Ethical Code

Policy against plagiarims and bad practices:

Policy against plagiarism and bad practices:

Starting with the number 7 of the second semester of 2018 of the RET, all the articles presented to the RET are submitted to the examination of a plagiarism detection software (Turnitin). The submission of contributions to the RET implies an implicit authorization for the application of the software on its contents.

The following are considered bad practices:

  • Plagiarism. The inclusion of literal texts not quoted or quoted will be considered plagiarism. Depending on the specific circumstances of each case, it will be remedied or, on the contrary, it will entail the rejection of the publication and also of the author's contributions for an indefinite period.
  • Identity plagiarism. It will also be understood that a text is plagiarized when the structure and development of it is imitation of another text and a clear identity between both is clearly observed, even if it does not use the same words.
  • Abuse in the use of literal texts. It should avoid the literal transcription of texts of wide extension (more than one paragraph) even if they are cited, so it should be reduced to the minimum necessary for the development of the ideas in the text. In the same way, an article can not be composed solely by a composition of texts by other authors.
  • No delimitation of the literal texts of works cited. Literal texts must be reliably identified with quotation marks or italics to identify when the text corresponding to another author begins and ends, it is not enough simply to make reference to the author. In the same way, literals of legal texts or web pages (even official ones) must be enclosed in quotation marks.

If, once the journal is published, some form of plagiarism or bad practice is detected with respect to an article, it will be removed from the online publication without prior notice and without the need to notify the author.

ACREDITRA condemns any infringement of copyrights, as well as direct plagiarism or any assimilated form thereof.

Ethical Code.

 Version 1. Data 3 june 2019

The Spanish Journal of Transparency has an Ethical Code that links the editorial team, evaluators and authors, who submit to the same when they agree to participate and collaborate with the Journal. Additionally, in everything not expressly provided in this Code, it is applicable the Code of Conduct and Best Practices Guidelines for Journals Editors (COPE - CORE practices).

All the actors involved in the Spanish Journal of Transparency (editorial team and advisory council, evaluators and authors) assume knowledge and respect for the following principles and commitments of this ethical code.


Do not reveal the correspondence between the identity of the evaluators and the article that each one has evaluated.

Reject any type of pressure or suggestion of ease in the publication that is not guided by the standards of the journal.

Do not reveal the identity of the authors to the evaluators, or communicate to third parties the status of the articles under evaluation.

Avoid and reject situations that may cause a conflict of interest.

Do not request changes or modifications in the articles that are not based on objective causes or the rules of the journal.

Facilitate the maximum level of transparency in the processes of the journal and editorial policies.

In the case of having knowledge of an accusation of misconduct, an investigation will be opened and will be submitted to the consideration of three members of the Advisory Board to issue a determination. Any alert or complaint can be made by sending an email to the email addresses that consist of any member of the Advisory Board or the Editorial Team.

In case of detection of incidents regarding the editorial process, corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies will be published when necessary.

THE AUTHORS. They commit to:

To adjust its texts to the norms established by the journal, adapting its form of presentation and exposition to the habitual uses of the same in absence of specific norms.

Attribute any idea other than its corresponding author by inserting the corresponding citations.

Take care of the originality of your texts, without incurring any type of direct or indirect plagiarism.

Always keep objectivity in the interpretation of the data, even if this means rejecting the hypothesis or approaches defended by its author.

Continue the process until its completion, even if this requires multiple changes as required by the evaluation carried out.

Offer the necessary details and transparency about the information sources and data analysis process, with the purpose of allowing the replication or contrast of the studies by third parties.

THE REVIEWERS. They commit to:

Develop the evaluations with due diligence, without performing superficial or partial evaluations of the texts.

Communicate to the editorial team the impossibility of carrying out an evaluation if the contents of the article to be evaluated are not subject to their area of ​​specialization in order to derive their evaluation to another expert.

Refrain from carrying out an evaluation if they identify or have knowledge of the author or authors of the manuscript to be evaluated by any means or there is a conflict of interest.

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