Thursday, 22nd February 2024

Publication Integrity & Ethics (PIE) was developed over a decade ago to address several areas of concern and promote real editorial freedom.Read more.






All the individuals involved in the editorial process have the duty to promote and preserve the ethical code of conduct and a healthy publishing environment. The publisher is ultimately responsible for the ethical conduct of their staff and the opportunity to maintain the standards of best practice. The editors-in-chief appoint the editorial team, delegate duties and determine the main organisational purpose.

1. Duties of the publishers

-    Define the mission of the journal they manage.
-    Determine the budget and adapt it to the line and style of the journal.
-    Select and hire the editorial staff.
-    Oversee the editorial content.
-    Supervise the production of the journal.
-    Publishers represent the publication they manage, in relationship with the readers, authors, editors, reviewers and other individuals and organisations.

2. Duties of the editors-in-chief and senior editors

-    Assume the editing responsibilities and oversee the whole editorial process.
-    Ensure the authenticity, quality, language and aesthetics of the content being published.

-    Approve or reject submitted materials based on objectivity, quality and informative character.
-    Ensure the authenticity of the media released for the public.
-    Deal with complaints against them, their journals or members of the editorial staff.
-    Protect their journals against acts of misconduct and plagiarism.
-    Communicate with each author whether or not they reject or accept the articles or news provided.
-    Cross check the articles and other editorial materials.
-    Undertake light and heavy edits to the content.
-    Manage the entire editorial process.
-    Comply with the Code of conduct and the PIE guidelines and advise the editorial staff to adhere to PIE as well.
-    Set and implement the ethical standards.
-    Handle complaints received from the readers.

3. Duties of the editorial board members and peer-reviewers

-    Evaluate the technical and historical accuracy of the written texts, the writing style and the grammatical correctness of the articles.
-    Assess whether an article suits the style and the orientation of the publication.
-    Assess who will be interested in reading the text and why, whether the main claims of the author were appropriately discussed and if the context was real.
-    Identify plagiarism, ghost authorship and other issues that may arise.
-    Analyse the possibility of improving the text and if it is the case, how difficult it is to do so and how long it will take
-    Inform the editor-in-chief or senior editor of the publication about possible conflicts of interests.
-    Address issues related to the editorial work.

4. Duties of the authors

-    Write content that readers can relate to and easily understand, cope with criticism, collaborate with peers and readers in order to improve their writing style.
-    Keep the reader interested and focused on the subjects they write about. Their texts must therefore be plausible to the reader.

-    Conduct research and analyse the topic from multiple points of view, linking the text with other fields of knowledge if necessary.
-    Do their best to captivate reader attention and challenge the reader to think further on the topic.
-    The language and the writing style used by the authors are vital for the effectiveness of the content being published. They should ensure their work is technically and grammatically sound.
-    Consequently, authors should work on developing and improving their technical skills of writing as well as the general knowledge of the subject being debated.
-    Ensure their work is original and if there are references to other works, they are highlighted according to the editorial standards.
-    Comply with the organisational rules and deadlines.
-    Encourage active and critical feedback from readers and peers.

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