Ethic Code

The International Journal of Family Studies is an open access journal that publishes peer-reviewed articles and other material, assessed through review and control, and is responsible for which articles will be published. This choice is based on the quality and integrity of the material sent by the authors in order to meet the demand of readers and writers, and to improve the quality of the journal. IJFS supports equal rights and opportunities: each paper is taken into account and assessed for its contents, regardless race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political view of the authors.

IJFS will not disclose information about the processes of evaluation of an article or other material to any of the cooperating parties in the publication’s preparation; same goes for the new material, unless specific consent is given from the authors. IJFS does not allow the publication of a manuscript which has been published - in whole or in part - by another magazine.



The editors actively work to continuously improve the quality of the publications on IJFS. The auditors must follow the ethic code of IJFS and provide an unbiased review, not personal, only evaluating papers for their intellectual content/scientific. Assessments should be a tool to improve the quality of the documents, so any criticism by auditors must be well-argued.

The auditors, the journal staff and any editorial board, must treat any document received by IJFS as confidential, they should not use the contents to their personal advantage, unless specific agreements with the authors, and no information shall be revealed to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.

New materials described in a submitted paper should not be used by editors without the express written consent of the author.



The authors must present an accurate account of the work done with the production of material, sufficient to the replication of the studies.

The authors of original research should present an accurate account of the work done, as well as an objective discussion of purpose, methods and results. The documents should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Authors should also keep the data that appeared in articles on IJFS for at least five years after publication. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

The authors should guarantee the originality of their work and the correct and full reference from the work of other used in their own, both in terms of specific contribution and as a general reference or theoretical orientation, including people who have been influential in determining the nature the work reported, including students and/or laboratory technicians. The author should ensure that all co-authors are mentioned, and that any and all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the document

The author must avoid the submission of  multiple similar manuscripts based on the same test or study, and also avoid to submit a manuscript already published (whole or partially) or to submit the same article simultaneously on several journals.

Authors should check and commit to ethical standards in the treatment of participants - humans or animals -, and provide information about the adopted procedures in their studies.

If an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their published work, the author is required to immediately report to the IJFS to allow the withdrawal or the correction of the paper.