Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Pre-registration of Research Projects focuses on tackling the crisis of replicability in Science and improving the quality of research products. Our approach is to carry out a second order change in Science mentoring the researcher from the beginning until the end of the research project. Guided by high qualified experts, researchers pre-register their projects being mentored on the topic. Likewise, experts timely correct issues in the research proposal, project and product.

 

Section Policies

Research Plan

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Proposal

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Project

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The first step is that the researcher submits the research plan. The research plan will be peer reviewed in accordance with the following steps:

  1. The research plan will be revised by the editor-in-chief.
  2. The editor-in-chief will assess whether the research plan complies with the APA 6th edition outline, headings and writing style. If the research plan doesn't comply with the suggested guidelines, the editor-in-chief will request the researcher to fix the detected issues.
  3. The editor-in-chief will evaluate if the research plan has been prepared following the article guidelines. In case the research plan doesn't follow these guidelines, the editor-in-chief will request the researcher to fix the detected issues.
  4. The editor-in-chief will assign the research plan to a peer reviewer once the detected issues in the previous steps has been fixed.
  5. The peer reviewer will carry out an comprenhensive revision of the research plan using a peer reviewed protocol. If the peer reviewer detects issues, the peer reviewer will ask the researcher to conduct the corrections that are needed
  6. The peer reviewer will provide a final decision accepting or rejecting the research plan.
  7. If the research plan has been accepted, it will be published including its complementary files.
  8. The researcher cannot submit the research proposal if the research plan has not been approved by the peer reviewer

The second step is that the researcher submits the research proposal. The research proposal will be peer reviewed in accordance with the following steps:

  1. The research proposal will be revised by the editor-in-chief.
  2. The editor-in-chief will assess whether the research proposal complies with the APA 6th edition outline, headings and writing style. If the research proposal doesn't comply with the suggested guidelines, the editor-in-chief will request the researcher to fix the detected issues.
  3. The editor-in-chief will evaluate if the research proposal has been prepared following the article guidelines. In case the research proposal doesn't follow these guidelines, the editor-in-chief will request the researcher to fix the detected issues.
  4. Plagiarism will be screened in the research proposal. If the research proposal has a plagiarism index higher than 25%, the editor-in-chief will request the researcher to reduce it editing the text that has been detected as plagiarized.
  5. The editor-in-chief will assign the research proposal to a peer reviewer once the detected issues in the previous steps has been fixed.
  6. The peer reviewer will carry out an comprenhensive revision of the research proposal using a peer reviewed protocol. If the peer reviewer detects issues, the peer reviewer will ask the researcher to conduct the corrections that are needed
  7. The peer reviewer will provide a final decision accepting or rejecting the research proposal.
  8. If the research proposal has been accepted, it will be published including its complementary files.
  9. The researcher cannot submit the research project if the research proposal has not been approved by the peer reviewer

The third step is that the researcher submits the research project. The research project will be peer reviewed in accordance with the following steps:

  1. The research project will be revised by the editor-in-chief.
  2. The editor-in-chief will assess whether the research project complies with the APA 6th edition outline, headings and writing style. If the research project doesn't comply with the suggested guidelines, the editor-in-chief will request the researcher to fix the detected issues.
  3. The editor-in-chief will evaluate if the research project has been prepared following the article guidelines. In case the research project doesn't follow these guidelines, the editor-in-chief will request the researcher to fix the detected issues.
  4. Plagiarism will be screened in the research project. If the research project has a plagiarism index higher than 25%, the editor-in-chief will request the researcher to reduce it editing the text that has been detected as plagiarized.
  5. The editor-in-chief will assign the research project to a peer reviewer once the detected issues in the previous steps has been fixed.
  6. The peer reviewer will carry out an comprenhensive revision of the research project using a peer reviewed protocol. If the peer reviewer detects issues, the peer reviewer will ask the researcher to conduct the corrections that are needed
  7. The peer reviewer will provide a final decision accepting or rejecting the research project.
  8. If the research project has been accepted, it will be published including its complementary files.

 

Open Access Policy

The Pre-registration of Research Projects provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Therefore, all the contents of the Pre-registration of Research Projects are freely accessible and are published under Creative Commons-Attribution 4.0 Type International

 

Archiving

This project utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Plagiarism and originality report

All work will be assessed by Turnitin in order to detect whether they have been plagiarized or not. Likewise, an originality report of the work will be
sent to the authors and peer reviewers


The authors of the work must reduce the plagiarism of their work, specially focusing on the sections that Turnitin has detected similar to the ones in published manuscripts.

 

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The publication of a work in the Pre-registration of Research Projects is a process of permanent knowledge improvement. The pre-registration of research projects encourages open publishing project proposals and research projects. Additionally, it considers its duty to promote the transmission of scientific knowledge, ensuring its rigor and quality, under the ethical commitment of the scientific and academic communities. The protocols and guidelines described make reference to the Code of Conduct for editors of scientific pre-registration of research projects that established the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Duties and responsibilities
The Pre-registration of Research Projects is committed to:
• Assuring the quality of the scientific material published
• Guaranteeing freedom of expression
• Maintaining the academic integrity of the content, ensuring that the published material follows internationally accepted ethical norms
• Publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed

Obligations of authors
Authors must guarantee the authorship of the documents presented. Authorship corresponds to those who have made a significant contribution to the work. If the work has significant contributions from more than one author, these contributors should appear as co-authors.
Authors must provide contact information in order to facilitate communication with other researchers in relation to their published work. This contact information will appear with the published work.

Originality and plagiarism
Authors must ensure that they have obtained permission to publish any materials presented in their work, as well as having exercised the right to quote other author´s work.
Those works in which plagiarism is detected will be rejected. Likewise, an author should not submit originals to describe essentially the same work as previously published.

Peer review process
The decision of the
peer reviewers to accept or reject a work for publication is based only on the importance of the work, originality and clarity, as well as the relevance of the study in relation to the research strand.
Any material submitted for publication will be considered confidential while under review, and, in the case of rejection, no evaluator can publish the original.
The evaluators’ identities must be protected at all times, ensuring their anonymity.

Complaints
The Pre-registration of Research Projects should respond promptly to complaints.
In any case, if the individuals involved are unable to satisfy their claims, they have the right to raise their protests to higher authorities.

Protecting individual data
The Pre-registration of Research Projects guarantees the confidentiality of individual information. It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain authorizations to publish images and trademarks used in their work, and any other personal data (e.g. age, sex, social status of study participants).

Monitoring malpractice
The Pre-registration of Research Projects accepts the obligation to act accordingly in cases of suspected malpractice or misconduct. Any work that raises questions about possible misconduct will be rejected.
The Pre-registration of Research Projects will make every reasonable effort to ensure that the work submitted for evaluation is rigorous and ethically appropriate.

Integrity and academic rigor
Any time a work is suspected of containing major misstatements or misleading or distorted information, it must be corrected immediately.
Any work whose content is found to be fraudulent will be removed immediately from the indexing systems and it will not be available for reading.

Complaints
Any author, reader or reviewer may send complaints by mail to the Pre-registration of Research Projects: [email protected]

 

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