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Ethical Code




The act of publishing a journal involves, in addition to the publisher, many subjects and each of these plays a fundamental role. It follows, therefore, that each person involved in the process (the authors, the editors, the board members, the reviewers, the owners of the publications) is required to comply with ethical standards at every stage.

The philosophy journal “Il Pensiero” and Inschibboleth Edizioni are committed to enforcing and defending the rules of ethical behavior at all stages of the process by adopting and promoting the standards indicated by COPE in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Below is a summary of our commitment and what we ask to the editors, members of the various editorial commitee, peer-reviewers and authors of the journal.


Inschibboleth Edizioni selects the journals it publishes on the basis of its editorial policy, declaring, where required, any sources of funding. It expects editors to adopt international best practices and verifies their application. It accepts only original publications that follow high standards in the editorial care of the contributions, written in compliance with copyright and not subjected to evaluation by other journals at the same time.

In addition, Inschibboleth Edizioni promotes and controls the use of peer-review as a method for selecting contributions. It favors research independence, condemns copyright infringement and plagiarism, requests and promotes original contributions based on rigorous data, committing to publish the corrections of any errors in published articles or the withdrawal of the same. Finally, it declares itself open to all forms of promotion of culture and research, including that of Open Access.


The Scientific Board and the other editorial committee of the Journal are required to comply with what is indicated in the COPE guidelines. All decisions that the Editors take must be based on respect for the dignity of the Authors and their work. No discrimination based on sex, race, language, religion, political opinion or personal and social conditions is allowed.

All decisions that the Committees take must respect the authors' right to privacy. The management undertakes not to disclose any information that is not required by the evaluation procedures and the publication of the contributions proposed to the Journal.

The Committees undertake not to use the contents of the articles proposed to the Journal for purposes other than publication, unless the Authors have written consent to that effect.

The Committees (in the person of the Editors or the entire Scientific Board) evaluate the materials proposed by the Authors and establishes their consistency with the philosophical tenor and scientific style of the journal. When a dossier editor is present, his evaluation is also required.

Materials that pass this assessment are subjected to a further Double-Blind Peer-Review Process based on standard formally defined criteria. Approval without request for changes gives the right to be published in a journal; the approval with request for changes is sent to the authors, who are required, for the purpose of publication, to follow the instructions received from the revision of their contributions. However, the Committees assumes responsibility for the final decision to publish the articles proposed by the authors.


Upon taking up the assignment in the Double-Blind Peer-Review procedure, the referee declares, with the acceptance of the assignment, that there are no conflicts of interest that may interfere with the evaluation, recognizes the possibility of such a conflict (for example, having reached the reasonable certainty of knowing the author of the essay submitted for his evaluation).

The referee, engaged in the procedure for evaluating the materials proposed to the Journal, is required to respect the time required, unless otherwise, promptly notify the Committees, the Editors or the Editor of the dossier, who will make the consequent decisions.

The contributions received by the referee as part of the evaluation procedure are considered confidential. The referee is required not to discuss or disclose their content to third parties, but to provide only his evaluation to the Journal, in the agreed forms and provided for by the procedure.

The evaluation must be conducted impartially, according to criteria of scientific probity. The opinions expressed, adequately motivated, are sent to the Author. The referee is also required to report cases in which he judges that the contribution being evaluated has too close similarities with other material already published, or is the translation, not reported by the Author, of contributions already published elsewhere.


In providing their contribution to the journal, the authors declare the originality of their work, of which they claim the exclusive authorship. When the text is signed by several authors, they must all be indicated, and no one who has significantly contributed to the drafting of the contribution should be excluded from the indication as author or co-author of the same.

In the event that the authors intend to offer the same contribution to multiple journals at the same time, for the purpose of publication, they are required to notify the Editors at the same time as the contribution is offered. The Committees will decide completely independently whether to accept or not to evaluate the contribution thus proposed. Authors are also required to communicate whether the text has already appeared elsewhere, in whole or in part.

The authors are required to indicate the sources and contents mentioned in the contribution, according to the practices of the scientific community. All sources of research funding must be explicitly indicated.


When the article is accepted for publication, the author assigns to the publisher all rights of economic use of his article for a period of 20 (twenty) years. From this moment, the publisher becomes the only person authorised to use the article and to allow its use by third parties.

In view of this constraint, the author will not be able to republish his contribution without the explicit authorisation from the publisher. The author may not authorise third parties to modify or make his article available without the consent of the publisher.

The publisher will provide the author with a PDF copy of the contribution and indexes of the journal that the author may use for competition purposes only.


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