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Code of ethics

Palimpsestes adheres to a strict code of ethics. Anyone involved in producing the journal is expected to respect this code.

General Rules

Details regarding Palimpsestes’ operation, legal notices, publication policies, director and boards, editorial policy, and author guidelines are available on the journal’s website.

The Journal’s Commitments

Palimpsestes’ editorial board is dedicated, primarily through the rules stated below, to guarantee the ethics and academic quality of the journal. In the interests of professional rigour, the board makes every effort to rotate and expand the journal’s pool of reviewers on a regular basis and ensures that its various committees are balanced. The affiliations of the members of the editorial board, advisory board, and editorial team can be found on the journal’s website.

Authors, as well as those in charge of individual issues of the journal, agree to read and respect this code of ethics.

Review Process

Every effort is made to process the typescripts submitted as quickly as possible. The editorial board is committed to verifying that all articles proposed are free of all issues of plagiarism and that they respect referencing norms. Any article that does not satisfy these conditions is automatically refused.

Reviewers do not know the identity of the author/s. Likewise, authors do not know the identity of reviewers.

Any article proposal that does not correspond to the topic for the issue in question or which does not fit in with the journal’s editorial policy can be refused by the editorial board without being blind peer-reviewed. A report justifying the decision will always be sent to the author/s.

Excluding the cases listed in the above paragraph, all proposals submitted to the journal are made anonymous and assessed by at least two external reviewers. The editorial board acts with the utmost respect for freedom of expression and encourages academic debate.

Taking into account the reviewers’ reports, the editorial board makes one of the three following decisions:

  1. The text is accepted as submitted to the journal (or with very few minor changes).

  2. The text is refused.

  3. The text is accepted, subject to corrections and/or changes.

In all cases, authors receive the reports for their articles.

In cases where corrections are requested, the editorial board will make a definitive decision, in favour of or against publication, based on the changes made by the author in line with the reviewers’ suggestions and comments.

Once the manuscript for the issue is finalised, it is submitted to the director of the PSN (Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle). The head of their publication committee subsequently submits an anonymous version of the full manuscript to two external reviewers. The same review process applies.

Relying on the reviewers’ reports, the publication committee makes one of the three following decisions:

  1. The manuscript is accepted as submitted (or with minor adjustments).

  2. The manuscript is refused.

  3. The manuscript is accepted, subject to changes (which may include the refusal of one or more articles, for purely academic reasons).

In cases where the manuscript is not accepted, a report detailing the grounds for refusal is addressed to the editor of the issue. The director of the journal receives the reviewers’ assessments of the manuscript.

Conflict of Interest

In the event of a conflict of interest involving an author or the content of a proposal, any members of the editorial board concerned recuse themselves from related discussions.


Each submission is treated impartially and its value is judged regardless of the sex or gender, family status, family name, place of origin or residence, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, age, nationality, ethnic origin, seniority, or the institutional affiliation of the authors.

The editorial board acts with the utmost respect for freedom of expression and encourages academic debate. Articles are selected purely on the basis of their intellectual or academic merit.

Confidentiality and Use of Data

The peer-review process is strictly confidential. No information or correspondence relating to an article is shared with anybody outside of this process. The content of any contribution, including previously unpublished information, arguments, or perspectives, will not be used or disclosed before publication without the consent of the author/s.

Editorial Treatment

Any text accepted for publication (upon first submission or after changes) is subject to editing, carried out in consultation with the author/s.


If the journal believes a posteriori that an article published contains a significant error, the author/s is/are informed immediately and asked to send corrections as soon as possible, or otherwise to provide proof of accuracy.

Reviewers’ Commitments

Reviewers are selected based on their intellectual and academic expertise.

If they believe to be underqualified or to lack the time necessary to review the research presented, reviewers must inform the director of the journal as soon as possible.


