The Review covers various fields of international law, both public and private, and the European Union law. We are aware of the interdependency of various levels of legal regulations in today's world, which points out the flexibility of borders of internationality of contemporary law.
All texts are subject to a blind review by scholars not affiliated at the same institution as the Author. Reviewers are moreover required to declare possible conflict of interests.
The Reviewers are provided with an Evaluation Form and are requested to form a clear opinion whether a manuscript is: (a) accepted; (b) conditionally accepted; or (c) not accepted. If the submission is "conditionally accepted" by the first Reviewer, another Reviewer is asked write a separate review.
The Reviewers are required to form their opinion on the basis of the following criteria: originality of the subject; the relevance of the subject; the relationship between the subject and the text; readability; extent of the research; value and nature of the conclusions; the nature of the text (descriptive or analytical)). In case the manuscript is “conditionally accepted”, the Reviewer shall recommend which parts of the text should be modified and how. The Authors are required to apply the Reviewer’s remarks. In case they do not agree with the latter, they may transmit their substantiated comments in that regard to the Board of Editors.
All decisions as to the acceptance of the text shall be rendered within 3 months after the submission. All Authors of the submitted materials will be informed of the decision.
PRIEL is published semiannually. Volumes 1 to 3 were published as a quarterly.
Polish Review of International and European Law (PRIEL) is an open access academic journal. The Editorial Team of PRIEL ensures high academic quality of all texts published and undertakes all possible actions against any neglect of publication standards at PRIEL. The peer review process and all publications at PRIEL are free of charge.
All persons involved in the process of publishing studies, articles, case comments and book reviews, namely the author, members of the Editorial Team and external reviewers, are strictly obligated to adhere to the ethical standards described below. The ethical rules presented in this section were developed on the basis of the Core Practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, https://publicationethics.org/core-practices).
I. AUTHORS’ RESPONSIBILITIES
Authorship and contributorship
Authorship should be strictly restricted only to those persons who participated considerably in the creation of the submitted text. The submitting author is obliged to indicate in the submitted manuscript all co-authors and/ or contributors, who contributed to the submitted text, and to obtain their consent to publication.
“Ghostwriting” and “guest authorship” are strictly prohibited at PRIEL. ”Ghostwriting” is understood as a failure to include the name of a person who has made a considerable contribution to the submitted text and “Guest authorship” is understood as a situation where the name of an alleged author or co-author is included in the submitted text even though his or her contribution is either insignificant or non-existent. The Editorial Team will disclose any such instances and, if necessary, send an informative note to the relevant institution(s) and/ or academic authorities.
Plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources
At PRIEL the integrity of content and publishing process is of paramount importance. Plagiarism shall always be treated as unethical and unacceptable conduct.
The submitting author shall confirm that his or her text submitted for publication is original, i.e. he or she shall confirm that the text submitted for publication is: 1/ free of any copyright restrictions and limitations; 2/ has not been published elsewhere; and 3/ is not subject to the peer review/ evaluation process in any other academic journal or at a publishing house. It is also considered unethical to submit to PRIEL any text that is a translation of an article/ study which has been already published in some other language.
All cited sources should be quoted in the proper manner in accordance with the PRIEL’s guidelines (https://czasopisma.uksw.edu.pl/index.php/priel/about/submissions). Information and data obtained by authors privately, as, e.g. in private conversation, e-mail correspondence, or discussion with third parties, shall be not used or reported without explicit consent from the source.
Review of sources by the Editorial Team
If requested by the Editorial Team, authors shall provide the Editorial Team with unprocessed data/ academic sources used in the course of their work on the submitted manuscript.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
The submitting author should disclose all information on the sources of financing for the publication, as well as the contributions of scholarly and research institutions or other entities, and should report all potential conflicts of interest with the Editorial Team and/ or reviewers indicated in PRIEL’s front matter.
Fundamental errors in published texts
The submitting author should as soon as possible notify the Editorial Team if he or she notices significant errors in his or her publication.
II. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EDITORIAL TEAM
The Editor-in-Chief shall be responsible for all materials published in PRIEL. The decision to accept or reject a given academic text shall be based first of all on its reviews, importance of the text as well as its originality and clarity.
All articles shall be always assessed without regard to the nationality of the submitting author, his or her origin, ethnicity, race, sex, or political views. The Editorial Team shall not appoint as reviewers academics who are direct supervisors of the submitting authors, work with the submitting authors within the same research team or at the same university, or stay in any other close personal relationship with the submitting authors.
The Editorial Teams does not reveal to reviewers any personal data regarding the authors and vice versa. Information obtained by members of the Editorial Teams in the process of peer-reviewing, as well as information from articles not accepted for publication, or their fragments, shall not be used in their own research.
Guidelines for support staff and peer reviewers
The Editorial Teams provides technical guidelines and training for linguistic editors, support staff and peer reviewers and develops policies on different aspects of the editorial process and peer review. It develops a peer review template as well as other standardized documents that shall be used in the entire editorial and peer review process. The template and other standardized documents shall assist to organize and standardize the editorial process and peer review.
III. RESPONSIBILITIES OF PEER-REVIEWERS
Contribution to the publication decision
A peer reviewer shall assist the Editor-in-Chief in making his or her publication decision. The peer reviewer should agree to review only those manuscripts for which he or she has the relevant academic expertise and sufficient time to allow him or her to present a peer-review within a reasonable time.
Conflicts of interest
Peer reviewers are obliged to notify the Editor-in-Chief of all possible conflicts of interest. If they recognize the authorship of a given text, they are obliged to disclose, in particular, any direct reporting relationship, business relationship, or any other close personal/ academic relationship, with the submitting author.
Confidentiality and impartiality
The peer reviewer shall be obliged to respect the confidentiality of the entire peer review process. All peer reviews shall constitute an objective and constructive assessment of the reviewed text. Peer reviewers should identify any published works that were not cited by the author as well as report to the Editor-in-Chief any detected similarity to published works of other authors.
Peer review template
Peer reviewers shall use a peer review template provided to them by the Editorial Team.
IV. WHISTLEBLOWING AND HANDLING OF UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR
Anyone who believes that a study, an article, a case comment, or a book review published by PRIEL was not prepared in line with the above ethical standards can raise his or her concerns with the Editorial Team (see https://czasopisma.uksw.edu.pl/index.php/priel/about/contact). In cases of misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the Editorial Team, shall take any and all appropriate measures to clarify the situation. The measures may include the publication of an erratum, publication of a clarification statement at the PRIEL’s website, and, if necessary, the retraction of the submitted/ published work.
Michał Balcerzak (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń), Małgosia Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary University of London), Bożena Gronowska (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń), Aleksander Gubrynowicz (University of Warsaw), Tadeusz Jasudowicz (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń - prof. em.), Ireneusz C. Kamiński (Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw), Bartłomiej Krzan (University of Wrocław), Roman Kwiecień (Jagiellonian University in Cracow), Wojciech Morawski (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń), Maciej Perkowski (University of Białystok), Ewa Wojtaszek-Mik (University of Warsaw), Andrzej Wróbel (Koźmiński Academy in Warsaw), Maciej Szpunar (University of Silesia in Katowice), Mieczysława Zdanowicz (University of Białystok)
Inaugural Issue was published in 2012, as well as vol. 1 (Issues 1-2 and 3-4).
Inaugural Issue and volumes 1 and 2 were published by TNOiK "Dom Organizatora" (Toruń). Since volume 3 PRIEL is published by University Press of the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński.