Publication Ethics and Guidelines

Ovidius is a peer-reviewed scientific journal whose policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Code. See the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors ( The following guidelines are aligned with the principles set out in the Committee on Publication Ethics Core Practices ( and the Code of Conduct of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (

The Editors (normally two) are selected for a four-year term by the Board of the IOS. The Editorial Board is selected by the IOS Board and Ovidius Editor(s). Editorial Board members will serve a three-year term and may serve more than one consecutive term. Editors and members of the Editorial Board must be members in good standing of the IOS. Every effort will be made, in the selection of both editors and board members, to represent the span of scholarship on Ovid, as well as demographic factors.

The Editors are responsible for the vetting of the submissions to the journal and for the oversight of the production process. They may seek advice from the Editorial Board on specific aspects of the management of the journal and for the resolution of any disagreements that arise between them. The Editors and the Editorial Board are committed to the principles of academic freedom and to ensuring the fairness of the review process. The Editors are, further, responsible for ensuring impartial and timely peer reviews, the anonymity of referees, and the confidentiality of the process.

Submissions are assessed blindly, on the basis of their originality, relevance, and contribution to the field, irrespective of the identity of the Author(s). This occurs through a double-blind peer review process, involving at least one reader from outside the Editorial Board. Further reviews may be sought if there is a disagreement between readers and the Editors do not feel qualified to resolve it. Referees are chosen and approached by the Editors, who may seek preliminary advice from individual members of the Editorial Board.

Responses to articles previously published in Ovidius, editor-solicited articles, and review discussions are assessed by the Editors, who may also seek the views of external readers. If an Author or a member of the Editorial Board believes that a submission should not be reviewed by a specific scholar because of a possible conflict of interest, the Editors will take that into serious and careful consideration.

Ovidius is committed to the free and open circulation of knowledge, and does not charge for any stage of the review or production process. That said, the journal is always happy to receive support toward costs of the publication process from scholarly entities and universities.