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Statement of ethics and editorial malpractice

Argos, a biannual electronic journal of studies and literary creation, of the University of Guadalajara, publishes approximately 18 articles per year, the result of scientific research by national and foreign authors, as well as original and unpublished literary works of the literary artistic community, which have high professional recognition in the field of social sciences and humanities. Our main objective is to spread scientific knowledge material as well as literary works and make it available to the community in general through a comprehensive open access system.

Due to the foregoing, the editors of Argos assume the ethical commitment of neutrality in relation to the contents of the articles that are sent to the editorial office of the magazine, without prejudice to religious, political, ethnic, gender or any other ideologies that generate controversy or controversy.

The articles and literary works that are sent to the Argos editorial office to be considered in a future publication, go through different revision processes: technical, methodological and content aspects; An average of three revisions per article are carried out before publication and each reviewer (editors and referees) is responsible for the corresponding process, so each member of the editorial team, including the referees, must objectively adhere to the ethical criteria established by the magazine and assume the commitment to act objectively, professionally and ethically, at all stages of the editorial process.

1.1.- It is the responsibility of the Editorial Assistant:

  • Proceed at all times in an objective and professional manner in the performance of their duties, without any discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, religious, political, ethnic ideologies or of any other nature that generates controversy or controversies.
  • Process articles that are accepted equally, without making any distinction or giving preference to authors of high prestige, or for academic merit, whether national or foreign, avoiding commercial, personal or other influences at all times.
  • Be the first instance in the resolution of complaints and controversies.
  • Receive written complaints from the authors when they are of an ethical nature or motivated by some procedural problem of the article and refer them to the Directorate of the journal for due processing.
  • Give timely follow-up to the complaints presented by the authors, following the corresponding procedures, giving the author the right to reply and considering the arguments that originate the complaint.
  • Investigate the origin of the complaints and submit in writing to the author, the resolutions issued by the Directorate of the magazine.
  • Keep in an organized way, all the documentation and archive of the journal.

1.2.- It is the responsibility of the examiner:

  • Objectively adhere to the evaluation criteria established in the basic report form.
  • Conduct themselves in an objective and professional manner in reviewing articles without influencing their academic or personal perspective on the subject.
  • Objectively review the articles that are sent by the Editorial Assistant, propose improvements in the quality of the works and send them to the journal's editorial office for follow-up.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of the authors or any information provided by the Editorial Assistant.
  • Avoid the conservation of the revised work, not to copy or process it for any work of their own authorship.
  • Give timely notice to the Editorial Assistant if the work under review is similar to another that is already published or in the process of being reviewed by another journal.
    Inform the Editorial Assistant in a timely manner if the work under review presents a conflict of interest.
  • Request in a timely manner to the Editorial Assistant, the change of the article to be reviewed if he considers that it is outside his thematic specialty.
  • Point out relevant published work that is not yet cited.

1.3.- t is the responsibility of the author:

  • Send your collaboration in the times mentioned in the corresponding call, complying with the requirements mentioned in it.
    Attend in a timely manner, the observations made by the Editorial Assistant and Reviewer.
  • Provide the Editorial Assistant with the necessary author identification information, including those related to your article.
  • Sign the declaration of authorship to confirm that the submitted work is not simultaneously in the process of review or application for publication with another journal.
  • Confirm that your article is original and unpublished when applying for publication in Argos.
  • Have the necessary permissions if your work includes graphic sources (photographs, charts or any other type that requires it) and provide the Editorial Assistant with the permissions granted.
  • Cite all sources that are used in your work.
  • Declare any type of conflict of interest and avoid any type of influence during the editorial process.
  • Promptly notify the Editorial Assistant if any significant error is identified in the publication and cooperate with him in correcting it when required.

2.1.- It is considered unethical behavior:

