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Academic Publishing Activity

MOCAK the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow can be found in the list of publishers of reviewed academic monographs, issued on 17 December 2019 by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Poland:

Authors of academic monographs published by MOCAK after 2018 receive 80 points for their academic output or an appropriate part of this pool of points for collective publications.

Publishing Procedure

  • The Editorial Committee, which includes MOCAK director and, depending on the nature of the publication, the head of the Art Department or the Art Knowledge Department, makes decisions on which authors to invite and commission to write texts; depending on the requirement, it also makes decisions as to selecting the academic editor of the collective publication. Writers receive the mandatory guidelines for authors.
  • Agreements are signed with the authors of the texts and the academic editor; they cover the requirements of the ethical norms prevailing in publishing, as well as appropriate remuneration and all copyright issues.
  • The Editorial Committee makes a preliminary assessment of the texts submitted, as well as the unsolicited texts that have been submitted.
  • Texts approved by the Editorial Committee (or the Academic Editor, if appointed) are sent for review (in accordance with the current review procedure).
  • Texts accepted by the reviewers are forwarded for linguistic processing. Publication agreements are signed with authors of accepted texts.
  • After editing of language and content, the texts are submitted for authorisation together with the reviewers’ comments.
  • Depending on the requirements, translations of texts are commissioned from renowned translators.
  • The translators authorise the editing of the translations.
  • Authors may take a view in respect of the translations of their texts if their language skills permit them to do so.
  • The publication is subject to graphic design and proofreading.
  • Authors have an opportunity to authorise the composition of their texts.
  • Following approval by the editors, graphic designers and those involved in the publication at MOCAK, the text is published in print or made available to the public in some other form.
  • A promotional strategy is developed and implemented in co-operation with MOCAK Promotion Department.

Review Procedure

1. The texts provided are pre-assessed by an editorial committee composed of the director of MOCAK and, depending on the nature of the publication, the head of the Art Department or the Art Knowledge Department.
2. At least two independent reviewers from outside the unit, specialists in the relevant academic discipline, are appointed to evaluate each publication. The choice of reviewers is made by the Publisher.
3. The reviewers sign agreements, which stipulate a high standard of reliability and carry a declaration of no conflict of interest. The deadline for the review and the fee are agreed with the reviewer and correspond to the volume of material reviewed.
4. The review must be submitted on the appropriate form (below). Reviewers are also asked to make detailed comments in the text submitted to them and to prepare additional comments and suggestions for the author.
5. The names of the reviewers are included on the book’s editorial website.


Principles of Publishing Ethics applicable in MOCAK publications

The following tenets of publishing ethics apply to all parties involved in the publishing procedure (authors, editors, reviewers, the Editorial Committee and MOCAK Publishing Department). These rules are in line with the Code of Conduct and best practice guidelines for editors developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)


I. Code of Conduct for authors of publications and editors of collective works

1. when presenting the results of his or her original research, the author should provide an accurate and reliable description of the work carried out, as well as an objective presentation of its significance and contribution to the development of the relevant academic discipline;
2. false statements, falsification of research results and manipulation of data are considered unethical and will not be accepted;
3. the author confirms that he or she has written a completely original work. If the author has used a fragment of a work derived from other authors, such a fragment must be annotated accordingly;
4. the author should not publish texts that describe the same research in more than one publication (journal, monograph or collective work). The parallel sending of the same text to more than one publisher constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable;
5. an author should avoid practices such as plagiarism, self-plagiarism, ghostwriting (publishing academic texts under someone else’s name), ghost authorship (omission of contributors from the list of authors), guest or courtesy authorship (attribution of authorship to persons who have not contributed to the creation of the work);
6. the author should disclose in the text all sources of financial support for the research whose results s/he intends to publish;
7. if the author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her published work, s/he must immediately notify the publisher in order to withdraw the publication or publish an appropriate errata.


II. Code of Conduct for reviewers

1. the reviews help the publisher to make editorial decisions, and, with communication taking place via MOCAK Publishing Department they can also help the author to improve the text;
2. in accordance with the principle double-blind review procedure adopted, the author and the reviewers do not know each other’s identity;
3. all texts received for review should be treated as confidential documents. A reviewer may not show the text to, or discuss it with, others without the publisher’s consent. Research results, data, opinions and materials contained in the text submitted for review may not be used by the reviewer in his/her own research until the text is published;
4. reviews should be prepared objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. The reviewer should express his opinions in a comprehensible manner, using appropriate arguments;
5. should the reviewer suspect plagiarism or self-plagiarism by the author of the text under review, the reviewer shall inform the publisher of his/her accordingly, indicating the parts of the text that raise doubts.


III. Code of conduct applicable to the MOCAK Editorial Committee and Publishing Department

1. the texts provided are evaluated in terms of their intellectual content, irrespective of the author’s sex, race, nationality, origin, religion, sexual orientation, and philosophical and political beliefs;
2. The Editorial Committee and editorial staff may not make any information about the text provided available to persons other than the author, reviewers and others working on the publication;
3. The unpublished data contained in the texts provided may not be used by the publisher without the written consent of the author;
4. should the rules of ethics contained in this document be found to have been breached, immediate steps will be taken to rectify the situation and make changes to the publication (including the immediate publication of an errata or withdrawal of the publication).


update: August 2019