclosure of information and conflict of interest

The author should disclose all information on the sources of financing for the publication, as well as the contribution of any research institutions, associations and other entities, and should report all potential conflicts of interest.

Fundamental errors in published work

The author should immediately notify the Editor-in-chief if he or she notices significant errors in his or her publication. A corrigendum, appendix, disclaimer or withdrawal should be published in cooperation with the Editor-in-chief and the publisher.



The Editorial Board of "Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego" declares to reveal all cases of infringement of ethical research conduct, and to notify the relevant entities (including the institutions employing the authors, scientific associations, editors' associations, etc.).

In order to counteract cases of ghostwriting and guest authorship, the Editorial Board of "Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego" requires the authors to specify the contributions of all co-authors by providing their affiliation as well as stating the authorship of the concept and design, methodology, etc. of a manuscript submitted for publication. The main responsibility lies with the author submitting a manuscript. The authors are also obliged to inform the Editorial Board of any sources of funding and contributions of research institutions, associations and other entities ("financial disclosure").