Statement of Ethics

1. Authorship

The author list should include all and only the researchers that have made a significant contribution to the submitted manuscript. Other important contributors may be listed in the Acknowledgements section, together with any source of funding for the research presented in the paper.

During the submission process, the Journal is exclusively represented by its editors, while the authors – if more than one – only by the first author. The first author will therefore be in direct dialogue with the editors, will sign all legal documents, and will assume all responsibilities towards the Journal.

The first author also bears the responsibility of ensuring that all appropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper.

2. Confidentiality

The Editors treat all submitted manuscripts and all communication with the authors and referees as confidential. Authors and referees have the responsibility of also treating communication with the journal and the other party as confidential. Messages from the editors concerning the manuscript, referee reports, and any other confidential material must not be posted on any website or otherwise publicized without prior written permission from the editors, regardless of whether the manuscript is or is not eventually published. The same applies to the contents of any manuscript submitted to the Journal, from the moment of submission until it is accepted or rejected by the editors.

In order to ensure a fair and high-quality peer-review process, the editors will take all possible steps to withhold the identity of the authors and of the referees from the respective other party, and they strongly recommend both parties to avoid any attempt to find the identity of each other. All communication related to the Journal or the manuscripts will be mediated by the editors and done exclusively through this website, where a written record of all communication will also remain available to both parties, even after publication.

3. Copyright and Plagiarism

The copyright to the manuscript content (including the text, figures, and tables) and its publication must belong to the authors. In the course of the editorial process, the first author is always required to submit a declaration (pdf) stating that the manuscript submitted for publication in “Diacronia” is entirely their work, has not been previously published, and is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere.

Any piece of material that has already been published must be rigorously and fully marked as such by quotation marks and a reference to the original source.

Re-using one's own previous work is allowed as long as the original source is clearly stated. If the copyright of the cited work happens to belong to the publisher instead of the author, the latter must obtain a written permission to reproduce any parts of that work.

Referees are encouraged to be alert to any form of plagiarism and to inform the editors of any concern they may have.

Any material found to be breaking these rules will be promptly rejected by the editors. If a case of plagiarism comes to light and is confirmed after the publication of the paper, the editors will contact the author's institute and funding agencies, and will post a statement linked online to and from the paper in question, noting the plagiarism and providing a reference to the plagiarized material. The paper containing the plagiarism will also be marked as such on each page of the pdf file. In case of extended plagiarism the paper may also be formally retracted by the editors.

4. Publishing ethics issues

Any submitted manuscript will be immediately rejected if:

  • it contains plagiarism;
  • it goes against fundamental moral principles of the society;
  • it contains any form of personal attacks;
  • it has already been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

Authors have the responsibility of informing the Journal promptly if they discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their work during the editorial process or after publication. In the latter case, it is the author's obligation to cooperate with the editor towards retracting the paper or submitting an erratum, depending on the severity of the error.