Publishing Politics and Standards

Publishing Politics and Standards

Research involving humans in Social Sciences and Humanities

When the article contains research involving human subjects, human material, human tissue or human data, the authors must declare that everything was done in accordance with the rules of the 1975 Declaration of Helsinki, revised 2013.
If there is research, involving special (vulnerable) groups in the research process, it is possible to carry out a check.
Have in mind that:

  • The submitted manuscript will be analyzed and documentary evidence, consent, etc. must be provided upon request.
  • When studies describe groups by race, ethnicity, gender, disability, disease, etc., an explanation of why such categorization is necessary is also needed.

Use of animals in research in Social Sciences and Humanities

The editors will require that the benefits potentially derived from any research that harms the animals, the subject of the article, are significant relative to everything else. It must also be demonstrated that whatever is suffered by the animals and research procedures is unlikely to offend article readers. Authors should in particular ensure, that the manuscript conforms to generally accepted practices, namely:

  • If possible, replace animals with alternatives.
  • Reducing the number of animals used.
  • Increasingly better experimental conditions and procedures.
  • Minimizing harm to animals.

Authors should include in their manuscript details of housing, husbandry, and pain management, as well as any necessary care. If the study involves private animals, informed consent from the owner must be provided and applied.

Studies involving plants in Social Sciences and Humanities

Experimental studies on wild or cultivated plants must comply with institutional, national, or international guidelines. Authors are required to comply with the Convention on Biological Diversity ( and the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ( For articles, involving rare plants, specimens should be taken to a museum. Information may also be requested from authors of other articles, investigating the issue to verify the identity of the materials.
All texts should include details of the populations sampled at the point of collection.

Gender and gender in research in Social Sciences and Humanities
Please follow the Sex and Gender in Research (SAGER) Guidelines (  Authors should use the terms gender as a biological attribute and gender as a formed by social and cultural circumstances carefully, to avoid confusion of both terms. The titles of the papers should clearly indicate which gender or genders the manuscript is about. If gender and/or gender analysis is not performed, the rationale should be given in the discussion.

Borders and Territories in Social Sciences and Humanities
Potential disputes over boundaries and territories may be of particular importance to authors in describing their research in the manuscripts. Decisions, regarding content, are an editorial matter, and where there is a potential or suspected dispute or complaint, the editorial team will attempt to find a decision that satisfies both involved parties. But we remain neutral regarding claims in published maps and/or institutional links.

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