Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Last update 16 April 2021

Espaces Linguistiques- Electronic ISSN: 2729-3548

Authors, journal editors, editorial staff, peer reviewers and all parties involved in the act of publication must agree on the following ethical standards. This “Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement” is based on the Core Practicesfrom the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE(available at

Duties of authors

Authors who submit papers to the journal Espaces Linguistiques testify that:

  • Their manuscript is original and unpublished, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; it has not been copied or plagiarized and the author’s other works on the same subject have been cited or referenced appropriately if they have been the subject of another publication.
  • They have not presented essentially the same research in previously published papers.
  • Authorship should be limited to persons who have contributed significantly to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study.

All persons who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Other researchers who participated in significant aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or cited as contributors. All co-authors should be clearly indicated at the time of submission of the paper.

Authors presenting original research results should provide an accurate account of the work carried out. The underlying data must be precisely represented in the manuscript or be made accessible by indicating a link to a database or any other type of storage location. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Duties of Editors

The editors of each issue

  • Are responsible for the decision to publish the submitted papers.
  • Must take into account the assessment made by the evaluators.
  • May interview the journal’s management and scientific committee.
  • May be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and are subject, under the control of the publisher, to legal and ethical requirements regarding defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
  • Must evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s).
  • Must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisors, and the publisher, if any.
  • Must not use in their own research any unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of reviewers

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

All selected reviewers agree with the following statements:

  • If a reviewer feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that it is not possible to meet the deadline, he or she should immediately notify the coordinator of the issue so that the paper can be sent to another reviewer.
  • Manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with other persons, unless authorised by the scientific committee.
  • Reviews must be carried out objectively. Personal criticism against the author(s) is not accepted. Reviewers must clearly express their point of view and base them on arguments.
  • Reviewers must identify relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors. A reviewer must also point out to the journal editors any substantial similarity or overlap between the reviewed manuscript and any other published paper of which he or she is personally aware and which is not mentioned and referenced in the text being reviewed.
  • Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used to personal ends. Reviewers must not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or ties to any of the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the papers.

Duties of the editor and of the scientific committee

The editor is ultimately responsible for monitoring and enforcing the obligations of authors, guest editors and reviewers.