(Updated: 2022/01/31)

About the journal

 

Basic Information

 

The Journal of Constitutional Research, founded in 2014, is a four-monthly electronic scientific publication, with open access, promoted by NINC – Núcleo de Investigações Constitucionais (Center for Constitutional Research) of the UFPR (Federal University of Paraná) Master of Laws and Doctorate in Law Programs (www.ninc.com.br).

Its Editorial Board is composed of renowned scholars affiliated to universities in Brazil, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Australia, Chile, United States of America, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Venezuela.

Its main objective is publishing excelling law articles, both from national and foreign Constitutional Law scholars, and to reach scholars, researchers and law students in different countries interested in Constitutional Law, by publishing papers in English and other languages.

The journal’s editorial line follows the main research areas developed by the research group (NINC), with focus on the critic study of Constitutional Law and the legal and political institutions, under the approach of democracy, state intervention, fundamental rights and justice theories, with a particular emphasis on issues inserted into the contact points with Public Law’s branches intimately connected with Constitutional Law, such as Administrative Law, Electoral Law and Theory of the State.

Currently, it is classified as Qualis A1 (top-rated) in the area of Law of CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel - Brazilian Ministry of Education).

Its abbreviated title is Rev. Investig. Const., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.
 

 

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Intellectual Property

 
  • All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.
 

 

Sponsors

 

This journal is sponsored by:

  • CNPQ - Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development)
  • UFPR – Universidade Federal do Paraná (Federal University of Paraná)
 

 


Editorial board

 

Editor

 
  • Daniel Wunder Hachem, Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR, Curitiba - PR, Brazil
 

 

Associated Editors

 
  • Richard Albert, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States
  • Juan Gustavo Corvalán, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
 

 

Editorial Comission

 
  • Alberto Bianchi, Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Allan Brewer-Carias, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  • André Ramos Tavares, Universidade de São Paulo e Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, São Paulo -SP, Brazil
  • Carlos Bernal Pulido, Macquarie University, Sidney, Australia
  • Claudio Pereira Souza Neto, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi - RJ, Brazil
  • Clèmerson Merlin Clève, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba - PR, Brazil
  • Christoph Bezemek, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Graz, Austria
  • Edilson Pereira Nobre Júnior, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife - PE, Brazil
  • Gilberto Bercovici, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
  • Humberto Nogueira Alcalá, Universidad de Talca, Talca, Chile
  • Ingo Wolfgang Sarlet, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre - RS, Brazil
  • José Filomeno de Moraes Filho, Universidade de Fortaleza, Fortaleza – CE, Brazil
  • Josep Ramón Fuentes i Gasó, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
  • Luís Roberto Barroso, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
  • Maria Immordino, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy
  • Mônia Clarissa Hennig Leal, Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul, Santa Cruz do Sul - RS, Brazil
  • Néstor Pedro Sagüés, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Oran Doyle, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Robert Alexy, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
 

 

Editorial Production

 
  • Administrative Assistant

    Luzardo Faria, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba - PR, Brazil
 

 


Instructions to authors

 

Scope and Policy

 

The Journal of Constitutional Research is a four-monthly scientific publication promoted by NINC – Núcleo de Investigações Constitucionais (Center for Constitutional Research) of the UFPR (Federal University of Paraná) Master of Laws and Doctorate in Law Programs. Its main objective is publishing excelling law articles, both from national and foreign Constitutional Law scholars, and to reach scholars, researchers and law students in different countries interested in Constitutional Law, by publishing papers in English and other languages.

The journal’s editorial line follows the main research areas developed by the research group (NINC), with focus on the critic study of Constitutional Law and legal and political institutions, and their connections with democracy, state intervention, fundamental rights and theories of justice, with particular emphasis on issues inserted into the contact points with fields of Public Law intimately connected with Constitutional Law, such as Administrative Law, Electoral Law and Theory of the State.

According to CNPq (the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) classification, the journal covers the following areas:

Great area: Applied Social Sciences (6.00.00.00-7) / Area: Law (6.01.00.00-1) / Subarea: Theory of Law (6.01.01.00-8) / Specialty: Theory of the State (6.01.01.03-2).

Great area: Applied Social Sciences (6.00.00.00-7) / Area: Law (6.01.00.00-1) / Subarea: Public Law (6.01.02.00-4) / Specialty: Constitutional Law (6.01.02.05-5).

Great area: Applied Social Sciences (6.00.00.00-7) / Area: Law (6.01.00.00-1) / Subarea: Public Law (6.01.02.00-4) / Specialty: Administrative Law (6.01.02.06-3).
 

 

Form and preparation of manuscripts

 

AUTHOR GUIDELINES

1. Article Submission

Article propositions for publishing on the Journal of Constitutional Research must be sent through the electronic submission system (free of cost), through the registration on the UFPR Electronic Journal System (Sistema Eletrônico de Revistas da UFPR) and access through login and password (on this link). Propositions sent by e-mail will not be accepted. The Journal has the right to accept or reject any originals received, according to its Editorial Board’s recommendations, including the inadequacy of the article's theme to the journal's editorial profile, as well as the right to propose modifications.

2. Author Qualification

At least one of the authors must own either a PhD degree or a Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D. or S.J.D), Doctor juris (Dr. iur. or Dr. jur.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) ou Legum Doctor (LL.D.) degree. This requirement can be relativized, never exceeding 30% of the articles per edition, in exceptional cases of: (i) authors affiliated to foreign institutions; (ii) articles written in English.

3. Originality and exclusivity

Articles for publication in the Journal of Constitutional Research must be original and exclusive, except in case of articles written in a foreign language and published outside Brazil. After the publication of the article in this journal, it can also be published in books and compilations, as long as the original publication is mentioned. We ask the authors to commit to not publish the article in other journals or reviews, as well as not to submit it to other journals at the same time.

4. Languages

Articles can be submitted in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German or French.

5. Registration of the metadata in the electronic submission system

5.1. At the time of submission of the article to the electronic system, the metadata fields must be filled in according to these guidelines, under penalty of preliminary rejection of the submission.

5.2. Authors

5.2.1. First name/Middle name/Last name: indication of the full name of the author(s) with only the initials of each name in capital letter. In case of articles in co-authorship, the names of all coauthors must be inserted in the system in the order that should appear at the time of publication.

5.2.2. E-mail: indication of the e-mail address of the author(s) for contact, which will mandatorily appear in the published version of the article.

5.2.3. ORCID iD: indication of the number of the author’s ORCID identifier (for further information click here). The ORCID identifier can be obtained in ORCID register. Authors must have to accept the patterns for presentation of ORCID iD and include the full URL (e.g.: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1825-0097).

5.2.4. URL: link to the author's full curriculum. In the case of Brazilian authors, the link to the Lattes Curriculum should be indicated.

5.2.5. Affiliation: indication of the author’s main institutional affiliation (or two main affiliations if both of the links with them have the same importance). The main institution is where the author is professor or student, or, in case of not being professor or student anymore, the institution where the authors obtained their major academic title (PhD, J.S.D., LL.M, B.A., etc.). The institution’s name must be written in full (not abbreviated) and in the original language of the institution (or in English for non-Latin languages), followed by an indication of the country of origin of the institution between parentheses. If the author is a professor and also a PhD, J.S.D or LL.M candidate in another institution, the main affiliation will be the institution where the author is candidate.

5.2.6. Country: indication of the country of the author's main institutional affiliation.

5.2.7. Bio Statement: indication of the author’s abbreviated CV, with the information organized in the following sequence: first, the indication of the institution to which the author is affiliated as a professor; second, between parentheses, the city, state/province (if applicable) and country of the institution; third, indication of academic titles (starting with the highest); fourth, other bonds with scientific associations; fifth, profession; etc.

5.3. Title and Abstract:

5.3.1. Title: title in the language of the article, with only the first letter of the sentence in capital letter.

5.3.2. Abstract: abstract in the language of the article, without paragraph or citations and references, with up to 200 words.

5.4. Indexing:

5.4.1. Keywords: indication of 5 keywords in the language of the article (in lower case and separated by semicolons).

5.4.2. Language: indicate the acronym corresponding to the language of the article (Português = en; Français = fr; Español = en; Italiano = it).

5.5. Supporting Agencies: articles resulting from funded research projects should indicate in this field the source of funding.

5.6. References: insert the complete list of references cited in the article, with a space of one line between them.

6. Text Presentation and pre-textual elements

6.1. The article must have between 15 and 30 pages (size A4 - 21 cm × 29,7 cm), including introduction, development and conclusion (not necessarily with these titles) and a bibliographic reference list. The maximum number of pages can be relativized in exceptional cases, decided by the Editorial team.

6.2. Edges (margins) must be: top and left with 3 cm, bottom and right with 2 cm.

6.3. The text must use Font Times New Roman, size 12, line spacing 1.5, and spacing 0 pt before and after paragraphs.

6.4. References must use Font Times New Roman, size 10, simple space between lines.

6.5. In the development of the text, the paragraphs must contain decrease of 1.5 cm from the left margin. Titles and subtitles must be aligned with the left margin without decrease.

6.6. The structure should observe the following order: 

6.6.1. Title in the article’s language, in bold, centralized, with the first letter of the sentence in capital letter.

6.6.2. In case of indicating information related to the article (financing from sponsoring agencies, acknowledgments, translators, etc.), it is necessary to insert a footnote with an asterisk (not number) on the right side of the title in the article’s language.

6.6.3. Title in English, with only the first letter in capital letter, in bold and in italic, centralized. In the case of articles written in English, this element must be substituted by the title in Portuguese.

6.6.4. The article must not include the names of the author(s). The information for publication purposes will be taken from the metadata entered by the author(s) in the journal’s electronic system at the time of submission.

6.6.5. Abstract in the article’s language (font Times New Roman, 12, simples lines, without paragraph or quotations and references, until 200 words), preceded by the word “Abstract” written in the article’s language.

6.6.6. Indication of five keywords in the article’s language (in lower case and separated by semicolon), preceded by the expression “Keywords” written in the article’s language. 

6.6.7. Abstract in English (font Times New Roman, 12, simples lines, without paragraph or quotations and references, up to 200 words), preceded by the word “Abstract”. In case of articles written in English, this element must be replaced by the abstract (“resumo”) in Portuguese. 

6.6.8. Indication of five keywords in English (in lower case and separated by semicolon), preceded by the expression “Keywords”. In case of articles written in English, this element must be replaced by keywords (“palavras-chave”) in Portuguese.

6.6.9. Table of contents, indicating the titles of the sections and subsections, with progressive numbering in Arabic numbers.

6.6.10. Development of the scientific article: progressive numbering, in Arabic numbers, must be used to make clear the content’s systematization.

6.6.11. Bibliographic references list must bring only sources that were really used, located in the end of the article, separated by a simple space, lined to the left margin (no indent).

6.6.12. For other aspects, apply Brazilian technical norms (ABNT NBR 14724:2011).

6.6.13. In the case of articles with 4 or more authors, it is necessary to include a footnote indicating the contribution of each one to the article.

6.7. Highlights must be made only in italics, meaning that bold, underlined or caps lock, cannot be used to highlight.

6.8. Images and boards must be inserted in the text, not in the end in form of attachments.

7. Scientific Methodology

7.1. The references of books, chapters in collective books, articles, theses, dissertations/essays, monographs of quoted authors used as base to write the text must be mentioned as a reference on the footnotes, with all the information about the text, according to the Brazilian technical norms (ABNT NBR 6023:2002 – summarized in the item 7.1.3 below), and especially, indicating the page of which the information written on the text was taken, right after the reference.

7.1.1. Book’s title (or journal’s title) must be highlighted in bold (italics shall not be used for that purpose).

7.1.2. Articles written in the format AUTHOR:YEAR will not be accepted for publishing.

7.1.3. References shall appear as follows:

7.1.3.1. Books: LAST NAME, Name Middle Name. Title of the book in bold: subtitle not in bold. Number of the edition. City: Publisher, Year.

Example: CLÈVE, Clèmerson Merlin. Atividade legislativa do Poder Executivo. 3. ed. São Paulo: Revista dos Tribunais, 2011.

7.1.3.2. Chapter in a collective book: 

LAST NAME, Name Middle Name. Title of the Chapter not in bold. In: ORGANIZER’S LAST NAME, Name Middle Name; 2ND ORGANIZER’S LAST NAME, Name Middle Name, and so on, separated by semicolon (Org. or Coord.). Title of the book in bold: subtitle not in bold. Number of the edition. City: Publisher, Year. first page-last page [preceded by “p.”]

