Reviewing procedures


dr hab. Mariola Chomczyńska-Rubacha, prof. UMK, Toruń (gender studies, theory of moral upbringing)
prof. zw. dr hab. Iwona Chrzanowska, UAM, Poznań (special pedagogy)
dr hab. Agnieszka Gromkowska-Melosik, UAM, Poznań (gender studies, sociology of education)
Beata Jachimczak, dr hab. Wyższa Szkoła Edukacji Zdrowotnej i Nauk Społecznych, Łódź (teaching practice)
Monika Jaworska – Witkowska, dr hab. prof. WSEZiNS, Wyższa Szkoła Edukacji Zdrowotnej i Nauk Społecznych, Łódź (teaching practice, didactics)
dr hab. Małgorzata Kupisiewicz, prof. APS (special education, surdopedagogy)
dr hab. Bożena Matyjas, prof. UJK w Kielcach (social pedagogy)
prof. zw. dr hab. Krzysztof Rubacha, UMK w Toruniu (methodology of educational research)
dr hab. Alicja Rynio, prof. KUL (theory of education)
dr hab. Urszula Szuścik, prof. UŚ (early education, pedagogy of culture)
dr hab. Jolanta Szempruch, prof. UJK w Kielcach (pedeutology, theory of education)
ks. dr hab. Jan Zowczak, prof. UKSW (sociology of education, pedeutology, ethics in pedagogy)
dr hab. prof. UZ Inetta Nowosad (comparative education, school pedagogy)

The Editorial Board of Studies on the Theory of Education would like to inform
the Authors, that a ghostwriting barrier is used in the publishing process.

Regarding the fact that fairness in science is one of its foundations, the Readers of the journal must be sure, that Authors of the publications present the results of their work in a fair and honest way, no matter if they are their only authors or whether they were supported by a specialised subject (natural or legal person). A proof of an ethical attitude of a scientific worker and highest editing standards should be openness of information about any subject who took part in creating the publication.

Examples contrary to openness procedure are ghostwriting and guest authorship. How to understand these terms?

  • Ghostwriting is when somebody significantly contributed to the publication without revealing it by being referred to as an author or being listed in acknowledgements placed in the publication.
  • Guest authorship (honorary authorship) is when somebody is called an author of the publication, even though their contribution to the work is trifling or does not exist.

In order to counteract ghostwriting and guest authorship, Studies on the Theory of Education implemented following procedures:

  1. Authors of publications sent to the Editorial Board must reveal the character of contribution of each author (including information such as: affiliations of each author, authorship of concepts, assumptions, methods, statistical tables etc. used in preparation of the work). The responsibility for correctness and honesty of these information is shouldered by the author who sends the article.
  2. Studies on the Theory of Education informs the Authors, that any cases of scientific dishonesty will be unmasked, including notifying appropriate subjects (institutions represented by the Authors, scientific associations, associations of scientific editors etc.)
  3. The Editorial Board requires information about the sources of financing the publication, the contribution of scientific institutions, associations and other subjects to creating the work (if concerned).
  4. The Editorial Board will document any cases of scientific injustice, especially breaking the rules of ethics in science.

Authors sending their texts for publishing in the journal accept the terms and conditions of the reviewing procedure. The main requirement for the article to be published is its conformity with the journal’s profile. Texts received are being evaluated formally by the Editorial Board and then sent to two independent reviewers. The reviewers are not working in the same institution as the author of the article reviewed, and they do not stand in a conflict of interest with the author. A conflict of interest is a situation when the reviewer is standing in personal ties with author (family member, co-worker, other conflicts), or has cooperated with the author in last two years. The texts are being reviewed according to the double-blind review procedure (authors and reviewers do not know each other names). Reviewers are not allowed to use their knowledge on the text before its publication. The articles are assigned with a number, used further in the editorial work on the text. The author is informed on the review’s content and a further correspondence with the journal’s editorial board is possible regarding remarks or the qualification for publishing. The chief editor is making the final decision on the publication of the text. Review has to have a written form and has to end with a clear decision whether to publish
the text or not. The editorial board does hold the right to send the text back to the author regarding further amendments and corrections. The rules for accepting or denying the publication of a text are published on the journal’s web page or in every issue of the magazine. Names of reviewers of each issue are not made public. Once a year the magazine publishes a list of co-working reviewers.