Publication Ethics

The policies and guidelines provided on this page are in order to protect the quality and integrity of scholarly practice and research.


Editors and editorial board members are central to the publishing process. They serve the research community in the publication and dissemination of scholarly research.
The main responsibilities of editors and editorial board members are:

  • To handle all submissions fairly and in a timely manner, acknowledging submissions and communicating decisions made after peer review, including any help of advice that can be provided by the reviewers or the editors themselves
  • To ensure that all submitted manuscripts are treated confidentially. Equally, the identity and details of all reviewers should be treated confidentially
  • To act objectively, making decisions about papers based entirely on their relevance, importance and quality
  • To ensure that, should any suspicions of scientific or publishing misconduct occur, they are treated reasonably, sensibly and confidentially; and to deal fairly with any author appeals


It is the responsibility of all reviewers to deal with requests from editors to review papers, and make those reviews, in a timely manner, with care, consideration and above all objectivity, exercising confidentiality at every stage. It is appreciated by authors when reviewers explain and support their judgements so that comments may be fully understood. Reviewers should not retain copies of any article that they review.


If a reviewer believes that his/her relationship to an author, if known, or the subject matter of an article, may constitute a conflict of interests for any reason, this must be disclosed to the journal editor.


Articles submitted for publication must be original work of the author/s and do not have to be published in any form (even online on the web) before submission to Vicino Oriente.

If a reviewer suspects for any reason that the author may have submitted the paper in the same or similar form to another publication, or suspects that plagiarism has occured, then this should be discreetly brought to the attention of the journal editor.
Reviewers must take great care to maintain confidentiality in all cases as accusations, whether suspicions are proven or disproven, can have a serious and damaging effect on the career and reputation of the individual(s) concerned. Any communication with the editor must be balanced, carefully argued and suitably qualified such that reviewers do not leave themselves, the journal editor, or the publisher open to accusationed of libel, which may occur whether or not the case is proven.
All procedures will be carried out in a sensitive and confidential manner.


Vicino Oriente supports the ethical principles set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). A number of useful resources, such as guidelines, discussion papers and the COPE Code of Conduct, are available on the COPE website.