Publication Ethics and Malpractice

In General

This JOMELA Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement is based on the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). The JOMELA, The Journal of Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, at al times upholds the highest standards of publication ethics, while ubiquitously acting against publication malpractices. As such, The JOMELA always acts ethically with regards to its publications, rejects plagiarism, preserves confidentiality of submitted work, to act against copyright issues of published material. Here, the JOMELA seeks to publish only original material. All articles submitted to The JOMELA are peer-reviewed. English language is a condition for all submitted content in papers, with the exception of necessary data in other languages and forms.


The JOMELA is the Journal of Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, and publishes significant work on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, within the GLOCAL, The Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics, at SOAS. University of London. 

Editor Roles

  • Predicated on suggestions by both the review report and the editorial board, the Editor in Chief can accept, reject, or request modifications to any manuscript.
  • The Editor can reject work without review if the Editor deems the quality insufficient or inappropriate for JOMELA required standards, or if the content violates ethical requirements, such as plagiarism, fraud, conflicts of interest, bias, or slander.
  • The Editor ensures that manuscripts are reviewed for their intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, ethnicity, and so forth, of authors.
  • Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based only on the paper’s importance, originality, and clarity, and the study’s relevance to the remit of the journal.
  • All original studies should be peer reviewed before publication, taking into full account possible bias due to related or conflicting interests. 
  • The Editor ensures that information regarding manuscripts is kept confidential
  • The Editor will not use submitted manuscripts for the benefit of the Editor without author written consent.
  • Studies that challenge previous work published in the journal should be given an especially sympathetic hearing.
  • Studies reporting negative results should not be excluded.
  • Work must consider and balance the interests of many constituents, including readers, authors, staff, owners, editorial board members, advertisers and the media.
  • When a published paper is subsequently found to contain major flaws, editors must accept responsibility for correcting the record prominently and promptly.

Author Responsibilities

  • Authors must ensure that all manuscripts submitted comprise entirely original work.
  • Authors must account for their original research, and must objectively discuss its significance. Similarly, all authors must take responsibility for content.
  • Authors will not submit the same manuscript, or will not publish identically on the same research data, to more than one issue.
  • Authors will acknowledge all sources used and will cite all appropriate publications
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the study, either as the main author, or as co-author.
  • All (co)authors will have have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript.
  • Authors should be prepared to provide raw data relevant and related to their manuscript for editorial review, and must retain such data for a period of (at least) five years after the publication.
  • Authors must clearly disclose sources of financial support.
  • If authors discover a significant inaccuracy in the manuscript, the authors must immediately act to remedy this through discussions with the Editor(s).
  • Authorship should balance intellectual contributions to the design, analysis and development of the study against the data and data collection.
  • Authors should carefully scrutinize the JOMELA policy prior to developing any written contribution.
  • Authors must be aware that The JOMELA does not and will not charge fees for any publication. Authors are advised to discuss editing requirements with any third parties. At times, and when clearly announced, The JOMELA does offer free editing, to selected authors, and will not at any time require remuneration for such work.
  • All manuscript processing and/or publishing of materials in The JOMELA shall be clearly announced prior to the acceptance of any papers.
  • Should Authors wish to be included in peer review processes, then The JOMELA warmly accepts proposals for such voluntary review work.


The JOMELA defines plagiarism as producing work by oneself that derives, past a fundamental unrecognizable unit, from the work of others, whom the author of the plagiarized work neglects or refuses to acknowledge as rightful owners of the original work, and hence without due, legal, and ethical acknowledgement.

The JOMELA will not under any circumstances accept nor tolerate any form of plagiarism, and will similarly not tolerate any collaborators engaging in such practice. JOMELA adheres to principles, throughout these guidelines, that stipulate originality and rigor in research and publishing in Linguistic (and Cultural ) Anthropology

By submitting work to JOMELA publications for consideration, all authors immediately transfer all authority to The JOMELA to practice jurisdiction over rightful ownership of this work, and as such, authors allow The JOMELA to exercise policy to act against plagiarism.

