These guidelines draw on and adhere to the Publishing ethics resource kit by Elsevier and on the recommendations described in the Core Practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


LINGUACULTURE is a peer-reviewed journal that adopts the following Ethical Policy Statement.

Responsibilities of Authors

Originality and Plagiarism

Authors should ensure that they have submitted entirely original works, and that they have appropriately cited or quoted any work and/or words of others used in their paper.

Plagiarism may take many forms, from taking another author’s work and passing it off as one’s own, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of other people’s contributions without attribution, or claiming the results from the research conducted by others as one’s own. All forms of plagiarism are considered unethical publishing behaviour and are unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Authors must always give proper acknowledgment of the work of others. All publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the submitted work must be quoted. Information obtained by other means, privately, in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without the explicit, written permission of the source. Information obtained while performing confidential services, e.g. manuscript reviews or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

Multiple Publication

Authors should not submit manuscripts about the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. This is considered unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.


The list of paper authors should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the elaboration of the paper, either in its conception, design, execution, or interpretation. All the people contributing to the paper should be listed as co-authors. Measures should be taken so that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are listed in the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Notification of Errors in Published Papers

Authors who discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work have the duty to promptly notify the journal. They should cooperate with the Editor-in-Chief to retract or correct the paper.

Funding and conflicts of interest

Authors have a duty to disclose in their manuscript any financial or other important conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.


Responsibilities of Peer Reviewers

Editorial involvement

Peer reviewers have a duty to assist the editor in the making of editorial decisions. They may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Qualification and promptness

Reviewers who consider that they are not qualified to review a manuscript or know that it will be impossible for them to carry out the review in due time should notify the Editorial Board and ask to be replaced.


All the manuscripts received for review should be treated with strict confidentiality. Manuscripts must not be shown to or discussed with third parties without the consent of the responsible editor.

Objectivity and conflicting interests

Reviewers have a duty to conduct their review in an objective manner, with no personal criticism of the author. Reviewers should express their views clearly and support them with strong arguments. Reviewers must notify the Editorial Board of any potential conflicts of interest that may prevent them from delivering an objective review.

Notification of ethical issues

Reviewers should pay attention to ethical issues present in the paper and identify any significant published work that has not been properly cited by the author. Any statement dealing with such an ethical issue should be accompanied by the relevant citation. Any similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper should be reported to the editor.


Responsibilities of the Editorial Board

The Editorial Board decides which of the papers submitted to the journal should be published. These decisions are based on the paper’s validation by reviewers, its originality, relevance and belonging to the scope of the journal.


The Editorial Board does not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, if appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors must recuse themselves from considering 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 papers.

Editors require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations

The Editorial Board is committed to take reasonably responsive measures if ethical complaints are presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper. All reported acts of unethical publishing behaviour will be investigated, even if they are discovered years after publication.