Ethical Guidelines

Ethical Guidelines

Storia dello sport. Rivista di studi contemporanei keeps a high standard of quality and transparency in all its stages: peer-review, acceptance, publication. Its activities are inspired by the ethical code of publications prepared by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and aimed to editors, referees and authors. The responsibility belongs to all the actors involved: editors, editorial board, referees and authors.

Editors’ duties

  • Publish Storia dello sport with the support of the editorial board;

  • Encourage members of the editorial board to promote Storia dello sport in order to disseminate research results and scientific products published in it;

  • With the support of the editorial board, select referees for the peer review process of all received manuscripts;

  • Define the guidelines for the referees, with clear and exact criteria;

  • Monitor and improve the review process;

  • Evaluate quickly and equally all manuscripts sent for publication, respecting the author(s)’s intellectual independence and without any discrimination related to sex, gender, religion, ethnicity or nationality, political affiliations and ideas. The editors have the exclusive responsibility of accepting or refusing a manuscript. The contributions can be refused only for specific scientific reasons (contents not relevant for Storia dello sport; low quality; contents already published elsewhere, use of discriminatory language, etc.);

  • Refuse manuscripts containing data, comments, interpretations and conclusions influenced by the research commissioner;

  • Ensure that all the essays have been submitted to a double-blind peer review (including the essays written by members of the board of Storia dello sport);

  • Verify that all the referees involved in the peer-review process have not any kinship or professional ties with the authors of the manuscripts;

  • Enable the authors, whose contribution has been plagiarized by other scholars, to publish a note on the next issue of Storia dello sport;

  • Allow or invite an author to make the necessary modifications, in case of wrong information voluntarily or involuntarily published in Storia dello sport and not detected by the editors, the editorial board or the referees;

  • Ensure that all communications will remain confidential among members – editorial board, referees, authors and any other person involved – of the Journal;

  • Ensure that no member of the editorial board and/or other user may use data, theories or interpretations of Storia dello sport’s manuscripts until their publication, unless the author gives the permission to do it.

Authors’ duties

  • Send manuscripts containing original material, new results, elaboration of data, ideas and/or interpretations not published or submitted for review elsewhere (including databases);

  • Identify and signal subjects, references, methodology, hypothesis, interpretations and evaluations of the research;

  • Communicate the main sources of funding (for example, governmental agencies, foundations, private companies, universities) for their research;

  • If a manuscript is written by several authors, draw up a list of all co-authors, with name, surname and affiliation. The intellectual property of the essay is limited to people who have played a significant role in the research, with only an acknowledgment for other contributions (layout, graphics, etc.);

  • Ensure that all the authors have read the final version of the manuscript before sending it to Storia dello sport;

  • Inform the editors about changes of property or changes in the list of the co-authors, before the publication, with a letter signed by all concerned parties;

  • Correctly cite works of other authors;

  • Avoid any kind of plagiarism. Plagiarize other authors, without informing about the intellectual property of ideas, data, interpretations and evaluations, is an ethically unfair behaviour and is punishable under the law. The insertion of portions of author’s already published works (self-plagiarism), without mentioning the source, impoverishes the originality of the essay;

  • Notify the editors of any potential conflict of interest with societies or other entities (for example, consulting firms or financial interest in a company) which could benefit by the publication of the results contained in the manuscript;

  • Guarantee the absence of contractual or property rights, which could influence the publication of data and information contained in the manuscript;

  • Observe the authors’ guidelines of Storia dello sport, using a language and a style which simultaneously guarantee the reliability and the quality of the scientific work and its usability by a non-specialist public;

  • Use a non-discriminatory language.

Referees’ duties

Review of manuscripts sent to scientific journals is an essential part of the scientific research. The whole scientific community is called to participate in the process. Storia dello sport uses the double-blind method: each article is ananymized and sent to two anonymous referees. Referees’ responsibilities are the following:

  • Evaluate objectively the quality of the manuscript and respect the intellectual independence of the authors. Criticism on a personal level is not accepted;

  • Refuse to review manuscripts dealing with subjects outside of his/her own specific expertise;

  • Inform the editors about any conflict of interest, due to direct competition or cooperation with one of the authors, and refuse to review a manuscript if an objective evaluation is not possible;

  • Explain the reasons of the reviews, in order to enable editors and authors to understand them;

  • Inform the editors about methodological errors or wrong data included in the manuscript;

  • Highlight the existence of relevant scientific works, not mentioned by the authors without appropriate reasons;

  • Highlight the lack of explicit references to authors and works used in the manuscript and not mentioned without valid reasons;

  • Draw the attention of the editors to any similarity between the manuscript and other articles or manuscripts simultaneously sent to other journals;

  • Treat the manuscript as a confidential document and abstain from discussing it with others, except for particular and motivated cases;

  • Abstain from submitting the manuscript to other scholars without the permission of the editors;

  • Abstain from using non-published information, subjects or interpretations, contained in a manuscript, unless there is explicit consent from the author.