CERIDAP Code of Ethics

1. Responsibilities and duties of the Editor in Chief

The Editor in Chief is responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted to the Journal, according to the editorial policies of the Journal and in compliance with the laws in force on defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

The Editor in Chief shall decide exclusively on the basis of the scientific value, relevance and originality of the content of the article without discrimination as to sex, race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, scientific and political orientation of the Authors.

The Editor in Chief may decide to reject articles that are not consistent with the editorial line of the Journal or that do not meet the minimum requirements for publication, including quality. In making its own decisions, the Editor in Chief avails him or herself of the support of the Editorial Board Coordinator, of the members of the Editorial Board as well as of the Members of the Advisory Board.

The Editor in Chief, the Editorial Staff and the members of the Editorial Board, as well as of the Advisory Board, are required to not disclose any information on the contributions received to any subject other than the Authors and the reviewers.

The Editor in Chief, the Editorial Staff and the members of the Editorial Board guarantee the correctness of the systems used to evaluate, accept or reject the papers submitted by the Authors.

The Editor in Chief, assisted by the person responsible for the Review-process, supervises the Review-process and the anonymity of the reviewers with respect to the specific paper under review.

The Editor in Chief, assisted by the members of the Editorial Board, identifies the external Referee(s) on the basis of competence in order to obtain an adequate evaluation of each paper submitted to the Journal for publication.

If the Editor in Chief detects or receives reports of errors or inaccuracies, conflicts of interest or plagiarism in a paper published, he or she must verify their validity, give timely notice to the Author and take the necessary actions to clarify the matter. If necessary, the paper will be withdrawn and/or a note will be published signaling its withdrawal. The Editor in Chief will also take all necessary actions to protect the Journal and, in case of plagiarism, the plagiarized Author.

2. Responsibilities and duties of the Editorial Board and Editorial Staff

The Coordinators of the Editorial Board and of the Editorial Staff and their members shall assist the Editor in Chief of the Journal in the functions and tasks referred to in the preceding article, in accordance with the principles set out therein.

The Coordinators of the Editorial Board and of the Editorial Staff coordinate the activities of their members.

The Editorial Board has the task of reviewing all contributions not subject to external review and proposes to the Authors any changes and additions or other tasks in order to improve the paper submitted for publication.

The Editorial Board carries out its assessments with objectivity, fairness and professionalism, without being conditioned by personal prejudices in its comments and judgments in accordance with the principles set out in the preceding article.

The unpublished material contained in the papers submitted to the Journal cannot be used by the members of the Editorial Board, the Editorial Staff, the Editor in Chief and the members of the Advisory Board without the express written consent of the Author.

3. Responsibility and duties of the Authors

The Author guarantees that the paper submitted for publication does not contain any illegal allegations or any form of plagiarism or falsification.

The Author guarantees that an article submitted for evaluation is original and unpublished, and, if the work and/or words of other authors are used, guarantees that the use of other work or words are appropriately paraphrased or quoted literally, recalling the source at all times.

Except as provided in the previous paragraph, the Author is required to indicate explicitly the bibliographical references of the works referred to, textually or indirectly, in his or her article.

The papers under review must not be submitted to other journals for publication.

All those who have made a significant contribution to the article must be referred to as co-authors, making clear the share of contributions of each Author.

The authors must indicate in their paper any possible conflict of interest – financial, commercial, professional, or other – that may influence their interpretation of the subject matter. The authors must also indicate the possible financiers of the research or the project from which the article derives.

The Authors have the responsibility to preserve and protect the privacy, dignity, well-being and freedom of all people who have been involved in the research project. The publication of any data or information enabling them to be identified must be authorised by the persons concerned and their wishes must be respected in case they request for anonymity.

If an author identifies a significant error or inaccuracy in his or her paper, he or she must promptly inform the Journal and provide all the information necessary to report the necessary changes at the bottom or in the appendix of the article. He or she also must provide for the correction of the paper by actively collaborating with the members of the Journal, even if the report comes from the Editor in Chief or the Editorial Board.

The Authors collaborate with the Editor in Chief, the Editorial Board and the Editorial Staff for the changes and additions referred to in the previous paragraph. The authors can express their observations or objections in this regard, on which the Editor in Chief will decide.

The Authors need to respect the editorial guidelines of the Journal.

The Authors must verify that their articles do not contain any violation of copyright and ensure that they have all the necessary permissions before submitting them.

When submitting a paper, the Author transfers the copyright to the Publisher of the Journal and, in particular, the right to publish it in any appropriate manner or medium.

The paper may be republished by the Author on another Journal after communication to the Editor in Chief of CERIDAP and provided that in the new publication it is duly noted that the first version of the paper has been published on CERIDAP.

4. Responsibilities and duties of the Referees

Except as provided by art. 1 and 2, the Editor in Chief submits the proposed papers for publication to a peer-review process by Referees included in a special list published on the website of the Journal (Referee Committee).

Referees must carry out their own evaluation with objectivity, fairness and professionalism, without being conditioned by personal prejudices in their comments and judgments. They are entrusted with the task of peer-reviewing in compliance with the criteria of relevance noted below: interest in the subject, originality of the paper, clarity of presentation, relevance of any empirical analysis, coherence with the editorial line of the Journal, correctness of the information contained therein.

Referees must express their opinions clearly and with the support of clear and documented arguments. The selected Referee who does not feel qualified to review the paper assigned, or who knows that he/she is not able to perform the review in the required time, must notify his decision to the Editor in Chief or to the person responsible for the Review-process and must not take part in the review-process.

Papers received for review shall be treated as confidential documents and shall not be used for personal benefit. They must not be shown or discussed with anyone who is not previously authorized by the Editor in Chief.

Referees shall not accept papers in which they have conflicts of interest arising from competitive relationships, collaboration, or other links with authors, companies or entities related to the subject matter of the paper.