Ethics Policy

Journal Ethical Guidelines

Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business subscribe the Declaration of publishing ethics and best practices for scientific journals published by the University of Barcelona as published in 2016 here; and the COPE core practices, as indicated in the COPE website.

Following the 2017 COPE Core Practices and the 2016 Declaration of publishing ethics of our publisher the Universitat de Barcelona, in the websites indicated above, the Universitat de Barcelona promotes the open access publication of digital journals and endeavours to guarantee transparency, quality, and ethical values in the transfer of scientific knowledge. Our policies on general ethics, plagiarism, conflicts of interest, and on authorship are below, and closely follow the general ethical guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics:


Editors in chief and associate editors will have regular communication about possible problems of integrity in the review process of submissions, like confusion in the identity of the organization of the reviewer and the email address provided. The responsible editor may contact the organization and the reviewer to clarify doubts, and decide in communication with the editors in chief how to proceed. Final decisions from editors may range from acceptance of explanations of organization and peer reviewer, to invite additional reviewers, and reject the manuscript.

Authorship and Contributorship:

Author must clearly indicate all contributors when they submit a manuscript. If there are authorship change requests during the editorial process, and after the text has been published, the responsible editor assigned for the supervision of the manuscript will communicate possible suspicions to the editors in chief, and contact the authors to clarify the changes and provide written satisfactory answers. If the responses are confusing the journal may decide not to accept requests of authorship change. If the responses seem satisfactory the journal may decide to change the authorship of the submitted manuscript.

Complaints and Appeals:

If the journal receives a formal critique from authors before or after publication of a submitted manuscript, the journal will contact the authors to clarify. If a reader criticizes a published article, and the editorial board decides that the critique is reasonable and well supported with evidences and convincing arguments, the journal may decide to publish the critique and invite authors to write and publish a reply.

Conflicts of interest:

Before peer review the journal  will ask, during the submission process, that authors declare potential conflicts of interest that the journal will then consider in the selection of reviewers, to prevent conflicts of interest between authors and external reviewers. By conflicts of interest the journal understands that there is a very close personal or professional (good, or bad) relationship between authors and potential reviewers specialized in the topic of the submitted manuscript that may be selected for peer review of the submitted manuscript.

Editors will avoid, in the selection of external reviewers of a submitted manuscript, the selection of experts who have recently worked, or still work, in the same institution, association, research project, or collective publication, with the author, or with at least one of the authors (when there are several authors in a submitted manuscript).

If, despite the above, and during the review process, the responsible editor of a submitted manuscript believes that the reviews seem to reveal a potential conflict of interest between authors and reviewers, the editor may decide to select additional external reviewers to have addditional opinions before sending to authors a final decision to accept or reject a submitted manuscript.


Plagiarism is defined in this journal as the action of using a substantial portion of already published information in the text of a submitted manuscript (including tables and figures), that is a direct unreferenced copy. Self-plagiarism is a type of plagiarism in which a substantial portion of already published information (text, figures, tables) by the author of a submitted manuscript is in the submitted manuscript. As the policy of this journal is to publish only original unpublished manuscripts that are reviewed and accepted as original unpublished information in our peer review external anonymous editorial process, the journal will reject manuscripts in which plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) is suspected, reported, and confirmed by the responsible editor of the assigned submission. Authors are highly advised to use anti-plagiarism tools before sending their submissions, for this reason. This journal has access to URKUND anti-plagiarism tools at the Universitat de Barcelona (the journal publisher) available for the editors in chief of this journal, that can be used if editors responsible of supervision of a manuscript have a strong suspicion of plagiarized information in submitted manuscripts. If the journal uses anti-plagiarism tools that find that at least 10% of information has been plagiarized from an already published text (in the language of this journal or in other languages), the responsible editor overseeing the review process will contact the author to ask for clarification and if needed change the text under suspected plagiarism. If the response of the author is not satisfactory the journal may reject the submitted manuscript, and may not accept further submissions from the author in the future.

Journal editors in chief and associate editors must:

- not discriminate: editors in chief meet twice a year with the editorial board so that all the editors have clear idea about the journal policy that the decision to publish is never to be dependent on the  author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, country of origin, citizenship or political ideology of the authors

- publish regular updates on the responsibilities of authors, submission requirements, the arbitration system used to select the articles and the evaluation criteria to be applied by reviewers;

-publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed and not make use of any article received for UB-specific research assignments without the author’s consent;

- guarantee confidentiality and protect the personal information received during the review and publication processes and afterwards, meaning (a) the anonymity of reviewers and authors and the confidentiality of the content of the articles, the reports submitted by reviewers and any other type of correspondence with or between the editorial, consultant and scientific committees; and (b) confidentiality in the correspondence between the author and the journal committees or reviewers when the author wishes to clarify, change or complain about some aspect of the article;

- make certain that the integrity of articles already published is respected;

- act swiftly to eliminate from the journal or refuse to publish any article that has been found to plagiarise information from other sources.


Authors should:

- understand that they are responsible for all submitted content;

- notify the journal editors of any errors in their published articles so that the appropriate corrections can be made;.

- guarantee that the article and associated materials are original, do not plagiarize, and do not infringe on the rights of third-party authors and, when there are co-authors, guarantee that the consent of all the authors is obtained before the article goes to press.

-declare, explicitly, potential conflicts of interest.

- Authors must also indicate the sources of funding received for their research (if any) in an explicit way in the article.


Reviewers and technical editors must:

- apply revisions that are objective, informed, critical, constructive and unbiased, where acceptance or rejection is based only on the work’s relevance, originality, interest to the public in question and compliance with the style and content regulations in the evaluation criteria;

- meet deadlines when this is possible and promptly inform the journal editor when it is not;

- avoid sharing, spreading or reproducing any information from articles still under review without permission from the corresponding journal editors or authors.

- not accept reading articles for which there is a conflict of interest.


*The journal receives support from:

-Revistes Científiques de la Universitat de Barcelona/RCUB

-Center of Studies in Economics and Economic History Antoni de Capmany at Universitat de Barcelona

*Authors must indicate the source of research funds, if they have them, in their article.

Commitment to Immediate Open Access

The Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business is committed to immediate Open Access, without subscription, as soon as the journal publishes the contents of the issue. There are no charges for authors to publish, and for readers to access.