Example: SALGADO, Eneida Desiree; COUTO, Mariele Pena de. Uma proposta para o controle social: um olhar prospectivo sobre a transparência e a probidade. In: BLANCHET, Luiz Alberto; HACHEM, Daniel Wunder; SANTANO, Ana Claudia (Coord.). Estado, direito e políticas públicas: homenagem ao professor Romeu Felipe Bacellar Filho. Curitiba: Íthala, 2014. p. 149-164.

7.1.3.3. Articles in journals: 

LAST NAME, Name Middle Name. Title of the article not in bold. Title of the journal in bold, city, volume, number, first page-last page [preceded by “p.”], months of publishing [abbreviated with the first three letters of the month followed by dot and separated by a slash]. Year.

Example: PERLINGEIRO, Ricardo. Brazil’s administrative justice system in a comparative context. Revista de Investigações Constitucionais, Curitiba, vol. 1, n. 3, p. 33-58, set./dez. 2014.

7.1.3.4. Theses of Full Professor contests, Doctoral theses, Master’s dissertations/essays, Undergraduate and Graduate courses monographs: LAST NAME, Name Middle Name. Title in bold: subtitle. City, year. number of pages followed by “f”. Kind of the work (Degree obtained with the defense) – Department or Sector, Name of the institution.

Example: HACHEM, Daniel Wunder. Tutela administrativa efetiva dos direitos fundamentais sociais: por uma implementação espontânea, integral e igualitária. Curitiba, 2014. 614 p. Thesis (Doctorate) – Doctorate in Law Program, Federal University of Paraná.

7.1.4. The elements of references must observe the following model:

7.1.4.1. Author: LAST NAME in capital letters, comma, Name with the initials in capital letters, Middle Name with the initials in capital letters, followed by a dot.

7.1.4.2. Edition: the information must only be included after the second edition of the book, without ordinal, followed by a dot and “ed.”. Example: 2. ed.

7.1.4.3. Year: it must be written with Arabic numerals, without dot in thousand, preceded by comma, and followed by a dotExample: 1997.

7.1.5. In case of being absolutely impossible to find one of those elements, the absence must be resolved in the following manner:

7.1.5.1. Absence of city: replace for [s.l.].

7.1.5.2. Absence of publisher: replace for [s.n.].

7.1.5.3. Absence of year: the approximated year must be indicated between brackets, followed by a question mark. Example: [1998?].

7.2. The quotations (words, expressions, sentences) must be carefully reviewed by the authors and/or translators.

7.2.1. The direct quotations must follow this pattern: transcription until four lines should fit in the text body, with normal letter, normal spacing and quotation marks. 

7.2.2. It is strongly recommended that long textual quotations (more than four lines) are not used. However, if indispensable, they shall constitute an independent paragraph, with 1,5 cm of decrease related to the left margin (justified alignment), with simple lines and font 10. In that situation, quotation marks must not be used.

7.2.3. It is forbidden the use of “op. cit.”, “ibidem” and “idem” in the footnotes. The references in footnote must be complete and written out.

7.2.4. For the mention of authors in the text body, it is forbidden the use of capital letters (e.g.: for Name LAST NAME…). In this case all mentions shall be written only with the first letter in capital letter (ex.: for Name Last Name...). 

8. Composition

8.1. Apart from having an adequate scientific language for an editorial publication, the text must be reviewed.

8.2. In the case of articles written in Portuguese, the writing must obey the new orthographic rules in force since the promulgation of the Portuguese Language Orthographic Agreement, from January 1st, 2009.

8.3. Citations of texts that precede the Agreement must respect the original spelling.

9. Articles resulted from funded researches

Articles resulted from funded research projects shall indicate in a footnote, located at the end of the article title in the original language, the information related to the research financing.

10. Copyright statement

Authors who publish in this Journal have to agree to the following terms:

10.1. No copyright or any other remuneration for the publication of papers will be due.

10.2. Authors retain copyright and grant the Journal of Constitutional Research the right of first publication with the article simultaneously licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows sharing the work with recognition of its initial publication in this Journal. Moreover, because of their appearance in this open access Journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and non-commercial applications.

10.3. Authors are allowed and encouraged to post their work online (eg.: in institutional repositories or on their personal webpage) at any point before or during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as increase the impact and citation of published work (see The Effect of Open Access).

