Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

The journal Comunicació. Revista de Recerca i d’Anàlisi, published by the Societat Catalana de Comunicació (Catalan Society for Communication), affiliated society of the Institute for Catalan Studies (IEC) follows the “Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines" proposed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).This code is applied to the publication regarding themes of: authorship, conflicts of interest, peer review, redundant publication, plagiarism, and duties of editors. The journal’s publication board and editorial board are responsible for monitoring and enforcing publishing ethics and detecting possible cases of miscounduct.

Considerations for authors:

- The authors are responsible for ensuring that the work is original and not plagiarism or a copy of another work. In addition, they are responsible for the accuracy of the data provided. Papers that are an adaptation of an already published article, or that contain a lot of data in common, will not be accepted.
- All people listed as authors should make a significant contribution to the work, both in the intellectual design, data collection and analysis, and final review. If these conditions are not met, they should be included in the acknowledgments section.
- All authors must declare whether or not there is any conflict of interest. It should also be specified if there is funding, which should appear in the body of the article.
- The authors are responsible for responding to editorial and layout comments within the agreed timeframe, to ensure that the publishing process is not delayed.
- The authors are responsible for these commitments.

Considerations for reviewers:

- The reviewers are committed to performing an objective, critical and honest review.
- The reviewers are committed to meeting deadlines as much as possible.
- The reviewers must treat manuscripts with absolute confidentiality.
- If the reviewer detects that there may be a possible conflict of interest (for example, if he or she senses who the author may be, or if the topic is very similar to a research he or she is currently conducting) must waive the review.

Considerations and commitments for publishers:

- The editorial board is committed to choosing the reviewers with the utmost scientific rigor, trying to avoid any bias and ensuring the rigor of the whole process.
- The editorial board is committed to the utmost confidentiality in relation to the articles received by the journal.
- The editorial committee, and on its behalf the editorial secretary, is responsible for ensuring compliance with all editorial processes, for contacting the authors and reviewers in the shortest time possible. The editorial secretary is also responsible for mediating with the Editorial Services