Publishing Ethics

1. Publication and authorship

a) Open access policy

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

b) License terms

The journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License [BY-NC]. So that, referring to the journal’s content:

1. Any article published in JURA can be freely used and shared (free access to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format), as long as it is attributed to the author(s) and the journal by citing the name of the author(s) and the name of the journal [Attribution - BY].

2. The authors of the articles and the journal itself allow all types of non-commercial use of the papers and, on the contrary, restrict their use for commercial purposes [Non-commercial use - NC].

3. Users can use, reuse and build upon the material published in the journal but only for non-commercial purposes.

c) Publication charges

Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis (JURA) does not levy any charges within the publication process.

d) Authors copyright and publishing rights

The journal allows the author(s) to hold the copyright and to retain publishing rights without restrictions.

e) Role of the funding source

The authors are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement, then this should be stated.

f) Ethics issues 

If you have ethical concerns on a paper, whether published or in review, please contact the editor in the first instance. The editor will then follow the COPE guidelines as explained here.

g) Conflict of interest 

All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.

Each submitted paper should be accompanied by a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement (its template will be provided by the editor), signed and scanned.

h) Submission Declaration

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out. If accepted, it is agreed that it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the journal. The author has to sign and provide a scanned Submission Declaration (its template will be provided by the editor), stating all the above mentioned facts.

2. Author’s responsibilities

The authors are obliged to participate in the peer-review process and to apply the requirements made by the reviewers in order to have their article published in JURA.

Also the authors have to state that all data in the article are real and authentic and they should provide retractions or corrections of eventual mistakes each time that they consider it necessary.

3. Peer-review: responsibility of the reviewers

The reviewers should be objective in their scientific evaluation provided and they should not have any conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders. All the journal articles under review should be treated confidentially.

4. Editorial responsibilities

The editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article and they should have no conflict of interest with respect to the articles which they reject/accept.

It is very important that the editors promote the publication of correction or retraction when errors are found in the paper. Nevertheless, they should preserve the anonymity of the reviewers.

5. Publishing ethics 

The editorial board assures the authors that they will monitor the publishing ethics and that they will maintain the academic integrity of the journal. Moreover, they will preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards and they will always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Plagiarism policy

No plagiarism and no fraudulent data will be accepted. All submitted articles will be firstly included in a plagiarism detection process using the software: PlagiarismDetector.