Code of ethics and good practices

Ethics code

RCSI adheres to the code of ethics for the conduct and performance of the actors involved in the publication process of this journal (editors, editorial committee, authors and reviewers) established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), available at

In the face of malpractice, RCSI implements the measures set out in its editorial policies.


Roles and responsibilities of the Editorial Comittee

  1. Promote the presentation of papers for publication in the journal among the national and international academic community.
  2. Suggest academic guidelines for the journal's editorial policy.
  3. Support in the selection of reviewers for the works received, as well as deliberate on the best options for reviewers in necessary cases.
  4. Decide on the relevance of publication of the materials received, based on expert opinions.
  5. Approve the proposed content for each issue of the journal.
  6. Review and evaluate each issue published.
  7. Collaborate with the corresponding instances to maintain the periodicity established for the publication.

Roles and responsibilities of the editor

  1. Coordinate the actions leading to the fulfillment of the journal's objectives.
  2. Seek a high academic level in the published content.
  3. Receive the papers proposed for publication and request opinions.
  4. Monitor compliance with the recommendations of the reviewers.
  5. Inform the authors the phase of the editorial process in which the submitted text is found.
  6. Inform the Editorial Committee about the arbitration process of all materials received, taking care of confidentiality.
  7. Propose to the Editorial Committee the content of each issue of the journal, based on the texts that are corrected and approved at the time.
  8. Plan and coordinate the editorial production process of the magazine.
  9. Supervise the technical processing of the materials approved by the Editorial Committee, once they have met the established academic requirements.
  10. Supervise the style correction and the technical quality of the magazine.
  11. Collaborate to maintain the periodicity established for the publication of the magazine and so that the dissemination and distribution of each issue begins during the first month of the corresponding period.

Responsibilities of the authors

  • Redundant or duplicate publication
  1. Submission of a text implies that the work has not been previously published in the form in which it is submitted to the RCSI (no exceptions). If the article is accepted, the authors undertake to take care that any dissemination after publication refers to the RCSI as the space where it was published for the first time, and care will be taken that the citation adequately refers to the RCSI data and the DOI that had been assigned to him.
  • Financing and declaration of possible conflict of interest
  1. The authors must communicate any commercial link, material or financial aid received during the investigation, at the time of writing the article or its publication, or any potential economic interest in relation to the subject of their article and that could give rise to a conflict of interest. If there is no funding source, the writing must include the section that states, “The authors did not receive any sponsorship to carry out this study-article”. Authors who do not have any conflict of interest related to the subject of the work must also declare, "There is no type of interest related to the subject of the work". Authors will disclosed this information at the end of each collaboration, in a visible place.

  • Obtaining permits
  1. Authors who reproduce previously published materials (text, tables or figures) in their article will be directly responsible for obtaining the appropriate permissions to reproduce it in the journal. The authors must have obtained written authorization from the publisher that has published the material and send a copy of it to the journal. If the authors have any questions about how to proceed, the editorial coordination of RSCI will be able to provide them with support in this regard.

  • Statement of Originality
  1. The authors will declare that the content of the manuscript is original and that they have not previously published it, nor sent it or submitted it for consideration in any other publication format, either in its entirety or in any of its parts. The opposite constitutes a serious breach of scientific ethics.

Responsibilities of the reviewers

  1. Will accept the revision of texts that fit their area of ​​specialty, in order to carry out an adequate evaluation.
  2. Will declare from the beginning of the process if there is a conflict of interest. If you suspect the identity of the author (s) you should notify the journal if this knowledge poses a potential conflict of interest.
  3. You will immediately reject the review if you are unable to deliver it within the agreed upon time.
  4. It will issue its evaluation based on the originality, the contribution of the article to the theme, the methodology used, the relevance and timeliness of the bibliography used; style, coherence and quality in the structure and writing of the text.
  5. You will inform the journal, immediately, if during the evaluation you find or discover that you do not have the necessary experience to evaluate all aspects of the text.
  6. Your criticism will be objective, specific and constructive.
  7. It will clearly define the approval, rejection or conditioning of the text.
  8. It will clearly define the approval, rejection or conditioning of the text.
  9. It will clearly define the approval, rejection or conditioning of the text.
  10. You will not use content from the revised or under review text.
  11. You will not involve other people in the requested review.
  12. Communicate to the journal if it detects similarity of the text with another that has been reviewed or if it identifies any type of plagiarism.
  13. We do not allow transferring the responsibility of making an opinion to any other person, assistant or collaborator.