Ethical Code

“Occupied Italy – Rivista di Storia dell’Italia tra Seconda Guerra Mondiale e Guerra Fredda” is a digital, full-text, open access, peer-reviewed journal. It is dedicated to the study of Italy during the Second World War and the consequences of the conflict for the country, starting from the Allied landing in the summer of 1943 and up to the years of the Cold War. The journal is inspired by the code of ethics for publications developed by COPE: Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

All parties involved in the work of the journal – authors, editors and reviewers – are aware of and share the following ethical requirements.

Duties of editors

Publication decisions

The managing committee of “Occupied Italy – Rivista di Storia dell’Italia tra Seconda Guerra Mondiale e Guerra Fredda”  is responsible for the decision to publish or not the proposed articles. The committee may consult with the editorial team, the scientific committee and the referees to make this decision


The managing committee and the editorial staff evaluate the articles proposed for publication based on their content without discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship, political orientation of the authors.


All members of the journal staff undertake not to reveal information on the proposed articles to other people than the author, the reviewers and the publisher.

Conflict of interest and disclosure

The managing committee and the editorial staff undertake not to use the contents of an article proposed for publication in their own research without the written consent of the author.

Duties of reviewers

Contribution to the editorial decision

Peer-review is a procedure that helps the managing committee and the editorial team to make decisions on proposed articles and allows the author to improve his contribution.


The reviewer who does not feel adequate to the proposed task or who knows that he cannot carry out the reading within the required time is required to promptly communicate this to the editorial coordinators.


Any text assigned to be read must be considered confidential. Therefore, such texts must not be shared or discussed with other people without express permission from the directors.


The peer review must be conducted objectively. Any personal judgment on the author is inappropriate and will be ignored by the managing committee and the editorial staff. The reviewers are required to adequately justify their judgments on the basis of criteria relating to the scientific validity of a text and its contribution to the state of the art.

Indication of texts

The reviewers undertake to precisely indicate the bibliographical details of fundamental works possibly overlooked by the author. The referee must also report to the directors and the editorial staff any similarities or overlaps of the text received for reading with other works known to him, and any indications of plagiarism.

Conflict of interest and disclosure

Confidential information or guidance obtained during the peer-review process must be considered confidential and may not be used for personal purposes. The reviewers are required not to accept for reading articles for which there is a conflict of interest due to previous collaborative or competitive relationships with the author and/or his institution, communicating this immediately to the managing committee or the editorial team.

Authors’ duties

Data access and retention

If the managing committee or the editorial staff deem it appropriate, the authors of the articles are required to make the sources or data on which the research is based available, so that they can be kept for a reasonable period of time after publication and possibly made accessible.

Originality and plagiarism

The authors are required to declare that they have composed an original work in all its parts and that they have cited all the texts used.

Indication of sources

The authors are required to provide the correct indication of the sources and contributions mentioned in the article, according to the guidelines provided by the journal.

Attribution of the work

The article must be correctly attributed to the main author and, if necessary, all those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, organisation, implementation and re-elaboration of the research underlying the article must be indicated as co-authors. If other people have significantly participated in some phases of the research, their contribution must be explicitly acknowledged.

In the case of contributions written by multiple hands, the author who sends the text to the journal is required to declare that he has correctly indicated the names of all the other co-authors, that he has obtained their approval of the final version of the article and their consent to publication in “Occupied Italy”.

Conflict of interest and disclosure

All authors are required to explicitly declare that there are no conflicts of interest that could have influenced the results obtained or the interpretations proposed. The authors must also indicate any funding bodies of the research and/or project underlying the article sent.

Errors in published articles

In the event that an author identifies a significant error or inaccuracy in one of his articles, they are required to promptly inform the managing committee and the editors of the journal and to provide them with all the information necessary to report the corrections and, if possible, update the text of the journal.

Peer review

The essays sent to the journal are subjected to double blind peer review. The two anonymous reviewers are chosen on the basis of their specific expertise in the research field. The essays are evaluated according to different criteria, indicated in a “evaluation sheet” form. In the event that the two reviewers express opposing assessments, the editorial team will take care to consult a third anonymous referee. The managing committee and the editorial committee of “Occupied Italy” are responsible for the decision to publish or not the proposed articles, based on the opinions of the reviewers.

By submitting their contribution, the authors implicitly accept the double blind peer review process. The editorial committee undertakes to give an opinion on both acceptance and rejection of the article, within a maximum period of three months from the date of receipt of the same.

Management of conduct contrary to the ethical aspects of research practices

The managing committee of “Occupied Italy”, as a third part of the review process, acts as guarantor and supervisor of the published contents, not favoring and, indeed, contrasting, conduct that does not comply with the ethical principles declared here. Reports of misconduct can be sent to

Post publication discussions

Any notice of suspected infringement of the intellectual property of others, plagiarism, or errors may be reported by readers to the managing committee. In the case of contents on which there are uncertainties, the author will be consulted to resolve doubts. If necessary, the journal will have to retract the article or publish a correction.

Intellectual property policies – Open Access

“Occupied Italy – Rivista di Storia dell’Italia tra Seconda Guerra Mondiale e Guerra Fredda” follows an “open access” policy for all its contents, in the belief that free and free access to research guarantees a greater exchange of knowledge. By submitting an article to the journal the author implicitly accepts its publication based on the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Submitting article proposals and publishing in “Occupied Italy – Rivista di Storia dell’Italia tra Seconda Guerra Mondiale e Guerra Fredda”  is free.

Authors who publish in this journal retain copyright.