Duties of the editor in chair and the editorial staff

Decisions on publication. The journal Cultura e Scienza del Colore - Color Culture and Science uses the scientific evaluation system of the submitted papers known as peer-reviewing. The Associate Editors, which constitute the editorial staff, evaluate each item to determine if the theme and content are of interest for the journal " Cultura e Scienza del Colore - Color Culture and Science." Once evaluated the papers, the Associate Editors select several referees in the Editorial Board based on their expertise in the particular field or topic. Each article is reviewed by two referees in a process in which they and the authors remain anonymous (double-blind peer review). In the case of two strongly contrasting revisions, a third referee is chosen. Referees are asked to evaluate the manuscript based on its originality, methodology and impact on research and relevance to the professional practice. After collecting the comments of the reviewers, the Associate Editors elaborate and send to the editor in chair a summary judgment about the acceptance or not of the article. Responsible of the refereeing process are the Editor in chief and the Associate Editors. Since this is a half-yearly journal, the publication decision is taken within 180 days after the article is sent by the author.

Fairness and equal opportunities. The journal makes an evaluation of the proposed paper exclusively according to their content without discrimination regarding race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, nationality, political orientation of the authors, nor of their academic affiliation.

Privacy and data conservation. The Editor in chief and the Associate Editors are committed to never disclose any information on the submitted articles to the journal, except to the author, to the referees and the Editor. The Editorial staff preserves in a confidential database the results of the peer review process.

Conflict of interest and transparency. The journal submits to the double-blind peer-review process also the papers which are eventually submitted for publication by the members of the editorial staff and the Editor in chief. The Editor in Chief and the Associate Editors are committed to never use in their research the content of the articles submitted for publication, without the express consent of the author.

Quality. The Editor and the Associate Editors verify every six months the results of the peer review process to assess whether to introduce improvements in the process. The collaboration with a referee in the editorial board will be interrupted if there is a failure to comply with the prescribed evaluation procedure and with the duties of the referees reported below.

Duties of the referees

Purpose of the referee. Peer review is intended to assist the Associate Editors to make decisions on the papers submitted to the journal and helps the author in the final presentation of their paper.

Meeting deadlines. The referee which thinks to lack the expertise or which is aware that he can’t do the requested referee within 60 days shall give notice as soon as possible to the Associate Editor.

Confidentiality. Any paper sent to the referees in anonymous mode should be considered confidential, it cannot be used for personal scopes and it is non-disclosable in any context.

Objectivity. The peer review should be done with the greatest possible objectivity and fairness. Any personal judgment about the author should be avoided. The referees are required to motivate their judgments through a standard card provided by the Associate Editor.

Conflict of interest and disclosure. If the referee identifies the author of the paper sent to him for evaluation and if there are conflicts of interest for cooperation relationship, he is required to contact the Editorial Associate and not to accept the assessment of the article. The same must be done if there is a competitive situation.

Duties of the authors

Originality and plagiarism. The author is obliged to submit for publication unpublished and original papers in their entirety and to quote all the texts used. It is admitted sending research already submitted to the Color Conference, organised by the same publisher of the journal, provided that they are rewritten respecting the standards required by the journal, and these articles will be subject to the peer-review. The Editorial Associate reserves the right to verify the originality of the paper received by anti-plagiarism computer systems.

Multiple publications. The author is committed not to send the same item to more than one journal. Proposing simultaneously  the same text in more than a journal constitutes an unethical behaviour

Authorship of the work. The corresponding author who submits an article for the evaluation must ensure that all those who have made significant contributions to the design and conduct of research, on which the paper is based, are listed as co-authors.

Conflict of interest. By submitting a paper to the journal, the author implicitly recognises that there are no conflicts of interest that may have affected the obtained results or the proposed conclusions. The author should also indicate whether there have been any financial sources of the proposed activities in the article and any conflicts of interest.

Errors in the publications. If an author finds an error in a paper already published, it is required to inform the direction of the journal, providing the best possible correction.

1This Ethical Code follows the guidelines of the COPE Committee on publicationethics: Best PracticeGuidelines for Journal Editors