About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Espirales. Revista multidisciplinaria de investigación is a scientific journal dedicated to the quartely publication of articles of original research results in Spanish, English and Portuguesewhich covers a variety of topics related to several knowledge in social sciences.
The purpose of the journal is to spread the scientific knowledge of the investigators. Espirales. Revista multidisciplinaria de investigación is aimed at teachers, researchers and academic community
Espirales. Revista multidisciplinaria de investigación is an edited publication by Universidad de Oriente and Global University. All the material submitted to the journal for publication and accepted by the Editorial Committee in attention to its quality and relevance is subjected to review by peer specialists in the corresponding fields of knowledge.
Peer Review Process
Publication and authorship
The Journal does not accept previously published material. Authors are responsible for obtaining the appropriate permissions to partially reproduce material (text, tables or figures) from other publications and for citing the source correctly. The collaborations that appear here do not necessarily reflect the thinking of the Journal. Collaborations are published under the authors’ responsibility.
If the author of an article wants to include it later in another publication, the journal in which it is published shall clearly identify the data of the original publication, previous permission requested to the journal Editor.
For its part, the Journal reserves the printing and total or partial reproduction of the material rights as well as the right to accept or reject the article. It also reserves the right to make any editorial changes it deems appropriate.
Peer Review Process
Each of the articles received is subjected to a process of review and selection. The study and the initial selection of the writings are in charge of the Editorial Committee, which accepts or rejects the original work based on the scientific quality, agreement with the Journal themes, and the validity in time of the results. In addition, the Committee may request changes and make recommendations they deem necessary to adjust the document to the indications of the Journal. Following this review, the article will undergo double-blind evaluation by two external academic peers who will issue a concept in which the article is accepted without any changes, the article is accepted subjected to minor changes and does not require a new evaluation, the article is approved subject to major changes and requires a new evaluation or the article is rejected. In the case the evaluators’ concept leads to disputes, such disputes will initially be resolved by the Editor of the Journal or, if necessary, a second or third academic peer evaluation will be requested.
Anonymity of both, the authors and evaluators, is required in the evaluation process. Similarly, this evaluation will be reported to the author of the article via email in order to make the necessary adjustments requested by the evaluators. Upon receipt of the article with the corrections made, the Journal will verify compliance with the suggestions of the evaluators and will analyze the justifications for those corrections that have not been taken into account. Once approved this phase, the article will be sent back to the author, and if necessary, the author will make adjustments as may be appropriate. The review and acceptance process of the submitted material can take an average of four months, and the article reception does not imply its approval and automatic publication.
Publication Process Time
The review of the papers submitted to the journal maintains a review time of 2 to 4 weeks. The publication will be scheduled according to the shipping order depending on the evaluations and corrections
Review Form Attached
This journal published monthly during its beginning until the month of July 2019. Its current periodicity is quarterly publishing the month of January – March, April – June, July – September, October - December
Open Access Policy
This journal provides free access to its content through its website following the principle that making research available free of charge to the public supports a larger exchange of global knowledge.
Web content of the journal is distributed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International.
This License allows others to distribute, mix, adjust and build from the authors' work, even for commercial purposes, whenever the authorship of the original creation is recognized.
The Journal makes a Non-Commercial recognition and only keeps the publication rights of the articles.
The articles published in the Journal are subject to the following terms:
Only those people who have contributed intellectually to the development of the work must be included In the list of signing authors. Having helped in data collection or having participated in one of the techniques used are not by themselves, sufficient criteria for authorship. In general, in order to be listed as an author, the following requirements must be met:
- Having participated in the design and implementation of the work that has resulted in the article to be submitted.
- Having participated in the text writing and any revisions thereof.
- Having approved the version that will eventually be published.
The Journal accepts no responsibility for any possible disputes regarding the authorship of the works published.
The journal is adheres to COPE (https://publicationethics.org/).
1. Transfer of Copyright
Along with the article, authors shall forward the "Declaration of Commitment by the Authors”format respectively signed by each of the authors.
The judgments and opinions expressed in the articles and papers published in the Journal are the author or authors’ judgments and opinions and not necessarily those of the Editorial Committee.
2. Right readers
Readers have the right to read all articles for free immediately after publication.This publication does not make any economic charge for the publication or for access to their material.
3. Readability in the machines and interoperability
The full text, metadata and references of the articles can be tracked and accessed with permission.Our open social policy allows the legibility of the files and their metadata, promoting interoperability under the OAI-PMH protocol of open data and open source.The files are available in HTML and PDF format, which facilitates the reading of them on any device and computing platform.
4. Publication Rights
If the document is accepted for publication, copyright will be from of journal. As mentioned, each article must be accompanied by the Declaration of Commitment by authors in which it is specified that the article is unpublished and indicates that copyrights are the exclusive property of the Journal, and other aspects that are explicit in the document such as the article has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Moreover, the author is responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material protected by copyright and must clearly specify which table, figure or text will be cited and full bibliographic reference. The opinions, judgments and views expressed by the authors are their own and do not reflect the opinion or policy of the Journal.
The Journal articles adhere to the DOI system whereby technical and social infrastructure for the registration and use of identifiers for use in digital networks is established.
The works sent by authors to the Journal will be submitted to anti-plagiarism software. The dictum will be known to the authors by correspondence in cases that exceed the 10 % coincidence. The works that maintain a percentage less than 10 % will proceed to the editorial and blind peer review.
Code of ethics
1. Duties of Authors
Originality and Plagiarism: All articles must be the original work of authors and not evidence plagiarism.
Acknowledgement of sources: If the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: Authors must not submit the same article to more than one journal concurrently.
Access and retention: If the Editor or members of the Editorial Committee consider it appropriate, the authors of the articles must also make available the sources or data on which the research is based, which may be kept for a reasonable period of time after of the publication and possibly made accessible.
2. Duties of the Editor
Publication decisions: The Editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the Journal should be published. The publication decision should be guided by the policies of the Journal Editorial Board, and should be based exclusively on the academic merit and the decision of the evaluators.
Honesty: An Editor should evaluate articles for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
Confidentiality: The Editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted article to anyone other than the corresponding author, evaluators, potential evaluators, editorial advisers, as appropriate.
3. Duties of Evaluators
Contribution to Editorial Decisions: Peer review assists the editors in making editorial decisions.
Promptness: Any selected referee who feels unqualified or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor and excuse himself from the review process.
Confidentiality: Any articles received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to, or discussed with others except as authorized by the Editor.
Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with arguments.
Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the Editor attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Conflict of Interest
The Journal expects authors to declare any commercial association that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article.
By the nature of the articles that can eventually be published in the Journal, conflicting interests conditions may occur that can affect the impartiality in the editorial conditions or against the authors. Therefore, each author has to make an effort to identify them.
In this sense the authors should attach along with the article and the declaration of commitment, a communication to the Journal stating clearly and concisely if conflicts of interest exist, specifying each. This communication also has to specify the source of funding carried out for research, as well as the declaration of any commercial, financial or personal relationship that may affect the article or the publishing institution.
Procedure for duplication
For duplication of texts, which is the ability to copy or reproduce in textual form one or more times a content or literary work in a new medium (digital or any other format), the Journal bases on the following general procedure: all editorial material, with respect to which duplication has been requested or set, shall be headed by a legend that clearly identifies duplicate quality and that sets a difference from the original.
To carry out this type of reproduction, the applicant must fill out the internal application form for duplication and send it by mail to the Journal (see format). The format should be completed by the responsible for the procedure, even if it is the Journal that determines its need.
Procedure against the originality and plagiarism
For purposes of this policy, the originality must be considered from two perspectives: first, as the certainty that the work comes from who claims to be its author; and second, that it is new and different from other works created previously. The concept of plagiarism also refers to the fact that the work or article distinguishes from copies, counterfeits or unauthorized branches, or the unauthorized or non-suitable use of fragments of another work.
Authors are responsible to ensure the originality of the articles provided to the Journal, as well as the accuracy of the data and results included in them, stating clearly and concisely so that the contents are original and have not been copied, fabricated, distorted or manipulated.
Plagiarism or unauthorized use of other people’s or third-party’s contents, in all its forms, is totally rejected by the Journal. Similarly, multiple or redundant publications are considered serious offense to ethics.
The authors will refrain from sending to the Journal, texts that have been simultaneously submitted to another journal. It is possible to publish content to expand other contents published or under consideration, provided the text on which it is based is properly cited.
An erratum applies only to cases where the journal has effectively wrong without the knowledge of the author. The author has a number of instances where errors/mistakes can and should be corrected such as author name, keywords, title, and errors in the main text.
The journal submits the final test of the revised and ready article for publication to the author of correspondence with the period of one week for review and correction of the article. If the deadline for response expires without a return of the authors, the magazine considers that the article is approved (since the author has not spoken about the need for any changes / fixes) and therefore ready for publication.
Events of conflict of interest against evaluators
It corresponds to the evaluators of the Journal to declare any conflict of interest that arise in relation to papers submitted for consideration.
The conflict of interest in relation to a work submitted for consideration of an evaluator or people who are part of the editorial team arises when there exists direct personal or professional relationship with the author, feud, or there is a relationship of any kind with the research that gave rise to the article, as well as if there is a deep moral or ethical conflict with the subject examined. Generally, members of the editorial team and external evaluators have to refrain from reviewing works when any of these or similar situations occur.
The editorial team of the Journal will refrain from selecting evaluators whom they have knowledge they are or may be affected by any of the situations mentioned.