Adherence to standards of publication ethics is essential to the activities of the Editorial Board of the journal INSTED: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education & Society / Teraźniejszość - Człowiek - Edukacja. The principles of publication ethics applied by the Editorial Board are based on the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


I Editorial policy

Decisions to accept or reject an article for publication are made by the Editor-in-Chief after detailed consultation with the Editorial Board. In deciding whether to accept or reject an article, consideration is given to its subject matter, originality, and importance for educational studies.

Commercial considerations do not influence editorial decisions.

The Editorial Board ensures the confidentiality and security of authors' and reviewers' personal data in accordance with the The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Polish Rozporządzenie o Ochronie Danych Osobowych (RODO).


II Responsibilities of authors

The journal's website lists guidelines for authors and rules for qualifying articles for publication.

The editors expect from the authors that the submitted paper is written fully independently, and that the authors use other people's works in accordance with the rules of copyright law and does not infringe the rights of third parties, and that the submitted paper has not been published before and is not currently under investigation in another journal.

The editors require the authors to provide information on the sources of financing of the publication and the contribution of individual authors to its creation.

The authors are obliged to inform the editorial office of a possible conflict of interest.


III. Reviewers' responsibilities

The review supports the editor in making editorial decisions and helps authors to improve the article.

The review should be objective, clearly expressing the reviewer's opinions, using appropriate arguments to support theses. Personal criticism is unacceptable.

Reviewed articles must be treated as confidential documents that cannot be shown or discussed with others without the editor's permission.

The reviewer shall prepare reviews in a timely manner and in accordance with his/her competence.


IV Publication ethics and intellectual property

The editors monitor the compliance of authors, reviewers and the editorial board members with the principles of publication ethics.

The editors endeavour to develop their knowledge of abuses in publishing practice and ways of resolving them, and to apply this knowledge to editorial practice.

The editors endeavour to ensure that the selection of reviewers is impartial and supervise the reviewing process, paying attention to meeting deadlines and preventing conflicts of interest, ensuring that papers submitted to the editorial office are not misused or made available to outsiders.

The editors check that the author has obtained all the necessary permissions to publish the text, and maintain impartiality by treating authors' texts equally, irrespective of gender, race, nationality, origin etc.

The editors attach particular importance to detecting any kind of publishing abuses, especially plagiarism, duplicate publications, data fabrication, ghostwriting and guest-authorship. In cases of abuse, the editors will take the following actions: contact the author in order to clarify the situation, collect documentation with evidence, in justified cases notify the relevant institutions concerned.

In the event of inaccuracies or erroneous statements in the published material, the editors will publish an appropriately prominent explanation, correction or apology.


In situations not covered by the above rules on publication ethics, editors will follow the guidelines of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics):