Editorial and Publishing policy


Open Access

Journal Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny – Annals of the National Institute of Hygiene is an Open Access journal. Published peer-review articles are freely available immediately after publication without technical restrictions and embargo period.

License Policy

Articles published in the journal may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY-NC) (, which permits non-commercial unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The Publisher marks the articles being published under the CC BY-NC License in the Journal and links to the terms of the CC BY-NC license.

Publication Ethics

Ethical standards and procedures
The journal Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny – Annals of the National Institute of Hygiene to prevent dishonest publishing practices applies the principles of publication ethics in accordance with the Guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (

Authorship and transparency
Only persons who meet the authorship criteria may be listed in the manuscript as authors and be responsible for the content of the manuscript. Persons who have made insignificant contributions to the work described in the manuscript may be listed in the Acknowledgments section. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all co-authors approve the manuscript.

The Journal requires to reveal the contribution of individual authors to the manuscript, i.e. who is the author of the concept, study design, data collection, study performance, statistical analysis, interpretation of the results, manuscript development etc.

Transparency of information on any persons contributing to preparation of the publication and their contributions proves to the ethical attitude of the researcher and of high editorial standards of the journal.

Ghostwriting, guest authorship or honorary authorship are indications of scientific dishonesty and all such cases will be disclosed. Ghostwriting is a situation where a person contributes significantly to a publication and is not disclosed as one of the authors or named in the acknowledgments and guest authorship or honorary authorship when an author’s contribution is insignificant or non-existent and he is listed as author or co-author of a publication.

Submission standards
Articles submitted for publication in the journal must be an original work, not published and not currently the subject of editorial proceedings in any other journal.

Ethics of the research
Clinical studies in humans should comply with the generally accepted ethical standards and the Helsinki Declaration. For animal experiments reported in the articles the author(s) must obtain the acceptance by the relevant local Ethics Commission.

The editors, editorial team, and reviewers must maintain confidentiality regarding the content of the submitted manuscript until it is published.

Disclosure of conflict of interest
Authors and reviewers are obliged to disclose to the Publisher conflicts of interest if there are any connections or relationships that could adversely affect their activities in the publishing process.

Originality and plagiarism
Only original articles are accepted for publication. Plagiarism is unacceptable. Any infringement of the ethical editorial principles is the ground for the rejection of the submitted manuscript for publication.

Review policy
Reviewing manuscripts submitted for publication in the Journal is a very important step in the publishing process. Reviewers play an important role in the review process and should be aware of their responsibilities and ethical obligations.

The journal uses a double-blind review model for the reviewing of manuscripts. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous and do not know each other's identities. Such a review, due to its anonymity, ensures greater impartiality in the assessment of the manuscript.

Reviewers should remain neutral and provide constructive remarks and comments on the manuscript under review. They should keep the content of the manuscript confidential until the article is published.

The journal requires reviewers to disclose any relationship that may constitute a conflict of interest in relation to the reviewed manuscript, and to inform if they suspect the possibility of a potential conflict of interest.
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