Code of Ethics

Isonomía is an open access double-blind peer review journal. Isonomía adheres to the guidelines on research and publications ethics of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) that regulate the behaviour of editors, authors and external reviewers.

In particular, we highlight the following commitments: 

1. Submitted manuscripts must be original, contributing in an innovative fashion to the existing academic literature. 

2. Authors must duly recognize the academic work of other researchers, which must be properly and correctly cited and referenced.

Plagiarism takes many forms, from “passing off” another’s paper as the author’s own, to paraphrasing substantial parts of another's publication (without due acknowledgment). Any form of plagiarism constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is deemed unacceptable.

3. Editors commit to guaranteeing the academic and deontological quality of external reviewers.

4. Reviewers must disclose any potential conflicts of interest with the potential to bias their assessments. 

5. Absolute confidentiality: any manuscripts received for review are confidential documents. 

Editors ensure that manuscripts received and circulated do not contain elements that allow authors to be identified. Regardless of their peer review assessments and editorial decisions, Editors and Reviewers must not disclose or discuss the manuscript with third parties.

6. Respect and fair play in the exchanges between authors, editors and reviewers: 

a) Reviewers must refrain from being offensive even when their assessment of the work under evaluation is highly critical.

b) Authors whose text has been negatively evaluated must refrain from adopting offensive behaviour.

c)  The editorial process, comprising all communication between editors and authors and editors and external reviewers, shall always be constructive and transparent. 

7. Promptness

It is crucial that Reviewers provide prompt reviews and that Authors are expedite in responding to the latter, always in respect of the Journal’s deadlines. 

Reviewers who feel unqualified to review the manuscript or think that they will be unable to comply with the Journal’s deadlines, should immediately notify the editors so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

Anyone who believes that these guidelines have not been followed should raise their concern with the Editor-in-Chief.