Code of ethics
The Journal of Law, Market & Innovation is a peer-review journal committed to the highest publication standards. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the most important responsibilities of the Editorial Board. This Code of Ethics describes the policies adopted for ensuring the ethical treatment of all those involved in the peer-review and publication process.
Editors, Guest Editors, Reviewers and Authors are encouraged to carefully read these guidelines and direct any questions or concerns to the Editorial Board at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
These guidelines apply to all manuscripts submitted to Journal of Law, Market & Innovation, and may be revised at any time by the Editors-in-Chief and the Editorial Board.
This Code of Ethics outlined for editors, authors, and reviewers is based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (latest version, 2011).
- Duties of Members of the Editorial Board and Guest Editor(s)
Editors/Guest Editor(s) are responsible for the journal's content and for ensuring the integrity of all work published in it.
- Publication Decisions
The Editors/Guest Editor(s) have the right to make the final decision on whether to accept or reject a manuscript with reference to the significance, originality, and clarity of the manuscript and its relevance to the Journal.
- Manuscripts Review
The Journal of Law, Market & Innovation follows a blind review process, according to which Authors do not know Reviewers and vice versa. The Editors/Guest Editor(s) are responsible for securing timely, independent, and anonymous peer review, from suitably qualified reviewers who have no disqualifying competing interests, of all manuscripts submitted to the Journal. The Editors/Guest Editor(s) are responsible for ensuring that the journal has access to an adequate number of competent reviewers.
- Fair Review Process
The Editors/Guest Editor(s) and their editorial staff must ensure that each manuscript submitted to the Journal of Law, Market & Innovation is reviewed and accepted or rejected only on the basis of its intellectual content, importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the remit of the Journal, without regard to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, citizenship, or any other personal qualification of the authors.
The Editors/Guest Editor(s) is in charge of the evaluation of issues related to the possible manipulation of the publication process, before and after publication, and reserve the right to take all the appropriate measures to ensure that the principle of fair review is respected by all individuals involved.
- Confidentiality and protection of submitted manuscripts
The Editors/Guest Editor(s) and the editorial staff shall ensure that systems are in place to assure the confidentiality and protection from misuse of material submitted to the Journal while under review and shall themselves take all reasonable steps to preserve the confidentiality of authors and reviewers’ identities.
The Editors/Guest Editor(s) shall ensure that submitted manuscripts are processed in a confidential manner, and that no content of the manuscripts shall be disclosed to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, and editorial staff, as appropriate.
- Conflicts of interest
The Editor/Guest Editor(s), in case they have a real or potential conflict of interest (personal, commercial, political, academic, or financial) resulting from competitive, collaborative, financial or other relationships or connections with any of the Authors, companies or institutions connected to the submitted manuscript, shall disclose such conflicting interest without delay and should excuse themselves from its consideration.
The Editor(s)-in-Chief shall have ultimate authority and responsibility for the Journal. The Editor(s)-in-Chief shall respect the Journal’s constituents (Readers, Authors, Reviewers, Advisors, Guest Editors, Editorial Staff), and work to ensure the honesty and integrity of the Journal’s contents and continuous improvement in quality.
- Duties of Reviewers
- Fair Reviews
The Reviewers shall evaluate manuscripts in an objective, fair and professional manner. In their comments and judgments, reviewers shall avoid personal biases. Reviewers shall express their views clearly and with supporting arguments. Reviewers shall provide substantiated and fair reviews. Reviews must avoid any personal attack, and shall not include any material that is defamatory, inaccurate, libellous, misleading, obscene, scandalous, unlawful, or otherwise objectionable, or that infringes any other person’s copyright, right of privacy, or other rights.
The Journal of Law, Market & Innovation reserves the right to evaluate issues of suspected manipulation during the peer review process, before and after publication, on a case-by-case basis and to take all the appropriate measures to ensure that the principle of fair review is respected, including the removal from the review process.
Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors shall be kept confidential and shall be treated as privileged information. Reviewers shall not discuss the manuscript with anyone other than the Editors/Guest Editor(s), nor should they discuss any information from the manuscript without permission.
- Acknowledgement of sources
To the best of their knowledge, manuscript reviewers shall ensure that the authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research. Any kind of similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or with any other published paper of which the reviewer has personal knowledge shall be immediately brought to the Editors/Guest Editor(s)’ notice.
