Ethical Code and Conflict of Interest Agreement for Reviewers and Open-Peer Reviewers

Registering to the Review of Communication Research (RCR) web site will allow you access to manuscripts in the open review process. These documents are part of a reviewing process and because they have not been published yet, their authorship must be protected.

Maintaining confidentiality and respect of authorship are essential values that allow free exchange of scientific opinions and evaluations. Reviewers and others with access to the documents MUST fully protect the information.

In order to do so, the open-peer-review process is limited to registered users with an email address from a university or a research institute.

In registering into the RCR web site the applicant (hereafter the “applicant” or “you”) must agree with the following Ethical Code and Conflict of Interest Rules by marking the “agree” box.

Ethical Code

1) You are a reviewer or potential reviewer of material submitted for presentation, publication, or research proposal to RCR.

2) You will not present segments or ideas from the manuscript as your own.

3) You commit with maintaining the confidentiality of the material you might read in during the Open Access process until it is published (alternatively, you may ask for permission).

4) You will not distribute the manuscript in any way.

5) You must avoid making statements in your report which might be construed as impugning any person's reputation. Please, be even more respectful than you would like others to be with you.

6) You, as reviewer, should provide a constructive, comprehensive, evidenced, and appropriately substantial peer review report.

7) If you would like to cite the manuscript before it has an assigned DOI, you must send an email to the RCR editor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The journal will assign a DOI number to the manuscript and send a suggested citation.

8) You acknowledge that the journal will record the registered members who download any manuscript in the Open Peer Review Process.

Open Peer Review Process is at least single blind until the conclusion, and the classic Peer Review is double blind. It is possible that a reviewer identifies who the author is, or that the author has asked a colleague to make comments about his or her work. We allow these circumstances. However, we acknowledge that there might be competing interests that could limit objectivity in the judgments. Therefore, you must acknowledge the situation and write your review, or refrain from commenting the manuscript.

RCR requires that registered users declare any possible conflict of interests in their comments. Therefore, the applicant must agree with the following Conflict of Interest Agreement:

Conflict of Interest Rules

1. In the case that you have published any article opposing what the author argues you must acknowledge it in your comment.

2. In the case of competing interests due to working in the same department as the author you must acknowledge it in your comment.

3. In the case of collaboration on any project or co-authoring any article with the author you must acknowledge it in your comment.

4. In the case that you are a relative or long-term friend of the author you must acknowledge it in your comment.

5. In the case that the author has previously requested your comments on the manuscript/document you must acknowledge it in your comment. If the author has specifically asked for positive comments you must refrain from commenting.

6. In the case that you have any financial or monetary relationship with the author you must acknowledge it in your comment.

By marking the “agree” box in the registration form you state that you have read this Ethical Code and Conflict of Interest Rules and you hereby accept it under penalty of unprofessional and unethical behavior.

Thank you for protecting the rights of other scholars as you would like others to protect your own rights.

The editor

Approved. 2014, April.