Baltic Coastal Zone yearbook presenting research in the field of biology, ecology, environmental protection, chemistry, physics, geomorphology in coastal waters as well as tourism and planning coastal landscape.

COASTAL WATERS – Protection and Ecology of the Sea, Brackish Waters, Bays, Lagoons, Estuaries

COASTLAND – Protection and Ecology, Sustainable Development in Planning, Shaping, Landscape, Architecture


Pomeranian University in Slupsk

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The ethics statements for our journal are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics  - COPE (for more information please look: ) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. For all parties involved in the act of publishing (the journal editor(s), the author, the peer reviewer and the publisher) should become familiar with the standards of ethical behavior used in journals published by the Polish Ethnological Society.

Editorial Board

The editor of a peer-reviewed journal is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published, and, moreover, is accountable for everything published in the journal. In making these decisions, the editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board as well as by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers when making publication decisions. The editor should maintain the integrity of the academic standards, preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards, and always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.The editor should assess submitted manuscript for intellectual content regardless of religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy, race, gender, sexual orientation, of the author(s). The editor and any editorial staff will not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than the author(s), reviewers and potential reviewers, and in some instances the editorial board members, as appropriate. Editors should require all authors to disclose important competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern.


Peer review procedure assists the editor in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript. Reviewers should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments. Personal criticism of the author is not acceptable. All manuscripts file received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the editor.


The following authorship problems should be prevented before sending a manuscript files: “ghostwriting” and “guest authorship”. “Ghostwriting” refers to a case when a person who made substantial contributions to a publication is not credited as an author or, in the case of purely technical support insufficient for authorship, the person is not acknowledged in a publication. “Guest authorship” is the opposite situation. This situation occurs when a person appears in the publication as an author despite insignificant contribution or even absence from the scientific process. Authorship credit should be based on: considerable contributions to analysis or conception and interpretation of data; drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and also final approval of the version to be published. In case of a discovered misconduct on the author's part, such as plagiarism, falsifying data or double publication, the journal Editorial Team will contact for explanation and then undertake appropriate steps by following the COPE flowcharts. This may eventually include notification of authorities at the author's institution, withdrawal of the article in question and exclusion of any further submissions by the same author from being processed by the journal. In compliance with with the COPE guidelines, any changes in authorship require written consent of all authors sent individually via direct email to the Editor-in-Chief. Each of them must issue a statement on the acceptance of the proposed changes in the authorship of submitted manuscripts or published articles. The corresponding author takes responsibility for providing clear reason for the change(s) and should coordinate interaction between the authors and the Editor-in-Chief. If no satisfactory agreement can be reached among the authors, they must contact their parent institution(s) for a final decision; the editors take no responsibility to resolve such disagreements. If a change in authorship pertains to an already published paper, it will be executed by publishing a correction article.

Conflict of interest

Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relation- ships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships vary from negligible to great potential for influencing judgment. However, conflicts may occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and political and intellectual passion. If any conflict of interest exists, it is obligatory that each author and reviewer declare it.

Publishers statement

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work.



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