Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Pomeranian Journal of Life Sciences publishes papers from the fields of medical, natural, and social sciences, the humanities and other disciplines.

The journal presents the results of studies in the form of original research articles, review papers, case reports, rapid communications, and scientific reviews published in Polish and English.

Editors don't charge fees from authors of articles and readers of the magazine in electronic version.



Section Policies


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Book reviews

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Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted for publication in the Pomeranian Journal of Life Sciences are peer-reviewed according to the following procedure:

  1. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two independent reviewers from research centres other than those where the author(s) of the paper is (are) affiliated.
  2. For manuscripts in languages other than Polish at least one reviewer is affiliated to a foreign institution in a country other than the country of the author.
  3. Authors of manuscripts and reviewers are anonymous to each other; reviewers have to make a statement about the lack of conflict of interest. A conflict of interest exists whenever an author and reviewer have a personal or professional relationship, or have directly cooperated in doing research within the last two years before the preparation of the review.
  4. The review is prepared in a written format and contains the explicit conclusions of the reviewer about accepting the manuscript for publication or its rejection.
  5. Criteria for acceptance or rejection of the manuscript and a peer-review form are made public on the journal website.
  6. Names of reviewers evaluating individual papers and journal issues are not disclosed; once a year the journal's editorial office publishes a list of cooperating reviewers without indicating the reviewed papers.
  7. Reviewers are sent an invitation for the evaluation of a manuscript. Reviews are prepared in an electronic format.


Open Access Policy

The editorial committee of the Pomeranian Journal of Life Sciences aims at disseminating the results of scientific research in line with the policy of Open Science.

Open access means that all materials presented in the Pomeranian Journal of Life Sciences are freely available without charge to users interested in topics presented therein. Users are allowed to copy, print and distribute texts published in the Pomeranian Journal of Life Sciences for non-commercial purposes, with the appropriate citation of the author(s) full name(s) and publishers. The OA policy is also implemented by signing agreements with authors to allow for publishing papers in a way compliant with the open science policy and the departure from commercial access to the journal. Authors beginning their cooperation with the publisher are expected to sign a relevant licence agreement.

Authors retain their copyrights and related rights, and grant only a royalty-free licence to share work under Creative Commons Attribution – NonCommercial – NoDerivs 3.0 PL (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 PL). Authors do not receive remuneration for published papers but also do not pay publication fees or fees related to the process of manuscript acceptance (e.g. copyediting of the manuscript for review, peer-review process and archiving).


Ethical standards of publishing

The editorial committee of the Pomeranian Journal of Life Sciences published by the Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin follows ethical standards of publishing, and the criteria are specified below.

  1. Submitted manuscripts are evaluated and then accepted or rejected by the Editorial Committee according to the criteria specified in the peer-review form presented on the journal website. The peer-review process is fair and objective, not biased by external factors (opinion of the editorial committee, affiliations, etc.) and based on the analysis of the authenticity of research and its usefulness for journal readers.
  2. The editorial committee verifies manuscripts for plagiarism, ghostwriting, as well as any forms of unethical behaviour or malpractice by authors – in compliance with the Act of 4 February 1994 on copyright and related rights (Dz.U. 1994 no. 24 item 83 as amended), Act of 26 January 1984 on Press law (Dz.U. 1984 no. 5 item 24 as amended), as well as with all standards allowing the detection of unethical and illegal activities.
  3. Editorial staff make every effort to ensure that materials submitted to the editorial office are prepared with due diligence and care for publishing standards.
  4. Authors should ensure that materials submitted for publishing have a format and contents suitable for further editing and presentation for reviewers.
  5. The editorial office ensures the confidentiality of all received data under the Act of 29 August 1997 on personal data protection (Dz.U. 1997 no. 133 item 883 as amended).
  6. In case of violation of ethical standards of publishing, by mistake, error or a deliberate action, undetected at the stage of material copyediting, the editorial committee shall publish corrections, clarifications, retractions or apologies.
  7. Authors who disagree with the opinion of the editorial committee can apply for an explanation of a decision taken by the Committee.
  8. The publisher, whenever possible, and after a relevant request is made, shall provide access to materials submitted by the authors.
  9. The publisher is obliged to publish texts in compliance with the intention of their authors. Translations into English are done so that the translated version is as close as possible to the original text.
  10. The journal is financed by the Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin.