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Regulations for the scientific journal

The Academic Review of Business and Economics (ARBE)


General provisions

§ 1

  1. The Academic Review of Business and Economics, hereinafter referred to as ‘ARBE’,
    is a peer reviewed scientific journal published by the University of Economics in Katowice.
  2. ARBE is mainly targeted at students and young researchers.
  3. Original, previously unpublished articles of a scientific nature are issued in ARBE. Research articles, review articles, and case studies are mainly accepted.
  4. ARBE’s objective is to make research results widely available in such fields as economics and finance, management and quality. Interdisciplinary articles can also be published..
  5. The original and only version of ARBE is the electronic (online) version. An article is published on the journal platform of the University of Economics in Katowice. All
    the articles are published within open access policy under CC BY 4.0. licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.pl
  6. ARBE is a half-yearly journal. Submission of articles is continuous. In each issue about 10 scientific articles are published.
  7. The languages of the publication are Polish and English.
  8. No fees will be charged for the publication of an article in ARBE.

RULES FOR THE ORGANIZATION OF THE JOURNAL

§ 2

  1. The Editorial Board and the Scientific Council constitute ARBE.
  2. The Editorial Board is a collective body and  consists of:
    1. Editor-in-Chief,
    2. Deputy Editor,
    3. Editorial Secretary,
    4. Statistical Editor,
    5. Members of the Editorial Board.
  3. The Scientific Council includes academics from national and foreign universities.
    The main duties of the Scientific Council are as follows:
    1. to supervise the implementation of ARBE’s programme activities,
    2. to support these activities by collaborating with the EditorialBoard,
    3. to ensure high quality of the magazine’s content,
    4. to promote publications in ARBE.
  4. The main tasks of the Editorial Board are to ensure high quality of the magazine’s content and prepare articles and other materials for publication.
  5. The Editor-in-Chief is appointed by the Rector of the University. At the request of the Editor-in-Chief, the Rector approves of the members of other ARBE bodies. The names of the Editorial Board Members will be available on the journal’s website and included in each ARBE issue.
  6. The Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for:
    1. supervising the activities of the Editorial Board, and calling meetings of
      the Editorial Board,
    2. assisting the Editorial Board in appointing reviewers,
    3. approving the list of reviewers,
    4. making final decisions on approving the article for publication within
      the provisions of these Regulations,
    5. establishing the table of contents for each ARBE issue,
    6. approving the publication of individual ARBE issues,
    7. taking appropriate investigative action when scientific integrity on the part of
      the author has been compromised,
    8. representing ARBE and the Editorial Board.
  7. The Deputy Editor will perform the tasks belonging to the Editor-in-Chief to the extent in which they have been entrusted to him/her.
  8. The Editorial Secretary will carry out activities connected with day-to-day work of
    the editorial office and will be responsible for:
    1. keeping up-to-date correspondence concerning ARBE, in particular with
      the authors,
    2. sending materials to designated reviewers, and maintaining ongoing correspondence with the reviewers,
    3. forwarding manuscripts to the Editor-in-Chief and scientific editors,
    4. maintaining current contacts with the Publishing House of the University of Economics in Katowice, including submission of articles qualified for publication,
    5. managing and continuous monitoring the electronic article submission system and reporting any irregularities in its operation to the Editor-in-Chief,
    6. collecting, completing and archiving documentation concerning ARBE,
    7. supervising the journal’s website, ensuring the timeliness and scientific reliability  of the publications,
    8. promoting information about ARBE in the academic community.
  9. The main duties of the Editorial Board are as follows:
    1. to ensure high quality of the ARBE content,
    2. to implement particular stages of the publishing process,
    3. to designate reviewers and submit reviewers’ suggestions to the Editor-in-Chief for approval,
    4. to ensure that the reviewing procedure remains confidential,
    5. to monitor the publishing process,
    6. to ensure that consecutive issues of the journal are published on time,
    7. to maintain contact with the authors and reviewers, the Scientific Council and
      the Publishing House,
    8. to collaborate with other scientific institutions,
    9. to approve minutes of the Board meetings.
  10. Each issue of ARBE is prepared by the appointed scientific editors who may be members of the Editorial Board or other academics appointed at the meeting of
    the Editorial Board.
  11. The main responsibilities of the scientific editors are as follows:
    1. to initially accept articles for publication, which are passed on to the Editor-in-Chief, and then to the meeting of the Editorial Board,
    2. to prepare reviewers’ proposals in collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief, which are then submitted at the meeting of the Editorial Board,
    3. to appoint reviewers,
    4. to contact potential authors and collaborate with the Editorial Secretary in order to acquire new articles,
    5. to ensure high quality of the journal’s content.
  12. The meetings of the Editorial Board will be held at least twice a year and will be called by the Editor-in-Chief. The meetings of the Editorial Board may be attended by the members of the Scientific Council and the appointed scientific editors of particular issues of ARBE. Board meetings will be held either face-to-face or online

PUBLISHING AND INFORMATION POLICY

§ 3

  1. In ARBE, copyright and scientific integrity are respected as well as all ethical principles are observed.
  2. In the event of a justified suspicion of scientific dishonesty, the Editorial Board will take steps in accordance with the procedures laid down and recommended by
    the international organisation, The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and will keep record of the proceedings.
  3. In order to prevent such practices as ghost writing, guest authorship and honorary authorship, the Editorial Board requires that the authors provide full and reliable information (statements) concerning the persons and entities that have contributed to the publication as well as the sources of its financing. The authors are responsible for the reliability of the information provided. All cases of unethical behaviour or scientific dishonesty will be documented and revealed, including notification of
    the competent authorities and institutions employing the authors, scientific societies, etc.
  4. The reviewing procedure adopted by ARBE is in accordance with the recommendations described in the brochure of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, “Good practices in review procedures in science”, Warsaw 2011.
  5. The Editor-in-Chief will appoint reviewers for the assessment of each article. 
  6. The list of reviewers will be available on ARBE website.
  7. In the reviewing procedure exploited by ARBE the double-blind peer review principle is used.
  8. Scholars with recognised reliability and knowledge of a given field, having appropriate competence and experience in reviewing scientific papers will be invited to review articles, including foreign reviewers.
  9. The invitation to review is sent to the reviewer together with a set deadline for
    the review. The reviewer may accept or reject the invitation. However, by accepting it, they are obliged to conduct the review within two weeks from receiving the article.
  10. Agreements are concluded with reviewers. The reviewer is obliged to thoroughly get familiar with the submitted documentation. After signing the agreement the reviewer should not withdraw from reviewing the article unless there are circumstances releasing them from the entrusted task.
  11. All personal data provided to the Editorial Board and the Publisher for the ARBE publishing process will be used exclusively for this purpose and will not be made available for other purposes or on any other site. The administrator of the personal data is the University of Economics in Katowice, with its seat at 1 Maja 50, 40-287 Katowice. The Data Protection Officer of the University of Economics in Katowice can be contacted via e-mail address: iod@ue.katowice.pl. The author has the right to require access to their personal data, their rectification or restriction of processing as well as their deletion as far as it is allowed by law. The data will be processed on
    the basis of the provisions of art. 6 lit. b of the Regulations of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe (EU) 2016/679 and in accordance with the privacy policy of the University of Economics in Katowice.

PUBLISHING PROCEDURE

§ 4

  1. The author submits an article prepared in accordance with the provided template, in MS Word format and in accordance with all editorial requirements, using a system for transferring articles available on the journal’s website.
  2. Upon receipt, the article is initially assessed for compliance with the journal’s profile as well as editorial and content requirements. The preliminary assessment is made by the members of the Editorial Board. An article that does not meet the requirements at the stage of preliminary assessment is submitted for correction or rejected.
  3. In the next stage the article is checked in the anti-plagiarism system.
  4. The decision to accept the article for the review is made by the Editorial Board.
  5. The Editorial Board appoints two independent reviewers.
  6. Then the article is sent to the reviewers who conduct reviews according to the review form. Each of them formulates an unambiguous conclusion concerning the article, choosing one of the options:  accept it for publication as it is, accept it after corrections, accept it after making some essential changes approved by the reviewer, or reject it.
  7. The reviewer forwards the completed review form electronically.
  8. The scientific editor of a given issue of the journal collects scientific reviews, which are then sent to the authors.
  9. Two positive reviews are needed for the article to be accepted for publication.
  10. In the case of two significantly different reviews for the article, it is sent to the third review, which will be conclusive.
  11. The reviews as well as potential comments of the Editor-in-Chief will be sent to
    the author. If the reviews are positive but corrections are required, within 14 days
    the author should make changes and send back the corrected paper. In a separate file, a response to the reviews should be sent, in which the author will address each of the reviewers’ comments (or those made by the Editor-in-Chief), indicating which comments they accept in full and which partially, at the same time justifying their opinion.  Additionally, the required scanned statements signed by the author should be enclosed.
  12. The Editorial Board will get familiar with the response to the reviews and the revised version, and will decide whether to accept the article for publication, send it for further revision or reject it. If there is a tie in the vote taken, then the Editor-in-Chief will have the casting vote.
  13. At the meeting of the Editorial Board the table of contents of the ARBE issue and
    the layout are decided.
  14. The article is submitted to the Publisher of the University of Economics in Katowice for linguistic and typeset editing, and finally electronic publication, which completes
    the publishing process.

FINAL PROVISIONS

§ 5

  1. The Editorial Board reserves the right to make linguistic and stylistic corrections in
    the content of the article.
  2. By submitting an article to the ARBE Editorial Board, thereby the author agrees to
    the transfer of the author’s proprietary copyright to the University of Economics in Katowice upon acceptance of the article for publication. The author waives the fee for the published article.
  3. It is against the regulations to refrain from publishing an article that has already been approved for publication in ARBE.
  4. Appeals against the decisions of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board will be considered by an appropriate vice-chancellor for science.
  5. Submission of an article to ARBE is tantamount to acceptance of these Regulations.
  6. ARBE Scientific Journal Regulations are subject to approval and come into force upon a directive of the Rector of the University of Economics in Katowice.