Editorial Process

The journal publication policy is based on classical single-blind peer review. To ensure publication timeliness, it is important to have a streamlined and efficient editorial process. As part of that process, and before being sent for peer-review, all papers are evaluated by members of our Editorial Board, so that we can give a quick feedback to the authors of manuscripts which we feel do not conform to the journal objectives and standards.

  1. When a paper is submitted to CLEIej, the Editor-in-Chief assigns the paper to a member of the Editorial Board, who will be its Editor.
  2. The Editor reads the paper's content, and decides whether the paper seems potentially acceptable. In the first case, the paper is sent to two or more external referees, which may recommend the paper to be accepted as-is, accepted subject to some changes, or rejected. On the basis of these recomendations, the Editor may ask the authors to make changes. If at any stage the Editor decides the paper is not acceptable, he will contact the Editor-in-Chief to make a joint decision, and they will send a letter back to the authors explaining the rejection reasons.
  3. If the paper still appears potentially acceptable when the refereeing process is complete, the Editor will communicate all the reviewing information to the Editor-in-Chief, who will then consider the paper and make a final decision on whether to accept it or not.
  4. If the paper is accepted, the Editor-in-Chief will ask the authors to provide a definitive version of the paper in the format of the journal.

Plagiarism Procedures

CLEIej is committed to the highest ethical standards, and regards plagiarism or attempted plagiarism as a serious offense.

The procedure for dealing with suspected plagiarism cases is the following one:

  • When a reviewer or editor detects a suspected case of plagiarism, he/she notifies it to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • The Editor-in-Chief and two members of the Board of CLEI are designated as members of a committee which will revise the evidence presented, and will contact the authors in order to receive his/her discharges.
  • If the committee decides there has been attempted plagiarism, it will impose upon the offending parties sanctions that can include banning authors from publishing in CLEIej for a number of years, and other suitable measures. If the paper has already been published by CLEIej, a retraction will be published.
  • CLEIej will include in its homepage the names of authors found guilty of plagiarism, and the applied sanction.

According with the previous rules, the following authors have been found guilty of plagiarism, and have received sanctions from CLEIej: