About the Journal

Focus and scope

DIVE-IN – An International Journal on Diversity and Inclusion is a scholarly journal that takes a comparative and multidisciplinary approach to cultural, literary, linguistic, and social issues connected with diversity and inclusion. These have not only gained key importance in our times, but they have also been at the core of a wide variety of academic subjects and heterogeneous research methodologies.

This journal welcomes the submission of interdisciplinary contributions that are representative of such a variety of interests and methodologies, with particular reference to linguistics, literature, philology, history, social sciences and economics.

DIVE-IN is a multilingual publication with contributions in English, Italian as well as the main languages of academic research. The targeted audience is specialists of the above-mentioned disciplines, as well as all those who have an interest in the current epistemological debate on identity as well as environmental, cultural and linguistic challenges.

Sections

Foreword/Introduction
Not Open Submission / Not Peer-Reviewed
Articles
Open Submissions / Peer-Reviewed
Reviews
Open Submissions / Not Peer-Reviewed

Peer review

Acceptance of articles for publication is subject to a double-blind peer review. The two anonymous referees are chosen on the basis of their specific competences and research fields. Papers are evaluated according to the criteria listed in the Reviewer Guidelines, which meet international scientific standards for journals. By submitting an article, the author implicitly accepts the double-blind peer review process. The Editorial Board will give a judgment both in case of approval or non-approval of the article.

Invited papers will also be published. They, as well as book reviews, may not undergo an anonymous peer review process.

Publication Frequency

DIVE-IN publishes two issues per year.

Open Access policy

This journal 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.

It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the journal for every reuse of the papers.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain both the copyrights and the publishing rights. They are welcome to post pre-submission versions, the original submitted version of the manuscript (preprint) and the final draft post-refereeing (postprint) on a personal website, a collaborative wiki, departmental website, social media websites, institutional repository or non-commercial subject-based repositories.

Publication ethics and publication malpractice

The following statement is inspired by COPE Code of Conduct:
http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors.pdf

Duties: Editors

Editors of journal are responsible for the selection process and the publication of articles submitted to the journal. They will take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the published material and to ensure a fair, unbiased and timely peer review process. Authors have the right to have manuscripts evaluated for their intellectual contents, without discrimination on grounds of their gender, sexual orientation, political or religious beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin.

  1. The peer review process, as described in the About the Journal section, will be followed by Editors with accuracy. They will keep track of the process and will justify any important deviation of it.

  2. The decision of the Editors as to accept or reject a paper for publication in the journal is based on subject relevance and originality, and is guided by the review of suitably qualified Reviewers. Editors will ensure that appropriate and qualified Reviewers are selected for each submission, and will send to Authors the entirety of their comments — unless their content is offensive.

  3. The Editorial Team adopts a work-flow that ensure that material submitted to the Journal remains confidential while under review. Confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions must be guaranteed.

  4. The Editorial Team provides guidance to Authors that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing and the use of appropriate guidelines and flowcharts.

  5. Editors will manage their competing interests as well as those of the staff, Reviewers, and Authors.

  6. Editors have a process for handling submissions from the Editors and members of the Editorial Team to ensure unbiased review and the blindness of the peer-review process.

  7. The Editors’ decision may be constrained by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

  8. Editors ensure that contents are published on a timely basis, following the stated frequency. Editors take all reasonable steps to guarantee that the published material is securely preserved and all articles are published in open access, freely available to anyone. Permanent identifiers as DOI and an archiving policy guarantee tracking and preservation of articles in the long term.

Duties: Authors

Author(s) should understand and scrupulously uphold high standards for ethical behaviour in the conduct of research, particularly in relation to the verification and truthful reporting of data, the granting of proper credit, and referencing of the work of others in publication. Plagiarism of another’s work is a form of theft and constitutes serious misconduct.

  1. In publication it is essential that each co-author contributes significantly to the research reported and openly accepts joint responsibility for the work. If these conditions cannot be met, the person should not be included as an author.

  2. Simultaneous submissions of an article describing the same research to more than one publication constitutes misconduct because it wastes editorial and referees’ time for the author’s own purposes. Similarly, publishing the same results in more than one primary research journal is a form of misconduct and is not acceptable. Exceptions are made by some journals for previous publication in conference proceedings. At submission an author is bound to disclose any prior appearance of the work so that the journal may make an informed decision about whether to accept it for peer review.

  3. Authors must declare all the financial and non-financial support for their research. Authors must declare any potential competing interest and must comply with the peer-review process by submitting a properly anonymized manuscript.

  4. Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review. Authors are encouraged to deposit the underlying data in a public or institutional data repository for public accessibility and long-term preservation. Authors are also asked to provide full citation and a link to the deposited underlying data in the accepted manuscript. In case the underlying data cannot be shared on account of ethical or commercial restrictions, Authors should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication and provide a suitable data availability statement.

  5. Authors are asked to follow the Authors Guidelines published by the Journal, therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.

  6. Authors have the responsibility to notify promptly the Editor if a significant error in their articles, both published and unpublished, is identified. Authors will cooperate with Editors in case any issue is raised with their articles.

Duties: Reviewers

Reviewers are provided guidance on everything that is expected of them including the need to handle submitted material in confidence.

  1. Reviewers are required to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.

  2. Reviewers are encouraged to comment on the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism. They will alert Editors regarding intellectual property issues and plagiarism and work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions.

  3. Reviewers should help identifying relevant published work that has not been cited by the Authors.

Handling of errors and misconducts

Editors have a duty to act promptly in case of errors and misconducts, both proven and alleged. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers. In case such as errors in articles or in the publication process, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, appropriate steps will be taken, following the recommendations, guidelines and flowcharts from COPE. Corrections will happen with due prominence, including the publication of an erratum (errors from the publication process), corrigendum (errors from the Author(s)) or, in the most severe cases, the retraction of the affected work.

  1. The Journal policies will be reviewed periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE (last update: November 2019).

Archiving policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.
http://www.depositolegale.it/editori-aderenti/

Publisher

Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture moderne – LILEC
Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

Via Cartoleria 5
40124 - Bologna (Italy)