About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Eidos is an international peer-reviewed open-access electronic journal published by the Department of Humanities and Philosophy at the Universidad del Norte. It fosters original scholarly studies in all fields of philosophy committed to the current approaches to the diverse issues of philosophical enquiry, as well as discussions, essays reviews and books reviews and translations of outstanding philosophical studies. It welcomes preferably papers written in English and Spanish but also accepts manuscripts in French, Italian and Portuguese in order to promote an enthusiastic worldwide dialogue on the pluralistic philosophical attitudes to all areas of interest in humanities. Its wide-ranging focus, besides including papers on aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, feminism, phenomenology, history of science and history of philosophy, also diffuses critical studies on practical philosophy. Due to its comprehensive scope Eidos seeks to keep abreast of the present state of affairs of philosophical research. From 2003 to 2005 it issued one number per year. From 2006 up to present it is published both online and in paper semiannually in June 15th and December 15th.
Currently, Universidad del Norte publishes 10 journals. Publication of an article in an academic peer-reviewed journal serves several functions, one of which is to validate and preserve the “minutes” of research. It is therefore of great importance that these “minutes” are accurate and trustworthy. The act of publishing involves many parties, each of which plays an important role in achieving these goals. It therefore follows that the author, the journal editor, the peer-reviewer, and the publisher have responsibilities to meet expected ethical standards at all stages in their involvement from submission to publication of an article.
Universidad del Norte is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements.
Below is a summary of our key expectations of editors, peer-reviewers and authors, which adhere to the publication ethics and malpractice policies outlined by COPE. More extensive resources are available from COPE and (WAME) .
1. ETHICAL EXPECTATIONS
•To act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
•To handle submissions for sponsored supplements or special issues in the same way as other submissions, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit and without commercial influence.
•To adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature. To give authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints. All complaints should be investigated no matter when the original publication was approved. Documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.
•To contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a timely manner
•To maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author. To not retain or copy the manuscript.
•To alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review.
•To be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript.
•To maintain accurate records of data associated with their submitted manuscript, and to supply or provide access to these data, on reasonable request. Where appropriate and where allowed by employer, funding body and others who might have an interest, to deposit data in a suitable repository or storage location, for sharing and further use by others.
•To confirm that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere. Where portions of the content overlap with published or submitted content, to acknowledge and cite those sources. Additionally, to provide the editor with a copy of any submitted manuscript that might contain overlapping or closely related content.
•To confirm that all the work in the submitted manuscript is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources. To obtain permission to reproduce any content from other sources.
•Authors must guarantee that any studies involving human or animal subjects conform to national, local and institutional laws and requirements (e.g. WMA Declaration of Helsinki, NIH Policy on Use of laboratory Animals, EU Directive on Use of Animals) and confirm that approval has been sought and obtained where appropriate. Authors should obtain express permission from human subjects and respect their privacy.
•To declare any potential conflicts of interest (e.g. where the author has a competing interest (real or apparent) that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his or her duties at any stage during the publication process).
•To notify promptly the journal editor or publisher if a significant error in their publication is identified. To cooperate with the editor and publisher to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary.
•Universidad del Norte shall ensure that good practice is maintained to the standards outlined above.
2. PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR
Identification of unethical behaviour
•Misconduct and unethical behaviour may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor and publisher at any time, by anyone.
•Whoever informs the editor or publisher of such conduct should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated. All allegations should be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached.
•An initial decision should be taken by the editor, who should consult with or seek advice from the publisher, if appropriate.
•Evidence should be gathered, while avoiding spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know.
•Minor misconduct might be dealt with without the need to consult more widely. In any event, the author should be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.
•Serious misconduct might require that the employers of the accused be notified. The editor, in consultation with the publisher, should make the decision whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence themselves or by further consultation with a limited number of experts.
Outcomes (in increasing order of severity; may be applied separately or in conjunction)
•Informing or educating the author or reviewer where there appears to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.
•A more strongly worded letter to the author or reviewer covering the misconduct and as a warning to future behaviour.
•Publication of a formal notice detailing the misconduct.
•Publication of an editorial detailing the misconduct.
•A formal letter to the head of the author’s or reviewer’s department or funding agency.
•Formal retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the journal, in conjunction with informing the head of the author or reviewer’s department, Abstracting & Indexing services and the readership of the publication.
•Imposition of a formal embargo on contributions from an individual for a defined period.
•Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organisation or higher authority for further investigation and action.
Peer Review Process
Eidos adheres to the policy of double-blind peer review. After the initial submission, each manuscript will be reviewed by two external reviewers, and editor's purpose will be to provide comments to authors within two or three months. With the intention of guaranteeing appropriate review, the author name should appear only on the title page, references to any author's prior work should be shrouded, and internal identifications in the text should be detached. Submissions already published or currently under review elsewhere should not be submitted.
Fundamental criteria for acceptance for publication in the journal are: (1) Originality, intrinsic interest, and importance of the main theses; (2) rigor, inventiveness and exactitude of argumentation and analysis; (3) depth of philosophical insight; (4) mastery of the relevant philosophical literature; (5) lucidity of style.
Open Access Policy
Eidos is an academic journal. As such, it is dedicated to the open exchange of information. For this reason, Eidos is freely available to individuals and institutions. Copies of this journal or articles in this journal may be distributed for research or educational purposes free of charge and without permission. However, commercial use of the Eidos website or the articles contained herein is expressly prohibited without the written consent of the editor.
Founded in 2003, the journal Eidos has been established aiming at the promotion of effective academic relationships between the current philosophical trends of research, both local and national, and the international enquiries in the field of philosophy. From this perspective, in each issue Eidos integrates scholarly articles by national researchers, as well as scholars from the world abroad. It is our conviction that philosophy is not an isolated creative process undertook by every practitioner, but the by-product of a shared and participative investigation which by preserving the uniqueness of philosophical enquiry forms meaningful communities in the diverse philosophical settings. Given this orientation, the character of this journal becomes clear which is to be open to the multifarious ways of practising philosophy.