Any article received by the Revue REGARDSUDS is subject to screening by management. The main objective is to ensure that the content of the article complies with the objectives and mission of the review. Once this step is completed, the article is submitted in strict anonymity to an evaluator. The task of the evaluator is to make an objective evaluation explicitly focused on the contribution of the text to the advancement of geography and development and especially to the knowledge of the South. The report submitted by the evaluator is considered acceptable when it contains precise and substantiated explanations of the originality of the content, the consistency of the methodology used, the relevance of the results obtained and the importance of the sources used. If the article is submitted with maps, tables and graphs, an infographic assessment will be conducted. In addition to this infographic, there is an automatic language evaluation to ensure the quality of English or French.

Publication and authorship

  • All manuscripts submitted to REGARDSUDS are subjected to strict single-blind peer-review process by at least two independent referees that are experts in the field of the submitted paper. Acceptance is based on scientific significance, originality, and clarity.
  • Based on the referees’ comments, a decision (Acceptable in the present form; Minor revision; Major revision; Reject and resubmission; Reject) is made by the Associate Editor in charge of the review process. At the end of the review process, the Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision.
  • Even if authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a manuscript, there is no guarantee that the revised manuscript will be accepted.
  • Rejected manuscripts will not be re-evaluated.
  • Manuscripts may be rejected without review if the editor considers the article obviously not suitable for publication or out of scope of the journal.
  • The manuscript acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.

Authors’ responsibilities

  • Authors must ensure that the manuscript is entirely their original work, that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere, and that the manuscript is not currently being under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Authors must participate in the peer review process.
  • If at any point in time the authors discover a significant error or inaccuracy in the submitted manuscript, they are obliged to report the error or inaccuracy to the editor immediately.
  • Every author listed in the manuscript must make a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. Authors must also ensure that all the authors have seen and agreed to the submitted manuscript and their inclusion as co-authors.
  • Authors must disclose all sources and methods used to obtain and analyze data.
  • Authors must notify the editors of any conflicts of interest.
  • Authors must ensure that the manuscript has been read and corrected for clarity, grammar, and spelling by an English native speaker.

Referees’ responsibilities

  • Referees should respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of a manuscript during or after the peer-review process.
  • Referees should be objective and constructive, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory and from making libelous or derogatory personal comments.
  • Referees should evaluate the manuscript based on its suitability for the journal and its originality. Referees should also evaluate whether the manuscript has clear objectives, sound methods, and clear and sufficient results supporting the conclusions with appropriate figures, tables, and references.
  • Referees should report their review results clearly with supporting arguments.
  • Referees should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
  • Referees should bring the editor’s attention to any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
  • Referees should not 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 papers.

Editors’ responsibilities

  • Editors are held accountable and should take responsibility for everything they allow to be published.
  • Editors must base their decisions solely on the papers’ importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the journal’s scope, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  • Editors must not share information about the manuscripts, including whether they have been received and are under review, their content and status in the review process, any criticism by reviewers, and their ultimate fate, to anyone other than the authors and reviewers. Editors must also make clear that reviewers should keep manuscripts, associated material, and the information they contain strictly confidential.
  • Editors must preserve the anonymity of the referees.
  • Editors must make sure that the funding source of the research should be declared and published, and that the role of the funding source in the conception, conduct, analysis, and reporting of the research is stated and published.
  • Editors must ensure that all research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines.
  • Editors must not allow any conflicts of interest between editorial staff, authors, referees, and editorial board members.
  • Editors must guard the integrity of the publication by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct.

Plagiarism

Tous les articles publiés par REGARDSUDS doivent être uniquement du matériel original. Faire passer l’article d’un autre pour celui de l’auteur, copier ou paraphraser des parties substantielles de l’article d’un autre (sans attribution) ou revendiquer les résultats de recherches menées par d’autres sont tous considérés comme des formes de plagiat. Le plagiat sous toutes ses formes constitue un comportement de publication contraire à l’éthique et est inacceptable.

Duplicate Submission

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 constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Data Fabrication and Falsification

Authors should not include spurious data or false research results in the manuscript. Also, manipulation of the research process or the arbitrary alteration or omission of data which leads to the distortion of the contents or the results of the research should not be done.

References

COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement | Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica (AHC) (ahc-journal.jp)

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement (openedition.org)