Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Tecnoscienza is a scientific journal focussing on the relationships between science, technology and society. The Journal is published twice a year with an open access and peer reviewed policy; it is managed by an Editorial Board with the supervision of an International Advisory Board.

 

Section Policies

Essays

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Cartographies

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Scenarios

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Conversations

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Journal sections "Essays" and "Scenarios" includes articles that go through blind peer review by 2 to 4 experts. Evaluation criteria involve their relevance respect to journal topics, their innovative and original character, their adequacy respect to methodology and the coherence of theoretical approach adopted.

The editorial board ensure that the first phase of peer-review process will be carried out by 60 days from author's submission.

 

Publication ethics and malpractice statement

Tecnoscienza is an open access and peer review journal that publishes articles, in Italian and in English, focussing on the relationships between science, technology and society. The Journal serve to further academic discussions of topics, irrespective of their nature – whether religious, gender-based, environmental, ethical, political or other potentially or topically contentious subjects.

The act of publishing involves many parties, each of which plays an important role in achieving the rigor, consistency, adequacy and depth expected by a scientific article. It therefore follows that the author(s), Tecnoscienza’s Editorial Board and the peer-reviewers, have responsibilities to meet expected ethical standards at all stages in their involvement from submission to publication of an article.  
 
Tecnoscienza is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the associations related to publishing bodies such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE – publicationethics.org), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. Below is a summary of our key expectations of the Editoria Board, peer-reviewers and authors.
 
1. ETHICAL EXPECTATIONS AND PROCEDURES TO ENSURE THEM
 
Editors’ responsibilities

  • To act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors, thus evaluating manuscripts only for their intellectual content.
  • Tecnoscienza’s Editorial Board takes care that each article undergoes the proper peer-review process.
  • As for “Essays”, which are “original research articles”, once a manuscript is submitted to be published as an “essay”, it undergoes a first assessment carried out by the Editorial Committee. The Editorial Committee assesses its relevance for and its consistency with the journal’s framework, aims and mission as well as its compliance with research articles’ standards provided by sufficient originality and  by having a clear empirical ground. Essays that pass this first assessment are then addressed to three peer-reviewers, one of which is usually part of the Editorial Board, to ensure our journal standards and consistency. As for the other two reviewers the review process is carried out through a double-blind procedure. Peer-reviewers have to fill the following forms: www.tecnoscienza.net/...
  • As for other kinds of articles, which can be submitted to or requested by the Editorial Board  as, for instance, “Conversations”, “Scenarios” or “Book Reviews”, the peer-review process is mainly carried out by the Editorial Board itself.
  • To assume the full responsibility of the publication decision for submitted and requested manuscripts.
  • To handle submissions for sponsored supplements or special issues in the same way as other submissions, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit and without commercial influence.
  • To adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature. To give authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints. All complaints should be investigated no matter when the original publication was approved. Documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.
Reviewers’ responsibilities
  • To contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a timely manner, and evaluate manuscript only for their intellectual content.
  • To maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author. To not retain or copy the manuscript.
  • To alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review.
  • To be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript.
Authors’ responsibilities
  • To maintain accurate records of data associated with their submitted manuscript, and to supply or provide access to these data, on reasonable request. Where appropriate and where allowed by employer, funding body and others who might have an interest, to deposit data in a suitable repository or storage location, for sharing and further use by others.
  • To confirm/assert that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere by filling the submission form (www.tecnoscienza.net/...). Where portions of the content overlap with published or submitted content, to acknowledge and cite those sources. Additionally, to provide the editor with a copy of any submitted manuscript that might contain overlapping or closely related content.
  • To confirm that all the work in the submitted manuscript is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources. To acknowledge the origin of any reproduced content from other sources.
  • Authors should ensure that any studies involving human or animal subjects conform to national, local and institutional laws and requirements (e.g. WMA Declaration of Helsinki, NIH Policy on Use of laboratory Animals, EU Directive on Use of Animals) and confirm that approval has been sought and obtained where appropriate. Authors should obtain express permission from human subjects and respect their privacy.
  • To declare any potential conflicts of interest (e.g. where the author has a competing interest (real or apparent) that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his or her duties at any stage during the publication process).
  • To declare all the financial and of other support, by filling the appropriate filed of the submission form.
  • To notify promptly the journal editor or publisher if a significant error in their publication is identified. To cooperate with the editor and publisher to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary.
  • International Advisory Board’s responsibility
  • Both the Editorial Board and the International Advisory Board on behalf of which it publishes shall ensure that good practice is maintained to the standards outlined above.
2. PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR

Identification of unethical behaviour
  • Misconduct and unethical behaviour may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor and publisher at any time, by anyone.
  • Misconduct and unethical behaviour may include, but need not be limited to, examples as outlined above.
  • Whoever informs the editor or publisher of such conduct should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated. All allegations should be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached.
Investigation
  • An initial decision should be taken by the editor, who should consult with or seek advice from the publisher, if appropriate.
  • Evidence should be gathered, while avoiding spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know.
Minor breaches
  • Minor misconduct might be dealt with without the need to consult more widely. In any event, the author should be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.
Serious breaches
  • Serious misconduct might require that the employers of the accused be notified. The editor, in consultation with the publisher or Society as appropriate, should make the decision whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence themselves or by further consultation with a limited number of experts.  
Outcomes (in increasing order of severity; may be applied separately or in conjunction)
  • Informing or educating the author or reviewer where there appears to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.
  • A more strongly worded letter to the author or reviewer covering the misconduct and as a warning to future behaviour.
  • Publication of a formal notice detailing the misconduct.
  • Publication of an editorial detailing the misconduct.
  • A formal letter to the head of the author’s or reviewer’s department or funding agency.
  • Formal retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the journal, in conjunction with informing the head of the author or reviewer’s department, Abstracting & Indexing services and the readership of the publication.
  • Imposition of a formal embargo on contributions from an individual for a defined period.
  • Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organisation or higher authority for further investigation and action.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal allows open and free access to all its contents, following the principle that making all research works freely available to the public will improve the global level of sharing knowledge.

The journal does not charge the authors or authors’ institutions for the submission, processing and/or publications of manuscripts.

Tecnoscienza allows the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions. In the case an article published on TS is republished elsewhere, the journal kindly asks to include a reference containing the publishing details of original publication.

 

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