• Carlo D'Ippoliti Assistant Editor, PSL Quarterly Review



code of ethics, scientific misbehaviour, open access


The short editorial introduces to the new issue of the Review. Starting from the 2015 volume, the journal is changing its copyright policy as well as its open access policy. Curiously often, economists consider everyone susceptible to respond to incentives, except the economists themselves. On the contrary, as shown for example by Necker (2014), “scientific misconduct” is very much diffused in economics, with e.g. almost one in five economists refraining from citing works in low-ranking journals, more than half (51.9%) admitting of not always checking the contents of the works they cite, and lower but equally alarming percentages of economists admitting of copying and plagiarising or massaging the data and faking empirical results. Therefore, while in some cases it may amount to little more than lip service, restating basic rules of ethics seems all the more relevant within the discipline of economics, and the present editorial wishes to lay down the minimum requirements of ethical behaviour expected from authors, editors, and referees.

 JEL codes: Y20, A11, A12



ABDULLAH D.V., ASKARI H. and MIRAKHOR A. (2015), "The Moral Foundation of Collective Action against Economic Crimes", PSL Quarterly Review, vol. 68 n. 272, pp. 9-39.

DETZER D. (2015), "Financial Market Regulation in Germany: Capital Requirements of Financial Institutions", PSL Quarterly Review, vol. 68 n. 272, pp. 57-86.

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GUARINI G. (2015), "Complementarity between Environmental Efficiency and Labour Productivity in a Cumulative Growth Process", PSL Quarterly Review, vol. 68 n. 272, pp. 41-56.

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THIRLWALL A.P. (2011), "Balance of Payments Constrained Growth Models: History and Overview", PSL Quarterly Review, vol. 64 n. 259, pp. 307-351




How to Cite

D'Ippoliti, C. (2015). Introduction. PSL Quarterly Review, 68(272).