YEARBOOK OF ANTITRUST AND REGULATORY STUDIES (YARS)

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1. Title
YEARBOOK OF ANTITRUST AND REGULATORY STUDIES.
Short title
YARS

2. Editor and Publisher

Centre for Antitrust and Regulatory Studies, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, is YARS editing institution. YARS is published by the Scientific Publisher of the Faculty of Management of the University of Warsaw. YARS Layout is provided by ELIPSA Publishing House.

3. Editorial Board

Currently the Editorial Board consists of an editor-in-chief, two deputy editors-in-chief and a few other members coming from Poland, Croatia, Hungary and the United Kingdom. As the composition of the Editorial Board is still being established, further members will be confirmed later on.

The Board members are also playing a role of section editors. A statistical editor and two language editors are also co-operating with the Editorial Board. For more details see here.

4. Scientific Board

Currently the Scientific Board consists of nineteen members (professors in law and economics) representing mainly academic institutions from Poland and abroad. Nine members are professors affiliated with Polish universities, one of them is a judge at the General Court of the European Union, six members are professors from Central Europe (Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia) and four members are from Western Europe and the U.S. As the composition of the Board is still being established, further members will be confirmed. For more details see here.

5. Content

YARS is meant to be a multi-disciplinary platform presenting the developments of competition and sector-specific regulation in Central and Eastern Europe (it originally concerned only Poland). The periodical focuses on current important competition protection problems (mainly antitrust but also state aid) as well as sector-specific regulation (mainly the regulation of the energy sector, telecommunications, post and transport, mostly rail). These issues are presented from a legal and/or economic and/or managerial perspective. Its articles concern either theoretical developments (e.g. economic theories, legislation) or practical implications of presented problems (e.g. jurisprudence) and refer to the current state of doctrine and scientific literature.

The number of articles on competition protection and sector-specific regulation as well as the number of articles in law and economics/management is meant to be balanced.

YARS also presents the activities and achievements of CARS and makes efforts to present activities of similar academic/research institutions from Central and Eastern Europe.

Each volume of YARS has a uniform structure and contains:
a) reviewed articles (not more than 10) amounting to not more than 200 pages;
b) reviews of legislation and jurisdiction (circa 60 pages altogether), including:
- changes in Polish legislation concerning competition protection and sector-specific regulation in the past year, aiming also to publish similar reviews for other CEE countries;
- Polish competition protection and sector-specific regulation cases in proceedings appearing before European Union courts and the European Commission in the past year, aiming also to publish similar reviews for other CEE countries;
- reviews of final judgments and administration decisions in competition protection cases in the past year in Poland and other CEE countries;
- reviews of final judgments and administration decisions in sector-specific regulation cases in the past year in Poland and other CEE countries;
c) reviews of books (around 3-4) published in Poland and other CEE countries each about 6-8 pages long;
d) reports of scientific events (around 2-3), 5 pages long each;
e) other materials, including CARS activities report;
f) a list of articles published in the previous volumes;
g) a list of books and articles related to antitrust and sector-specific regulation lately published in Poland and some other CEE countries.
For more details see here.

6. Authors

Since YARS is meant to be a platform presenting either Polish or Central and Eastern European antitrust and regulatory achievements, the authors of articles are mostly Poles and Central Eastern Europeans, academics, practitioners, the employees of law and consulting firms, judges and civil servants (including ones working in EU institutions) alike. However, for YARS to be considered a periodical of a scientific nature, the authors of the reviewed articles have to be mainly members of scientific institutions.

The proportion of authors of a legal and economic profession should be balanced. Despite the fact that there are more lawyers who are experts in the area of antitrust and sector-specific regulation than economists both in Poland as well as in other CEE countries, the possible majority of lawyers among the authors of the articles published in YARS should not exceed 60%/40%.

Practices of ghostwriting (a situation when somebody contributed significantly to an article, without showing his/her authorship or without mentiong his/her role in references in an article) and guest authorship (‘honorary authorship’ – a situation when a participation of a person mentioned as an author or co-author is insignificant) are not accepted.

Authors should fully respect Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.

7. Review process

YARS has the character of a double blind peer-reviewed periodical. Reviewers have to be from outside the editors, Scientific Board and the Faculty of Management of the University of Warsaw.

Reviewers should fully respect Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.

For more details see here.

8. Editing and distribution assumptions

Printed version is considered as a basic version of YARS. Ca 100 printed copies are circulated. To ensure the widest possible distribution of YARS, especially abroad, and its placement on scored periodical lists, YARS has an open source character, which means that each particular volume of YARS is not accessible at www.yars.wz.edu.pl for six months after its publication. Archive e-volumes are accessible not later than six months after its printing. YARS is also available on several Polish external databases, including PBN and CEJSH; some of the YARS articles are also accessible at SSRN.

There are no royalty fees for authors. Editing costs are covered by the Faculty of Management of the University of Warsaw or the “Foundation for Faculty of Management of the University of Warsaw”.

The articles are subject to native speaker’s adjustments. Editors intervene into articles only when it is necessary to keep the integrity of the text, or under the influence of reviewers’ suggestions. For more details see here.

9. Evaluation and ranking

YARS has not yet received Impact Factor from JCR Web of Science Thomson Reuters. However, since 2012 it is placed on the ministerial list of Polish scientific journals. Based on the evaluation for 2014 the author of article in YARS receives 10 points (out of 15); according to the previous evaluation author of article in YARS received 5 points (out of 10). In 2015 YARS was given by Index Copernicus an indicator ICV 2014: 68.41, which corresponds to a normalized value of 6.79 and shows a growing trend (in 2013 the indicator was 5.73).

Editorial Board intends to apply for indexation in SCOPUS (Elsevier) in 2016.

10. Frequency

Only one volume of YARS was prepared in 2008-2010. Starting from 2011, two volumes of YARS are to be published annually. One of these volumes may be a special volume, e.g. publishing conference papers.

Prof. Tadeusz Skoczny
Warsaw, December 2007.