Authors of these plagiarized works will immediately be contacted to either promptly alter their submissions and any related work, or will be removed from JOMELA publications at once. Significantly, any libel material and legal repercussions of plagiarism will not be the responsibility of The JOMELA in any part or in full, and hence the authors of the work submitted to The JOMELA will be fully responsible for these actions.

The JOMELA holds in very high regard those parties who act against plagiarism, irrespective of the quality of the submitted work, and hence those who continuously seek to develop the standard of their original work. The JOMELA will work to assist those who attempt to raise the quality of their work through originality

We expect our readers, reviewers and editors to raise any suspicions of plagiarism, either by contacting the relevant editor or by emailing

Peer Review Processes

The Peer Review Process at JOMELA not only aims to maintain a high standard of work submitted to and published by JOMELA, but also to assist JOMELA to continuously seek ways in which to raise this standard, as a process of affirmative action research. The JOMELA defines peer-review as the garnering of critical input on work submitted.

  • All JOMELA publications are subjected to peer-review.
  • For the JOMELA Peer Review Policy, access the following link:
  • The JOMELA organizes the peer review procedure to ensure that multiple reviewers blind-review the submission, and in this way, The JOMELA editors maximize the objectivity of the review process. All JOMELA reviews should support their recommendations with concrete arguments.
  • The JOMELA Editors attempt to most effectively ensure that there is no conflict of interest between the reviewers and the authors.
  • Reviewers should maintain full confidentiality with work reviewed.
  • Manuscript reviewers ensure that authors acknowledge all data sources.
  • Any similarity or overlap between the manuscript and other publications will be immediately brought to the attention of the Editor.
  • The JOMELA seeks to increasingly strengthen its peer review practices, and to limit unethical practices, thus avoiding any biased review and selection practices.
  • The JOMELA encourages all authors and editors to comply with strict peer review requirements, as stipulated in these guidelines and in COPE’s Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, or in the Association of American University Press’ Best Practices for Peer Review more appropriate;

Publication Ethics

    • The JOMELA will ensures that its Editors identify and avoid publishing papers that exhibit scholarly misconduct.
    • In the event that The JOMELA is made aware of any such misconduct, The JOMELA will immediately act to remedy such misconduct, either through discussion with Editors or Authors, and hence requesting alterations, or by removing the manuscripts from the submission procedure or publication.
    • The JOMELA has guidelines available that stipulate the retracting or altering of submissions in the event of misconduct.
    • At times of such misconduct, or at times when alterations are required after the publishing of papers, The JOMELA practices distributes  explanations, apologies, and the most serious of cases, retracts the papers.

Copyright and Access

    • All submissions to The JOMELA shall be copyright owned by The JOMELA.
    • All publishing and access to the JOMELA is free, as a free to publish and free to access journal.
    • All papers are available only on the JOMELA page, yet readers may download the papers at no cost.
    • The JOMELA, as does the GLOCAL, endorses a free to publish system, at all times.


The JOMELA publications will be archived indefinitely, as an open access journal. The JOMELA platform will be available indefinitely, with plans to strengthen its attention to both quality and purpose. Here, the proceedings will this be available to a general audience indefinitely. The JOMELA is thus fully free to publish and to access, download, and distribute, pending all necessary copyright, as stipulated throughout the publication.

Ownership and Management

The JOMELA, The Journal of Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, is owned by the GLOCAL, The Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics, as a unit at SOAS, University of London. As such, the JOMELA publishing facility is situated within SOAS.

Publishing Schedule

The JOMELA publishes its issues every three months as a quarterly journal in Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, and Language and Society.. Papers accepted are usually organized approximately six months prior to their publication date.


The JOMELA and its published content always maintain high ethical and professional standards and endorse these throughout its networks.