Publication ethics and malpractice statement*
* This statement follows the recommendations of Elsevier, SciELO and of the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors from Committee on Publication Ethics - COPE.



1. General statement from Convergências Journal
Convergências - Revista de Investigação e Ensino das Artes is committed to the ethics and rights able to guarantee the quality of the publications, which can be extended to all parties associated with this journal: authors, editors, reviewers and IPCB Editions. We take an antiplagiarism policy to ensure the originality of the papers or avoid other unethical behavior. This policy is associated with a set of procedures aimed at ensuring originality, protecting authorship and detecting coincidences or similarities between submissions for publication. Proposals or articles that constitute plagiarism will be discarded from publication.

2. Originality
Only original papers that have not been submitted or published in another publication can be submitted to Convergências. It is an exception the publication of different papers about different parts of the same study or research, with the condition that they do not have or will be published in another periodical.

3. Submission and publication fees
Convergences - Journal of Research and Teaching Arts, is an Open Access journal, free (does not charge any fees) in reading, submissions, evaluations, publications, distribution or download.


4. Plagiarism
It is considered plagiarism the use of works or ideas of another (s) without permission and reference of authorship and origin, using them as their own and for their own benefit.

5. Collaboration
Papers can be signed by a maximum of five authors. In either case, the articles have a main author who comes first and acts as corresponding author, to which the following follow. This order is defined by the authors at the time of submission. The letter of Consent to Publish and guarantee of originality is signed by the corresponding author (main or first author) on behalf of the other authors.

6. Fraud
It is considered fraudulent the use of misleading information about research procedures, conditions, the invention/design or tampering with search data such as images, tables, graphs or other. Also the exclusion of data that are judged to be inconvenient. In this sense, the blind peer review process implies the selection of evaluators who do not know each other, nor the research in question.

7. Conflict of Interest
There is a conflict of interest when the publisher or the reviewer has a personal or professional relationship with the author that could benefit or harm the author during the evaluation process. Conflicts for the author of the manuscript may result from labor relations, grants, patents, copyrights, advice, property, agreement or personal relationships that may influence the direction and results of the research.

8. Duties of Convergence Editors
It is the duty of the Editors-in-Chief to make decisions about the editorial policies of Convergences after considering the opinion of the Contributing Editors and Associate Editors. The ultimate responsibility for deciding which articles are published is up to the Editors-in-Chief on the basis of the International Scientific Board's reviews and after ensuring compliance with the Principles of Ethics and good practice.

8.1. Publication decision: Editors-in-Chief are responsible for deciding which articles are published, following an evaluation by the International Scientific Board of article submissions, in compliance with the current legislation on defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism. Decisions of the Editors-in-Chief may include opinions of Contributing Editors and Associate Editors.

8.2. Transparency, respect and equality: the evaluation of submitted manuscripts is done without regard to the gender, race, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, nationality or political philosophy of the author (s).

8.3. Confidentiality: Editors-in-Chief, Contributing Editors, and Associate Editors are barred from disclosing information about submitted authors and manuscripts, except the use of data to needed to the International Scientific Board in Double-Blind Peer Review system.

8.4. Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Editors-in-Chief, Contributing Editors and Associate Editors are prohibited from using or disclosing unpublished material disclosed by third parties and obtained from submitted manuscripts without the express and written consent of the author (s). Editors-in-Chief, Contributing Editors, and Associate Editors shall refrain from evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest for competitive, collaborative or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies or (possibly) manuscripts.

8.5. Involvement and co-operation in investigations: It is incumbent upon the Editors-in-Chief to take the necessary measures when ethical complaints have been submitted regarding a submitted manuscript or article already published. Editors-in-Chief ensure authors submit to Consent to Publish.

9. Duties of the members of the Convergences International Scientific Board / Reviewers
When joining the International Scientific Board, all members assume these duties.

9.1. Contributing to the quality of publications: Reviewers have a duty to read and analyze submitted manuscripts impartially, making clear recommendations for authors to improve their proposals and to assist Editors in making editorial decisions and communicating with the authors. The Reviewers ensure that the manuscripts comply with the rules of collaboration (maximum number of authors) and guidelines for papers.

9.2. Punctuality: Reviewers must identify whether they are qualified and able to ensure the task in a timely manner to evaluate the submissions entrusted to them. The Reviewers must perform the reading and evaluation and submit the opinion to the Editors-in-Chief within the stipulated time limit, so as not to compromise the notification and rectification of the article by the car (s).

9.3. Transparency, respect and equality: the evaluation of submitted manuscripts is done without regard to the gender, race, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, nationality or political philosophy of the author (s).

9.4. Confidentiality: Reviewers are prohibited from disclosing information about submitted manuscripts and manuscripts, except for sending the opinion to the Editors-in-Chief for notification to the car (s). Submissions are therefore confidential and should not be shown or discussed with third parties external to the Double-Blind Peer Review system.

