Guidelines for Authors

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Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors through online Editorial System by clicking on "Submit your paper" button. Regardless of the source of the word-processing tool, only standard template Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf) files can be submitted. Only online submissions are accepted to facilitate rapid publication and minimize administrative costs. Submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be accepted. The submitting author takes responsibility for the paper during submission and peer review. If for some technical reason submission through the System is not feasible, the author can contact Editorial Office for support.

All texts should be submitted in English.

Terms of Submission
Submitted Papers must not be published anywhere and are not currently under consideration by another journal or by any other publisher.
The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the other coauthors. It is also the authors' responsibility to ensure that the articles emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the necessary institution. Editorial Board restricts rights for paper editing for readability.

Only one publication of the same Author or team of Authors may be included in one issue of the journal.
In case of submitting several publications at once – all will be rejected.
The next publication of the Author(s) should be submitted no sooner than the previous one was published, with the condition that two cannot be placed in two subsequent issues. We also do not include the publication as subsequent parts.

iThenticate service
After the submission of the paper, Editorial Board checks the iThenticate similarity test for a plagiarism scrutiny. The overall similarity (Similarity Index) must not exceeds the limit 20%. Otherwise, the paper will be directly rejected by the Editorial Board and no further chance will be given to the author(s) to re-submit it.

The Content of the Article
The paper should be prepared according to the following order:
- Title
- Full author name (Name and Surname, not initials)
- Affiliation (full institutional mailing address – eg. Department, University, Street, Postal Code, City, Country and Email)
- Abstract
- Keywords
- The main text
- Acknowledgements
- Funding
- References

The volume of the article (including tables and illustrations) must not exceed 60,000 characters including spaces. Placing longer publication requires prior approval by the Editors. Title should be informative, but concise. The text body should not be formatted, for example, splitting in columns, adding headers is forbidden.

The manuscript should contain an abstract. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free.
Abstract posted on the website as a separate work and should contain all the essential information about paper: objectives, methods, results and conclusions. It should be in the range of 200-250 words.

The words should describe the content of the manuscript. Between 3-5 words should be provided.

The main text
The main text should be divided into chapters/subchapters starting with an introduction. The introduction contains scientific dilemma related to the topic of the article. It may also include the research methodology. The text should end with conclusions. Future research directions may also be mentioned in this section.

All acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the very end of the paper before the references and may include supporting grants, presentations, and so forth.

All sources of funding of the study should be disclosed. Clearly indicate grants that you have received in support of your research work. Funding information can be entered separately into the submission system by the authors during submission of their manuscript.

Authors are responsible for ensuring that the information in each reference is complete and accurate. References list should contain the newest positions (last 10 years). All references must be in alphabetical order and numbered consecutively in Cite Them Right 10th edition - Harvard. Multiple citations should be avoided – a maximum of 2-3 citations by the same author are acceptable. All references should be cited within the text. References list should be in English. Other languages of titles of papers should be marked eg (in Polish), (in Spanish), etc. At least 50% of literature should be indexed in international databases such as Scopus, Web of Science, DOAJ, other. Authors should highlight these entries in a different colour. Please ensure that every reference cited in the paper is also present in the reference list.

Preparation of Figures
Preparation of Figures Each figure should be supplied in a separate electronic file in bitmap formats (TIFF, GIF, JPEG, etc.). Bitmap images should be of 300 dpi resolution. It is prefered colored images instead of black and white. All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the manuscript (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. Figure 1a, Figure 1b). Figure captions must be saved as part of the complete text of the manuscript. All explanations should be given in the figure caption.

Preparation of Tables
Tables should be cited consecutively in the text. Every table must have a descriptive title and if numerical measurements are given, the units should be included in the column heading.
Table captions must be included in the text of the manuscript.

Open Access authors retain the copyrights of their papers, and all open access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.

Disclosure Policy
A competing interest exists when professional judgment concerning the validity of research is influenced by a secondary interest, such as financial gain. We require that our authors reveal all possible conflicts of interest in their submitted manuscripts.
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