Publishing ethics

Publishing ethics and publication malpractice statement

How does the journal enforce publishing ethics and prevent malpractices?

The editors of Sinergie Italian Journal of Management apply the principles of independence, confidentiality and fairness when reviewing submissions.

Reviewers examine the submissions objectively and confidentially, in a way that helps authors to improve their manuscript.

Editors and reviewers will not use unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their personal advantage.

Possible conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative or other relationships with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers will be disclosed by editors and reviewers.

Authors who submit articles to Sinergie Italian Journal of Management agree to the following terms of conduct regarding avoidance of plagiarism, authorship, redundant publications, copyright protection, legality and disclosure of conflicts of interest.

The paper is the authors’ original work, the contents are based on the authors’ own research and are expressed in their own words. If authors have used the work or words of others, they must be appropriately cited and referenced.

All individuals identified as authors actually contributed to the paper, and all individuals who contributed are included. Those who have provided support but have not contributed to the research should be acknowledged on the first page of the article.

If the paper was prepared jointly, the corresponding author has informed the co-authors of the terms of conduct and has obtained their signed written permission to adhere to and to sign the Licence for Publishing on their behalf as their agent.

The paper is submitted only to Sinergie Italian Journal of Management and publication is not redundant: the paper has not been published in its current or a substantially similar form before, has not been included in another manuscript, and is not currently under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere; as a controlled exception, papers developed from published conference proceedings are accepted but only as a result of a previous explicit agreement between the editors of Sinergie Italian Journal of Management and the conference organisers.

If excerpts from copyrighted works owned by third parties are included, the authors shall obtain written permission from the copyright owners for all uses, and show credit to the sources in the paper.

The paper and any submitted supporting information must contain no libellous or unlawful statements, must not infringe upon the rights (including without limitation the copyright, patent or trademark rights) or the privacy of others, must not breach any confidentiality obligation, must not violate a contract or any law, must not contain material or instructions that might cause harm or injury, and must only use data that has been obtained in accordance with applicable legal requirements and the journal’s policies.

The author must confirm that there are no conflicts of interest relating to the paper, except as disclosed. Accordingly, the author represents that the following information shall be clearly identified on the title page of the paper: (1) all financial and material support for the research and work; (2) any financial interests the author or any co-authors may have in companies or other entities that have an interest in the information in the paper or any submitted supporting information (e.g. grants, advisory boards, employment, consultancies, contracts, honoraria, royalties, expert testimony, partnerships or stock ownership); and (3) indication of no such financial interests if appropriate.

All authors will receive a final version of the article, take responsibility for the content, agree to its Open Access publication under the terms of the Creative Commons License Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). The authors will take responsibility of the order of the contributors listed on the paper and of the sections allocation. All authors must read and adhere to the License for Publishing “Author Agreement to Publish a Paper as Open-Access on


After publication, in case of detection, the author is obliged to provide retractions or correction of mistakes, as well as clarifications and apologies when needed. The publisher and the editors will always be will always be willing to publish the necessary corrections and explanations. In the event that the publisher or the editors are made aware of any research misconduct or other problems connected to the published papers, they will deal with them appropriately. Specific guidelines for paper withdrawals have been defined, as follows.

What happens in case of research misconduct, after a paper has been published?

Paper withdrawals: guidelines

Fondazione Cueim, as the publisher of Sinergie Italian Journal of Management, and its editor-in-chief and co-editor, are committed to taking reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication and subsequent distribution of articles entailing research misconduct. They are concerned about defending public trust in research also in relation to previously published papers.

In relevant cases, published papers can be retracted, replaced or removed. The original version will be kept in the official archive.

Papers will be retracted when there is a violation of professional ethics (e.g. multiple submissions, plagiarism, false claims of authorship, counterfeit data). A retraction note, signed by the editors, will be published in a journal’s issue and included in the summary. The same retraction note will be displayed at the beginning of the online article.

The paper replacement takes place if the content could pose a severe risk when implemented. In this case, after an investigation, the authors will be asked to replace the original with an amended version. A replacement note will be published in the journal and online with a link to the amended article and the document’s history.

Papers will be removed if there is a violation of legal rights (e.g. defamatory content). In this case, the original document cannot be retrieved any more for legal reasons.