9.5. Standards of objectivity: Reviewers' opinions must be written objectively and clearly, to express points of view and criticism based on data and arguments.

9.6. On the sources: Reviewers are responsible for verifying compliance with the bibliographic reference standard, detecting evidence of bad practices and for indicating other published works that are relevant for consideration and citation in submitted manuscripts. It is the duty of the Reviewers to report to Editors-in-Chief cases of substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript evaluated and other publications or existing works, as well as other practices that constitute problems of originality, plagiarism, fraud or collaboration.

9.7. Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Reviewers are prohibited from using or disclosing unpublished material disclosed by third parties and obtained from submitted manuscripts without the express written consent of the author (s). Reviewers may not evaluate manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest due to competitive, collaborative or other relationships or links with any of the authors, companies or (possibly) institutions attached to the manuscripts. Reviewers' conflicts of interest should be reported to the Editors-in-Chief as soon as they are detected.

10. Duties of the Authors that publish in Convergences

10.1. General rules: Authors must submit proposals according to the typologies of articles - Original Article, Case Study or Literature Review Article - and according to the Guidelines for Articles. Submission of any manuscript implies that the author assumes the best practices and codes of conduct and ethics established by national and international organizations and laws.

The submitted manuscripts must constitute an accurate report of the work carried out, following the guidelines for papers of Convergências. The manuscript should contain information and references that allow understanding and dissemination or that others are able to replicate or broaden the investigative process. The manipulation of data, fraudulent or intentionally imprecise statements constitute unacceptable unethical behavior that implies the rejection of manuscript submission or its elimination from publication, as well as other legal actions.

10.2. Originality and plagiarism: the author (s) guarantee that the texts submitted are original / unpublished, that is, they have not been published before, regardless of the form. It is understood that the publication of different articles relating to different components of the same study or research corresponds to different and original articles. In addition, the author warrants that he has not licensed or transferred to anyone the copyright of the article he submits and that he is its sole author (or that he and the coauthors listed in the article are their sole authors), who generally have the right to make concessions to Convergences. The author who submits the article represents the co-authors listed in the manuscript (up to a maximum of five authors), taking responsibility for compliance with copyright law, namely ensuring that the manuscript is entirely original, and that cited or paraphrased texts are referenced. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical editorial behavior and is unacceptable.

10.3. Multiple, redundant, simultaneous publication: An author should not publish similar manuscripts on the same search in more than one journal. It is understood that the publication of different articles relating to different components of the same study or research corresponds to different and original articles. On the other hand, sending or publishing the same manuscript for more than one journal constitutes unacceptable unethical editorial behavior.

10.4. Transparency, respect and equality: The author certifies that his texts do not defame anyone, that does not prejudice other copyrights, that does not compromise the right to information and protection of identity and does not invade the privacy of anyone, nor otherwise violates any common law of any person. The author agrees to indemnify Convergences against any claim or action alleging facts that, if true, constitute a breach of any of the warranties referred to.

10.5. On the sources: the author ensures that the work of third parties is always recognized with reference bibliographical reference in texts (citation or paraphrase), figures, images, tables, pictures, graphs and others. All fonts must be referenced correctly. Information from publications or communications in the public domain must follow the standard of reference, while the data obtained in particular imply explicit written authorization from the source. They are examples of sources obtained in particular: conversations, correspondence, discussions with one or more people. Information or data of third parties must be used with explicit written permission of the author or visa, or of someone by this person, maintaining an ethical behavior that assures the confidentiality and preserves the identity and the safeguard of the rights of third parties.

10.6. Authorship: the authorship of the work should be limited to those who contributed significantly to the research, design, execution or interpretation of the study reported in the manuscript. The order of author and coauthors should follow the contribution of each to the completion of the study at the origin of the manuscript. Those who participated in certain isolated and technical aspects may be included as collaborators and should appear in the acknowledgments along with all sources of financial support for the investigative process or inherent in the manuscript (for example translations).The author should make sure that all co-authors and collaborators have viewed and approved the final version of the manuscript, agreeing to its submission for publication in Convergences.

10.7. Disclosure and conflicts of interest: the manuscript should include conflicts of financial or other interest, considering all authors, able to influence the results or interpretation of the manuscript. It should indicate all sources of financial support for the investigative process or inherent in the manuscript.

10.8. Fundamental errors in published articles: if an author discovers a significant error or imprecision that appears in a published article


11. Duties of IPCB Editions
Look after the quality of the published content and respect the Principles of Ethics and good practices of the Convergences. Ensure that no source of commercial revenue has impact or influence editorial decisions, particularly on the adequacy of the double-blind peer review process, which ensures the quality of scientific publication.