Research data

The editorial board of Vox Patrum does not collect research data and the presentation of the research data management plan does not constitute a requirement that must be met in order for a paper to be published. By research data, the editorial board means materials of factual nature recorded in the form of numbers, text, graphics or sound, generally considered by the scientific community to be necessary for the evaluation of the results of scientific research. However, in certain circumstances authors may be asked to provide research data, also after the publication of their paper.



Texts are archived on the OJS platform and in the KUL Institutional Repository (access here). Our OJS system uses OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) protocol to export metadata. The KUL Institutional Repository (ReKUL) provides journals with the following features: dissemination in open access and long-term storage; description of the document using metadata in compliance with the Dublin Cor standard; document protection by assigning persistent digital resource identifiers in the Handle system; possibility to send and disseminate files saved in various formats and do it loss-free, both for single files and file sets; possibility to store research data in single files or file sets; possibility to select Creative Commons licence in order to enable open access; possibility to indicate an alternative document location using URI, ISSN or DOI; possibility to use the mechanisms of Open Access Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), which allows to integrate with search engines and databases; possibility to track statistics concerning the deposited documents.


Papers published in Vox Patrum are covered by the Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0) licence. Authors and users can use published works licensed under the CC-BY-ND since 2018. For earlier publications, copyrights are available under fair use rights in accordance with the Act of February 4, 1994 on copyrights and related rights.

Open Access

Open Access means the absence of technical and legal restrictions concerning the use of scientific materials posted on the publicly accessible Internet. This assumes further use of these materials in compliance with copyright laws on permitted use or under an unlimited free licence of Creative Commons. Main Open Access development directions are open repositories and peer-reviewed Open Access journals. Recognizing the need to ensure the highest standards of science and taking care to follow good practices in carrying out and disseminating research results, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (the Publisher) took efforts, in 2017, to prepare the academic community and the University's infrastructure for adopting a policy of openness with regard to scientific publications and research data, based on the Resolution of the Senate of 22 June 2017 on taking action to develop an open access policy regarding access to scientific publications and research results, in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education provided in the document titled Directions for Open Access development (2015).

These actions involved, inter alia, the development of infrastructure that supports Open Access publications, namely:

  • the KUL Institutional Repository (2018) and
  • the KUL Platform for Journals (2019).

The Regulation of the Rector of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin of 3 April 2018 on the collection, processing and dissemination of electronic versions of doctoral dissertations admitted for public defence at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin introduced the obligation that doctoral dissertations be collected and made available in the KUL Institutional Repository. In 2019, the Rector of the Catholic University of Lublin issued the Regulation of 10 May 2019 on the introduction of the Publishing Policy of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin for 2019-2021. The Regulation recommends that academic works of KUL scholars be made available in the Open Access model with the application of the Creative Commons licence, and with the use of existing infrastructure (for journals that means the KUL Platform for Journals, and for monographs – the KUL Institutional Repository). The tasks of monitoring, supporting the achievement of and maintaining high scientific position of KUL publications and disseminating the results of academic research, especially in the open access model, are carried out by the Department of the Repository and Publication Positioning at the KUL University Press, this being done by coordinating work related to the creation, maintenance and development of infrastructure that makes open access possible, promotion and advisory services, as well as training with regard to open access policy. The next step entails the development of a document for institutional open access policy to academic publications including research data.

Vox Patrum is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.