--------Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement


The Urban Design & Landscape Journal (DU&P) maintains its Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement is a contribution to the constant improvement of the work of authors, editors, members of the Editorial Team, as well as evaluators, to produce a publication that is responsible for the dissemination of the products of scientific research. The ethical principles established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and other International Associations provide the guidelines for the current statement.


1. Author's responsibilities


Manuscripts submitted for publication must be original and unpublished research. They must present a precise description of the work carried out, include the data obtained and used, as well as an objective discussion of the results. They must provide enough information and references to allow any specialist to reproduce the research and confirm or refute the interpretations defended in the manuscript. Fraudulent or deliberately inaccurate statements constitute unacceptable unethical behaviour.


Authors must be aware of and refrain from engaging in inappropriate scientific conduct and violating editorial ethics.


Authors must present their results clearly, honestly and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate use of information.


Authors must ensure that the data and results reported in the manuscript are original and have not been copied, fabricated, falsified or manipulated. If the authors have used the work and / or the words of another, they should appropriately quote or cite those works. Plagiarism in all its forms, multiple or redundant publication, as well as the invention or manipulation of data constitute serious ethical misconduct and are considered scientific fraud.


Authors should not republish previously published manuscripts in DU&P Journal or manuscripts containing essentially the same information in another journal.


Authorship should be limited to those who have actually made a significant contribution to the published study. All those who have made a relevant contribution to the design, analysis, interpretation and presentation of the research work must appear as co-authors. When there are others who have partially contributed to the study, they should be listed as contributors, in a footnote.


If an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in the publication of his manuscript, it is the author's obligation to immediately notify the journal editors and cooperate to make the corresponding erratum or modification.


Authors are required, for all submitted materials, to participate in a double-blind peer review process and follow the journal's evaluation guidelines.


Authors must inform the Editorial Team of any conflict of interest that may influence the outcome of the evaluation. Any business, financial or personal relationship that may influence the results and conclusions of the study, or its review process, must be declared at the time of submission of the manuscript. In addition, all sources of financial support for the study must be reported. This information will be included in the article, if its publication is accepted. Manuscripts that have a conflict of interest because of competitive, collaborative or any other type of relationships or connections with the institutions related to the document will not be considered.


2. Responsibilities of the Editors


The editors will be in charge of deciding whether to publish a manuscript in DU&P. Both the editors and the Editorial Team, and the external reviewers of the journal will be impartial when managing the manuscripts sent for publication and must respect the intellectual independence of the authors, who should be given the right to reply if they receive a negative review.


Editors and the Editorial Team should not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone except the corresponding author, prospective reviewers, and members of the Editorial Team. The editors and the Editorial Team are obliged to maintain the confidentiality of the submitted manuscripts and their content until they have been accepted for publication. Once the article is published, its title and authorship can be communicated.


The responsible editors or the members of the Editorial Team cannot use the unpublished products present in the manuscripts for any purpose, unless expressly requested and accepted by the author.


The editors or members of the Editorial Team who have a conflict of interest with the submitted manuscript or some of the authors must resign in writing to participate in the evaluation process of the manuscript.


3. Responsibilities of external reviewers of manuscripts


The reviewers must have research experience and register indexed publications, be knowledgeable about the research areas handled by the journal. The journal has the collaboration of external reviewers from its editorial team and the publishing institution, and the full editorial committee must approve them.


External reviewers must know and take into account the editorial policy and the Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement. They should also know the description of the peer review process described on the journal's website and follow the recommendations established in the journal's evaluation guidelines.

DU&P requires that its evaluators have significant scientific or professional experience in their field. They must have recently carried out research and / or research work and have experience recognized by their peers.


All evaluators must reject the proposal to evaluate a manuscript if they consider that they are not qualified to evaluate it, if they consider that their evaluation will not be objective or if they think that they may have a conflict of interest. This decision must be reported immediately and in writing to the editors.


All manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They should not be shared with other people unless expressly authorized by the editors and by the way of the authors.


External reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive relationships, labor, commercial collaboration or any other type of relationship with the author, institution, company or other entity related to the article.


4. Peer review process


All the content of the journal is subject to the blind peer review process. Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts by expert advisors, whose purpose is to evaluate the quality and guarantee the reliability, integrity and consistency of the academic publications presented to the journal. Peer review under the double-blind system implies that both the author and the reviewers are unaware of the identity of the author and reviewers. The goal of this system is to ensure that the evaluation is unbiased, so that all findings and judgments from the peer review process are objective.


The procedure for the selection of articles begins with the reception by the editorial committee of the manuscript, who will acknowledge receipt to the author. Subsequently, the Editorial Team will review if the manuscript conforms to the editorial line and the originality and relevance requirements established by the publication. In the same way, they will review if the manuscript complies with the editorial standards established on the journal's website. If the text does not meet the requirements described above, they will reject it. If, on the other hand, the text presents minor inconsistencies, the Editorial Team returns it to the author to adapt it to the editorial standards. The time considered for the improvement of the manuscript is 15 days. Manuscripts that meet the aforementioned publication requirements will be considered for the next stage of evaluation. The Editorial Team will sent this information by mail to the corresponding authors.


In the next stage, the manuscripts enter the double-blind peer review system. All manuscripts received by the DU&P journal go through a double-blind peer review process where the anonymity of the reviewers and authors is guaranteed.

The author has available information on the guidelines for authors, thematic areas of the journal, guidelines for preparing the manuscript and characteristics to consider prior to submission. The process begins with the receipt of the article (two files in Word format) at the institutional mail the first file records information on the authors, their institutional affiliation, their biography, and the summary and abstract of the article; the second document contains the full version without including data on the authors. Verification of new papers submitted is carried out every 15 days. The original work is reviewed under the double-blind modality, so that neither authors nor reviewers knows the identity of the other part. Anonymity, on both sides, is guaranteed. The average time for evaluating the pair is approximately 2 weeks.

One or two external reviewers specialized in the area of ​​competence of the writing review the articles. The reviewrs are external to the Editorial Team, the Urban Design & Landscape Journal and its directors.


Each reviewer must fill out the document "Evaluation guideline", which must be completed within a maximum period of 15 days, where it will be specified whether the manuscript is rejected, accepted with reservations or accepted. The Editorial Team will take the reason for the review and will contact the author to report the result. In the event that the manuscript is accepted with reservations, the author will have 15 days to respond to the evaluator's suggestions. Finally, the Editorial Team reviews the improved manuscript to define its definitive publication or the request of new improvements. In case of observations, the author will have 15 more days to attend to the last suggestions of the Editorial Team. Once the author has corrected the requirements, the Editorial Team will sanction the definitive publication of the article.


The average time for evaluating articles is 12 weeks after the Editorial Team receives and reviews the manuscript for the first time.


5. Originality and plagiarism


Authors must ensure that the data and results included in the manuscript are original. The authors must ensure that the data, information, results and discussion are not copied, fabricated, falsified or manipulated. Plagiarism in all its forms, multiple or redundant publication, and the fabrication or manipulation of data constitute serious ethical misconduct and are considered scientific fraud.


Authors should not submit to DU&P any manuscript being considered for publication simultaneously by another journal, and should not submit their manuscript to another journal until notified that it has been rejected or voluntarily withdrawn from publication.


The editors carry out the plagiarism detection process through the Turnitin software, which is applied once the article is received. If plagiarism is detected, the manuscript is rejected and the author must be informed immediately. In the same way, the reviewers of articles must notify the editors of the detection of plagiarism in the review article.


6. Identification and prevention of malpractices


Both the editors and the members of DU&P’s Editorial Team will try at all times to avoid malpractices by informing the authors and evaluators about the ethical conduct that is required of them.


Editors, members of the Editorial Team and reviewers are asked to be aware of any possible malpractice in order to identify manuscripts in which a bad research practice of any kind has occurred or appears to have occurred, in order to address the proceedings accordingly.


