The evident growth of the scientific publications in recent decades has led to the implementation of diverse global strategies in order to evaluate the quality of the specialized scientific journals, with the assessment of criteria based on form aspects (presentation), content of the journal, and editorial management standing out in most cases. These last criteria allow assessing and guaranteeing the compliance of the minimum requirements in the edition of the serialized scientific publications, such as the formation of an editorial committee, the normalization, and periodicity; so that, to remain in this direction, Revista ALCONPAT will take some of the measures that normally assess the excellence and quality of the specialized scientific journals in the field of dissemination.
Ethical behavior standards expected from all parties involved in the publication of RA: the author, the reviewer, the associate editor, the editor in chief, and ALCONPAT.
- a) Responsibilities of the Editorial Board and the Director of the journal
First, all collaborations will be evaluated by the director of the journal with the help of the members of the Editorial Board of RA. This evaluation will consider the following: that the contributions adjust to the topics in which the journal specializes, that they represent relevant contributions to the scientific knowledge, and that they comply with the standards and guidelines for the submission of the originals.
- The Editorial Board shall consider the manuscripts presented for publication, solely through the academic and scientific merits of each text.
- All texts must follow the rules for the submission of originals established by the journal.
- The responsibility of accepting or rejecting a text lies on the Director of the journal, which shall be the basis for the decision concerning the corresponding anonymous rulings.
- In the case that the rulings do not coincide, the Editorial Board shall send the text for a third ruling.
- The Editorial Board shall maintain the double-blind principle in the ruling process at all times, and shall not disclose the names of the examiners under any circumstance to avoid any conflicts of interest.
- In the event that there is a conflict of interests due to the authors being members of the Editorial Boards of the journal, the text submitted shall be evaluated by experts foreign to the journal and to the institutions of the authors.
- The responsibility of accepting or rejecting a collaboration shall lie on the Director and shall be solely based on the result of the evaluations carried out by each of the instances in charge of it.
- The director of the journal and the Editorial Board reserve the right to renounce the published works that contain a clear and proven lack of reliability derived from bad scientific practices such as the omission of bibliographical or documentary references, and the reproduction without citing the authorship of research by other authors, among others.
- b) Responsibilities of the reviewers
- The reviewers shall evaluate the works objectively and confidentially. The examiners must be conscious of the fact that their task is a fundamental part of a process that guarantees the quality of the publication.
- The reviewers who find evidence of a conflict of interest with the evaluated authors must renounce to the evaluation and immediately inform the director of the journal about this situation.
- The reviewer who considers themselves not qualified to judge a work must return the text to the director of the journal, in a period no greater than ten days.
- The reviewers shall commit themselves to carry out the evaluation in a period no longer than fifteen days.
- The reviewer must reason their evaluation based on their knowledge on the subject.
- The reviewers shall not use non-published information, arguments, or interpretations contained in a manuscript being ruled, without the consent of the author.
- The reviewers shall clearly explain their evaluation, so that the editorial board and the author are able to understand the analytical basis for their commentaries.
- c) Responsibilities of the Authors
- The authors must follow the “Rules for the submission of originals” established by the journal.
- According to the “Rules for the submission of originals”, the authors are only allowed to present original and unpublished works of research; no research that has already been published will be accepted. They must ensure that the documentary evidence and the results being presented in their articles are the product of an original work. It is the obligation of the author to identify all the published and original works of other authors that were utilized and that served as background information for the article being submitted for evaluation. (Attaching a letter of authenticity).
- The authors must not simultaneously present the same article for its publication in different journals.
- The authors must state, in the citations and references, and in the bibliography, the sources that were used in their research.
- The authors must cite the authorship and origin of all images included in their texts (tables, graphs, maps, photographs, etc.). If necessary, the authors shall be responsible for managing their reproduction permits.
- The authors should present, in a clear manner, the results and relevance of their research.
- The texts of the authors shall not be subject to evaluation until all the requirements established in the “Rules for the submission of originals” are complied.
- In the event that the evaluations condition the publication of the collaborations to the realization of adjustments and corrections, the authors must carry out these corrections in a period no longer than fifteen days. When the authors send the revised version of their work, they will attach a document that indicates the changes made in the new versions, along with high quality illustrations and original graphs in an editable format.
- The authors, once they have received the notification indicating that their texts will be published, must attend the design tests and provide the journal with the “copyright” format.
- d) Detection of Plagiarism
The RA utilizes specialized software (COPYLEAKS) for the detection of plagiarism in the contributions that it receives.