  1. When any member of the Direction, Editorial Committee or Reviewer, receives from any person or author, any gift (financial or in kind) so that an article under review is approved.
  2. When the Editorial Assistant, Reviewer, author or any member of the journal does not professionally fulfill their responsibilities, affecting the interests of the journal or the authors.
  3. When the Editorial Assistant does not accept a publication proposal without presenting the necessary and convincing arguments or, due to personal or political conflicts with the author.
  4. When the Editorial Assistant, the Directorate, Reviewer, author or any member of the journal does not behave with due respect to the counterpart in cases of conflict or complaint.
  5. When the Management, Editorial Committee or Reviewer do not take care of the ethical principle of confidentiality of the authors.
  6. When the Directorate, Editorial Committee or Reviewer provides third parties with information about the journal, authors, documents or any other text, without the corresponding permissions and this represents economic, material or any other damage to the journal, members of the same or authors.
  7. When the Editorial Assistant does not adequately follow up the complaint procedure that is sent to him by the authors.
  8. When the Direction or Editorial Committee does not carry out the appropriate procedure, does it partially or does not proceed in the resolution of a conflict or complaint presented in a timely manner by the author.
  9. When the author intends to give a gift (financial or in kind) to any member of the Management or Editorial Committee so that the resolution of a conflict is in his favor.
  10. When the author does not attend to the observations made by the Editorial Assistant or Reviewer, which will give rise to the suspension of the article in the editorial process.
  11. When the author does not sign the declaration of authorship or the corresponding license and insists on the publication of his article.
  12. When the author does not properly cite parts of his text whose source is from another author and are not part of those mentioned in number 16 of this code.
  13. When the author does not present the authorizations requested by the Editorial Assistant.
  14. When the author intentionally intends to publish more than one article in the same edition.
  15. When the author includes more bibliographical references than those cited in his work and is not typified as indirect plagiarism.
  16. When the author commits plagiarism in any of the following ways:
    1. Direct plagiarism: When a text or work is transcribed, copied, or literally reproduced without the authorization of the original author or without specifying the original source; when the original author is not credited; when minor changes are made to the appointment without mentioning that it is one; and, use synonyms in a quote and present it as your own text.
    2. Indirect plagiarism: When the citation system is not used correctly; when in a direct quotation, they open quotation marks and it is not specified where they close, when opening and closing quotation marks continues with the quotation; when paraphrasing is used almost identically to citation; when the author is not given credit when using paraphrases; when in the final list of references there is an uncited bibliography; when citing and not including the reference in the final list.
    3. Plagiarism of references: When it is quoted and the reference does not correspond to the author of the same; when data is omitted from the reference; when when citing, only the author is mentioned but not the reference work or vice versa.
    4. Self-plagiarism or text recycling: Cuando re-utiliza material propio que ya fue publicado, sin indicar la referencia al trabajo anterior; cuando pretende publicar un artículo ya antes publicado y lo presenta como uno nuevo; cuando cita sus propios trabajos anteriormente publicados de manera recurrente en un mismo texto.

3.1.- Identification of unethical behavior:

  • Any person, whether reader, author, Editorial Assistant or member of the journal, can detect unethical behavior and bring it to the attention of the Editor at any time necessary. Said behaviors are not limited to those established in the previous section.
  • The person who informs the Editorial Assistant about the indicated conduct must provide the necessary evidence to prove said behavior, in order to initiate the investigation process on the case. All accusations are important and will be taken with the due respect and seriousness they deserve, following up until the end of the process and resolution of the case.

3.2.- Procedure and investigation:

  • The Editorial Assistant is the first instance that will have the function of resolving the conflict in cases of minor infraction, after consulting with the Directorate.
  • When the infraction is of greater consideration or serious, it will refer the case to the Directorate, who will have the power to resolve the merits of the matter.
  • The Editorial Assistant must compile a file with the necessary evidence on the indicated case and send it to the Directorate for study. Only the information revealed in the evidence will be taken into account.
  • The Directorate will address the arguments of the affected party, whether they do so in person or in writing through any means of communication.
  • The Directorate will assist the parties in conflict, giving each of them the right to express their grounds and arguments, maintaining the required objectivity and impartiality at all times.
  • The Directorate will set a specific term to analyze the case and will issue a final resolution.
  • All resolutions will be made in writing, sending a copy to the parties involved and the magazine file.

3.3.- Hierarchy for conflict resolution:

  • If the infraction is minor; it is solved by the Editorial Assistant.
  • If the infraction is major, serious or is committed by the Editorial Assistant; resolved by the Directorate.
  • If the infraction is committed by any member of the Management; it is resolved by the Heads of the Departments to which the magazine is attached.
  • If the infraction is committed by a member of the Editorial Committee, it is resolved by the Board of Directors of the journal.
  • In all cases, the procedure described in section 3.2.

3.4.- It is considered a minor offense:

  • Minor misconduct that does not put at risk the integrity of the magazine, its contents, the authors or any other member of the mass and whose origin is due to omissions or carelessness of the offending party, which will have the right to express their arguments to the Editorial Assistant, by writing clarifying the points for what said fault was committed.
  • Numerals 10 to 15 of numeral 2, corresponding to unethical behavior, of this code.

3.5.- Serious offenses are considered:

  • Those that lack decorum and respect for people, expressing offenses or violating the right of any member of the community or attempt against the interests of the magazine or the University of Guadalajara.
  • Numerals 1 to 9 of point 2, corresponding to unethical behavior, of this code.
  • Plagiarism in any of its modalities of those mentioned in number 16 of Unethical Behavior.
  • Negative publicity towards the magazine or coercion so that collaborators do not participate in it.
  • Verbal or physical aggression against members of the magazine or against any collaborator of the same.
  • Those that conform to criminal offenses.


  • Written notice to the offending person, about the act committed, clarifying the omission or misunderstanding that allows the necessary corrections to be made.
  • Letter addressed to the offending person, in which he is warned about bad practices and alerting him to the consequences of unethical behavior in the future.
  • Written notice published in the magazine, detailing the editorial misconduct.
  • Letter addressed to the head of the dependency where the offending person is assigned, detailing the misconduct and requesting that it proceed in accordance with the rules of the institution.
  • Formal cancellation of the offender's contributions for a specified period of time.
  • If necessary, inform the university authorities so that the corresponding measures are taken to the facts derived from the misconduct.
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