Publication ethics and publication malpractice

AIDAinformazioni is a double-blind peer reviewed scientific journal which follows the publication ethic statements of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors ( All possible measures against any publication malpractice are taken. All parties involved – journal editor, reviewers and authors – must be aware of and agree on the following ethical standards.

Duties of Editors

The editors are responsible for publishing the submitted articles, after reading and considering the reviewers’ comments.

Manuscripts are evaluated uniquely for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic group, nationality, religious or political belief.

No information about a submitted manuscript can be disclosed by the editor or editorial staff to anyone else than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and publisher.

Unpublished material included in a submitted manuscript must not be used without the author’s manifest and written consent.

Duties of Reviewers

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and may also assist the author in improving his/her paper.

Reviewers should promptly notify the editor in case they do not feel competent enough to review a specific manuscript, or know they will not be able to complete the review within the scheduled time.

Submitted manuscripts must be treated as confidential documents and reviewers must not discuss the contents with third parties, except as authorized by the editor.

Reviews must be conducted objectively. Reviewers should express their views clearly and support their assessments with valid arguments.

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Reviewers should also inform the editor of any substantial similarity or overlap between the submitted manuscript and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Reviewers must treat any information or ideas obtained through peer review as confidential and not use it for personal advantage.

Duties of Authors

Authors should ensure that their work is original. If someone else’s work and/or words have been used, they must be appropriately cited or quoted.

As a general rule, authors should not submit for publication manuscripts which are substantially similar to papers which have already been published. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behaviour.

The work of others should be properly acknowledged. All those who have made significant contributions to the manuscript should be listed as co-authors. Any other person who has significantly participated in the research project should be explicitly acknowledged in the final paper.

The corresponding author should ensure that all reported co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper, and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Authors must verify the accuracy of every piece of information, including references, before submitting the manuscript. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s duty to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.