- Completion of the Review
In the event that a reviewer is unable to complete his/her review of a manuscript within the stipulated time, this information must without delay be communicated to the Editors/Guest Editor(s), so that the manuscript can be sent to another reviewer.
- Right of Refusal
Reviewers shall refuse to review manuscripts where they have already provided written comments on the manuscript or on an earlier version to the Author.
- Conflicts of interest
Reviewers shall declare any potential conflict of interest prior to agreeing to review a manuscript.
Reviewers shall not take appropriation of any of the Author(s)’ ideas or data.
The Journal of Law, Market & Innovation reserves the right to evaluate issues of suspected misconduct, before and after publication, on a case-by-case basis and to take all the appropriate measures in case of breach of this Code of Ethics.
- Complaint process
Any complaint relating to the Journal should, in the first instance, be directed to the Editor(s)-in-Chief of Journal of Law, Market & Innovation, writing an email to email@example.com.
- Duties of Authors
The Authors must ensure that no part of their work is copied from any other work, either authored by themselves or others, and that the work submitted is original and has not previously been published in whole or substantial part. The Authors are expected not to submit or have submitted the same manuscript (or manuscripts essentially describing the same subject matter) to other journals. The Journal of Law, Market & Innovation commits to a quick review process.
- Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, the design, the execution or the interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contribution must be listed as Co-Authors. The Author(s) should ensure that all Co-Authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed on its final publication.
Authors are expected to award authorship to an individual on the basis of its intellectual contributions to the conception, design, analysis and writing of the study against the collection of data and other work. If there is no task that can reasonably be attributed to a particular individual, then that individual should not be credited with authorship.
Authors shall take public responsibility for the content of their submitted manuscript. In case of a co-authored contribution, Authors should disclose individual contributions.
Authors wishing to add an extra Author or remove an Author are required to notify the Editor(s)-in-Chief of the Journal of Law, Market & Innovation before publication. The removal of an Author or the addition of an extra Author after publication shall follow the same procedure.
The Journal of Law, Market & Innovation reserves the right to evaluate issues of authorship on a case-by-case basis.
To ensure anonimity of peer reviewing, Authors are required to remove any information in the manuscript (including footnotes and acknowledgements) that might identify them. Authors have to refer to own references in the third person (e.g., "Smith and Black (2021) have demonstrated", not "we have previously demonstrated (Smith & Black, 2021)". Please refer to Authors' guidelines.
- Acknowledgment of resources, Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism
The Authors shall explicitly acknowledge each and every source that has supported their research. If large amounts of other people’s written or illustrative material is to be used, Authors are expected to obtain permission for its use.
The manuscript in its entirety must be free of any plagiarism, falsification, fabrication, or omission of significant material or acknowledgment. Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism constitute unethical publishing behavior and are unacceptable. The Journal of Law, Market & Innovation reserves the right to evaluate issues of plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and redundancy on a case-by-case basis.
- Conflicts of Interests
The Authors are expected to disclose and should promptly inform the Editor(s)/Guest Editor(s) of any conflict(s) of interest, of a personal, commercial, political, academic, or financial nature.
The Journal of Law, Market & Innovation reserves the right to evaluate issues of a suspected undisclosed conflict of interest in a submitted manuscript and in a published article on a case-by-case basis.
- Data Access and Retention
The Authors shall provide raw data related to their manuscript for editorial review and must retain such data.
Authors must be prompt with their manuscript revisions. If an Author cannot meet the given deadline, the Author should contact the Journal of Law, Market & Innovation’s Editorial Board as soon as possible, to determine whether a longer time period can be accommodated, or, alternatively, withdrawal from the review process should be chosen.
- Fundamental Errors in Published Works
The Authors shall promptly inform the Editor(s)/Guest Editor(s) of any obvious error(s) in his or her published paper and cooperate earnestly with the Editor(s)-in-Chief in retracting or correcting the paper. If the Editor(s)-in-Chief is/are notified by any party, other than the Author, that the published paper contains an obvious error, the Author should write a retraction or make the correction, based on the medium of publication.
This Code of Ethics draws heavily from the following on-line source, which is recommended reading on ethical guidelines: COPE – Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011. Code of conduct and best practice guidelines for journal editors.