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    and all the instances of breaching the principles of the scientific ethics.


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In order to standardize the layout of the texts published in Applied Linguistics Papers and to facilitate the editing process we would like to ask all the Authors to follow the guidelines specified in the document [format]. Due to technical reasons, not taking the guidelines into account may delay or prevent submitting the publication to print. We would like to ask all the Authors to submit their texts with the author’s declaration and metadata. The articles submitted without an abstract, keywords, author’s declaration and metadata will not be taken into account.


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  1. the text has not been previously published (either in whole or in part) and it is an original scientific work;
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  3. they are the holders of the copyright on the basis of the Act of February 4, 1994 on Copyright and Related Rights, as regards the text, tables, illustrative material (photographs, schemes, graphs) included in the publication;
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  8. the publisher has the right to make necessary changes to the article in order to maintain the editorial standards;
  9. there are no occurrences of ghostwriting and guest authorship nor any similar phenomena concerning the article within the meaning specified by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education recommendations concerning the protection against the practices of ghostwriting and guest authorship.

The authors also specify in the declaration their percentage contribution to the article.