Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics for European Proceedings of Social & Behavioural Sciences (EpSBS)

About EpSBS
EpSBS is a peer-reviewed journal that selects and publishes research in the social and behavioural sciences and other fields of science. Policies of the EpSBS's Code of Ethics aim to ensure equal and fair treatment of all participants in its publication process. EpSBS as well as any published paper must comply with the basic ethical values of human equality, diversity and freedom. Any kind of discrimination based on religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, political philosophy or other won't be accepted. EpSBS authors, editors, and reviewers are encouraged to review these guidelines and address any questions or concerns to the EpSBS Editor-in-Chief, at

General Responsibilities of Editors
To support and maintain the integrity and freedom of expression in scientific research.
To strive to meet the needs of readers and authors. 
Apply consistent standards in their peer-review processes and ensure its fairness and lack of bias.
To select which papers submitted to the journal to publish and providing authors with an explanation to the editorial decision of manuscripts submitted.
Evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. 
Consider objectively monitoring the performance of peer reviewers and editors and consider manuscripts submitted for publication with reasonable speed.
Accept responsibility for all text published in journals. 
Maintain confidentiality about a manuscript under consideration. After a decision has been made regarding its publication, the editors may disclose or publish titles and authors’ names of accepted papers.
Never to sue unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper.
Encourage peer reviewers to consider ethical issues related to the research reviewed. 
Act sensitively when publishing images of objects of cultural significance or that may offend.

Editorial Responsibilities
To ensure publications were not previously published.
To guard that publications do not contain any copied material from published or copyrighted work.
To remove any inaccurate, false, misleading, obscene, scandalous, or unlawful text or graphic.
As needed, to publish clarifications (errata), corrections, retractions, or apologies.

Responsibilities of Authors
Submit only original works, citing and quoting the works of others.
Inform the editors in writing whenever the submitted research is funded.
Identify sources of support for a manuscript. Write an acknowledgment. 
Ensure submissions do not include plagiarism or and self-plagiarism (also known as duplicate publication). 
Notify the editor in writing about any related manuscripts under consideration by another publisher or in press. Forward copies of these manuscripts to the editor.
When requested, provide the data and a description of the research methods used.
Promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct any significant error or inaccuracy in the author’s work. 
The corresponding author must sign the EpSBS copyright, certifying that the article is an original work, that it has not been published previously, and that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere in any form.

Complaints to the publisher must be related to an author, reviewer, article, editor, or publisher.
Any potential conflict of interest should be directed to the editors.
Editors are responsible for the timely and thorough investigation of all complaints and for reporting the outcome of the investigation to the complainant. The decision of the editorial board is final. 

The Full Text Paper in which plagiarism is detected will be handled bas on the extend of plagiarism present in the Full Text Paper. 
Less than 5 % - The Full Text Paper is assigned a Full Text Paper ID and it is immediately sent back to the authors for the content revision.
Between 5 and 25 % - The Full Text Paper is not Assigned a Full Text Paper ID and it is immediately sent back to the authors for the content revision
More than 25 % - The Full Text Paper is rejected without editorial review. The authors are advised to revise the plagiarized parts of the Full Text Paper and resubmit it as a fresh Full Text Paper. 
It may happen that Original Full Text Paper is not freely accessible to Full Text Paper indexing services due to restrictions by programmers, journals or publishers; in that case, it may not be possible to detect plagiarism / duplicate publication in a Full Text Paper. 

Only the Full Text Papers that follow the rules and are written in A+ English will be considered for publication.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2011, March 7). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Retrieved from here.