Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Our ethical statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

 On the basis of its editorial policy, the Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law adopts the international best practices; requires original articles - edited in accordance with national and international Copyright rules, unpublished and not simultaneously submitted  for evaluation or publication to other journals - written in accordance with the highest standards in the publication of texts.

The BMCL requires original papers based on the use of scientific and no fraudulent data, being willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

 Editor’s duties

Editors ensure the correctness of the systems used to evaluate, accept or reject the articles submitted by the authors; in particular, they monitor the peer reviewing process and preserve anonymity of reviewers in relation to the specific evaluated article. Furthermore, they shall avoid any conflict of interest, discrimination on gender, religious or political beliefs or nationality with respect to articles they either reject or accept.

Editors shall inform the publisher in case of plagiarism and violation of copyright.

In case of proved material mistakes, conflict of interest, or plagiarism in a published article, Editors will notify the article’s author, promoting the publication of an Erratum or retraction of the article.

The Editor-in-chief has the duty to exercise the necessary control on the content of the journal in order to prevent criminal offenses.

The editorial board and any editorial shall not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author or other authorized people.

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript shall not be used in an editors’ own research without the written consent of the author.

 Peer reviewer’s duties

Peer reviewers assist the editor of the journal in the process of evaluation of the articles, reviewing the articles on schedule.

Reviews should be conducted objectively, and explained clearly with supporting arguments.

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 papers.

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors, and should suggest to authors any revision of the text useful to the publication.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to - or discussed with - others except as authorised by the editorial board.

 Author’s duties

Author guarantees that each article evaluated is original, unpublished and not submitted simultaneously for evaluation or publication to other journals; and s/he accepts the selection procedure of articles, especially the peer review process.

If the article is accepted by editors, the author acknowledges that the Publisher will be entitled to the publication right.

When the author submits an article for evaluation, s/he must declare any possible conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the content of his manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project shall be disclosed. 

Author shall properly acknowledge the sources of his/her work and obtain the necessary permits to the publication of images, tables, or other content already published in accordance with copyright laws. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Author warrants that all data in the article are real and authentic and his/her interpretations are objective. All data have to be represented precisely and in detail in order to conduct the experiment again.

If the author becomes aware of any serious error in the publication, s/he shall immediately notify the editors and provides them with appropriate retractions or corrections of mistakes, also sending the errata.