Code of Conduct

The duties of the Editorial Board, the reviewers and Authors of the Italian Review of Legal History are based on the ethic principles settled down in the CODE OF CONDUCT AND BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR JOURNAL EDITORS of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) ( and in Elsevier (

Editorial Board duties

General duties

The Editorial Board:

  1. aims to improve the scientific quality of the Italian Review of Legal History. With this purpose, it follows the guidelines on how to write and review an article andassesses their correct application.
  2. provides new members with any information relevant to carry out their duties.

Relations with the Authors

The Editorial Board:

  1. establishes, and publishes on the website, the submission guidelines on how to submit their articles, and communicates the reviewing flowchart, with the aim to ensure the highest quality of the publications.
  2. considers for publication any submitted article irrespectively of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, nationality or political belief.
  3. selects the submissions according to the quality standards and scientific relevance.
  4. ensures that the articles selected are reviewed by two different reviewers, Italians or foreigners, who hold a full professorship in the same or in related discipline. In the event of conflicting reviews the submission will be revised by a third reviewer, following the same criteria.
  5. ensures the secrecy on the Author identity of the submissions.
  6. if the case, cares that any suggestion of amendments is communicated to the Authors; the Authors are allowed to give a motivated personal opinion on the remarks.
  7. neither uses nor communicates to others the content of an article, rejected or not yet published, without the explicit consent of the Author.
  8. works, if necessary, together with the Authors to ensure that amendments and clarifications are published through adequate channels.

Relations with the reviewers

The Editorial Board:

  1. provides the reviewers with the guidelines on how to review the articles.
  2. before appointing a reviewer, verifies the possibility of a conflict of interest.
  3. ensures the secrecy of the reviewers identities.
  4. strives to ensure that reviews at their journal are fair, unbiased and timely.

Authors duties

The Authors:

  1. ensure that their articles are entirely original. The citations must be reported giving the due relevance to the source authorship.
  2. report precisely sources and citations of their research to help others to verify the results. False or unaccurate statements are unacceptable and banned.
  3. do not submit articles that are already published, or in press in other journals unless with the consent of the journal Editorial Board. Where articles already published on the Italian Review of Legal History would be subsequently published on different journals or books a reference to the original publication must be done.
  4. correct and integrate their texts according to point 8 of this Code.
  5. in the event of errors, or inaccurate or misleading statements they report the fact to the journal Director for the amendment or correction.

Reviewers duties

The reviewers:

  1. inform promptly the Director in case of delay or withdraw from reviewing process.
  2. manage the articles under review with the due discretion. The articles cannot be shown or discussed with others, unless with the explicit consent of the Author and the Director.
  3. respect the given deadline, working objectively. The reviewers evaluate the originality, the scientific value, the bibliographic update, and the writing style of the articles. If necessary, they propose amendments, and spot resemblances or overlaps among articles or other works of which they are aware. The revisions must be accurately reported. They are more than welcome to give confidential advices to the Journal or suggestions to the Author.
  4. are not allowed to express personal statements on the Author. The opinions must be motivated and clearly formulated.
  5. do not use nor communicate to others the content of not published, or not yet published, articles without the explicit consent of the Editorial Board and the Author.