Code of Ethics

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement 

Cinema – Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image follows the best practices set out by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) for behaviour of all parties involved in the publication of an article, available at



Duties and Responsibilities

Publication decisions
Editors have full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal and the timing of publication of that content. Editors are responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal will be published, based on the validation of the work in question, its importance to researchers and readers, the reviewers’ comments, and such legal requirements as are currently in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. Editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Relations with authors
Editors must ensure that the authors have access to clear instructions about submission and what is expected from them. Editors are responsible for requiring all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections, if competing interests are revealed after publication. Editors must respect requests from authors that an individual should not review their submission, if these are well reasoned. 

Integrity of the double blind peer review process
Editors are responsible for:
1) the initial selection of manuscripts and for guaranteeing that each selected manuscript is being subsequently forwarded to blind peer review by, at least, two reviewers, who will make a recommendation to accept, reject or modify the manuscript;
2) guaranteeing that appropriate reviewers are selected (i.e. individuals who are able to judge the work and are free from disqualifying competing interests);
3) guaranteeing that guest editors, authors and reviewers are full aware of the procedures of the peer review process;
4) ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of the blind peer-review, guaranteeing that, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other;
5) ensuring that all manuscripts receive a fair review and that manuscripts are evaluated based on their intellectual content without regard to race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Relations with reviewers
Editors are responsible for providing clear advice to reviewers and for requiring reviewers to disclose any potential conflicting interests before agreeing to review a submission. Editors guarantee that the reviewers are encouraged to ensure the originality of submissions and be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism. Editors should monitor the performance of peer reviewers and take steps to ensure its high quality. Editors are responsible for rejecting any review that consistently presents discourteous, poor quality or non-sustained commentaries.

Fair play and editorial independence
Editors evaluate submitted manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity) and its relevance to the journal’s scope, without regard to the authors’ race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation. Decisions to edit and publish are not determined by the policies of governments or any other agencies outside of the journal itself.

Editors and editorial board members will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Editors and editorial board members will not use unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research purposes without the authors’ explicit written consent. Privileged information or ideas obtained by editors as a result of handling the manuscript will be kept confidential and not used for their personal advantage. Editors will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships/connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers; instead, they will ask another member of the editorial board to handle the manuscript. Editors are not allowed to submit their own research to the specific issue they are responsible for. Editors are not allowed to manipulate the citations by pressuring authors to cite previous papers from the journal.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations

Editors (in conjunction with the publisher and/or society) will take responsive measures when ethical concerns are raised with regard to a submitted manuscript or published paper. Every reported act of unethical publishing behaviour will be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication. Cinema – Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image editors follow COPE  when dealing with cases of suspected misconduct. If, on investigation, the ethical concern is well-founded, a correction, retraction, expression of concern or other note as may be relevant, will be published in the journal.


Duties and Responsibilities

Cinema – Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image shares the view that peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication and lies at the heart of scientific endeavour 

Contribution to editorial decisions
Reviewers should support the editor in making editorial decisions, as well as, assist the author in improving the manuscript, throughout the editorial process.

The reviewers must notify the editor whenever he feels unqualified to review properly the research reported in a manuscript or is not available to make the review within the stipulated time, so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer for evaluation.

Standards of objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively and observations formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript. Personal criticism to authors is inappropriate. Reviewers should evaluate manuscripts based only on its content, without regard to the authors’ race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, citizenship, or political philosophy.

Acknowledgement of sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement, derivation or argument that has been reported in previous publications should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also notify the editors of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other manuscript (published or unpublished) of which they have personal knowledge.


Any manuscripts received for review are confidential documents and must be treated as such; they must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the editor (who would only do so under exceptional and specific circumstances). This applies also to invited reviewers who decline the review invitation.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Reviewers must not use for personal advantage any privileged information or ideas contained in the submitted manuscript sent for peer review. Reviewers should not accept to review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the submitted work. Unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the authors. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for the reviewer’s personal advantage. This applies also to invited reviewers who decline the review invitation.


Duties of Authors

Submission standards
Authors should only submit original research to the journal, accompanied by an objective discussion of its significance. The submission guidelines of the journal should be followed (See author guidelines).

Peer review
Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to editors’ requests for raw data, clarifications, and proof of ethics approval, and copyright permissions. In the case of a first decision of "revisions necessary", authors should respond to the reviewers’ comments systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given.

Originality and plagiarism
Authors should ensure that they have written and submit only entirely original works, and if they have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the work reported in the manuscript should also be cited. Plagiarism takes many forms, from "passing off" another's paper as the author's own, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Multiple, duplicate, redundant or concurrent submission/publication
Papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal or primary publication. Hence, authors should not submit for consideration a manuscript that has already been published in another journal. Submission of a manuscript concurrently to more than one journal is unethical and unacceptable publishing behaviour. The publication of some kinds of articles (such as translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided that certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.

Acknowledgement of sources
Authors should ensure that they have properly acknowledged the work of others, and should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately (from conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties) must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Authors should not use information obtained in the course of providing confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, unless they have obtained the explicit written permission of the author(s) of the work involved in these services.

Data access and retention
Authors should provide all necessary data relevant to support the ideas and conclusions of the research. Authors should be prepared to retain these data during the review process.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Authors should—at the earliest stage possible (generally by submitting a disclosure form at the time of submission and including a statement in the manuscript)—disclose any conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. Examples of potential conflicts of interest that should be disclosed include financial ones such as honoraria, educational grants or other funding, participation in speakers’ bureaus, membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interest, and paid expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements, as well as non-financial ones such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge or beliefs in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the work should be disclosed (including the grant number or other reference number if any).

Fundamental errors in published works
When authors discover significant errors or inaccuracies in their own published work, it is their obligation to promptly notify the journal’s editors or publisher and cooperate with them to either correct the paper in the form of an erratum or to retract the paper. If the editors or publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error or inaccuracy, then it is the authors’ obligation to promptly correct or retract the paper or provide evidence to the journal editors of the correctness of the paper.