For Authors

Requirements for publication of materials in “Scientific Annals of Polish Society of Animal Production”

Scientific Annals of Polish Society of Animal Production publishes original scientific papers in the field of animal rearing and breeding. The articles should be sent as Microsoft Word documents to the Editor-in-chief by e-mail (zbigniew@up.poznan.pl). Illustrations, which must be black-and-white, should be in a form enabling them to be directly reproduced. Titles of tables and all terms contained in them should be given in both Polish and English. Together the article should not exceed 12 standard pages (l page = 1,800 characters, i.e. 30 lines x 60 characters). In addition to the authors’ full names, their place of employment (name of university, department, and unit) should be given with the address and the e-mail address of the corresponding author.

The work should be divided into the following sections: ‘Abstract’ (up to 260 words), ‘Keywords’, ‘Introduction’, ‘Material and methods’, ‘Results and Discussion’ (including conclusions), and ‘References’, (in alphabetical order by authors’ surname). Cited references are referred to in the text by giving the number under which they appear in the reference list in square brackets. The text should only refer to references given in the reference list and vice versa—the list of References should only contain works that are referenced in the text. The list of References should give the surnames of all authors (in all capital letters) and the first initials of their given names, the year of publication, full titles of the works, full names of the journals and other publications, and page numbers (from-to). A summary in English should be included (a translation of the abstract).

Immediately after receiving the manuscript, the Editor decides either to send it for review or to send it back to the author(s), and thus not to publish it. In the first case, the next course of action depends on the content of the reviews, which are provided by two independent reviewers (authors and reviewers do not know one another’s identity; the list of reviewers is published in the last issue of each volume of the Annals). The final decision to include the work in Scientific Annals of Polish Society of Animal Production is made by the Editorial Committee. The editorial staff implements a ghostwriting and guest authorship prevention procedure.

The editorial staff reserves the right to cut and revise the text or to suggest substantive changes and additions agreed upon with the author. The authors should attach a declaration stating that the article has not been sent to any other journal or been published elsewhere.

Publication of materials in 2017 is cost-free (until further notice).

The journal is indexed by AGRO and Index Copernicus.

Ghostwriting prevention

Integrity in science is one of the foundations of its quality. Readers must be certain that the authors of an article have presented the results of their work in a transparent, accurate and honest manner, whether they have authored it directly or with the assistance of a specialist (natural or legal person).

As proof of the ethical attitude of the scientist and of the highest editorial standards, transparent information should be provided regarding the contributors to the article (substantive, in-kind, financial, etc.), which is a manifestation not only of good practice, but of social responsibility as well.

Examples of practices in opposition to this are ‘ghostwriting’ and ‘guest authorship’. Ghostwriting refers to a situation in which someone who has made a significant contribution to an article is not named as one of the authors or mentioned in the acknowledgements. Guest authorship (or ‘honorary authorship’) takes place when the author has made a negligible contribution or none at all, but is named as an author or co-author of the article.  

To counteract cases of ghostwriting and guest authorship, Scientific Annals of Polish Society of Animal Production have introduced the following procedures:

  1. The editorial staff provides notification that ghostwriting and guest authorship are considered a manifestation of scientific misconduct, and all detected cases will be exposed and documented, including notification of appropriate institutions.  
  2. The editorial staff requires the authors to disclose each author’s contribution to the article (author’s declaration).

 

 Author’s declaration

 Paper assessment