Specula: Journal of Humanities and Spirituality


Statement of Good Practice

SPECULA. Journal of Humanities and Spirituality

Statement on ethical conduct and rejection of malpractice

The Editorial Board of Specula. Journal of Humanities and Spirituality declares its commitment to ethical conduct and a rejection of malpractice in its editorial process, in order to ensure standards of scientific quality. In accordance with this commitment, it follows the principles established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (https://publicationethics.org/core-practices) and takes into account the ethical policies suggested by Elsevier (https://www.elsevier.com/authors/journal-authors/policies-and-ethics) and ensures compliance with the Ethical Code of Good Practice in Research, approved by the Catholic University of Valencia in 2022 (https://www.ucv.es/investigacion/informacion-para-investigadores), which subscribes to the principles of the ALLEA Code of Conduct (European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity), and is a signatory of the National Declaration on Scientific Integrity (https://cosce.org/declaracion-nacional-sobre-integridad-cientifica).

In addition, Specula has signed up to the DORA Declaration (https://sfdora.org) or San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment in 2022. In this regard, Specula encourages responsible authorship practices and the provision of information on the specific contributions of each author, as one of the principles of the Declaration.

Specula. Journal of Humanities and Spirituality declares a total rejection of plagiarism in all its typologies in all the publications under evaluation. Likewise, the journal rejects redundant, overlapping or multiple publication practices, in whole or in part. If these bad practices are detected, the originals will be rejected and, if they are detected in articles already published, the author will be asked to modify them or, in cases of greater scope, their publication will be eliminated.

Originals will be evaluated by a blind review system (blind peer review). Reviewers will be specialists in the subject of the article. In all circumstances, reviewers who may have a potential conflict of interest with the research topic or its authors will be excluded. Evaluations in which a reviewer cites the need to cite his or her own research as an indication of quality will be rejected. In this case, a triple review will be used when the Editorial Board deems it appropriate. Editorial decisions will be appropriate to the quality and scientific originality of the papers, as well as to the journal's line and compliance with its editorial standards. In no case will there be grounds of race, ideology, gender or sexual orientation, nationality or academic affiliation.

Anti-plagiarism policy

Specula. Journal of Humanities and Spirituality maintains a policy that guarantees the originality of all its articles through the use of Turnitin anti-plagiarism software. This tool allows us to detect coincidences or similarities between the original articles submitted to Specula and works previously published in other sources. The editorial team will submit the proposed articles to an anti-plagiarism review before proceeding to their formal review and external evaluation. If plagiarism is detected, the article will be rejected for publication and the authors will be informed.

Digital preservation policy

Specula. Journal of Humanities and Spirituality guarantees the permanent accessibility of the digital objects it hosts on its servers through:

  • Daily backups.
  • Monitoring of the technological environment to anticipate possible migrations of obsolete formats or software.
  • Digital preservation metadata.
  • Use of DOI.

Likewise, the contents of Specula. Journal of Humanities and Spirituality and are archived and disseminated through the Web Spaces of the Catholic University of Valencia, both in the RIUCV Institutional Repository (https://riucv.ucv.es), as well as in the Open Journal System platform on the UCV journals website (https://revistas.ucv.es) and in the DOAJ Digital Repository. The digital preservation policy is periodically reviewed by the Publications Service of the Catholic University of Valencia..

Interoperability protocol

Specula. Journal of Humanities and Spirituality, provides an OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative - Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) interface that allows third parties and information services to access the metadata of published content.
OAI-PMH Protocol Version 2.0
Dublin Core Metadata
Harvesters' route: