Publication Ethics

Public in Cybernetics is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics. The journal follows the Core Practices outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to ensure the integrity, credibility, and transparency of the scholarly publishing process.

1. Authorship and Contributorship

 Public in cybernetics requires clear policies on authorship and contributorship, ensuring transparency around who contributed to the work and in what capacity. The journal manages potential authorship disputes promptly and fairly.

2. Complaints and Appeals

Public in Cybernetics has a clearly described process for handling complaints against the journal, its staff, editorial board, or publisher. The journal treats all complaints seriously and endeavors to resolve them in a fair and impartial manner.

3. Allegations of Misconduct

Public in Cybernetics has a well-defined process for handling allegations of misconduct, regardless of how they are brought to the journal's attention. The journal takes all allegations seriously and is committed to investigating and addressing them promptly and appropriately. This includes addressing allegations from whistleblowers.

4. Conflicts of Interest / Competing Interests

Public in Cybernetics provides clear definitions of conflicts of interest and has established processes for handling conflicts of interest for authors, reviewers, editors, journals, and publishers. The journal ensures that any conflicts of interest are disclosed and managed appropriately.

5. Data and Reproducibility

Public in Cybernetics includes policies on data availability and encourages the use of reporting guidelines and the registration of clinical trials and other study designs as per standard practice in their respective disciplines. The journal promotes the transparency and reproducibility of research.

6. Ethical Oversight

Public in Cybernetics maintains ethical oversight by implementing policies on consent to publication, publication on vulnerable populations, ethical conduct of research using animals, ethical conduct of research using human subjects, handling confidential data, and ethical business/marketing practices.

7. Intellectual Property

Public in Cybernetics has clear policies on intellectual property, copyright, and publishing licenses, which are described to authors. The journal ensures that authors are aware of the policies on prepublication and what constitutes plagiarism and redundant/overlapping publication.

8. Post-Publication Discussions and Corrections

Public in Cybernetics allows post-publication discussions through letters to the editor, on-site debates, or externally moderated platforms. The journal has mechanisms in place for correcting, revising, or retracting articles after publication, as necessary.

9. Archiving Policy

Public in Cybernetics maintains an archiving policy to preserve the published articles in reputable digital archives, ensuring long-term accessibility and availability. The journal may collaborate with services like PKP PN Archiving Service and Portico for archiving purposes.

10. Open Access Policy

Public in Cybernetics follows an open access policy, allowing free and unrestricted access to its published articles. The journal applies the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) license to ensure authors' rights and non-commercial sharing and adaptation of the content.

11. Review Process

Public in Cybernetics implements a double-blind peer-review process, where the identities of authors and reviewers are kept anonymous. The journal assigns a minimum of two reviewers, with the option to assign more if needed, to ensure thorough and unbiased evaluations of manuscripts.