CSI Review policies
About the Journal
AIMS AND SCOPE
The CSI Review stands as a distinguished scientific journal fostering profound discussions and thoughtful contemplations, both theoretical and empirical, among scholars, practitioners, and civil society members within the realms of humanities, law, and social sciences. Our mission at CSI Review revolves around cultivating an environment that serves as a vibrant hub for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogues.
Through the dissemination of research outcomes, CSI Review wields a significant influence over political decision-making, the dynamics of formation, metamorphosis, and advancement, as well as the assimilation of diverse theories and paradigms. Our primary objective is to catalyze reflections that stimulate a rich interplay among various disciplines, delving into the factors that either foster or impede social change. This journey commences with meticulous analyses, evaluations, and cross-comparisons of assorted realities.
While our journal remains deeply committed to unraveling the intricacies of social and political transformations, we also embrace the exploration of international collaboration, safeguarding human rights, and investigating emergent phenomena. CSI Review welcomes contributions from every corner of the social and political sciences landscape, spanning across transversal themes and disciplines.
As an intellectual beacon, our journal aspires to serve as a wellspring of innovative ideas and actionable proposals, allowing for a nuanced comprehension of the intricate web of social and political complexities. By offering these insights, we aim to furnish invaluable contributions to the formulation of forward-thinking, sustainable policies that navigate the ever-evolving landscape of our society.
The CSI Review journal serves as a scholarly platform that fosters engaging discussions and reflective contemplations among scholars, practitioners, and civil society stakeholders within the realm of social and political sciences. Our focus extends to cultivating intellectual partnerships, underscoring the journal’s commitment to being a haven for both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogues. This inclusive approach not only facilitates discourse but also upholds the significance of classical studies within individual disciplines while concurrently exploring emerging phenomena.
Embracing the potential for profound impact, CSI Review’s research findings hold the power to shape policy decisions, training methodologies, developmental trajectories, and the harmonious fusion of theories and paradigms. Given this weighty responsibility, the journal places paramount importance on maintaining an unwavering standard of quality and transparency throughout the rigorous review and publication process. This collective duty is shared among all stakeholders involved in the publication journey, including the Editors-in-Chief, the Editorial Board, and beyond.
Manage CSI Review with the support of the Editorial Board;
Encourage the members of the Editorial Board to promote CSI Review as a medium for the dissemination of research results;
With the support of the Editorial Board, select the referees involved in the evaluation of each manuscript;
Following consultation with the Editorial Board, establish the guidelines for the referees, with clear and exact criteria;
Monitor and improve the review process;
Our commitment to the publication process adheres to the following principles:
Equitable Assessment: All manuscripts submitted for publication are promptly and impartially evaluated. We uphold the authors’ intellectual independence and maintain a stance free from discrimination based on sex, gender, religion, ethnicity, or nationality.
Editorial Authority: The Editors-in-Chief hold the exclusive responsibility for accepting or declining manuscripts. Manuscripts may be declined only for specific reasons, such as content not aligned with CSI Review’s scope, low quality, or content previously published elsewhere. We underscore the importance of employing non-discriminatory language throughout the process.
Advocating Precision: Should a manuscript’s content or conclusions require adjustments, we encourage their publication once corrected.
Guarding Against Influence: Manuscripts must not be influenced by external parties, and any data, comments, interpretations, or conclusions that bear the mark of the research commissioner will be refused.
Rigorous Review: Manuscripts deemed suitable for publication undergo a double-blind peer review process, ensuring unbiased evaluation, even for those penned by members of CSI Review.
Impartiality of Referees: We ascertain that referees maintain no kinship or professional ties with the manuscript authors, thereby ensuring impartiality.
Author Protection: Authors whose work has been plagiarized by others receive the opportunity to publish a note in the upcoming issue of CSI Review.
Rectifying Inaccuracies: If incorrect information inadvertently or deliberately slips through our editorial process and goes undetected by the Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, or referees, authors are granted the chance to make necessary modifications.
Confidentiality Assurance: Communications within the CSI Review network, comprising the Editorial Board, referees, authors, and other relevant parties, remain strictly confidential.
Preservation of Integrity: No member of the Editorial Board or any other individuals associated with CSI Review are allowed to employ data, theories, or interpretations from manuscripts before their official publication, unless authorized by the author.
These principles guide our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, impartiality, and transparency in the publication journey.
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;
Specify who has the responsibility for the research and who is the director of the working team;
Communicate the main sources of funding (for example, governmental agencies, foundations, private companies, universities) for the research proposed in the manuscript;
If the 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 CSI Review;
Inform 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, mostly the publications related to the hypothesis, the ideas and/or the original data on which the manuscript is founded;
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 by 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-in-Chief 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;
Require, with valid reasons, that the manuscript won’t be submitted to referees not considered neutral towards the author, the co-authors, the research and/or the commissioner;
Observe the authors’ guidelines of CSI Review, 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.
