Journal ethical standards (COPE)

The editorial staff of the scientific journal "National Security Studies" undertakes to comply with the standards of ethical conduct at all stages of the publication process recommended by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). Detailed information on the criteria is presented in the diagrams COPE.


The editorial staff of the journal "National Security Studies" accepts articles that have not been published yet and that meet the following criteria:
  • adjustment to the requirements formulated in editorial requirements and substantive guidelines;
  • use of research results that have not been previously described in any other article and have not been published in other journals;
  • reliable preparation of the reference list and application of the citation rules adopted by the journal;
  • the reference list should include only those items that were cited in the text; The editors do not accept any form of plagiarism (including autoplagiarism, copying all or parts of other works without specifying the source, signing only one's name on a work written jointly with another person/s, appropriation of authorship, publishing someone else's work with changes, e.g. editorial, stylistic );
  • signing by the authors of the following declarations:


    Authors submitting their papers for publication in the journal "National Security Studies" are obliged to:
  • perform the work to the best of their knowledge and with due diligence;
  • participate in the review process, i.e. they are obliged to make any suggested changes and corrections and correct all errors indicated (by the reviewer, but also by editorial office of the magazine); if the authors do not agree with the selected comments or suggestions of the reviewer or editor, they should justify their objection in writing;
  • declare their contribution to the article and the course of research, if the work is of a research nature, by completing the declaration of contribution of individual authors in the creation of the publication;
  • obligations that all data used in the article are real and authentic;
  • showing in a separate part of the work thanks to the institutions or people who contributed to the creation of the work, but cannot be indicated as co-authors, as well as clear information that the work was created thanks to funding, e.g. in the form of grants, subsidies, projects, etc.


    Reviewers cooperating with the journal "National Security Studies" are obliged to:
  • make a review within the set deadline, using the review form adopted by the editorial office; the review should end with a clear conclusion as to whether the article should be accepted for publication or withdrawn;
  • formulation of an objective, constructive, reliable and fair review;
  • respecting all confidentiality rules;
  • declare all possible forms of a conflict of interest (a conflict of interest between the reviewer and the author is considered to be direct personal relationships, kinship, legal relationships, conflict and professional subordination, direct scientific cooperation in the last two years preceding the preparation of the review);
  • perform reviews of only those articles that are consistent with their research interests and the field of science they deal with;
  • suggest authors to broaden their knowledge with previously published works on a given topic, if there is such a necessity (in the case when the lack of reference in the text to a given work/s results in the fact that it may be considered unreliable, outdated, etc.);
  • rejection of any personal prejudices and bias when performing reviews, avoid emotional statements in a review;
  • disclose any detected cases of plagiarism or other ethical irregularities.


    The editorial staff of "National Security Studies" is obliged to:
  • ensuring that there is no conflict of interest in the review process as well as in the process of rejecting or accepting articles;
  • having full responsibility and authority in the rejection or acceptance of articles, justified and reasonable selection of articles;
  • eliminating and documenting all signs of breaking and violating the rules of ethics in science, including revealed cases of scientific misconduct - "ghostwriting" (omission in the authorship or in the acknowledgments of the person or institution that contributed or contributed to the creation of the work) and "guest authorship/honorary authorship" (showing as a co-author a person whose contribution to the work is negligible or non-existent); therefore, the editors declare that all detected cases of "ghostwriting" and "guest authorship" will be unmasked, including notifying the relevant entities, including institutions employing the authors;
  • informing the authors of any noticed errors with a request for their correction or removal;
  • ensuring the correct course of the review procedure (anonymity of the review, mediation between the reviewer and the authors);
  • accepting the refusal to perform the review in cases justified by the reviewer (e.g. when the reviewer declares that the work does not coincide with his research interests and the field of science he deals with);
  • correction of editorial, stylistic, grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors, as well as the use of abbreviations without informing the authors; in the case of disclosing substantive errors, the editors should consult their correction with the authors;
  • providing the authors with a .PDF file with the article at the stage of graphic typesetting for author's correction and final approval of the content of the article;
  • refer authors to correct works prepared contrary to the rules of publishing;
  • considering any cases of authors' complaints.


    The editors of the "National Security Studies" magazine declare that:
  • monitoring the application by all persons involved in the publishing process of all ethical principles formulated in this declaration;
  • takes care to maintain the integrity of scientific achievements, i.e. in the event of detecting that a published article contains inaccuracies, the data introducing error or falsified data, information about this fact should be published in a prominent place, the article should be withdrawn, including from reference databases, to prevent its citation;
  • is ready to publish any corrections, clarifications, references and corrections if necessary;
  • applies the following rules for rejecting articles:
  • rejection of an article after the initial decision of the Editor-in-Chief or the Thematic Editor regarding failure to meet the scientific requirements, incompatibility of the subject matter with the profile of the journal, gross language errors, poor bibliography, detection of any signs of unreliability described in this declaration;
  • rejection of the article after a negative review;
  • rejection of the article if the authors do not submit an author's declaration regarding the transfer of copyrights, a declaration of no conflict of interest and (if the article was written by two or more authors) a declaration of the contribution of individual authors to the publication.
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