Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Rivista Italiana di Antitrust / Italian Antitrust Review (RIA/IAR) is published by the Italian Competition Authority, but it is not its official magazine nor does it represent its policy. It deals with the most important economic and legal antitrust developments, especially Italian and international ones. It thus constitutes a useful and updated tool for operators and scholars, while providing information about the activity of the Authority itself.

 

Section Policies

Foreword

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Antitrust and Regulatory Issues: the Ongoing Debate

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Private Enforcement: Where Do We Stand? An Update of the State of the Art

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Private Enforcement: Where Do We Stand? An Overview of Recent Case Law

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Private Enforcement: Where Do We Stand? Current Progresses

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Competition Day

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Articles

The Articles are structured as essays and are published only after being anonymously peer reviewed. The articles may be written either in Italian or in English, and must be anyway preceded by an abstract in English.

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Short articles

Short articles discuss a topical issue, a judgment, a recent decision made by Competition Authorities, a new law, etc. They must be written preferably in English, but also in Italian (in any case, there must be an abstract in English).

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Law and Economics

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Features

Features are short articles that discuss a topical issue, a judgment, a recent decision made by Competition Authorities, a new law, etc. They must be written preferably in English, but also in Italian (in any case, there must be an abstract in English).

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Sectoral Columns - Antitrust Observatory

Sectoral Columns present the latest developments in the Italian Competition Authority's activities, judjes or laws in antitust and consumer protection sectors. These contributions are coordinated by the Directors of the Italian Competition Authority and are anonymous. They are written in English.

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Sectoral Columns - Consumer Protection Observatory

Sectoral Columns present the latest developments in the Italian Competition Authority's activities, judjes or laws in antitust and consumer protection sectors. These contributions are coordinated by the Directors of the Italian Competition Authority and are anonymous. They are written in English.

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Sectoral Columns - Antitrust Law and Jurisprudence Observatory

Sectoral Columns present the latest developments in the Italian Competition Authority's activities, judjes or laws in antitust and consumer protection sectors. These contributions are coordinated by the Directors of the Italian Competition Authority and are anonymous. They are written in English.

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Antitrust Conferences

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Reviews

The most relevant books on competition and consumer protection policy are reviewed in English or in Italian. This section also provides information about the most important antitrust conferences, possibly with a presentation by the organizers.

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Don’t Look Back: Towards the Digital Consumer

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Peer Review Process

Every proposal submitted for publication is read at least by an editor, for an initial review. If the paper responds to editorial policies and a minimum quality level, it is sent to two reviewers for evaluation. RIA/IAR uses a double blind peer review.

Each article is evaluated by two referees selected according to their familiarity with the topic. Their opinion is confidential and anonymous. Upon request, the members of the Scientific Committee are granted access to the referees’ reports, which nevertheless remain anonymous.

The peer-review process is managed with the OJS platform.

Publication process
RIA/IAR respects the publication process shown below in managing editorial workflow:

First editorial review, by an editor at least, with consequent rejection or peer reviiew assignement;
First round of peer review;
Communication to the author;
Author's modifications of the paper;
Last editorial decision.

 

Publication Frequency

The Rivista Italiana di Antitrust / Italian Antitrust Review is published three times a year.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Publication ethics and publication malpractice

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential model for RIA/IAR.

All parties involved in the publishing process - the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher - must agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior.

RIA/IAR ethic statements are based on COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Publication decisions
The editor of the RIA/IAR is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published.
The editor abides by the policies of the journal's editorial board and is constrained by such legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
Fair play
At any time the editor evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
Confidentiality
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the author's explicit written consent.
Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
The peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and, through editorial communications with the author, may assist the author in improving the paper.
Promptness
Any selected referee who deems to be unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible, should notify the editor not participate in the review process.
Confidentiality
All manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. The author's personal criticism is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that has an observation, derivation or argument previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Duties of Authors
Reporting standards
Authors of reports of an original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient details and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Data Access and Retention
If applicable, authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review and should be prepared to provide public access to such data as well as to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works. If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, they should ensure that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

 

Publication frequency

Every four months

 

Indexing & Abstracting

RIA/IAR is indexed and repertoired by: