Publication ethics in accordance to the guidelines of the Committee on publication ethics (COPE)
Studia linguistica romanica is an international digital open access journal that publishes articles, thematic issues and book reviews, both synchronic and diachronic, on all topics, areas, problems and approaches of Romance linguistics, comparative or on a specific Romance language, including the history of the field. The publication languages are French, Italian and Spanish.
The guiding principle of this journal is a high scientific standard. This means that its issues may contain only a few contributions, which in any case must meet strict scientific criteria regarding contents as well as structure and form. All articles are subject to a double-blind peer review.
Studia linguistica romanica publishes two issues annually, which are either regular or thematic issues. From submission to publication, articles in regular issues take 34 weeks on average, while articles in thematic issues take 59 weeks.
The submission of an article implies that the latter has not been published before and that, at present, it is not being reviewed by another journal or by the editor of a volume. The article must be written in French, Italian or Spanish and be accompanied by two abstracts with 1000 characters (including spaces) in English and in the language of the text. The recommended maximum length of the submitted article is 60000 characters (including spaces).
All articles are double-blind peer-reviewed. This means that neither the authors nor the peers know each other's identity. Upon submission, the authors may exclude up to three persons from the reviewing process.
If the article meets the basic criteria regarding topic and scientific quality, it is assigned by the editorial team to two reviewers, who, in the following 42 days, prepare their reviews in French, English, Italian or Spanish according to a predefined template.
We like to thank our reviewers for their voluntary and generous engagement without which our journal could not operate. Their effort helps us in the reviewing process and the authors to enhance the quality of their articles.
The decision of the editorial team to accept or reject an article is based on the two reviews. If the two reviews do not allow for a decision, a third review will be commissioned. The decision is one of the following: accept submission, minor revisions required, major revisions required, resubmit elsewhere, reject submission, see comments. An article is accepted only after the revisions have been checked by the reviewers and the editorial team.
After being informed about the acceptation of the article, the authors prepare the final text according to the instructions of the journal's style sheet.
Studia linguistica romanica publishes two issues per year, which are either regular issues or thematic issues. A thematic issue focuses on a specific research topic. At any time, the journal accepts proposals for thematic issues (with an informal e-mail to the journal containing the topic, the names of the editors, the possible relation to a conference, the relevance for Romance linguistics and for the readership of SLR, the names of the possible contributors, the provisional titles of the contributions, the names of the possible reviewers and a provisional timetable). Once the proposal has been accepted by the editorial team, the journal defines, together with the issue editors, a timetable and a publication date. Just like the regular articles, the articles of a thematic issue are submitted through the submission system of the journal. The issue editors are invited to propose a list of possible reviewers, but the editorial team decides on the reviewers and on the acceptance of each article.
The books are proposed by the publishers, the book's authors or by persons interested in reviewing a specific book.
After an informal e-mail to the journal with the indication of the book, the author of the book review will receive an e-mail with the invitation to submit the review through the submission system of the journal. The book review must be written in French, Italian or Spanish. The recommended maximum length of the book review is 60000 characters (including spaces). The book review has to be submitted in an ODT (LibreOffice Writer) version (preferred) or DOCX (Microsoft Word) version according to the instructions of the journal's style sheet.
Studia linguistica romanica expects the book review to be submitted within 90 days after the receipt of the book. The book becomes the property of the book review author once the review has been submitted and accepted. If the book review is not accepted or if the book review author is unable to complete the review, the book in question must be returned to the journal within 30 days, with postage to be paid by the book review author.
Publication policy and copyright
Studia linguistica romanica does not charge for article processing or any other fees. The journal provides free and immediate access to all contributions. This approach is based on the firm conviction that free and public access to knowledge favors the advancement of scientific research. Studia linguistica romanica is published according to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. The authors keep their copyright and relinquish the right of the first publication to the journal. The contributions can be used freely by others, provided the respective authors and years of publication are cited. This means, for example, that the authors can republish their contributions in edited volumes or as chapters of a book, on the condition that the initial publication in this journal is cited. The authors also have the right and are encouraged by Studia linguistica romanica to republish their contributions immediately after publication in any version (submitted, accepted, final) on the websites of their institutions, on their personal websites or in a repository of their choice, in order to promote the diffusion of their contributions and increase the international reputation of the journal, with the same condition that the initial publication is cited.
The journal is archived by the Portico digital preservation service.
Duties of the editors
- Publication decisions
The editors of the journal are responsible for deciding whether the articles submitted to the journal should be published or not.
The editor-in-chief is obliged to act promptly and appropriately according to the legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
- Fair play
The editors evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political opinions of the authors.
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 or editorial advisers.
- Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the explicit written consent of the author.
Duties of the reviewers
- Contribution to editorial decisions
Peer reviewing assists the editors in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communications with the author, may also assist the author in improving the submitted manuscript.
Any selected reviewr who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should immediately notify the editors.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editors.
- Standards of objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
- Acknowledgment of sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editors' attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
- Disclosure and conflict of interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through a 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 manuscripts.
Duties of authors
- Originality and plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works and, if they have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
- Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
- Acknowledgment 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.
- Authorship of the manuscript
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 manuscript, and that all co-authors have seen and approved its final version and have agreed to its submission.
- 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.