About the Journal

About the Journal

Polish Journal of Rehabilitation Research (PJRR) is a scientific, reviewed journal that will be published four times a year. The original version of the quarterly is electronic version. Polish Journal of Rehabilitation Research is dedicated to physicians, physical therapists, specialists of adapted physical activity, occupational therapy and specialists of other areas related to the broadly understood notion of rehabilitation.
Topics of papers published in the journal include eight essential areas:

• medical rehabilitation,
• biomechanics, ergonomics, biomedical engineering,
• aging,
• adapted physical activity and sports activities of the disabled people,
• occupational therapy,
• social science in rehabilitation,
• ICF,
• miscellaneous.

Editorial Board of the quarterly consists of:
• prof. Jolanta Kujawa, M.D., Ph.D. (Editor in Chief)
• prof. Bartosz Molik, M.D., Ph.D. (Scientific Editor)
• dr Natalia Morgulec-Adamowicz, Ph.D. (Editorial Secretary)

Prof. Tomasz Kostka, M.D., Ph.D. is the Chairman of the PJRR Scientific Council that consists of several dozens of Members who are experts from many countries and represent various specialties. For the quality of published articles care also thematic editors and experts invited to the Consulting Team of the journal.

In the PJRR are published the following types of papers: original, review and overview articles, literature reviews and case studies. The Editorial Board accepts articles in Polish and English.

The peer review process in the Polish Journal of Rehabilitation Research

1.Every manuscript is evaluated by at least two reviewers not drawn from the institutions indicated in the work as being connected with its preparation or research.

2.If reviewers appear to differ in their opinion, the Editor-in-Chief will send the manuscript to be reviewed by a third reviewer, whose opinion will be treated as the final decision.

3.The review process  is confidential – the author/s and the reviewers are anonymous to each other (“double-blind review process”).

4.In other cases, the reviewer must sign a declaration of non-existence of a conflict of interest. Conflict of interest is deemed to occur between the reviewer and the author, in the event of the following being present:

§  direct personal relationships (kinship, legal, conflict),

§  professional reporting relationships,

§  direct scientific cooperation in the past two years prior to the preparation of review.

5.The review is presented in written form (Manuscript Evaluation Form PJRR) and includes any suggestions for possible corrections or changes to the work, as well as a definite conclusion on whether the article should be published  (see Manuscript Evaluation Form PJRR)

6.Names of manuscript/issue reviewers are confidential.

7.Once a year, the list of reviewers cooperating with the quarterly is published in PJRR (electronic version and on web site).

Publication ethics in the Polish Journal of Rehabilitation Research

The Editorial Board, Scientific Council and Publisher of the Polish Journal of Rehabilitation Research, in accordance with recommendation of MNiSW, prioritize the high scientific quality of submitted manuscripts.

The reliability of Science is one of its qualitative foundations. Readers should be guaranteed that authors of publications present the results of their work in a clear, reliable and honest manner regardless of the fact of whether they are the direct authors of the publication, or they have taken advantage of specialized help from a natural or legal entity.

Transparency and disclosure of information on any party contributing to preparation of a publication, be it inter alia content-related, material or financial input, is proof of the ethical attitude of the research worker, high editorial standards and is an indication of both good practice and social responsibility.

Practices of “guest authorship” and “ghostwriting” in research are in opposition to PJRR editorial standards

“Ghostwriting” can be defined as the intentional failing to identify an individual in a publication who has substantively contributed to the writing of the publication or contributed to the underlying research.

“Guest authorship” (“honorary authorship”) is the practice of including an individual in a research publication who has not made a substantive contribution to the textual content of the publication or the underlying research.

In order to avoid “ghostwriting” and “guest authorship”, authors are required to disclose a detailed contribution of individual authors to the preparation of a manuscript, with a list of their affiliations (see Instructions for Authors). The responsibility to disclose all information rests on the author submitting the manuscript and statement. Moreover it is recommended to include in the manuscript information on any sources of financing or financial contributions received from research institutions, scientific associations or otherwise (“financial disclosure”).

Any case of redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fabricated data, ghostwriting, guest authorship etc. is an indication of scientific dishonesty. All such cases will be exposed and appropriate institutions will be informed: institutions employing the author, scientific societies, scientific editors associations etc.

Reviewers, associate editors, editors, and senior editors are obliged to reveal in a letter to the Editor-in-Chief of PJRR any relationships that they have that could be construed as causing a conflict of interest with regard to a manuscript under review. The letter should include a statement of any financial relationships with commercial companies involved with a product under study. After the successful completion of the review process, the form of publication of existing compounds which may give rise to a suspicion of conflict of interest in each case will be agreed with the author.

The publisher informs that any cases of redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fabricated data, ghostwriting, guest authorship etc. are an indication of scientific dishonesty and all such cases will be exposed and appropriate institutions will be informed: institutions employing the author, scientific societies, scientific editors associations etc. All incidents of scientific dishonesty, especially any violation of ethical principles concerned with the research process, will be documented by the Publisher.