11. Authors responsibilities

11.1. Authors are responsible for the published content, committing therefore to participate actively in the discussion of the results of their scientific research, as well as the review process and approval of the final version of the work.

11.2. Authors are responsible for the conducting all of the scientific research, as well as its results and validity.

11.3. Authors should report the Journal about any conflict of interest.

11.4. Authors are fully and exclusively responsible for the opinions expressed in their articles.

11.5. When submitting the articles, authors recognize that all statements contained in the manuscript are true or based on research with reasonable accuracy.

12. Conflict of interest

The public confidence in the double blind peer review process and the credibility of published articles depend in part on how conflicts of interest are managed during manuscript writing, peer review and decision making by the editors.

12.1. It is mandatory that the author of the manuscript declares the existence or not of conflicts of interest. Even thinking that there are no conflicts of interest, the author must declare this information in the article submission act, marking that particular field.

12.2. Conflicts of interest may appear when authors, reviewers or editors have interests that, apparently or not, may influence the development or evaluation of manuscripts.

12.3. When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and revealing financial or other nature conflicts that may have influenced their work.

12.4. Authors must recognize all the financial support for the work and other financial or personal connections related to the research. The contributions of people who are mentioned in the acknowledgments for their assistance in the research must be described, and its consent to publication should be documented.

12.5. Manuscripts will not be simply dismissed because of a conflict of interest. A statement that there is or not a conflict of interest has to be made.

12.6. The ad hoc reviewers must also reveal to editors any conflicts of interest that could influence their opinions about the manuscript, and must declare themselves unqualified to review specific documents if they believe that this procedure is appropriate. In the case of the authors, if there is silence from the peer reviewers about potential conflicts, it will mean that conflicts do not exist.

12.7. If a conflict of interest on the part of the peer reviewers is identified, the Editorial Board will send the manuscript to another ad hoc reviewer.

12.8. If the authors are not sure about what might constitute a potential conflict of interest, they should contact the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

12.9. In cases in which members of the Editorial Team or some other member publish frequently in the Journal, it will not be given any special or different treatment. All submitted papers will be evaluated by double blind peer review procedure.

13. Other information

13.1. The articles will be selected by the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board of the Journal, which will contact the respective authors to confirm the text reception, and then forward them to the two ad hoc reviewers analysis.

13.2. The received and not published originals will not be given back.

13.3. Authors have the right to appeal of the editorial decisions.

13.3.1. They will be granted five (5) days from the date of the final decision of the Editorial Board to appeal.

13.3.2. The written appeal must be sent to the e-mail: <revista@ninc.com.br>.

13.3.3. The appeal will be examined by the Editorial Board within thirty (30) days.

 

 

Send of the manuscripts

  1. SUBMISSION PREPARATION CHECKLIST

Article propositions for publishing on the Journal of Constitutional Research must be sent through the electronic submission system (free of cost), through the registration on the UFPR Electronic Journal System (Sistema Eletrônico de Revistas da UFPR) and access through login and password (on this link). Propositions sent by e-mail will not be accepted. The Journal has the right to accept or reject any originals received, according to its Editorial Board’s recommendations, as well as the right to propose modifications.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

1.1 The contribution is original and unpublished (except in the case of articles in a foreign language published abroad) and it is not being evaluated for publication by another Journal; otherwise, it must be justified in "Comments to the Editor."

1.2 The submission file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or RTF.

1.3 URLs for the references have been informed when possible.

1.4 The text has between 15 and 30 pages (A4 size - 21 cm by 29.7 cm), including the introduction, development, conclusion (not necessarily with these titles) and a list of references; margins used are: left and top of 3 cm and right and bottom of 2 cm; the text is written in Times New Roman format, size 12, line spacing 1.5, and spacing 0 pt before and after paragraphs; in the footnotes it was used Times New Roman, size 10, 1 pt spacing; in the text development, paragraphs have an indent of 1.5 cm from the left margin; headings and subheadings are aligned on the left margin; figures and tables are inserted in the text, not in the end of the document as attachments.

1.5 The text respects the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, on the page About.

1.6 In case of submission to a section with peer review (eg.: articles), the instructions available in Ensuring blind evaluation by peer reviewershave been followed.