Responsibilities of the referees
The evaluation of manuscripts submitted to scientific journals constitutes a pivotal facet of the scientific research ecosystem, calling for collective engagement from the entire scholarly community. Within this framework, the CSI Review journal embraces the double-blind review methodology, exemplifying a rigorous approach. Each article undergoes evaluation by two referees, with the reviews maintaining strict anonymity. Authors are then expected to assimilate this feedback, enhancing the final rendition of their manuscript, if accepted for publication.
In instances where two reviews present conflicting viewpoints, a third referee is summoned to provide a comprehensive assessment. The ultimate decision, whether to accept or decline, hinges on the consensus reached among these referees. This meticulous process underscores our commitment to maintaining the scholarly integrity and quality of the content we publish.
The referees’ responsibilities are the following:
Objective Evaluation: Conduct thorough and impartial assessments of manuscript quality while preserving the authors’ intellectual autonomy. Avoid engaging in personal criticisms.
Expertise Boundary: Decline review invitations for manuscripts that fall beyond the scope of your specific expertise, ensuring reviews are rooted in your subject proficiency.
Conflict of Interest Transparency: Disclose any conflict of interest, arising from direct competition or collaboration with the authors, to the Editors-in-Chief. If an unbiased evaluation is unattainable, decline the review request.
Consultative Collaboration: When necessary, recommend the involvement of additional scholars for a specialized consultation by notifying the Editors-in-Chief, providing clear rationale and suggested names.
Limited Distribution: Refrain from sharing the manuscript with other individuals without prior approval from the Editors-in-Chief.
Comprehensive Review Explanations: Elaborate on and substantiate the rationales underlying your reviews, facilitating editors and authors in comprehending your assessments.
Methodological Rigor: Identify methodological errors or inaccuracies in data within the manuscript, aiding in its refinement.
Undisclosed References: Flag significant scientific works not acknowledged by the authors, unless valid reasons for their omission are evident.
Missing Citations: Highlight instances where authors fail to explicitly reference relevant authors and works utilized in the manuscript, unless valid grounds for their exclusion are present.
Parallel Submissions: Alert the Editors-in-Chief to any similarities between the manuscript under review and concurrently submitted articles or manuscripts to other journals.
Confidentiality Adherence: Maintain strict confidentiality in handling the manuscript. Discuss it only in specific and justified situations, and when needed, inform the Editors-in-Chief of the individuals consulted.
Respect for Unpublished Content: Abstain from using unpublished information, content, or interpretations from the manuscript without obtaining explicit consent from the author.
These revised guidelines emphasize ethical and rigorous practices to ensure the integrity, transparency, and quality of the manuscript review process.
Peer Review Process
CSI Review employs a meticulous double-blind peer review procedure, ensuring utmost fairness and impartiality. This process entails safeguarding the identities of both reviewers and authors from each other, maintaining anonymity throughout the evaluation stages. The two review assessments, conducted incognito, are subsequently shared with the author to facilitate the final revisions.
Should differing appraisals emerge, a third reviewer is engaged to deliver a conclusive verdict. The ultimate determination, whether to accept or reject the article, rests with the prevailing choice among the reviewers’ judgments. This stringent approach underscores our commitment to maintaining a rigorous and unbiased review process.
The journal provides for immediate open access to its content, on the principle that making a research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
The journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND).
This licence allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, distribute and /or copy the final version of the papers. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s) and it is necessary to indicate the initial publication in this journal. Any commercial use is prohibited.
Authors who publish on this journal retain the copyrights.
(APC) Article and submissions processing
CSI Review does not require article processing charges APC
Authors submitting to this journal agree to the following terms:
Originality and Prior Publication: The author(s) assure(s) that the submitted article is an original work, not previously published, and has not been simultaneously submitted to other journals for review.
Copyright Compliance: The author(s) assert(s) that their work does not infringe upon third-party copyrights and assume(s) full legal and financial responsibility for any legal proceedings initiated against the publisher by third parties.
Retained Rights and Licensing: The author(s) maintain(s) ownership rights of the submitted work. They also grant the publisher the permission to publish the work digitally under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND) or in any other format the publisher deems suitable for optimal dissemination. This licensing allows others to share the work while acknowledging the authorship and its original publication in this journal.
Alternate Licensing Arrangements: Authors can establish additional arrangements, granting non-exclusive licenses to distribute the published work (e.g., depositing it in institutional archives or including it in a monograph). Such arrangements will highlight the work’s initial publication in CSI Review.
Online Distribution: Following publication in CSI Review, the author(s) are permitted to distribute the work online, such as on their personal website. This distribution, however, should occur only after the work’s official publication by CSI Review (referring to the Effect of Open Access policy).
By adhering to these terms, authors contribute to the journal’s commitment to fostering originality, copyright compliance, and responsible dissemination of scholarly content.