- Peer Review Process
AGH University Press makes every effort to ensure that the books it publishes are of a high scientific, academic and editorial standard. One of the most important manifestations of care for the scientific integrity of books and journals published by us is the procedure of their reviewing, the rules of which are presented below.
In accordance with the Regulation No. 5/2013 of the Rector of AGH, the scope of activity of AGH University Press includes publishing scripts and academic textbooks, scientific periodicals, aperiodicals, dissertations and monographs, as well as, at the Rector's request, other publishing items important for the university. All the scientific publications published by AGH University Press are submitted to scientific review whose purpose is to evaluate the material, point out the shortcomings, formulate remarks for the author and clear suggestion for the Publishers if the work should be published.
Two reviewers are chosen by the dean of the author's faculty from among specialists in a given scientific discipline who are independent scientific workers. There is a requirement that at least one reviewer must be from outside the author's affiliating unit. The reviewer must not have a conflict of interest with the author, particularly with regard to: direct personal relations with the author (kinship, legal ties, conflict), relations of professional subordination with the author, direct scientific cooperation with the author - such state shall be certified in writing. In the case of articles in scientific journals, two reviewers are selected by the editorial committee of the journal according to the double blind review principle. The collective list of reviewers in a given yearbook is usually published in the last issue of the yearbook.
The review must be in writing and end with an unequivocal conclusion as to whether the paper should be accepted for publication or rejected. The review should focus on the substantive level, originality of the theses, legitimacy of the research, methodology, correctness of the formulated conclusions and the manner of their presentation. The review should be fair, objective, reliable, constructive, consistent with the knowledge possessed and completed on time. The reviewer is obliged to disclose any plagiarism or suspected plagiarism or self-plagiarism, as well as failures to cite data (data manipulation). The reviewer is obliged not to use knowledge about the reviewed work before its publication.
The author receives the review for review, responds to it and prepares a revised version of the work. He or she then delivers the revised version of the work to Publishers along with a statement that he or she has read and taken into account the reviewers' comments.
In case of doubt or at the reviewer's request, the Publishing House may refer the revised version of the work for a second review.
AGH University Press has the right not to accept and refuse to publish a work that has received a negative review.
- How to prepare materials for editorial
The text submitted for the paper should generally be its finished version, and the Author should make every effort to provide materials of the best possible quality. In particular, the editors ask that the bibliography be prepared in a reliable manner and that reliable sources be used. Descriptions of individual items should be shaped according to the same principles, always in the original language, in the case of Cyrillic script possibly in transcription.
Preparation of figures:
The graphs and diagrams prepared by the authors should have a consistent graphic and typographical layout and should follow the same spelling rules as those used in the text. We recommend not deleting the source files from graphics programs so that corrections to the drawings can be easily made.
The size of figures in the author's copy should in principle correspond to the size in which they are to be printed in the book (standard book format
in AGH University Press is B5 with a printing field of 13 × 19 cm). The editors request that descriptions on diagrams and graphs be of appropriate size to ensure legibility.
Scanned illustrative material should be saved in formats: TIF, JPG or EPS. Scanned color photographs should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi, black and white photographs - 600 dpi, and black and white drawings (line drawings) - 1200 dpi.
- Use of copyrighted materials
Text fragments, illustrations, figures, tables, etc. originating from other works are protected by copyright under the Act of 4 February 1994 on Copyright and Related Rights (consolidated text: Journal of Laws of 2006, No. 90, item 631, as amended). Therefore, it is required to clearly indicate the source not only in the literature list, but also in the caption of the figure, photograph, table, and to have the permission of the copyright owner of the reprinted fragment for its use. These requirements apply to both Polish and foreign works. Obtaining permission is the responsibility of the author. Lack of such permission and failure to provide the source is a violation of copyright and entails all legal consequences. The inclusion in the book of material protected by copyright taken from other publications is possible on condition that the Author has previously supplied the Publisher with the written consent of the copyright owner for the use of the above material in the Author's work.