Publication Ethics

Plagiarism Policies

The journal´s policy is to publish original works written by those who claim its authorship and unpublished Works. These Works must not have been published previously in any other printed or electronic media, except for those articles invited by the journal which will be clearly identified.

In order to respond to the most common plagiarism practices-such as translations, result fragmentation or ‘salami slicing’, duplication, etc.-the journal uses a specific procedure to avoid them:

  • By the time an article is submitted, the author/s must state that it has not been published in or sent to any other journal for the review process. Moreover, they are asked to state that they are following the author guidelines, where it is stated that the articles must be original.

  • Before the review process takes place, internet search tools are used in order to track other documents of the author/s and check the title, fragments of the abstract, methodology and results sections of the article submitted, so as to verify originality and avoid plagiarism.

  • When the article is sent to the journal reviewers, they are asked to pay special attention to possible signs of plagiarism, since they know the sources and literature of the subject matter.

The authors who indulge in plagiarism or malpractice could be blacklisted.

Ethic aspects and conflict of interests

The JCS&T publication is the collective effort of work of authors, editors and reviewers, who are interested in the science development for social and cultural development. The JCS&T support the Open Access policy that is spread worldwide nowadays, ensuring that the articles will be available in open access.

The journal editors assure that they will avoid any conflict of interest between the actors that participate in the production. Any sent text will be reviewed according to its intellectual content preventing any ethnic or national interference or any other related to their gender, sexual orientation religion, political preference or personal position.

The authors and reviewers are requested to state the relevant and possible conflicts of interests beforehand, since they can be taken into account when the evaluation tasks are assigned. If any conflict arises after the publication, this situation will be reported if necessary.

The concept ‘conflict of interests’ Is defined as the situation in which there is a divergence between the personal interests of an individual and his/her responsibilities about the scientific activities he/she carries out, (either as authors, editors and members of the editorial committee), that can influence his/her critical judgement and the integrity of his/her Works. The conflicts can be:

  • Financial conflicts: when the participants (authors, reviewers, editors) have received money due to activities related to research and its dissemination.

  • Academic conflicts: when the reviewers or editors have a specific methodological or ideological principle in a way that they can be biased when reviewing other people’s work. For that reason, they must state their position beforehand.

  • Personal or work relationship conflicts: when the participants (authors, reviewers, editors) have some kind of special bond, enmity or working relation. To avoid this, the editors must keep in mind the financial sources and the authors’ affiliation in order to choose reviewers that do not belong to those specific circles.

International guidelines

The editors of the magazine will consider guidelines used worldwide to solve specific problems of the scientific editorial practice. The instructions given by the COPE | Committee on Publication Ethics will be taken into account.

Authors, researchers and reviewers are invited to embrace the international guidelines related to publication ethics, particularly the aforementioned, to avoid any fault in the future.

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