Revista Boliviana de Derecho - Ethical Publication Rules and Regulations

Ethical Publication Rules and Regulations

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This Journal constitutes an actively committed publication, to ethical publication principals, prevalent in the scientific activity. This commitment is explained below, in the following items:

1.    Authorship

The articles, which undergo assessment, must establish whether or not during anytime of their development, they received any kind of help -of an economic nature.

Research that will be published must be original. When the author(s) use material from other researchers they necessarily must be cited.  Also, they must not have incurred in scientific plagiarism or fraud. Below, we provide a conceptual delimitation of each one of these.

Plagiarism is the literal copy of someone else’s work, not expressed with quotation marks, which is presented as his/her own work, when in reality, it is not. In case this practice is detected after publication of the document, the number under which it has been inserted will be eliminated.  

Scientific fraud refers to authors explicitly not acknowledging all of the authors of the research work, as well as, simultaneously submitting the article to diverse publications. Therefore, highly redundant texts must not be submitted for publication in more than one scientific journal.

2.    Obligations of the Author

To submit collaboration work, supposes the integral acceptance of both publication regulations as well as, ethical regulations.

Authors, which appear in an article, must have contributed to it. Also, these authors must share the final result included in the research work.

Only those individuals, who have actively taken part in the research work, must appear in the article. If there are individuals or institutions which have carried out some kind of collaboration whether it be of a non-relevant o minimal nature, the acknowledgment of such work may be mentioned under the acknowledgment subtitle, specifying the particular activity of contribution.

In case of any conflict of interests, may it be of an economic nature or other, susceptible to the results, it must be indicated in the manuscript.

If the authors detect an error(s), of an involuntary nature, they must notify the editor as soon as possible, in order to treat corrections accordingly.

3.    Anonymous Peer Review
The editorial committee must decide if the publication of an article proceeds or not, by taking into consideration assessments treated by anonymous reviewers.  To the editor, these constitute an element for decision making, of the publication of the article, based upon solid arguments (in any case, avoiding critic of a personal nature). Also, the author must be notified if according to one or two reviewers, the research work should include any improvement may it a minor or major correction. The author must be also informed with sufficient clarity in regards to this unfortunate event.

Reviewers shall be chosen according to their degree of affinity, which they may have with the particular subject of the article. The review process shall be completely anonymous for both the authors and reviewers. None shall know the identity each other, in order to guarantee objectivity of the achieved results.  The review during all times, must guarantee confidentiality.

The review must be carried out with a certain degree of swiftness. In the event, the contacted reviewer does not carry out their functions within the timeline established by the editor, he/she must say so.

The present ethical regulations shall apply, while the reviewer carries out their assessment.

The authors and reviewers shall give notice in regards to relations susceptible to generating eventual conflicts of interest.   

4.    Role of the Editorial Board

The Editorial Board shall have the liberty to accept or not an article based upon corresponding assessments. The Editorial Board will referee accordingly in order for authors to never, ever find out the reviewer’s identity.  

The Board shall value the manuscripts they receive and carry out objective criteria related to the subject at hand. Regarding the author’s race, sexual orientation, creed or religion shall not be object of or have any incidence on the final decision of the Board.  

Only the articles, which wholly meet the editorial’s regulations and ethical rules shall be accepted.

All manuscript that incurs in scientific plagiarism or fraud shall be removed by the Editorial Board. Also, in the event the author or authors detect errors susceptible to being modified, they shall provide the necessary assets for correction.


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