Ethical code

Communication Papers, in line with the recommendations of major international organizations such as Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) considers necessary and important to promote the ethical publication and observes the following ethical principles throughout the editorial process:

  • The freedom of expression of authors, attention to diversity and minorities.

  • The freedom of choice of evaluators and editor. Editorial decisions always communicate with reasons the authors. There are public information on the complaints procedure in case of disagreement, specifically in the section of the site "About the Journal / policy review."

  • Gender balance in the composition of the various councils of the magazine.

  • A commitment to ensure accessibility for users with text-only browsers or assistive devices, activating the tools offered open journal system.

  • The responsibility of the editor in preserving the anonymity of authors and reviewers during the review process.

  • Commitment to data confidentiality and texts by reviewers and editors. The author's commitment to internationally accepted guidelines when research involving humans or animals.

  • Recognition of conflicts of interest, if any. In these cases, the flowcharts of COPE be followed.

  • Initiatives designed to reduce misbehaviours related to reference manipulation.

  • The auditable record of all interactions.

  • In cases of disputed authorship review process and the publication of the text will be suspended until it is resolved.

  • The lien is under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license (CC BY 3.0 GB) of Spain

  • The moral and ethical responsibility of the authors implies:

- Consistency and reliability in research: must be responsible and legal, carefully crafted, using correct methods of analysis to guarantee the results and properly filed.

- Honesty: without lies and falsifications or data manipulations.

- Original: not published in another country or language, not presented simultaneously to more than one publication without the publishers have agreed to co-publishing pointing in the text, subject to copyright laws identifiable citing primary sources.

- Transparent to sources of research funding, including direct and indirect financial support, provision of equipment or materials or other support.

- Responsibility: authors should adjust the text to the established rules of publication. Must work fast and agile making corrections. 


  • Indications of authorship. The degree of participation in the study will depend on the simultaneous presence of these conditions: intervention in all phases (structure, drafting and revision), the coordination with other authors, the contribution to the obtaining funds collection and analysis data. The firm order will be decided by consensus and after. The author is assuming public responsibility for the content of the article. Investigators with only minor contributions appear in the acknowledgments.

  • The quality of the texts is based on the review process by anonymous peers and the option of correspondence with the editor or comments to articles where other professionals not directly linked to the review process can express their opinions contributing to the recognition of the scientific contributions of the literature.


This information is an excerpt from Tur-Viñes, Victoria and Fonseca-Mora, María-Carmen and Gutiérrez-San-Miguel, Begoña Ética de la publicación científica: iniciativas y recomendaciones. El profesional de la información, 2012, vol. 21, n. 5, pp. 491-497. [Journal article (Paginated)].The Journal subscribe the protocol of Good Practice of COPE and Wiley (2014).