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Policy on Publication Ethics and Responsibilities



One of the main objectives of Revista Investigación Operacional is disseminating information of relevant the interest for the international Operations Research community. The policy below has been endorsed to ensure that the published papers have been generated, processed, and published using the highest ethical standards.


The results of the reported research should be recorded and maintained for allowing the analysis and review of them, for a reasonable period after publication, unless the privacy on sensitive issues could be affected.

The data used must not be generated purposively for sustaining misleading conjectures. It is assumed that the data has been obtained from sources available to the authors or used under the authorization of the owners.

The paper should contain sufficient detail and information for allowing repeating the work by the readers.

Authors should cite publications that have been influential in the reported work as well as the origin of re-used figures and tables.

Plagiarism is an unethical scientific behavior and is unacceptable.

The authors must not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in another journal or refereed publication. Submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal is also unethical and unacceptable.


Each paper has only one author (main) for correspondence who will have to lead the communication with the editorial board.

The authors should present an accurate account of the research performed and sustain its significance to the present State of the Art.

Information obtained privately cannot be used without permission of the author of the work being used.

For papers appearing in proceedings the authors must ensure that the proceedings do not constitute a primary source in the field. It must be provided as a reference.

Individuals contributing to the study should be acknowledged, but not identified as authors. That is the case of those with contributions in obtaining funds or materials, training, collecting or assembling data as well of directing the institution of the authors. The significance of their participation can be placed in the acknowledgments, if needed.

If the authors discover errors in a published work they must promptly retract the paper or correct the results.

Individuals who think that these policies have been violated for a specific paper are welcome to contact the editor in writing for advice and possible adjudication.

The main author is responsible of the appropriateness of the coauthor-ships and that all the coauthors evaluate the final version of the paper and agree to publish the paper.

The coauthors share some degree of responsibility with the main author. If one of the coauthors do not admit responsibility in the ethical and scientific issues (s)he must not be a coauthor.


The journal is a Peer-Reviewed one. Each paper is reviewed by two independent scientists who advice to editors.

The reviewers must not use information or ideas obtained through peer review, they must be kept confidential and not be used for competitive gain. They should not use them except with the consent of the author.

Reviewers must disclose conflicts of interest resulting from direct competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with any of the authors, and avoid cases in which such conflicts preclude an objective evaluation.

Reviewers should judge objectively the quality of the research reported respecting the intellectual independence of the authors. Personal criticisms are inappropriate.

Reviewers should explain and support their judgments in two levels : one for the editors, which may be confidential, and to the authors in an understandable way.

Each manuscript is a confidential document. Hence it should neither be shown to nor discussed with others except with the editor who has sent it .

Reviewers can cite relevant published work not considered by the authors. This is especially important for statements such as that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported.

A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity between the manuscript under consideration and any published paper or manuscript submitted concurrently to another journal.


The editor has complete responsibility and authority to accept a submitted paper for publication or to reject it.

The editor confers associate editors and secretary the responsibility for an evaluation of submitted papers, suggesting and contacting reviewers and authors and making the final decision of publishing it or not.

All submitted papers are judged by considering their own merits un-regarding to race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors, and respecting the intellectual independence of the authors.

The editor and the editorial board are compromised to not disclose any information on a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than reviewers and potential reviewers.

Unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations disclosed in a submitted manuscript would not used by an editor in own research except with the consent of the author.


Review articles are not of original nature, thus Part I do not apply.

Generally review articles will be papers invited by one of the editors. Invited papers are evaluated by the Editor who made the invitation and supports its quality

In other cases the authors must explicit the scope of their review and its interest for the readers of the journal. Therefore is expected that such papers should reference the most relevant and influential published papers, books etc., and provide an objective discussion of their content.

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