Code of Ethics

La Deleuziana – a journal that desires aspires to select and publish, through double-blind peer review, the highest quality research in philosophy. In order to achieve this goal, the entire peer review and publication process should be thorough, objective and fair.

This code of ethics is based on COPE’s (Committee on Publication Ethics) Best Practice Guidelines and it is designed to be a comprehensive policy for peer review and publication ethics in La Deleuziana. For further informations:


  1. Editorial Board
  • La Deleuziana offers to its Editorial Board the possibility to review and confirm the roles and responsibilities of all editors and editorial staff.
  • Every year board members are called to discuss their expectations and engagement. To add new editorial board members, to step down existing editorial board members, and/or restructure the editorial board is possible if ¾ of the actual board agree.
  • Editors: Editors should exercise their position of privilege in a confidential, unbiased, prompt, constructive and sensitive manner. Editors have the duty to judge manuscripts only on their scholarly merits. Editors should operate without personal or ideological favoritism or malice.


  1. Relation with Authors and Reviewers
  • Originality:When an Author submits a manuscript to La Deleuziana, the manuscript must be an original work.
  • Authors must not submit the same work, in whole or in part, to different places of publication at the same time, or at any time while the manuscript is under review at La Deleuziana. It is also improper for an Author to submit a manuscript describing essentially the same research to more than one place of publication, unless it is a resubmission of a manuscript rejected for or withdrawn from publication. Thus, an Author may not submit to La Deleuziana a work that is in whole or in part under review elsewhere, nor submit to another publication outlet a work that is in whole or in part under review at La Deleuziana.
  • The manuscript must not have been previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere, either in whole (including book chapters) or in part (including paragraphs of text or exhibits), or in another language, unless it is previously agreed with the Editorial Board.
  • If the manuscript contains materials that overlap with work that is previously published, that is in press, or that is under consideration for publication elsewhere, the Author must cite this work in the manuscript.
  • Authors must explicitly cite their own earlier work and ideas, even when the work or ideas are not quoted verbatim or paraphrased in the manuscript. If exact sentences or paragraphs that appear in another work by the Author are included in the manuscript, the material should be put in quotation marks and appropriately cited in a way that does not compromise the double-blind review process.
  • While self-citation is encouraged, Authors should avoid excessively citing their earlier works in order to inflate their citation count. Authors should also avoid self-citation that might violate the double-blind review process.
  • Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism: All work in the manuscript should be free of any plagiarism, falsification, fabrications, or omission of significant material in all their forms.
  • Authors are expected to explicitly cite others’ work and ideas, even if the work or ideas are not quoted verbatim or paraphrased. This standard applies whether the previous work is published, unpublished, or electronically available. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
  • Redundancy (or “self-plagiarism”) is unacceptable publishing behavior. Redundancy can occur in at least two ways: (1) Authors recycle portions of their previous writings by using identical or nearly identical sentences or paragraphs from earlier writings in subsequent research papers, without quotation or acknowledgement; or (2) Authors create multiple papers that are slight variations on each other, which are submitted for publication in different journals but without acknowledgement of the other papers. Since publication decisions are influenced by the novelty and innovativeness of manuscripts, such deception is inappropriate and unethical.
  • Cases of plagiarism and redundancy will be handled according to the practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics. La Deleuziana reserves the right to evaluate issues of plagiarism and redundancy on a case-by-case basis.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Authors should avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of interest throughout the research process. A conflict of interest is some fact known to a participant in the publication process that if revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived (or an Author, Reviewer, or Editor feel defensive). Conflicts of interest may influence the judgment of Authors, Reviewers, and Editors. The perception of a conflict of interest is nearly as important as an actual conflict, since both erode trust.
  • Authors should disclose in the manuscript’s Acknowledgements any financial or other substantive 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. Authors may withhold the names of specific sponsors if they provide an adequate and full description of the sponsor’s nature and interest.
  • Double-Blind Review: La Deleuziana follows a double-blind review process, whereby Authors do not know Reviewers and vice versa. Authors should respect the confidentiality of the review process and should not reveal themselves to Reviewers, and vice versa. For example, the manuscript should not include any self-revealing information that would identify the Author to a Reviewer. Authors should not post their submitted manuscript (including working papers and prior drafts) on websites where it could be easily discovered by potential Reviewers. Only invited articles can appear in the Journal that were not double-blind reviewed. Anyway invited works published in the Journal are reviewed before publication by editors.
  • The anonymity of Reviewers can only be lifted if Editors receive permission from Reviewers to reveal their identities.
  • Normally, two Reviewers are invited to comment on a manuscript. The Editor should routinely assess all reviews for quality. In rare circumstances, an Editor may edit a review before sending it to an Author (for example, to remove a phrase that would identify the Reviewer) or not send the review to the Author if it is not constructive or appropriate.
  • Reviewers should evaluate manuscripts objectively, fairly and professionally. Reviewers should avoid personal biases in their comments and judgments.
  • In evaluating the manuscript and crafting comments to the Author(s), Reviewers should always keep in mind that their review captures their scholarly judgment about the manuscript. Reviewers should be honest with the Author in terms of their concerns about the manuscript. Reviewers should explain and support their scholarly judgments adequately; that is, they should provide sufficient detail to the Author to justify their recommendation to the Editor.
  • Editors should take steps to ensure the timely review of all manuscripts and respond promptly to inquiries from Authors about the status of a review.
  • Accuracy: Authors have the ultimate responsibility for all materials included in a manuscript submitted to La Deleuziana. If an Author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own work, it is the Author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal Editor and cooperate with the Editor to retract or correct the paper. If the Editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the Author to promptly retract or correct the manuscript or provide evidence to the Editor of the correctness of the original paper.
  • Co-Authorship:All Co-Authors of papers should have made significant contributions to the work and share accountability for the results. Authorship and credit should be shared in proportion to the various parties’ contributions. Authors should take responsibility and credit, including authorship credit, only for work they have actually performed or to which they have contributed. Other contributions should be cited in the manuscript’s Acknowledgements or an endnote.
  • Copyright Law:Authors should check their manuscripts for possible breaches of copyright law (e.g., where permissions are needed for quotations, artwork or tables taken from other publications) and secure the necessary permissions before submission. Authors should avoid anything in the text of the manuscript that might be actionable, such as defamation. Authors should avoid using sexist and biased language that could be interpreted as denigrating to ethnic or other groups.
  • Timeliness: Authors should be prompt with their manuscript revisions. If an Author cannot meet the deadline given, the Author should contact La Deleuziana Editors as soon as possible to determine whether a longer time period or withdrawal from the review process should be chosen.
  • Post publication:The Author holds the copyright to his/her published articlesLa Deleuziana will not ask for any exclusive right. Authors don’t need to contact La Deleuziana for permission to publish their article (or a selection from the article) elsewhere, such as to use La Deleuziana article as a book chapter or a translation. Authors retain the right to reproduce, distribute, display and perform their own work in respect of either their research or their teaching work. However, communicating it to the Editorial Board and giving proper credits to the previous publication on La Deleuziana is considered fair and warmly suggested.
  • When the Author submits an article for evaluation he/she agrees with this Code of Ethics, without the need of any further form of written agreement.