Publication ethics

This section describes the best practice principles applied in The Grove – Working Papers on English Studies. These principles have been outlined on the basis of Elsevier recommendations and the Best Practice Guidelines  published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In submitting a manuscript to The Grove, authors acknowledge these principles have been applied to the research reported in the article by ticking the corresponding box in the Submission Preparation Checklist.

Publishing in The Grove involves the acceptance of the journal’s policy of ethical oversight, conflict of interest and the Universidad de Jaén Code of Ethics. 


Articles must follow the author’s guidelines of The Grove. Otherwise the articles will be immediately returned to their authors and will not be sent to the two blind reviewers until compliance with the author’s guidelines is satisfactory. Submissions which do not fulfil the word count requisite (5000 to 8000 words in articles and 2000 to 3000 in book reviews) or which are plagiarised will be declined immediately.

Authors are required to check off their submissions by ticking the corresponding box in the Submission Preparation Checklist.

If there is shared authorship, the authors should submit an extra document which specifies the criteria chosen for the order of author names and the contribution done by each of the authors.

Research with humans

If the research requires humans’ participation, authors should sign a form stating that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with them stating that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines.


The editors or any member of the editorial board must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers and the publisher.

Conflict of interest 

Unpublished materials of a submitted paper will not be used by the editors, the members of the editorial board and the reviewers for their own research without the author’s consent.

Editors and members of the editorial board will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest.

Complaints and appeals

The described procedure applies to complaints to editorial decisions, about failure of processes or about publication ethics. The complaint should in first instance be handled by the Editor-in-Chief(s) responsible for the journal.

The Editor-in-Chief together with the editorial board will investigate the matter. The complainant will be given appropriate feedback.