Ethical Guidelines

Journal ethical standards

Intellect publishes over 100 journals in the fields of Visual Arts, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Media & Communication and the Performing Arts. We pride ourselves in our creativity, ability to face challenges by adapting to the needs of the times, and willingness to venture into new and emerging subject areas. We campaign for the validity of an idea per se, rather than the commercial validity of an idea and provide an unbiased platform for quality critical debate that authentically represents the author’s voice.

However, the real success story here is the fruit of the vision, dedication and hard work that goes into the partnership between authors, journal editors, peer reviewers and us as publishers. Each has a vital role to play, and this includes a responsibility to uphold expected ethical standards throughout the whole process of journal publication. Trust plays a vital role in academic publishing: the author needs to be able to trust the editor to select the appropriate peer reviewers; the editor needs to be able to trust the peer reviewers to give a fair and objective assessment; and the reader needs to be able to trust the quality and integrity of the published work. Intellect is committed to setting and upholding high standards of ethical behaviour and to this end we support the standards and best practices set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). What follows is a summary of the ethical standards we expect authors, editors and peer reviewers to meet.

Editor’s responsibilities

Intellect supports editorial independence; the Editor is accountable for everything published within their journal. It is the Editor’s responsibility:

To carry out all editorial duties in a responsible and fair way, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the author.

To ensure that all correspondence is communicated in a professional and courteous manner at all times.

To consider and accept submissions exclusively on their academic merit, without commercial or other influence that may compromise intellectual standards.

To promptly correct any significant inaccuracies or misleading statements in published work once they have been brought to the Editor’s attention.

To investigate all complaints made against an author using open and fair procedures, allowing the author reasonable opportunity to respond to the complaint and to retain all documentation associated with the complaint. We suggest editors follow the COPE complaints procedure.

To produce clear aims and scope for the journal and to ensure that all Calls for Papers are unambiguous and not open to misinterpretation.

To appoint a diverse international editorial board whose knowledge andexperience reflect the aims and scope of the journal, who act as ambassadors for the journal, and who are willing to act as peer reviewers for the journal.

Peer reviewer’s responsibilities

To ensure papers remain confidential while under review and not retain or copy the papers. 

To review papers objectively and in a timely manner.

To inform the Editor immediately of any potential misconduct related to a paper such as fraudulent material, plagiarism, conflict of interest or other unethical behaviour.

To follow the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.

Authors’ responsibilities

To assert that the work in the article/paper is that of the author.

To assert that the article/paper submitted is original and not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.

To obtain written permission from copyright holders for reproducing any images, tables, figures or other material that have previously been published elsewhere.

To acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources.

To assert that the work contains no material which is obscene, hateful, libellous, in breach of privacy, or otherwise in contravention of the relevant law.

To promptly inform the editor of any significant inaccuracies or misleading statements in their work post-publication.

To declare any potential conflicts of interest.

Publisher's or association's responsibilities

Intellect and the Associations on behalf of which it publishes shall ensure that good practice and ethical standards are maintained.


Editors should respond promptly to complaints and should ensure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to take complaints further. This mechanism should be made clear in the journal and should include information on how to refer unresolved matters to COPE.

Editors should follow the procedure set out by COPE on complaints.

Editors should seek the advice of the Publisher where necessary in difficult situations.

Complaints against the Editor will be investigated by the Publisher in the first instance, but may be referred to an independent ombudsman or COPE for advice if appropriate.


Editors should not act as representatives of the Publisher or make statements to the media, post comments or write editorials claiming to represent the Publisher without the Publisher’s prior agreement.