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Founded in 2003 / ISSN: 1696-019X / e-ISSN: 2386-3978 / Depósito Legal: M-5852-2003
DOI: 10.31921/doxacom

Publication frequency

Doxa Comunicación is a bi-annual journal. The first period extends from January-June, and the second from July-December. Articles and scientific essays with positive evaluations will be published continuously, in pre-print version, as long as the two 6-month publication windows are open. All issues will be closed in June and December each year.


Open, universal, and cost free access

Every closed issue will be housed in the Institutional Repository of the San Pablo CEU University Foundation and on the Doxa Comunicación website.

In addition, the contents will be universally accessible and free of charge from all repositories and databases where the journal is indexed, such as the Spanish Repository of Science and Technology (RECYT), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Dialnet Plus.

Doxa Comunicación will not charge any fee for postulating, processing, publishing or reading articles in the journal.

a) Readers will be able to register in the "notification service" of the OJS platform of Doxa Comunicación in RECYT, through this link. This registration will allow the reader to receive the table of contents by e-mail each time a new issue is published.

b) To send a manuscript, authors must register on the OJS platform of Doxa Comunicación at RECYT through this link, where they will be able to consult the policy of the journal, the rules of publication, the sending of originals and the evaluation process.


Evaluation through Blind Peer System

At Doxa Comunicación, the article review process is carried out by using Open Journal System (OJS) software that guarantees automated and auditable electronic recording of all interactions. This is a transparent process that enables the improvement of texts when their publication is feasible.

The criteria for revision of any text are as follows

  • Quality as well as methodological and conceptual rigour
  • Originality and innovation
  • Rational coherence
  • Current issue
  • Scientific relevance

The evaluation process begins with an internal review report generated by a team of scientific editors upon receipt of each article. The report can be consulted at the following link.

Once the internal review is completed, the texts are reviewed by an anonymous “double-blind peer review” system that preserves the anonymity of the authors and evaluators throughout the process.

External evaluators receive the evaluation request with a suggested deadline and their commitment is requested in order to avoid delays.

The review report that is completed anonymously by the external reviewers is available at the following link

The review process takes an average of 8-10 weeks, except if there is a problem. The author may always exercise his or her right to complain in case of disagreement by writing to the editor of the journal.

The review process is as follow

In short, when the text is received the scientific editor appointed by the editorial committee conducts a desk review to check an appropriate fit with the journal's subject matter and formal standards.

Once accepted, the editorial team omits information about the authors and sends the article to two evaluation experts in the field, and who do not belong to the institution of origin of the authors.

When two positive reports are obtained, the author is notified, the article is formally reviewed, a layout is made, and the article is published.

Otherwise, the article is rejected by giving logical reasons for this rejection.

Editor-author interactions: acknowledgement of receipt of the text, transfer of rights and an ethical commitment; acceptance for submission for review; results of double evaluation; publication communication; invitation for dissemination in networks and other strategies.

Editor-reviewer interactions: request for review with suggested deadline; acknowledgement of receipt of acceptance of review and submission of documentation and access to the electronic review platform; acknowledgement of receipt of the evaluation; if the editorial decision is “publication with major modifications”, resubmission of the corrected text to the same reviewer and request for a second report; certification of the collaboration.

Every year, Doxa Comunicación publishes a list of the evaluators who have collaborated on each of the issues for that year.


Policy on archiving, and digital preservation

Doxa Communication follows preservation practices aimed at ensuring permanent accessibility to its digital resources and materials, following the recommendations established by the Digital Preservation Handbook:

  • Local preservation on servers and our own storage. Preservation through our own repository: Hosting of full texts in the Dspace institutional archive of the San Pablo CEU University Foundation. Through this repository, it is possible to access the entire Doxa Comunicación collection, including data from each issue and from each article. Performing backups and periodic monthly archiving in local mode on our server.
  • Preservation through repositories and external services. Hosting of full texts in repositories, services and external systems such as Dialnet, including the data of each issue and each article.
  • Digital preservation services: Use of the PORTICO and LOCKSS systems for preservation on external servers through an archive that allows for the creation of permanent journal archives for preservation and restoration purposes.

Doxa Comunicación also carries out the following processes to guarantee preservation and maintain the accessibility of its digital materials in the long term:

  • Preservation metadata: The journal uses quality metadata through DCMI (Dublin Core Metadata Initiative), OpenURL and MARC
  • Persistent identifiers: All articles in the journal, since its inception in 2003, each have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and a URN (Uniform Resource Names)
  • Service and data infrastructures for interoperability: The journal uses the OAI-PMH protocol and is compatible with DRIVER
  • Publication of metadata: The magazine's metadata is published in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • File integrity monitoring: Periodic file integrity checks are performed through the tools available on the server where the journal is hosted.

Policy on self-archiving

Doxa Comunicación allows and encourages its authors to increase the visibility, scope and impact of their articles published in the journal by disseminating and self-archiving them in the following:

  • Their personal web spaces (web, blog, social networks, scientific forums, etc.)
  • Institutional open archives (university archives, Hispana, Europeana, etc.)
  • Academic and scientific social networks such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu

In addition, these publications are required to include the details of all bibliographic data of the publication.


Ethical principles

In line with international recommendations established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Doxa Comunicación follows a rigorous procedure in the control of originals received in order to avoid poor quality scientific practice, endorsing editorial standards established by the World Conference on Research Integrity.

