Ethical and quality rules

In order to guarantee the credibility, durability and indexing of RELEXT at WoS and/or SCOPUS, the publisher E.LEXT is committed to subjecting RELEXT to the RELEXT Impact Factor Rules. In addition, E.LEXT and its professional publishing partner LEXISNEXIS subscribe to high quality and ethical standards for content and the content validation process. These rules apply in particular to authors, editors, chief editors, reviewers and peer reviewers of the journal or collection. They are complemented by quality rules on form, consisting of writing and presentation standards.

These are the rules demonstrating RELEXT’s professionalism, enabling it to obtain an impact factor and be referenced by WoS and/or SCOPUS. These rules differ depending on whether we are talking about a magazine or a collection.
For the RELEXT review, E.LEXT has undertaken to subscribe to Clarivate’s 28 impact criteria. These are not criteria for the quality of the articles, but for the way the magazine operates. You can consult these criteria on the clarivate website, in the attached document: Clarivate lists the 28 criteria.
In the case of the RELEXT collection, E.LEXT has also undertaken to subscribe to the 18 criteria for books. These are not criteria for the quality of the books in the collection, but for the way it works. You can consult these criteria on the clarivate website, in the attached document: Clarivate lists the 18 criteria. These are not criteria for the quality of the works in the RELEXT Collection, but for the operation of the collection.

The publisher E.LEXT and its professional publishing partner LEXISNEXIS are committed to ensuring high ethical standards and guidelines in the production of RELEXT. To this end, they lay down a series of ethical standards, such as free submissions or contributions, anonymous submission of contributions and double-blind evaluation of contributions by two experts before the editorial board’s decision. These standards apply to all RELEXT producers, i.e. authors, editors, chief editors and reviewers. These rules can be consulted in our attached document entitled : Ethical rules for all RELEXT producers.

E.LEXT has adhered to internationally recognized good scholarly publishing practices. He urges all producers to comply with the guidelines on best practices for editors-in-chief as well as ethical guidelines for peer reviewers. You can find out more about these practices by consulting the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing available on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website.

E.LEXT also recommends that reviewers and evaluators consult :

E.LEXT and LEXISNEXIS stipulate recommendations for RELEXT authors and users. While authors are bound to respect intellectual property rights and refrain from plagiarism, users are also made aware of the need to use downloaded RELEXT articles in accordance with the usual internationally recognized rules of Intellectual Property. In particular, E.LEXT authorizes only “copies or reproductions strictly reserved for the private use of the copier and not intended for collective use”.

These are high quality contribution rules for authors, based on at least three criteria:

– The originality of the contribution

E.LEXT and LEXISNEXIS do not accept reprints or contributions that have already been widely reprinted. They are open exclusively to original, innovative contributions from a comprehensive, multidisciplinary social science field, with priority given to RELEXT themes and editorial orientations. In the case of theoretical reflections, they should present the results of unpublished scientific research into the social sciences of the extractive industries. In the case of professional reflections, they should focus on current events in the extractive industries, or give a summary of recent research, and exceptionally include sponsored content. E.LEXT and LEXISNEXIS may exceptionally welcome contributions already published in languages other than English and French. In this case the reference and the authorization of the publisher of the first publication are required by E.LEXT and LEXISNEXIS.

– the usefulness and importance of the contribution

E.LEXT and LEXISNEXIS also require RELEXT contributions to be useful. This usefulness must be current, precise, undeniable and measurable (impact factors) for both sides, both for members of the extractive sector profession and for members of the extractive sector academic community. If it is a theoretical contribution, it should make a contribution to scientific research on the extractive industries thanks to its depth of analysis and scientific credibility. If it is a professional contribution, it must contribute to professional research on the extractive industries; it must be a complementary contribution to scientific research. Contributions from both sides can generate all these types of input at once, to the great benefit of RELEXT.
the contribution’s international audience

E.LEXT and LEXISNEXIS also require contributions to have an international audience (audience factors). In all cases, the issues raised and the resulting treatment must necessarily cover a transnational field, or be approached in a comparative manner, enabling the sharing of experience on best practices at a sub-regional, regional or global level. To get an idea of the quality expectations of RELEXT, you can consult the summary evaluation sheet entitled RELEXT Peer Review Guide, here.

This is the set of writing and manuscript presentation standards adopted by E.LEXT for authors. These standards complement the RELEXT quality rules required by E.LEXT and LEXISNEXIS. To consult the rules of writing and presentation of the manuscripts of the articles of the RELEXT magazine or the books of the RELEXT collection, please refer to the attached document conceived by our editor E.LEXT entitled : RELEXT writing and presentation standards.