The Code of Ethics of the scientific journal PAD. Pages on Arts and Design is inspired by the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors developed by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). On the basis of these guidelines, the measures to be taken to ensure the ethical aspects of the editorial processes and to prevent any negligence during the publication process of the journal itself have been defined. These guidelines are made explicit in order to be shared and implemented by all parties involved: Editor in Chief, Advisory Board/ Scientific Committee, Editorial Board, Editors, Authors, Reviewers.
1. Decisions on publication and duties of the Editor in Chief
The Editor in Chief makes his decisions respecting the magazine’s strategies and editorial approach, referring to the Scientific Committee of the magazine and the Editorial Board. He is bound to the requirements of the laws in force regarding defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
The Editor in Chief is responsible for the final decision to publish the articles proposed to the journal. In making its decisions, the Editor in Chief is supported by at least two reviewers chosen among scholars and experts external to the Scientific Committee and Editorial Board (but not exclusively), according to a double-blind peer-review process. The Editor in Chief may consult editors and referees in making his/her final decisions.
2. General directions for the Editor in Chief, the Scientific Committee and the Editorial Board
The Editor in Chief, the Scientific Committee and the Editorial Board are required not to disclose any information on manuscripts sent to anyone other than authors, reviewers and potential reviewers. Unpublished material contained in manuscripts submitted to the Journal may not be used by Editorial Board members for their own research without the author’s consent.
If the Editorial Board detects or receives reports of errors or inaccuracies, conflict of interest or plagiarism in a published article, it will promptly notify the author and publisher and take the necessary steps to clarify the issue and, if necessary, withdraw the article or publish a retraction.
The journal should also allow for discussion and comparison after the publication of the issue either through the site through letters to the publisher, or on a moderate external site such as PubPeer.
3. Duties of Reviewers
The members of the Scientific Committee assist the Editor in Chief and the Editorial Board in editorial decisions and may, if necessary, indicate any corrections and improvements to the manuscript to be shared with each author.
The selected reviewer who does not feel qualified to revise the assigned manuscript, or who knows that he or she is unable to perform the revision in the required time, must notify the Editorial Board (through the Managing editor) of his or her decision, refusing to participate in the revision process.
Manuscripts received for review should be treated as confidential documents. They should not be shown or discussed with anyone not previously authorized by the Editorial Board.
The review must be conducted objectively. It is not permitted to criticize or personally offend an author. Referees must express their opinions clearly and with the support of documented arguments. Any statement, comment or argument reported should preferably be accompanied by a corresponding citation. The reviewer should draw the attention of the Editorial Board if he or she finds any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under review and any other published document of which he or she is aware. Information or ideas obtained through the review of manuscripts should be kept confidential and not used for personal benefit.
Reviewers should not accept manuscripts if they have a conflict of interest.
Resulting from the competition, collaboration, or another type of connection with the authors, companies or entities that have a relationship with the subject of the manuscript.
Reviewers are required to evaluate the manuscripts for their scientific content, without distinction of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, the scientific, academic or political orientation of the authors.
4. Authors’ duties
Authors, when submitting an article to the journal, have to follow the editorial guidelines of PAD Journal. Authors must ensure that their works are completely original and, if the work and/or words of other authors are used, that they are appropriately paraphrased or quoted literally, in any case, reference to the work of other authors must always be indicated.
Authors are required to cite all publications that have had an influence in determining the nature of the proposed work. Authors of articles based on original research must present an accurate account of their work and an objective discussion of its significance. The relevant data must be accurately represented in the manuscript.
Manuscripts must contain sufficient detail and references to allow others to reproduce the research carried out. Fraudulent or intentionally inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are inadmissible. Proposed manuscripts must not have been published as copyrighted material in other journals. Manuscripts under review by the journal must not be submitted to other journals for publication. By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) agree that, if the manuscript is accepted for publication, all economic exploitation rights, without limitation of space and with all modalities and technologies currently existing and/or developed in the future, will be transferred to the journal’s management.
The literary authorship of the manuscript is limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the study. All those who have made a significant contribution should be listed as co-authors. If there are other individuals who have participated in substantial aspects of the research project, they should be recognized and listed as contributors in the acknowledgements. The reference author must ensure that all relevant co-authors are included in the manuscript, that they have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript, and that they agree to the submission for publication.
Authors should indicate financial or other conflicts of interest in the manuscript that may affect the results or interpretation of the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project must be indicated. If an author finds significant errors or inaccuracies in the published manuscript, he or she must promptly notify the journal’s editorial board or publisher and cooperate with them to retract or correct the manuscript.