Doxa Comunicación states the criteria of conduct and good practice that govern the activity of its Editorial Board, as well as the commitment by authors and external reviewers. (See link)

Protocol for unethical behaviour

In order to expedite the decision-making process in cases where unethical behaviour is detected or observed, a protocol inspired by Elsevier's PERK model is followed. The journal's editorial board thus follows the decision flows recommended by Wiley's Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics, which include the following:

  • Authorship conflicts. Authors should be explicit regarding their individual contribution to the article has been (ghostwriting policy)
  • Plagiarism
  • Duplication, concurrent publications, or simultaneous submissions to several publications
  • Appropriation of research results
  • Fraud or research errors
  • Infringement of research rules
  • Undisclosed conflicts of interest. Authors must identify sources of funding for research
  • Reviewer Bias

Good research practices and academic integrity

In those cases in which the work conducted includes research with human beings and/or their personal data such as observational, psychological or behavioural research on humans, participation of students pending evaluation by one of the researchers in the project, use of personal data or similar, the researchers must have favourable certification of good practice issued by the Research Ethics Committee, or a similar body, of the institution or institutions where the study was conducted.

In this regard, Doxa Comunicación follows the recommendations in the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity of ALLEA (ALL European Academies), and endorses the provisions of research legislation regarding the duties of research personnel, which in Spain are defined within Law 14/2011, of June 1, related to Science, Technology and Innovation, Article 15.

Demand for originality and detection of plagiarism

Plagiarism constitutes unethical intellectual behaviour and is unacceptable. Authors shall ensure that they only submit their own original works. If they have used works and/or words from third parties, they must mention this specifically, and cite the sources appropriately.

Doxa Comunicación uses the tool SafeAssign by Backboard (©Copyright 2018 Blackboard Inc.) to detect possible plagiarism. All of the deliveries received by Doxa Comunicación will be submitted to the plagiarism detection process through this software.

Apart from the internal system of plagiarism detection used by Doxa Comunicación, authors and reviewers are informed of the existence of free access or licensed tools that can be of help in the supervision of originality and plagiarism control.

Procedure in the case of plagiarism

In the event that plagiarism is detected, authors will receive a matching report generated by the computer tool with the reference sources on which the comparison is based, so that they can submit a response before a decision on publication is made.

Authors with a final accredited plagiarism report will not be allowed to republish in the journal within 5 years.


Policy of change, correction or retraction of articles (Crossmark)

Doxa Comunicación has a commitment to maintain the standards of content it publishes, to immediately register any modifications or updates that may occur in the journal, and to make the Crossmark button visible in the different versions that may be published by the journal.

What is Crossmark?

Crossmark is a service of the Crossref Agency that allows readers to know whether the texts published in Doxa Comunicación have undergone any modification, retraction or updating subsequent to their publication.

The aim is to provide readers with a simple way of recognising whether they are reading the latest version of the document, and whether it has undergone any changes since its publication. More information is available at the following link: https://www.crossref.org/services/crossmark/

Description of the procedure for changes, corrections or retractions

All articles published in Doxa Comunicación journal are assigned a DOI code and are permanently available for the final version that is evaluated by the double-blind peer review system.

In order for readers to obtain access to the latest version of an article and to know whether it has been updated, as well as any history of changes, corrections or retractions, each article published from Issue 28 (January-June 2019) onward includes the “Crossmark" button.

Following the recommendations of the best practice guidelines for publication ethics of COPE (Committee On Publication Ethics), the change policy will be applied in the following circumstances:

  • Changes and/or corrections to the article
  • Changes and/or corrections will be contingent upon the seriousness of errors discovered after publication that could possibly mislead readers.
  • Retraction Articles may be retracted for the following reasons:
    • Unintentional errors reported by the authors (e.g. errors related to data, instruments or analyses used).
    • Ethical non-compliance (fraudulent use of data, plagiarism, unethical research, duplication of publication or overlap, falsification or manipulation of images, and the fabrication of data, among others).

Authors, as well as any institution or researcher that/who detects any reason for retraction set forth in the Code of Ethics approved by Doxa Comunicación, may request retraction of an article when an unintentional error has occurred.

For any retracted article, both the cause and the requester shall be indicated in the Retraction Notice to be published together with the withdrawn article. This note will appear with a watermark, and will clearly indicate that the article has been retracted.

The retraction procedure will follow the standards recommended in the guidelines of COPE (Committee On Publication Ethics).

Editor’s note

In the event of a problem with an article, an editor’s note will be published to alert readers that the article is subject to a review process, and the editor’s note will continue to be published until the investigation of the article has been resolved.


Author’s copyright

Authors shall retain their copyright and ensure that Doxa has the right to first publication of their work, which shall simultaneously be subject to the Creative Commons Recognition Licensethat allows third parties to share the work as long as the author and first publication in Doxa are indicated.

Authors may adopt other non-exclusive licensing agreements for the distribution of the published version of the work (e.g., depositing the article in an institutional telematic archive or publishing the work in a monographic volume) provided that the initial publication in Doxa is indicated.

Authors are allowed and encouraged to disseminate their work through the Internet, which can produce interesting exchanges and increase citations of the published work. (See the effect of open access ).


Data protection

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Charles Edmond Arthur
University of Phoenix, California, USA.
BS in Bussines Administration. Master´s Degree in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) URJC. Madrid, Spain
Translator, proofreader and editor from Spanish to English/English to Spanish
Email: chiprosa@hotmail.com

Sophie Phillips
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
BA in Journalism. Translations and proofreading.
Email: sophie.lphillips@gmail.com

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