Reliability in science constitutes one of its fundamental values. Readers must be assured that authors of scholarly studies fairly and diligently present the results of their research, invoking and citing those who analyzed a given academic phenomenon before and published the results of their work. In compliance with legal norms and decency – acknowledged by us as an editorial standard – the data pertaining to persons who have contributed to the publication (including substance-related, material and financial contribution etc.) should be provided.
The Editorial Committee and the Academic Council of the Journal Sapientia Iuris. The Roman and Canon Law. The history of law firmly oppose not only to the phenomena of academic dishonesty which may be subsumed under the norms of penal or private law, but also – equally categorically – support all deeply ethical attitudes of the authors. By so doing, the Editorial Committee shall accordingly and adequately counteract cases of the so called ghost writing (when one has significantly contributed to the development of the publication, and the contribution is not revealed in the form of one of the authors or is not included in the acknowledgements) and the so called guest authorship (when the contribution of the author in the publication – presented as their own –is scarce or was not present at all). Further, the Editorial Committee shall require binding information on the sources of financing the development of the publication, including the contribution of research and academic institutions, associations and other entities (e.g. to editing of other scientific journals, both Polish and foreign).
Consequently, the Editorial Committee of the Journal Sapientia Iuris (…) will request authors to submit a declaration of disclosure of the contribution made by individual authors into the development of the publication (along with the data on affiliation and authors of separate concepts, theses, methods, conclusions etc. applied during the development of the scholarly study.) The Guidelines for authors state that the phenomena of ghostwriting and guest authorship embody academic unreliability and dishonesty, infringing upon ethical and legal norms in science. All disclosed cases of such conduct will be - immediately – reported to competent state authorities and private bodies, with such data being entered on files, and protocols etc.
The authors should – otherwise the publication of the presented scholarly study will be rejected – present and disclose, according to the template of a document proposed by the Scientific Council of Sapientia Iuris (…) while maintaining confidentiality by the Council till the moment of publication, all possible ‘conflicts of interest’ which might be assumed to refer to the results of the presented research.
Academic papers and other scholarly materials which have been published in Polish, or have previously been included in an article submitted and approved for publication in other journal (also an electronic journal), shall not be accepted for publication. The said principle shall not apply to summaries of academic papers included in post-conference materials. Should materials have already been published elsewhere, and such fact is disclosed after the publication of materials in Sapientia iuris (…), the Editorial Team shall place relevant information on-line.