1.7 The author states that, with the exception of the direct and indirect quotations clearly indicated and referenced, the article is of his/her authorship and therefore does not contain plagiarism. And also states that he/she is aware of the legal implications of the use of other authors material.

1.8 The author states that participated in the work enough to make public their responsibility for the content and that all statements contained in the manuscript are true or based on research with reasonable accuracy.

1.9 The author agrees with the liability policy defined in item 10. Authors responsibilities of the Author Guidelines.

2. ENSURING BLIND EVALUATION BY PEER REVIEWERS

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

2.1 The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

2.2 With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file.

2.3 For PDF files, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

3. Copyright Notice

Authors who publish in this Journal agree to the following terms:

3.1 Authors retain copyright and grant the Journal of Constitutional Research the right of first publication with the article simultaneously licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International which allows sharing the work with recognition of the authors and its initial publication in this Journal.

3.2 Authors are able to take on additional contracts separately, for non-exclusive distribution of the version of the paper published in this Journal (eg.: publishing in institutional repository or as a book), with a recognition of its initial publication in this Journal.

3.3 Authors are allowed and encouraged to publish their work online (eg.: in institutional repositories or on their personal website) at any point before or during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as increase the impact and the citation of the published work (see the Effect of Open Access).

4. Peer Review Process

4.1. Articles are submitted to a double blind peer review process.

4.2. Articles are sent in anonimity to two ad hoc referees with doctoral degrees, all of them exogenous to the Institution that promotes the Journal (UFPR) and to the State of Paraná (Brazil).

4.3. In case of controversy among the referees, the article is submitted to a third referee.

4.4. The referees are all Professors that hold a PhD, affiliated to national and foreign renowned universities.

4.5. The criteria used in the evaluation form are the following:

a) Is the referee able to evaluate the article once there is no conflict of interests?

b) Does the title reflect clearly and sufficiently the content of the article?

c) Does the article comply with the methodological standards of the journal?

d) Does the article present a scientific analysis on the subject?

e) Is there coherence and logic in the development of the theme?

f) Do the conclusions correspond to the research premises?

g) Are the bibliographic references sufficient, adequate and up to date?

h) Are the concepts used throughout the text generally correct?

i) Does the content comply with the criteria of non-disclosure of bias and/or defamation and slander that jeopardize the integrity of the readers and/or individuals cited?

j) Use this space to make general or specific comments that you consider pertinent.

4.6. The possible results of the evaluation process are:

a) Article without restrictions of scientific content; can be accepted for publication.

b) Article with small restrictions; can be accepted by author's review; no further technical evaluation is required.

c) Article with expressive content restrictions; it should not be accepted for publication.

4.7. The evaluation process usually takes from 2 to 6 months.

4.8. The rejection rate for articles in the year 2017 was 47%.

5. PUBLISHING ETHICS AND PUBLISHING MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

This journal is committed to ethics and quality in publication, following international patterns of scientific publication. We support standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in publishing in our journal: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher. We do not accept plagiarism or other unethical behavior. Thus, it follows the guidelines of the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010.

5.1. Duties of Editors:

  • Publication decision: The journal’s editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor is guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may consult with editorial board or reviewers in decision making.
  • Fair play: The editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  • Confidentiality: The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  • Disclosure and Conflicts of interest: The editor must not use unpublished information in his/her own research without the express written consent of the author. The editor should recuse him/herself from considering manuscripts in which he/she has conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers.
  • Involvement and cooperation in investigations: The editor should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

5.2. Duties of Reviewers:

  • Contribution to Editorial Decision: Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.
  • Promptness: Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
  • Confidentiality: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others.
  • Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively and referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  • Acknowledgement of Source: Peer reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. The peer reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
  • Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

5.3. Duties of Authors:

  • Reporting standards: Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable..
  • Originality and Plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
  • Multiple or Redundant Publication: An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. To publish the same article in different journals without informing the editors and having their agreement constitute unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
  • Acknowledgement of Sources: Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.
  • Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
  • Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
  • Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

5.4. Duties of the Publisher

We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.

Our articles are peer reviewed to ensure the quality of scientific publishing and we are also users of CrossCheck (CrossRef’s plagiarism software).

* This statement is based on Elsevier recommendations and COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
 

 


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