Ethics Policy



Publication and authorship


The Luna Azul Journal is an academic dissemination media that publishes   articles addressing environmental and ecological issues, scientific research or technological development, original reflections, text revisions or bibliographical reviews. The productions, reflections, analysis and revisions can come from any discipline or area of knowledge.


The Luna Azul Journal does not accept previously published material therefore all items submitted must be original and unpublished. In turn, while the article is being evaluated, authors commit not to submit the article to any other journal or publication. Authors are responsible for obtaining the appropriate permission for partially reproducing material (text, tables or figures) from other publications and for citing their source correctly. If the author of an article would like to include it in another publication, the journal where it is published must indicate clearly the data of the original publication, prior authorization requested to the Luna Azul Journal editors.


For its part, the Journal reserves the right for total or partial reproduction of the material as well as to accept it or reject it; the Journal also reserves the right to make any editorial changes it deems appropriate. In this case, the author will receive written recommendations of the evaluators; if accepted, the author will deliver the article with the suggested adjustments within the dates scheduled by the journal to guarantee its publication.


Double blind peer evaluation review process 


Each of the articles received is subjected to a process of review and selection. In a first step the originality and relevance of the article is evaluated by the Editorial Committee. Then it is submitted to a double-blind type evaluation by two referees of equal or higher educational level than the author or authors who conceptualize on the article’s scientific quality, structure, foundation, source management, conceptual and methodological rigor, sufficiency of the knowledge of literature on the field, currency and contribution to the field of knowledge, organization and coordination of the sections, quality and clarity of writing, correspondence between the title and abstract of the article content and, finally classification of the article as perceived by the evaluator.


Anonymity of both, authors and evaluators, is required in the evaluation process. Similarly, this evaluation is informed to the author of the article via email, in order for him to make the necessary adjustments requested by the evaluators. Once this phase is approved, the article is sent to the evaluators for final judgment and, if there are further requests for adjustment, they will refer the requests to the author for him to make the appropriate changes. During the months following the dispatch of the text, the author is notified of the result of the evaluation process.


If there is disagreement with the evaluation made by the peer reviewers, the author or authors will be able to appeal in a reasoned way before the Journal Editor and the Editorial Committee will take appropriate measures, which will be reported to the author via email.


Authorship policy 


The Journal only receives articles of a maximum of three authors. In the list of signing authors only those who have contributed intellectually to the development work must be included. Participation in data collection or in the execution of a technique for obtaining data is not, by itself, sufficient criteria for authorship.  In general, the following requirements must be met to be considered for authorship:


·         Have participated in the planning and implementation of work that has resulted in the article at issue.

·         Have participated in writing the text and in possible revisions.

·         Have approved the version that will eventually be published.


The Journal waives any liability for possible disputes arising from the authorship of the works published.


The Luna Azul Journal adheres to the COPE Code of Conduct guidelines: (


Conflict of interests


The Journal expects authors to declare any commercial association that may represent a conflict of interest in connection with the article submitted. The Journal also expects clarification of the source of funding for the research project from which the article was written.




The format "Declaration of Commitment of the authors" respectively signed by each of them, which specifies that the document is unpublished, that the article is of their authorship and that the intellectual property rights of third parties are respected, that the article was not submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere, and that the necessary permits to reproduce any material protected by copyright were obtained, will be submitted along with the article. The judgments and opinions expressed in the articles and communications published in the Journal belong to the author(s) and not to the Editorial Committee.


Publication rights


If a document is accepted for publication, the rights of printing and reproduction in any form and media belong to Universidad de Caldas, although any reasonable request by the authors for permission to reproduce their contributions will be dealt with.


International ethical standards 


Where applicable, an explanation of the procedures followed in the investigation to ensure compliance with the principles and ethical standards of the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 and subsequent revisions, will be included.


Open Access policy 


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


The author will make a Creative Commons Attribution copyright deed ( This license allows others to distribute, remix, transform and build upon the author’s work, even commercially, whenever he is recognized the authorship of the original creation.


Privacy statement


The Luna Azul Journal authorizes the printing of articles and texts for academic or internal purposes of the institutions, with proper citation of the source. The names and email addresses entered in this journal will be used exclusively for the purposes stated in it and will not be available for any other purpose or another person.


Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system


The Journal articles adhere to the DOI system whereby technical and social infrastructure for the registration and use of identifiers for use on digital networks is established.