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Evaluation process and publication of papers submitted to the Revista Colombiana de Matemáticas:
Code of conduct

Revista Colombiana de Matemáticas (RCM) is ajoint publication of the Sociedad Colombiana de Matemáticas and Universidad Nacional de Colombia addressed to the mathematical community in Colombia and abroad. The journal is published biannually both in hard copy and electronic format. It is an open access journal, meaning it is freely available on the internet to any interested reader with no restrictions in the use, distribution and reproduction of articles provided the original work is properly cited. In case of discrepancies between the printed version and the on-line version of an article, the printed version is considered the primary and original version.

Revista Colombiana de Matemáticas publishes original research papers in all areas of pure and applied mathematics. Very well written expository or review papers and new proofs of known results are also considered. Manuscripts must be written in English, and only in very exceptional cases could be submitted in Spanish. All papers are carefully refereed and the journal will make its best effort to have a decision on the publication of an article within three months from the date it is received. Revista Colombiana de Matemáticas is committed to maintain high ethical standards in the process of the evaluation of the papers submitted for publication. All persons involved in this process (the authors, the board of editors and the referees) agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior (no plagiarism, no libel etc.) The model of this process is that of a peer reviewed journal.

Editors. The editor who receive a submission must perform a preliminary revision to see whether or not the paper is worth to be sent to a referee. If not, this decision is communicated immediately to the authors. The editors are committed to strive to meet the needs of readers and authors; constantly improve the journal; ensure the quality of the material they publish guaranteeing the freedom of expression and maintain the integrity of the academic record; preclude business needs from compromising intellectual standards; always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

The referees are chosen by the editors worldwide and they must be experts in the particular subject of the submitted manuscript. The editors ensure the confidentiality of the submitted manuscripts until they are published. They must not have a stake in the authors’ success and must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to any individual other than the referees or other editors of the journal. Unpublished results revealed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Final approval or rejection will be taken by the executive editor based on the report of the referee in conference, if necessary, with other members of the editorial board. The final decision has no appeal.

New Editors should not overturn decisions to publish submissions made by the previous Editor unless serious problems are identified.

Referees. The referees are bound to treat the manuscript received for peer reviewing as confidential and they are asked not to use the material contained in the submitted paper in their own favor. Referees should not accept to referee a paper in which they have any conflict of interests resulting from relationships or connections with any of the authors. The referee are asked to try to write and send his/her report in less than three months after receiving the manuscript but the editors and the authors are well aware of the fact that they cannot press too much to achieve this goal as refereeing is done entirely out of goodwill. In the report he/she must give his/her opinion based only on the relevance, originality, clarity and correctness of the results of the submitted paper.

Authors. Contributions may be submitted in electronic form (the pdf-file is enough in the first step) addressed to one of the editors. By submitting a paper to the RCM the authors must assure that the submitted manuscript is their own and that it has neither been published previously nor is currently being consider for publication elsewhere. Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must be given and publications that have been influential in the submitted paper must be cited. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the submitted paper.

If authors have used their own previously published work (or work that is currently under review) as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they are required to cite the previous work and indicate how their submitted manuscript offers novel contributions beyond those of the previous work. Submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author, or to articles published in a particular journal must be avoided by the authors because this is a cause of rejection if this is discover by one of the editors or by the assigned referee.

Manuscript should no exceed 25 pages in print. Each contribution should be accompanied of a short abstract without mathematical symbols, a list of keywords, a subject code classification in accordance with current AMS procedure and a note indicating the author’s affiliation. In any case, once the paper is accepted for publication, an electronic final version will be required. The author must prepare the manuscript using Latex and the style of the journal. \textrm{Style for download} (includes a self-explanatory example of how to use the style files) can be found in \verb!! the author must send the corresponding source files of the corrected version of the paper to the managing editor or his assistant.

Galley proofs of the paper will be sent to the corresponding author for corrections after the paper is accepted for publication on the basis of the recommendation of the referee. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors. Authors are advised to check their proofs very carefully before returning them to the editors. When an author discover a significant error in his/her published work, he/she has the obligation to notify the journal and cooperate to retract or correct the paper.

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