The editors of DU&P will be in charge of solving any problem associated with malpractices, being able to work together with the members of the Editorial Team and external evaluators. DU&P editors upon becoming aware of a malpractice should contact the author of the manuscript or publication involved. The author has the opportunity to respond or comment on the problem of malpractice detected.


In the event that a malpractice has occurred or appears to have occurred, or in the event that some corrections are necessary, the editors will deal with the case following the COPE recommendations in this regard. The editors will be cautious at all times to distinguish the cases in which the fault is attributable to an unintentional error from the deliberate intention to defraud. The editors will define in due course if the malpractice results in a withdrawal or correction of the manuscript.


7. Correction and retraction policies


Withdrawal of an article


The author can withdraw an article at any time before it is formally published online. If the request to withdraw the article has been initiated by the author, the author must send a signed letter to the responsible editors of DU&P. With the registration of this action, the article is automatically withdrawn. Editors can withdraw an article if it violates the ethical guidelines for publication, because of being a duplicate publication, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, multiple submissions, and false claims of authorship. In both cases, the PDF of the article will be deleted and a note will be sent to the author explaining that the article has been withdrawn along with the reasons.


Corrections to an article


If the editors discover an error is in a published article, an erratum or Addendum must be published later, once the proposed changes are agreed between the DU&P editors. Only significant corrections will be posted. The correction of the article will be published when the authors realize that errors in the published article could affect the validity of the scientific content or its precision. An erratum will be published only when errors are recognized in the published article that went unnoticed during editing and layout and does not refer to interpretation and discussion of the data. Readers can submit potential errors in article information to DU&P. Editors will review and consider these and they will duly communicate the resolution of the case to the reader.


Article retractions


The editors reserve the right to retract articles that, after publication, are determined to be unreliable due to inadvertent error, scientific fraud or misconduct: data fabrication, manipulation or appropriation, text plagiarism and redundant or duplicate publication, omission of references to consulted sources, use of content without permission or without justification, etc. The purpose of the retraction is to correct the scientific publication record and therefore guarantee its integrity.


In the event of a conflict regarding duplicate publication caused by the simultaneous publication of the same article in two different journals, the date the manuscript was received by each journal will be used to decide which of the two versions should be withdrawn.


The editors must communicate and publish the retraction in DU&P Journal indicating the reasons that justify this drastic determination. The decision to retract an article should be reached as soon as possible to prevent other researchers from citing the article without knowing any doubts about its reliability.


8. Copyright and access


Urban Design & Landscape Journal DU&P publishes its articles under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) 4.0 International license. To view a copy of this license, visit By submitting manuscripts to the DU&P Urban Design & Landscape Journal, it should be understood that the authors are aware of and subscribe to the conditions established in said license. Authors are free to promote, disseminate and publish their published works in institutional repositories since they do not have any kind of embargo after 12 months from the date of publication of an article. DU&P Urban Design & Landscape Journal adheres to the policies of the Romeo Sherpa repository (


DU&P, ISSN 0717 - 9758, is an electronic publication of the Center for Architectural, Urban and Landscape Studies CEAUP, belonging to the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. It is included in the records of periodic publications of the Central University of Chile. Published semi-annually in Spanish, in electronic pdf format (Portable Document Format). It has endured uninterruptedly since its inception in April 2005. It is indexed by Latindex, Dialnet, Sherpa Romeo, DOAJ, ROAD, MIAR, CRUE and ERIH PLUS. This journal has open access status and has a Creative Commons license.


9. Archive and electronic backup


All journal articles are deposited on the journal's website, on which Universidad Central makes an automatic backup copy every 24 hours, since the journal is hosted on Universidad Central de Chile’s web domain, This allows all the electronic journals of Universidad Central to archive and preserve their contents, therefore, if the content of any issue is lost or corrupted from time to time, Universidad Central uses its daily backup copies to recover them. In addition, the information is stored on external hard drives that update their content on a monthly basis. The magazine is also hosted on Universidad de La Rioja’s Dialnet website.