Contributions received for evaluation are treated as confidential documents. No information about a contribution submitted to the journal is disclosed to anybody except for the author/s, the potential reviewers, and the director. The content of any contribution, including previously unpublished information, arguments, or perspectives, will not be used or disclosed before publication without the consent of the author/s.


The quality of the article proposed is judged objectively with respect for the intellectual independence of the author/s. The reviewers must state their opinions clearly and provide supporting arguments; any form of ad hominem criticism is prohibited. Any argument based on an author’s race, sex or gender, religious belief, nationality, languages of study, university affiliation, or political opinions cannot be used as a disqualifying factor. Reviewers are sent the documents prepared by the editors of individual issues and the editorial board at the time of publication of the call for papers, indicating the criteria they must adhere to in their evaluation, as well as the deadline.

Multiple or Redundant Publications

Reviewers must inform the director of the journal if they are aware of any significant similarity between the typescript under review and any document published elsewhere or submitted simultaneously to another journal.


Reviewers must inform the director of the journal if material has been used without proper citation.

Authors’ Commitments

Originality and Plagiarism

Authors guarantee that the article they submit to the journal is original and does not infringe on the moral rights or intellectual property of any other person or entity.

The editorial board will investigate any complaint brought before the journal following the procedure outlined below. It also commits to publishing any corrections, apologies, or explanations deemed necessary or required by law.

Procedure in Case of Behaviour Incompatible with Publication Ethics

The person lodging a complaint must provide evidence justifying their claim. All claims are considered by the editorial board and handled until the problem is resolved, regardless of the publication date of the article in question. The editorial board must keep on file all documents pertaining to the complaint.

Measures that the journal may take in case of complaints:

  • The author is questioned about their (mis)understanding of the journal’s code of ethics and publication rules.

  • The author is sent a letter which details the infringement, serving as a warning.

  • The author’s employer is sent a letter.

  • A statement is published to inform the journal’s readership.

  • The article is retracted from the journal and other platforms and databases, and the readership is informed.

  • The author is banned from publishing any new articles in the journal for a specified period of time.

  • The editorial board refers the article to an external organisation or authorised body to handle the complaint.

Conflict of interest

Authors must notify the director of the journal of any potential conflict of interest, be it professional, financial, or other, which could be seen to have influenced their approach. Additionally, they must acknowledge all sources of funding for the research presented in the article.

Crediting Authors

The editor of each individual issue of the journal ensures that the names of all authors who have made a significant contribution to the design, development, and interpretation of the research presented in an article, and only these authors, appear in the list of co-authors. They also ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the document and agree to its publication. The acknowledgements section of an article allows authors to credit anybody who has made a substantial contribution to the published work.

Defamatory Statements

Authors guarantee that the proposed article does not contain defamatory or fraudulent statements, or information that they know to be untrue.

Multiple or Redundant Publications

Authors guarantee that the article they propose has not already been published and that it does not fully rely on already published work. In cases where authors choose to develop ideas previously published in Palimpsestes or elsewhere, they must not use more than 25% of the initial material. They must not submit their article to several journals at once.


Authors guarantee that they have cited appropriately all references used in their work. If authors cite information obtained privately (through correspondence or conversation), they must make every effort to obtain the authorisation of the people who provided this information. All elements included in the article, such as manuscripts, letters, illustrations, and diagrams must be adequately cited, and permission to publish them must be obtained from the author/s or copyright holder/s.

Editorial Procedure

Authors authorise the journal’s editorial team to make any adjustments necessary to their article and agree to collaborate when asked to approve the changes.


If an author discovers an error or significant inaccuracy after the publication of their article, they are required to promptly inform the editorial board and cooperate in publishing an erratum or in retracting the article.

If the editorial board or the editor of an issue is notified by a third party after publication of the journal that an article contains an error, the author/s must be informed. The author/s must then request that the article be retracted or corrected, or provide proof of the accuracy of what was written.

Digital Publication

By submitting an article, authors authorise its digital publication, in particular through the OpenEdition Journals portal, and its printing in pdf format.

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